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  • Color is one of my favorite topics; I am always trying to encourage my friends to 'look at the colors.' Some places are famous for colors which make it so easy; other times one has to be quiet and use effort to 'see' the colors.
    Sometimes colors are shades of gray; as artists have taught me, grays too function just like colors, and so do shadows, but unlike artists I have not the talent to exploit shadows in the ways that they do (although I wishfully try when making B/W photos).

    These colors you see here are the result of a Mayan woman in Guatemala showing her wares for sale on a beach in Belize. Mayans, it seems, have a great knack for blending colors and since the first time I was exposed to them, Easter, 1975, (which sort of makes these days a 37th anniversary) I have always marveled at their use of color.

    Colors can also be imbedded in one's character ('he showed his true colors'); utilized to describe one's personality (see Berkman and others); be the descriptors of the times or great events (it was a black day); and make great quick references for allegiances (from country to your favorite sports teams); or celebrated in song, ("True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper, just one of many). Seeing a food's color can instantly make it appetizing or not, even if we aren't aware of what it is. Or, if it is different to our expectation color can make us think it food is bad when it is not (ever eat pancakes under a black light?)

    In essence, there is so little that isn't influenced by colors it makes me wonder what blind folks use in lieu of colors for such varied differentiation? Maybe sounds, smells or touch for them have nuances that normal sighted folks don't appreciate that function as the enhancement, or subtle impressions given by colors?

    Colors inspire, ranging from calmness to rage (always wondered why the bull hates red). Of course, the good guy always wears the white hat and the bad guy has the black one (who started that trend anyway?) although Zorro was one exception. And, the descriptions the home designers give to colors and the strength they accord them totally fascinates me. Where do they come up with all this stuff?

    But most of all, colors are unique and personable to each of us and perhaps under appreciated. So, to you, dear color....thank you for all that you are to each and everyone of us, (whether we recognize it or not).
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