581. It’s like nature (in autumn) is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~Siobhan Vivian

The autumn of the year is an artist,
a mural artist who enchants the landscape
with 
touches of tangerine and magenta, crimson and gold.
And we, we who witness and relish fall’s splendor
are invited to tell its story or to dance or to sing
with the same kind gusto as the dazzle of its drama.
~Natalie Scarberry

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Magenta! The mystery of marvelous, magical magenta! But why, why would a color as gorgeous as it be a mystery? Well, magenta doesn’t have a wavelength, and it’s never seen in a rainbow. Yet the rainbow is supposed to be the full spectrum of color, and wavelengths of reflected light determine what color the eye sees. So the answer lies in color mixing. But wait, colors cannot be mixed in physics! And therein lies the mystery of magenta. It has to do, not with photons and physics, but instead with the physiology of the way the eye works. Even though the human eye is sensitive to color, it is only through red cones, blue cones, and green cones in the retina, none of which mixed, result in magenta. However, as it turns out, the brain can be tricked into color mixing or even into inventing or making up a color. And so magenta results from the perceived absence of green in the color spectrum leaving only red and blue, and blue light mixed with red light creates magenta. That’s why my photo of the ornamental grass yesterday and the one today tell me that the Lord, genius and maker of all this is, is a Master Artist as enamored as anyone, including “moi,” with mixing and matching colors and creating what some call “eye candy.”

I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh praise the greatness of our God. ~Deuteronomy 32:3    ✝

14 thoughts on “581. It’s like nature (in autumn) is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~Siobhan Vivian

    • One of my dear friends and I shared a ride to work each day for decades and she was our schools Art teacher. So she was my muse and teacher. Thank you for your always kind and loving words, Julie. Love and hugs, N ❤

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  1. Beautiful! When the Highest of Highs gifts us with such treasures as colors, as well as their mysteries, explanations as to why are simply not needed…just a simple whisper of thanks pleases Him! Blessings be yours my friend. ~Matthew

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    • You’re so right, Matthew. I was just so fascinated by this process when I read about it that I had to write about it. The Lord works in mysterious and fascinating ways, and not everyone is aware of His amazing greatness. I think that’s why we are implored in Scripture to tell of His wonderful deeds. To that end I felt compelled today to follow my whispering of thankfulness with words of praise and worship. Blessings to you as well, my newly found and talented friend. Natalie 🙂 ❤

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