Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A World of Blue

Kiki, at Awake with Charm & Spirit, created a vibrant post, The Color Essence of Blues, in both words and photos that told her story of blue. She invited others to post their story of blue, too. So here is my photo story of blue, a color that inspires joy, harkens to sorrow, and yet calms the soul.

Navy, periwinkle, skye, baby, robin egg blue…blue emanates from above, below and in the very center of my being. Down a country road on an early evening in June, a golden wheat field capped with heavenly blue whispers in a subtle breeze.
Larry's Wheat Field
“A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold.”
~Carole King Tapestry

Larger than life, Munchkin land vibrant flowers grow in a small circular bed in Van Wert, Ohio. The blue metal art flowers come from the imagination of Robbie Adams of the Van Wert Street Artists.
Fantasy in Blue
“Blue oblivion, largely lit, smiled and smiled at me.”
~William R. Benet

One afternoon, I sped past a road heading for my sister’s home. Out of the corner of my eye I spied two long borders of blue stretching down each side of a back road. I didn’t have time to stop, but I vowed I’d return in a few days to take some photos of the blue drift. On an early Sunday morning, I returned. A Path of Blue
“I cannot decide, but this I know…it is some blue flower.”
~Alice Morse Earle

Chicory is the color of blue I want in my next garden. A powerful, electric blue as a bud that softens with age. Chickory Blue
“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower whence came thy dazzling hue?”
~James Montgomery

In humble attitude I walked Woodlawn Cemetery on an Indian summer Sunday in November snapping photos of angelic statues, scenic hills, and autumn color. Amidst the stories of the past a chapel rises with a blue window that captured the light.
Through a Blue Window
“Oh! darkly, deeply beautiful blue. As someone somewhere sings about the sky.”
~Lord Byron

Blue is a color, a place, a music genre, and a feeling. Just a few months ago I captured my grandson sitting on his skateboard, his posture emphasizing his earlier words, “Mimi..I’m lonely.” For a moment he was little boy blue breaking my heart and in the pass of the sun from beneath a cloud, he hopped on his board and performed an ollie.

Little Boy Blue
“When ever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” ~L. Frank Baum

The painting on the wall speaks to me of simplicity in blue. A street café, washing on the line, and winding streets that wander through unknown towns and cities. The Doug Fiely painting belongs to my daughter.
Scene in Blue
“Reeling—through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue.”
~Emily Dickinson

A pot of lobelia hung in the frame of an arbor in Bryan, Ohio’s Central Park made me smile. Lobelia has long been a favorite flower for planting in the shade, along with a myriad of other annuals that create overflowing planters and beds.
Blue Lobelia
The important thing is to know this flower, look at its color until the blueness becomes as real as a keynote of music.”
~Sally Carrighar

Outside, over there stands a blue spruce. I look out at it every day as I dream of other places, other times, and of him”
Blue Spruce
“And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wishes for blue a whet.”
~Robert Frost

For five years every Craigville Beach sunset on Cape Cod that I witnessed became a gift. For who knew that time in my paradise would draw to a close and the world of blue ocean become something new.
An Ocean of Blue Sunset
“And the day climbs down from its blue-loft bed on a slanting ladder of sunbeams, pauses a moment between the trees, airy-light young.”
~Hans Borli

Please take time to check out Awake with Charm & Spirit. While you're there you'll find links to more blogs that embrace the story of blue in the comment section.


  1. What wonderful lawn ornamentaion. We need to add Van Wert to our list of places to go in our adoptive state.

  2. Wow! You have put together a collection of so many different things, all sharing the theme of blue. I think I love the chicory and lobelia most of all.

  3. As well as your photos, I love the quotes you used in your post. They are so fitting!

  4. Wow!! What a gift! I truly enjoyed this journey of blue!Very unique..I loooved it..the art, photos, the stories.. the quotes..the tender moments little boy blue..your words...wonderful!! AWESOME!! This stole my heart! Thankyou for creating a wonderful post!! MAGIC!Thankyou for sharing and creating such a beautiful inspiring journey in blue!!
    PS; loved the metal art flowers..awesome. I always love being introduced to creative spirits!

  5. Jim and Kiki... I felt like I was in a magical garden when I saw those larger than life flowers. I looked for the Van Wert Street Artists website, but it's no longer there. I do know it's a family of artists. I found this site that gives a little more information.

    Thank you for visiting the Cottage.

  6. Noelle...thanks for visiting me on my nw Ohio blog again. I adore blue flowers, especially hydrangea and delphinium, but when it comes to wild nothing is as lovely as chickory on the roadside. I could do a wicked rant about ditch mowing and spraying meaning the demise of the plants that soften country roadsides and our natural world.

  7. Mary Delle...I'm a word person, so I besides writing I collect quotes. Taking a quote and finding a photo that speaks to that quote is a favorite of mine. Thanks so much for visiting!

  8. Kiki... you have got to be one of the most enthusiastic, excited beings that walks this earth. Your spirit inspires. Thank you for the exuberant response to my blue story.

  9. Hey, great quotes! And I am just going ga-ga over your blue photos. I am loving blue more and more everyday! I used to be a purple fantatic, (still am,) but Kiki got me thinking about blue in a new way. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.
    Take care

  10. I really enjoyed your blue post. I love the Chicory, what a pretty color. The blue window is really nice too.

  11. Wow..Thank you for your kind sweet words!I am touched! You are a beautiful hearted and special spirit yourself!Thankyou you again for your inspiring creation!!yay!

  12. What an inspiring post. It is really true, it is only with our hearts that we can see (as said by The Little Prince).

  13. I want to give you a big thank you for your comment on my post on desert plants. Yes these strange plants do have their own beauty.

  14. Your series of photos is inspirational. I am so glad that I found your blog and this post. I will be back. Thank you!

  15. I was feeling blue today. Your beautiful, poetic post lifted my spirits. Pamela

  16. I really enjoyed your Blue post. So many shades & moods. I love the Chicory. Give your grandson a blogger's hug, what a doll. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  17. Pamela,

    Welcome to The Cottage on the Corner and I'm so happy to discover that my blog lifted your spirits. I hope you're feeling better. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Thanks to each of you who took the time to check out my World of Blue post and leave a comment. It was so much fun wandering around the blogosphere seeing how others use blue in the garden and reading their thoughts on blue.

    A great big thank you to Kiki for coming up with this great idea.

    Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you.

  19. I just love your blues! I enjoyed your lovely post, and the quotations taken from well-known writers...a perfect touch;-)

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  21. mmesOEG - hallo guys :D

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