Tuesday, November 03, 2009

True Colors

I remember reading once that the pale marble statues of ancient Greece were not originally white. Some theorize that they were actually painted all matter of gaudy, loud colors, and it wasn't just the statues, the temples were colorful too. What head trip it is to imagine the alabaster scenery of ancient Greece in rainbow. I always think about this in summer. I look around at the monotone of green on the trees and I feel I know a secret. For me the green isn't real. The brazen, kaleidoscopic tapestry of autumn at its peak is the true nature of Mother Nature in my book.

Like the ancient Greeks, nature is so much more complex than we'll ever understand. We study, we theorize, we gaze, but we'll never really know. And she knows it. And she laughs as the wind children dance and leaves fall around us in a psychedelic snowfall.



We try to capture it, draw it, photograph it, describe it, wear it, wax it, glue it, crayon and rub it... but it never quite works.
And it fades away, goes back to the earth, eludes our yearning. Leaving us with nothing but the reminder to live in the now and love what's around you while it's there.

7 comments:

Simple Mama said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder to be present in the moment.

Lily Boot said...

There I was taking a deep sigh, letting my eyes linger on your gorgeous photography and about to write ... what a beautiful post :-) But Simple Mama's already said it. I second you Simple Mama! Gosh you have a lovely way with words Cindy - you paint such poetic pictures. And I'm with you on the colours of autumn - they are my favourite. I too have read that about the ancient Greeks - and also about the cathedrals and churches of Europe - well, England in particular. Apparently the amazing statues and graves of saints and patrons were richly painted as well. We see them now as such cold, gracious and remote beings but they must have been quite alive and entrancing in their hey day. Nice thought huh.

PositivelyOrphaned said...

Wonderful pictures!

The Curious Holts said...

Oh, and a little Mini Boden beauty doesn't hurt either.

boatbaby said...

Very keen fashion eye there Curious Holts.
Thank you Positively Orphaned and SimpleMama
Lily -- you and need to do tea someday

5orangepotatoes said...

Wow! What an amazing life you lead and all living on a boat! Very cool!

lisa

boatbaby said...

Hi 5orangepotatoes- welcome aboard! You are one of my favorite blogs!

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