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