Dark red hollyhock with raindrops
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Gallery: what’s in a name? Burgundy / Beaujolais / Ruby reds

O for a beaker full of the warm South,

Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,

With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,

And purple-stained mouth;

John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

A brief extract from one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets to introduce a gallery of burgundy-red images. Of course this colour takes its name from a red wine, the French Burgundy, but we might just as well use the name of any other red wine to describe it. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, the French themselves tend to instead call the colour Bordeaux!

Whatever we call it we can find it in so many places, both in nature and man-made. I’ve been away travelling but with Terri’s helpful advance notice of this week’s Sunday Stills theme I trawled through my files before I went and unearthed these images, ready to post on my return.

More about those travels in due course (I was in Seville); for now, I hope you enjoy these ruby reds. You’ll even spot some wine among them!

Lady in dark red robes

Visitor to the Forbidden City in Beijing

Lady in white and dark red dress

Sightseer at the Qutb Minar in Delhi


Lady in dark red headdress sitting by a fence

Berber woman in Wahiba Sands, Oman


Man in wine coloured robe carrying a camera

Monk visiting the Lama Temple in Beijing

Elderly lady in wine coloured robe

In Marrakesh


Man in white wig and red jacket

Street mime in Leipzig

Young girl in red top pulling faces

At the Pak Ou Caves in Laos – the daughter of the custodian


Dark red tuk-tuk parked in front of advertising posters

Tuk-tuk in Panajachel, Guatemala


Tail fin of a dark red Bel Air car

At the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NM

Dark red car in front of low colonial style houses

Car in Cuba


Red lovers' padlock

On the Via dell’Amore on the Cinque Terre

Close-up of statue's hand with dark red rose

Statue of Yordan Raditchkov outside the Royal Palace in Sofia


Modern church with low red roof

Church near Puerto Varas, Chile


Cosy-looking restaurant exterior at night

Restaurant on the Left Bank, Paris


Glass with red drink on a cafe table at night

Glass of Kir Royale, Paris

Suspended glass globes with red and white wine

At the wine museum in Koblenz


Sack of dried chillies

Dried chillies in Jaipur market

Red beans on a wooden table

Beans for sale in Pisac market, Peru


Umbrella-shaped dark red flowers

In the botanic gardens on Santiago, Cape Verde


Head of a bird with dark red eye patch

White-naped crane, Jersey Zoo


Dark red wall with sign advertising taxis

Sign in Marrakesh

Painting of masked figure on red wall

Wall decoration at the Hungry Lion restaurant in Negril, Jamaica


Dark red door and frame in an adobe wall

Doorway in Mesilla, New Mexico


Red heart sign 'Love will find a way'

Spotted in Glastonbury

Light through red stained glass falling on a wall

Stained glass in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge


Red turban on a wall

Turban on a wall somewhere in Rajasthan


Dark red rug hanging on terracotta wall

In the Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakesh

Two large dark red petals

Banana flowers in the morning market in Luang Prabang

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