Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Color is startling, bringing us back into the present moment, jarring us from our worries and preoccupations.  I still remember the moment when I turned the corner in Monterroso and saw this door, which reminded me of spring grass.

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And, this in turn, reminds me of a quote from John Calvin, the fiery preacher, who started the Protestant Reformation.  The history books never hint about the fact that he paused to smell the proverbial “rose” and yet, he’s quoted as saying:

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.–John Calvin

He reminds us that opening ourselves to the beauty in nature can bring us great happiness.

The photos I selected this week have vivid, surprising splashes of color–from a butterfly that just emerged from its cocoon, a field of Alpine lupins in Bethlehem, NH, multicolored tulips blooming during the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan, and a cottage wall near the beach in Malibu.

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For me, color is energetic and emotionally charged.  I hope these photos remind you that a flash of color is an invitation to pause, to take a deep breath, and get lost in the moment.  Enjoy!

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