Its 3 AM and I’m going for a walk. Join me?!
Pitch black. A furnace of midnight heat blasts. Further sleep evades, I rise. Too early for a real walk, too dark to paint. But, I can ‘walk’ in my library. With cooling colors and refreshing water. Lets go!
Water and Color
First Stop on the Walk
First Stop… the cobalt teal waters of Esperance, Western Australia with sand of a stunning white and buff that is sheer delight to walk on. (Definitely a bucket list place to go.)
The cobalt teal blue is a lovely and cooling color; I don’t even have to actually be in the water, just looking at the color is enough to cause a sensation of cool. Lovely!
The waters of Esperance are mild and enjoyable to dip in and have a refreshing swim.
Second Stop – Walk of Color and Water
Next stop on my walk is the Pacific North West. Hood Canal. This is just east of Seattle by about 50 miles roughly.
The sand, pebbles, and seagrass in their neutral greys and beiges and umbers are seen with absolute perfect clarity in these pristine but bracing waters. The depth of the water here was about 4-5 feet. Pretty clear.
Not what I would now call ‘swimmable’ but… in my early youth I was an avid arctic ice breaker. Enjoying the icy feel was invigorating. Perhaps ‘numbing.’
At one point I was keen (desperate) enough to water ski, non stop, around an 18 mile island without nosediving into the polar temperatures. Good for me!
It was quite early summer and before the Puget Sound waters really warmed up. That whole extra 2 degrees.
Frigid waters, ah come on, that just added incentive. I was a bit older at that stage.
Third Stop on the Walk
Next stop, I’m at my very good friend’s house.
Up north. Australia. Murrurrundi, New South Wales. This is near Tamworth and the Great Dividing Range. Hanging Rock, Nundle are old gold digging sites nearby. So too is Ruby Hill a place where you can fossick for garnets, right off the road. Great fun. Til you meet hot red belly black snakes at breeding season. (Wear jeans and boots.)
And when the mist and fog sets in, the forest trees in the high country looks like a scene right out of “A Man From Snowy River.” Stunning!
Back at my friend’s house, a rain shower had passed over and left a multitude of thirst quenching droplets for the garden.
The rich burgundy color of the top petal is echoed in the background with the deep green complementing wonderfully. A lovely, cool and refreshing vision.
Yes, this is the same friend from Waiting on a Friend.
And finally, back home. The rose covered in raindrops in my garden.
Well, it was my neighbor’s garden, you’re right. You remembered! If you forgot, or missed that post, check it out.
My morning walk with water and color is finished, I had fun. I think I feel cooler and refreshed. I’m pretty sure I do. How about you?
Thanks for keeping me company, so early on a Water Color Wednesday!