Colors on the boats and harbor at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco add to contrast to the clouds in the sky
A boy poses with his colorfully decorated buffaloes in rural Kayavarohan, Gujarat, India
India has always been exalted and remembered fondly as the country of symbolic colors. The symbolism of color stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations. In India, be it the north, south, west, or east, color and culture go hand in hand. Flowers in India are no exception. Here is a sample of the traditional deep orange and yellow color combination in a flower.
The colorful landscape of Yellowstone National Park is unique and draws visitors from all over the world.
The iconic image of Yellowstone is an expansive spring with rainbow-like colors radiating from its center, dominated by a fiery orange hue at its edges. Though these dazzlingly painted hot springs seem fit only for picture books, their colors come from very real, and very earthly, microscopic creatures.
Hiding out in the park’s hot springs — where temperatures are high enough to blister your skin and as acidic as liquid in a car battery — are heat-loving microbes. And they’re thriving. Where you see rings of color, there are, most of the time, rings of different bacteria, each group adapted to the conditions, such as temperature and pH (how acidic a solution is) of their environments.
Many of the bright colors found in Yellowstone’s hydrothermal basins come from thermophiles—microorganisms that thrive in hot temperatures. So many individual microorganisms are grouped together—trillions! —that they appear as masses of color.
Old Faithful may be more famous, but the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone. That’s because of its crazy-bright colors and enormous size. The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. Its colors match most of those seen in the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue
While we were there, steam covered the Grand Prismatic and did not reveal its brilliant colors, but adjoining springs were equally colorful and will be posted next.
Best known for its stunning display of vivid color, Yellowstone National Park is an undoubted national treasure. The reds, yellows and browns of the mud in the images below are derived from oxidation states of the iron in the mud.
Amazingly vibrant color, more than any other single thing, is what puts Yellowstone in a league all by itself. Here is an example of abstract art created by natural living organisms.
Yellowstone National Park is an undoubted national treasure, best known for its stunning display of vivid color. Surprisingly, living organisms are actually what cause the bright colorations at Yellowstone. More specifically, there are several species of bacteria that can only survive in specific temperatures and acid levels.
Here are examples of colorful formations that are not circular ……
What created the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone pink and yellow colors? Mineral stains mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls. For thousands of years, upwardly percolating fluids have altered the chemistry of the rocks, turning them yellow, red, white, and pink.
Dramatically lighted, multi-colored clouds against a foreground of green trees forms a landscape image in Florida
While it might seem like a simple cluster of bamboo trucks, it reflects a colorful asymmetrical design of nature
Who needs color when nature creates monochrome, mystic, landscape images in the fog!
Cape Marguerite Daisy and Garden Cosmos combine to form a spectacular color collage of nature. With this we end our extended series on flowers.
Wax begonia is a compact, mounded, succulent, and fibrous-rooted plant with fleshy stems and green to bronze leaves. Loose clusters of cymes in leaf axils, single or double and in various colors. Found these in Santa Monica, California.
Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’ (Nodding Pincushion) – A dense compact shrub produces an abundance of 4 inch wide pincushion flowers. The multi-colored flower heads start a salmon pink color and then open to expose the orange-yellow perianth styles and shiny red tepals that look like ribbons. Captured in Santa Monica, California.
Mystic Illusion Dahlia has stunning dark foliage that is almost black in color. The bright yellow daisy looking flowers with expressive golden-brown eyes create a stunning contrast of color and texture.
Mountain Hydrangea lives up to its name. It shares the showy blooms and beautiful pink or purple color of big-leaf hydrangeas, but because it grows wild on the chilly mountain tops instead of the mild seaside, it naturally developed substantially better cold tolerance. The sturdy lacecap blooms will be bright pink or deep purple-blue, depending on your soil pH, and the handsome dark green foliage resists wilting. Found these in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
A tropical vine with lots of color, Bougainvillea plants are tough as nails, which includes their nail-like thorns. These plants put on a spectacular show of color in spring on their fresh new growth. Bougainvillea is native to Central and South America and commonly cultivated in South Florida, Arizona, South Texas and Southern California. Here is a collection from Santa Monica, California.