Gallery: the colours of the season
Red and green should never be seen without a colour in between.Old saying
Whoever coined that old phrase clearly didn’t have Christmas in mind. Surely there are no two more seasonal colours than red and green?
But it’s not just at Christmas that these two pair up beautifully, as I hope my photos below, shared for Cee’s CFFC Holiday Colours theme, will illustrate. As a bonus they also fit last week’s Basically Two Colours one as well!
Hover over the photos to see the captions; or click on any one of them to open a slide show!
To read all about the haunting Bake-Jizō, see my post The Bake-Jizō of Kanmangafuchi Abyss.
I have heard that old saying but without the last clause. One can’t help but feel the colours are Christmasy, even though the Christmas plants that allude to this colour combination don’t flower here in summer. (Ironically). One plant, the New Zealand Pohutakawa does, but seeing yours, I would have to vote for the poppy and its seedpods.
Thank you Amanda, glad you found these Christmassy! I’m with you on the poppies – one of my favourite flowers 🙂
Are they used as a symbol of remembrance of soldier sacrifice in WWI on November 11 in your parts, too?
Yes, absolutely – paper ones sold to wear on our lapels, wreaths left at war memorials and so on. But of course it’s completely the wrong time of year here to have fresh ones.
Wonderful collection you have posted for this challenge!
Thank you Katy 😊
The reds are very striking…love the sculptures with the red scarf and beanies the best 🎄
Thanks so much Teresa 🙂 Those Bake-Jizō in Nikko were a poignant sight but they do also make for great photos!
Congratulations! I have featured this post on CFFC for this week.
I hope your week has been wonderful so far.
Thanks so much Cee, I really appreciate that 🙂 Thank you too for hosting so many fun challenges throughout the year, and here’s to more blogging fun in 2022!
Here is to 2022 😀 😀
Lovely collection, I especially like the red berets (Bake-Jizō in Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Nikko, Japan)
Thank you – the Bake-Jizō were a really poignant sight but also very photogenic!
Such cheerful reds, Sarah! I notice them far more than the green. Hoping you have a joyful Christmas, whatever you have planned.
Thanks so much Jo 🙂 I think the big question right now is, will we be able to do what we have planned?! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too 🎄🎅🎉
There has to be a better way to deal with this than the way it’s being handled at the moment, Sarah, but I’m just hoping I can navigate through and keep smiling. 🎅☃️🎄💕
Amen to that Jo!
I like these two colours together … it shows their beauty in your pictures! The red autumn leaves are really lovely (but so are the rest of your photo’s) 😄.
Thank you for that kind compliment 😀
When I was taking Home Ec (sewing) in 7th grade c 1949 it was “Blue and Green should not be seen without a color in between” because our teacher told us that blue and green together clashed. My BFF did not agree. She said, what about the sky and grass? I think they were using the color wheel theory – two colors next to each other on the color wheel clashed. My opinion is that neither of the saying is correct.
When I started a still life painting class, for the first painting, the teacher restricted us to two colors (plus white and black). I picked blue and yellow and of course I got green too when I mixed them. Blue and green would not have worked well, and I don’t think red and green would have worked well either. It would have to be two primary colors.
Interesting Rosalie 🙂 Several people (here and on Facebook) have suggested that the saying is ‘blue and green’ rather than red, but I’ve seen both – and obviously red suited my purpose better on this occasion!
Green and red are complementary colors. Your teacher didn’t know what she was talking about. They are complementary because the secondary color (green) is made up of the other two primary colors (blue and yellow), not red. Other complementary colors are: blue and orange, purple and yellow. Notice how many athletic teams use these combinations! What I learned about the color wheel and complementary colors is that artists use complementary colors to make their subjects “pop” – in other words, one of the colors makes the other color stand out.
Well it wasn’t a specific teacher, just a saying I’ve heard quoted 🙂 As Rosalie has pointed out, others say ‘blue and green’ but that seems equally wrong to me – you only have to look at a green tree against a blue sky!
amoralegria – exactly what I was thinking. Red and green are complimentary. and there are other colors between them on the color wheel. THe saying doesn’t really make good sense either way, but if we assume that it comes from the colors on the color wheel, it has to be blue and green. It makes a great seasonal photo essay as red and green. But maybe later you can do one on blue and green to show that it isn’t correct there either.!!!
That could be a good idea for a post Rosalie – thank you 😀
Nature certainly offers the best ‘holiday’ decorations.
Very true Rose 🙂
Gorgeous gallery Sarah
Thank you Alison 😊
The spirit of Christmas made real.
Ah, thanks Mari – that’s just the effect I was aiming for 🎄🎄🎄
Oh Sarah, your reds and greens are gorgeous 😀 😀
Thank you Cee, I’m happy you liked them 🙂
Red and green quilts for me all season long💕
That sounds festive!
The version I heard (from an English colleague) was ‘blue and green should not be seen’ — but he was talking about clothing styles.
I’ve heard various versions Don, but I think the red and green one is the more common. And to be honest, I think most colours go with green – you only have to look at flowers to see the truth of that!