Green weed in fast flowing water
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Gallery: what is green?

Green is the colour of nature, the colour of spring and summer. It is restful on the eye and calming to the soul. I think it must have inspired more poets and authors than any other colour. And there are almost as many shades of green in our world as there are writers to describe them. Or indeed photographers to try to capture and preserve their beauty!

What is green? The grass is green,

With small flowers between.

Christina Rossetti

Field surrounded by hedges with blue sky above
At Runnymede west of London

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.

Pablo Neruda

Swan on a pond with weeping willows
At Gooderstone Water Gardens, Norfolk

Nature in her green, tranquil woods heals and soothes all afflictions.

John Muir

Tall trees with hanging moss
In the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

Martin Luther

Looking down at tree tops
Looking down on the cloud forest trees of Selvatura, Costa Rica

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,

And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;

William Blake

Stream through woodland
Near Kim Il Sung’s Secret Camp on Mount Paektu, North Korea

For still there are so many things that I have never seen:

In every wood in every spring there is a different green.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Bright green leaves
In the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State

No one thinks of winter when the grass is green.

Rudyard Kipling

Green field with cows, wooden fence and trees
A farm in central Costa Rica

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Robert Frost

Water with rocks, green lichen and grasses
Run-off from Sólheimajökull, a glacier on Iceland’s south coast

If you were a cloud, and sailed up there,

You’d sail on water as blue as air,

And you’d see me here in the fields and say:

‘Doesn’t the sky look green today?

A. A. Milne

Little boy in a field of yellow/green flowers
Our friend’s son in a rape field in Burgenland, Austria

I’m sharing these for Sandy’s Friendly Friday ‘Green’ challenge. I’d rather be away in Sofia and too busy seeing the sights to blog, but thanks to Covid at least I have the consolation of being able to join in some of the weekend’s challenges!


    • Sarah Wilkie

      Thanks so much Annie 🙂 Sorry again for the delay in replying to comments but I’ve been away for the weekend celebrating my nephew’s wedding!

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Thanks so much Siobhan 😊 That top photo is of a small stream in the Hoh Rainforest, quite near the Visitor Centre if I remember rightly – we had to cross it to start our walk.

  • wetanddustyroads

    For me, green is definitely synonymous with nature. And I think the UK is the best place to seek for green landscapes … look at that lovely picture in Norfolk (oh, and after our visit to New Zealand – that must be a close second for green countries)! I’m also surprised to see how green Costa Rica is.
    Oh, and I hope you are much better now … take good care of yourself.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      The UK is wonderful for green landscapes, yes, but it isn’t alone in that 🙂 Costa Rica is incredibly green – much of it is rainforest or cloud forest. I haven’t been to New Zealand but I have seen enough photos to know that you are right about its greenness too.
      Thanks for asking after me. I’m still coughing and still testing positive (as of yesterday) but not feeling too bad. I seem to have got off lightly, thanks probably to my three doses of the vaccine 🙂

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Haha yes – and referees always wore black (never shocking pink!!), and players didn’t have their names on their shirts and no advertising either!

  • the eternal traveller

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Like you, we’ve picked it up in the last week too and also thanking our lucky stars because we have a trip booked in July. Better to get it over and done with.

  • Sandy

    Lovely shots Sarah. Cool and refreshing!

    What do you mean about Sofia, are you saying that you’re down with Covid? I do hope you’ll feel better soon. Some in my family have had it, but thankfully recovered without complications.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Hi Sandy – yes, after two and a half years it finally caught up with me! I mentioned it in Thursday’s post but I don’t think many people have picked up on it as yet. It’s not proving a major issue apart from the cancelled trip – just rather a lot of coughing and a few cold-like symptoms. Rotten timing but it could have been worse. My nephew is getting married in two weeks’ time so hopefully I’ll be fine for that 🙂

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