Here is a shell for you
Inside you’ll hear a sigh
A foggy lullaby
There is your song from meJoni Mitchell, Blue
It is hard not to look at blue and feel calmer. Blue is cool and relaxing. Pale blue is tranquil, peaceful; while dark blue suggests strength and power.
Blue also indicates intelligence and responsibility, which is perhaps why it is the most popular colour for business logos. It’s also the preferred colour of social networks; it’s no coincidence that Facebook and Twitter both use it, they want us to trust them.
Here for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge is a gallery of favourite blue images captured all over the world, and avoiding for the most part the obvious choice of blue skies.
A skyscraper in Osaka, Japan, reflecting the sky (so OK, yes, indirectly a little bit of blue sky!)
A beach hut in Whitstable, Kent – some more blue sky!
Still in Whitstable, here’s a shed belonging to the famous oyster company based there
These boats are moored at the mouth of the Ouseburn, a tributary of the River Tyne in Newcastle
This is a detail of the door of a boat house in Woodbridge, Suffolk
Two more blue doors, from Paris on the left and Albufeira in Portugal on the right
Another one from Paris – a bird house hanging on the fence of a front garden, on a lane in the pretty La Mouzaïa district
And another from Albufeira, a sign on a church in the old town
This is a detail of the corner of a half-timbered old house in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
Another house detail, this time in Bundi in Rajasthan
Looking down on the blue houses of Jodhpur from the Mehrangarh Fort
The minaret of the summer mosque at the Kukhara Ark in Khiva, Uzbekistan
Like several others in this gallery, I’ve shared this before, but it’s too perfect for this theme not to repeat – a house on Train Street in Hanoi, Vietnam
This gourd is used to scoop indigo dye in Phoe Taen Akha, a minority tribe village in Laos
More dye, this time on sale in the Place des Epices, Marrakesh
This beautiful little staircase is in the Musée Tiskiwin, Marrakesh
I had to have one piece of street art – this is in a car park in Sofia, Bulgaria
I spotted these ice formations on a winter visit to the waterfall of Seljandsfoss in Iceland
Let’s finish, appropriately, at dusk in Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam – much quieter than neighbouring Halong Bay but still with several cruise boats at anchor