Gallery: feeling the blues, again
Songs are like tattoos
You know I’ve been to sea before
Crown and anchor me
Or let me sail awayJoni Mitchell
Some time ago I shared some favourite ‘blue’ images, accompanied by a quote from this favourite Blue song. But the world has an inexhaustible supply of shades of blue.
Now Terri has asked to see some cobalt blues for her Sunday Stills challenge. So I’ve trawled through the photos from recent trips, and some older ones, to see what blues I could find that haven’t been shared before. And to introduce them I’ve quoted another verse from that song above.
The word cobalt comes from subterranean sprites known as kobolds. Ancient miners searching for silver sometimes found similar-looking metals which, when melted down, released toxic substances. The miners believed that this was the work of kobolds, who stole the silver and replaced it with a toxic metal. Today we know that these false silvers contained arsenic.
The paint known as cobalt blue is a mix of cobalt oxide and aluminium oxide, created by the French chemist Louis Jaques Thénard in the early nineteenth century. This became a popular and less expensive alternative to ultramarine, which was made using semi-precious lapis lazuli.
Cobalt can be defined as ‘a clean blue that is neither warm nor cold’. I hope my chosen images reflect that definition. Some have been shared previously, but here I’ve cropped them to focus on the deepest blues I could find.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come trueHarold Arlen
Roof detail, Temple of Heaven, Beijing
[my feature photo was also taken here]
Door in Thamel, Kathmandu
Shuttered window in the 14th arrondissement, Paris
House and chimney, Praia do Faro, Portugal
Motorbike parked in a village near Pokhara, Nepal
On the wall of a café near the Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal
In a bar in Thamel, Kathmandu
Street art in Sant Elena, Costa Rica
Staircase in the Real Alcazar, Seville
Peacock in the gardens of the Real Alcazar, Seville
Grackle in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
In the garden of the Hotel Bougainvillea, San Jose, Costa Rica
Iris in a garden in Bamburgh, Northumberland
So many blues, Sarah and the variety in images are stunning. ☺️
Thanks so much 😊 I love doing these colour challenges as I’m always amazed at what I find in my archives!
Such a pretty color, Sarah. I liked both of the street art photos, very different from each other but both gorgeous.
Thank you Siobhan, it IS a pretty shade of blue, I agree. I had fun finding these in my archives 😀
Oh great! A real zing of rich blues to cheer up a winter’s day.
Thank Margaret 😊 We’ve had a surprisingly lovely day here today – blue sky AND mild, a rare combination in December!
Love this blue gallery! Beautifully captured.
Thanks so much Amy 😊
A scroll through of beautiful cobalt blues. So brilliant and unique from all over the world. the steeple was a favorite, and the peacock.
Thank you Donna 😊 What you call a steeple I think must be my Praia do Faro chimney? It’s quite tall but clearly the photo is deceptive as to its scale!
Yes, yes, I hesitated to write steeple, thank you for the correction. I love the color.
There can never be enough blues in the world. Fabulous selection Sarah.
Very true Jude, and thank you 😊
I’m becoming to realise – and be surprised – at how much I like photo’s of all the various doors. Hadn’t realised until now really 🙂
I do have a thing about photographing doors, and windows too 😀
I love when you create your color themes, you have a way of making each color so exquisite. My fave today is the wall of a café near the Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal.
Thanks so much Rose 😊 I confess to a little bit of boosting (increasing the saturation) on some of these to add impact! But not on your favourite – that is exactly as it was 🙂
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Beautiful blues, Sarah!
Thank you Kellye 🙂
Love the chimney in Portugal 💙
Those chimneys are traditional in that area – I love them too!
Portugal is on my list for “one day”
Highly recommended! The Algarve coast is beautiful (although steer clear of Albufeira unless you like crowds!) and Lisbon one of my favourite European cities 🙂
Another gorgeous collection, love the tone of the grackle feathers – those guys are so noisy at sundown! Appropriately song lyric for you….you know what a music buff I am…….. “I spent a lot of my time looking at blue, the colour of my room and my mood…blue on my walls, blue out of my mouth….”
Thank you 🙂 Yes, that grackle was catching the light beautifully, and not at all shy! And of course, Kate Bush – that would have been perfect to quote. But although I like her, Joni is queen!
the eternal traveller
This is a lovely collection of blues. That iris is amazing.
Thanks so much 😊
I think blue could be my fave colour, especially after seeing your photos! The various shades of blue are wonderful!
Thanks Anna – blue isn’t my favourite (that’s purple!) but I do love these deeper shades 😀
I’m not allowed to like purple as that’s my daughters fave colour and apparently if I like the same thing as her that’s copying and that’s not cool 🤣🤣🤣
Wonderful blues Sarah, especially the staircase.
Thank you Anne – the whole of the Real Alcazar was amazing but not all of it blue!
These are wonderful blues indeed! I love learning the etymology of cobalt! 🙂 The iris is fabulous, and I love the house and chimney in Portugal!
Thanks so much Susanne, glad you loved my blues 😊
I love that blue staircase in Seville.
Thanks Don, I loved it too!
Terri Webster Schrandt
Now these are some blues that can uplift our hearts, Sarah! Stunning gallery of blues from your travels. Love how you caught the blue tones of the grackle! I love seeing blue flowers! Thanks for sharing that detailed description of how cobalt came to be! Enjoy your holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you Terri, so glad you liked these and they gave you a lift 😀 Have a wonderful Christmas!