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Gallery: tenderly love the apricots

See how the light tenderly love the apricots, it takes them over completely, enters into their pulp, light them from all sides! But it is miserly with the peaches and light only one side of them.

Paul Cezanne

It is a long while since I did a colour challenge, but I love the excuse they give me to rummage through my archives. So I’ve pulled together a selection for Terri’s Sunday Stills challenge this week.

Her chosen colour is apricot, which I found a little hard to pin down. Is it orange? Is it pink? Is it maybe peach? Wikipedia defines it as a light yellowish-orangish similar to the colour of apricots, but paler than actual apricots.

As a variation on orange, apricot has many of the same associations and qualities. It is said to symbolise positive emotions, such as elation, excitement, joy, success, inspiration, and stimulation. I hope my selection below creates similarly positive vibes. Some, I confess, have been edited to emphasise or draw out their apricot tones. But the apricots in my featured photo are real, on a stall in the Jamaa el Fna in Marrakesh.

Apricot flowers

Deep orange rose
Rose in Hyde Park, London
Orange flowers with dark leaves
Begonia in our garden
Pale peach rose
Rose at Stokesay Castle
Single orange poppy on a stem
Poppy, Wells Cathedral
Pale orange flowers
At Kew Gardens
Pale peach rose and other flowers
Flowers from my nephew’s wedding

Apricot skies

Sunset with palm trees and bird in flight
Abu Dhabi sunset
Sunset with tall palm trees
Marrakesh sunset from a rooftop café
Two men on sand dunes at sunset
Sunset at Wahiba Sands, Oman
Sunset with domed building in foreground
Sunset by the cenotaphs in Jaisalmer
Pale orange sky with horse and cart on a low bridge
Sunrise, Souimanga Lodge, Senegal

Apricot walls

Narrow lane between pale terracotta walls
A lane in Marrakesh
Worn carving of a man on stone arch
Detail of carving on Silves Cathedral, Portugal
Sign on a peach wall, Lungs at work, please don't smoke
Sign at Jodhpur Fort
Statue of a man with pale orange building behind
In the Piazza Galvani, Bologna
Old lamp on a terracotta wall
In Arpino, Italy
Flowers carved on stone
Carving detail, Amber Fort, near Jaipur

An apricot miscellany

Close up of large pink bird's head and beak
Flamingo in Jersey Zoo
Orange butterfly on pale mauve flowers
Tortoiseshell butterfly
Woman in an orange sari in a boat
On the Kerala Backwaters
Fluffy seeds
Seed head
Fountain shaped like a large flower
Fountain in Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City


Do share your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you! And please include your name in case WP marks you 'anonymous' - thank you