Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Picture Blog #2 : Crayon In Nature

Color is an important aspect of an image.

Color play can give you an infinite way to create images. There are almost no rules as to how one should play with colors and that is where all the great fun begins.

When an image has many colors, it excites me. Sometimes, it may also confuse me.

When an image is in black and white, it allows me a greater room for imagination. I get to fill the colors in my mind, the way I want it to be.

When an image is predominantly in one color, it simply brings out a particular emotion. It may make me feel calm, agitated, enthusiastic, peaceful or elated.

In this picture blog, I have include 20 'colorful', 'colorless' and 'mono-color' pictures, all taken from our wonderful nature. The next time you walk around, do appreciate how Mother Earth has done with her color palette.


Green may be the most common color found in nature. It is everywhere from leaves, grass, and moss to snakes, butterflies, and even the northern lights. Green represents life, vitality, nature, and, of course, environmentalism.

Tree Frogs

In a nocturnal rendezvous,
two green tree frogs meet face-to-face
atop a leaf in Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Delta.

Serpertine River

A bird's-eye view captures the serpentine course
of a river in Peru’s mountainous Chachapoya region.
Herds of grazing cattle can be seen as tiny specks
on the vast, green landscape.


Blue is a common thread in nature and it is t
he sweeping color of sea and sky. Over the centuries, the hue has come to represent calm, cold, mysticism, and sadness.

Grand Canyon

Though it's better known for shades of red,
the Grand Canyon is shrouded in blue as night descends
on its foggy, snow-covered walls.

Arctic Aurora

The sky over Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada,
churns with light from an aurora borealis.


Yellow evokes the shine of the sun and is found throughout nature and the man-made world as a color that commands attention. This highly visible hue is found on everything from bumblebees to school buses, traffic signs to highlighters.

Sunflowers like this one in Asheville, North Carolina,
are prized for their beauty but also for their seeds and oil.

Desert in Bloom
Encouraged to bloom by rare rainstorms,
a sea of wildflowers blankets the sand dunes of
Australia's Simpson Desert National Park.
The area averages fewer than 15cm of rain per year.


Red, the color of human blood, symbolizes passion, fire, love, and anger. In Eastern cultures, it also connotes luck and prosperity. Red occurs throughout nature, from dying stars to dying leaves, and humans have evoked its powers for everything from politics to sports.

Maple Leaves

A Maryland maple tree shows off the flaming foliage
beloved by "leaf-peepers."
Experts say most people judge the quality of each autumn's foliage
by the prevalence of red leaves.

Arctic Rainbow

A rainbow is reflected in Arctic icy waters in Canada's Foxe Basin.
Data from submarines suggest that
Arctic sea ice has thinned by 40% in the past 30 years.
As more water is exposed,
the upper ocean absorbs more sunshine,
speeding up the decline.


Purple is a versatile color. Combining the fire of red with the serenity of blue, it has the ability to soothe as well as excite passion. Purple is prevalent in nature in everything from eggplants to amethysts, and humans have adopted it as a symbol of royalty.

Purple Flowers

A close-up shows purple crocuses
flecked with bright yellow pollen in Washington, D.C.

Purple Sea Star
This brilliant purple sea star was photographed
in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Though they are commonly called starfish,
these animals are not fish at all.
They are echinoderms, closely related to sea urchins.


A balance of playful yellow and passionate red, orange commands attention without overwhelming. This often flamboyant color brings to mind citrus and sunsets, fall leaves, and jack-o'-lanterns. Orange has even been found to stimulate appetite and creativity in humans.

arantula Hair
An extreme close-up shows
the delicate hair of an orange baboon tarantula,
a resident of the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
This large, aggressive species is native to Africa.

Giraffe Silhouettes
Three giraffes in Botswana's Okavango Delta
stretch their necks above the horizon before a glowing orange sky.


Natural and earthy, brown's warm tones are familiar in nature—think of rough tree bark, fluid mudflows, and dense animal fur, like that of the Kodiak bear pictured above. The color, which represents wholesomeness and earthiness, also shows up in man-made goods from clothing to chocolate.

Asian Lion

Only 200 or so Asian lions exist in the wild.
A former royal reserve, India's Gir Forest,
is the last home of this lion subspecies.

Desert Grass
The green of a lone plant lends stark contrast
to the empty expanse of sand in this desert scene.
The photographer used the sweep of the dune
to frame the plant and applied the rule of thirds
in composing the landscape.


White is found in nature in objects such as clouds, snow and flowers. In many cultures, it is often being related to purity, freedom and cleanness.

Snowy Spires

This is an unexplored mountain range at the southern tip of Chile,
an enticing snow spire in the distance.

Polar Bear
As Arctic ice begins to melt, polar bears leave the tundra
and venture onto the frozen ocean in search of seals to prey on.
Their sharp claws and the fur on the bottoms of their feet
give them traction on the slippery surface.

Color Spectrum

Nature is colorful and sometimes many colors may just converge on one object. The most commonly known colorful object found in nature has to be rainbow. While the color play in this case may look vibrant, a generous speck of color in nature may suggest danger. For example, colourful frogs and mushrooms are often poisonous.


Lionfish (Pterois antennata), such as this juvenile,
hide during the day in coral overhangs
and emerge at night.

Fall Foliage
Delicate red leaves frame lighter foliage and
a reflection on the Wenatchee River, Washington.

Black & White

Black is a mysterious color. In nature, black is used to describe the unknown such as the 'Black Hole'. Black and White offers the greatest contrast of colors. When put together, they too can create natural beauty just like other colors.

Zebra Stripes

Black-and-white stripes ripple across
the hide of a Grant's zebra.

Giant Panda, Up Close
Pandas are one of the most popular zoo animals.
Because they are so difficult to track in the wild,
most of what we know about pandas
comes from studying their behavior in zoos.

"Just living is not enough.
One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
~Hans christian Anderson ~

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