Blue Plumage — Tails of a Twitcher

The color blue is commonly found in nature. Many varieties of birds found in our own backyards exhibit a shade of blue. While some colors in plumage are the result of a pigment, the blue in feathers is due to their structure. Light refracts off of the feather proteins and we see it as blue. […]

via Blue Plumage — Tails of a Twitcher

A Royal Hue: ‘Living Coral’ Crowned Color Of The Year For 2019 — News : NPR

Pantone chose the “vibrant, yet mellow” shade for its ability to bridge the natural and digital worlds. The pick comes at a poignant time, given the existential threats the color’s namesake now faces.(Image credit: Courtesy of Pantone Color Institute)

via A Royal Hue: ‘Living Coral’ Crowned Color Of The Year For 2019 — News : NPR

Early Autumn, a time for contemplation

The leaves are gradually changing colour, lighting up the early Autumn landscape with splashes and swaths of glorious orange, gold, yellow, red, burgundy, crimson, brown and maroon splendour.  In a week or so, the forests, roadsides and countryside will be at their peak, on fire with intense colour.  Mother Nature’s fashion show: my favourite time of year is here again.  I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy another Autumn in central Ontario.


Around every corner is yet another inspirational scene.

Yellow daisy-like flowers spring up every Fall along this section of our backroad.  I couldn’t resist taking a video of them as they were gently swaying in the early afternoon autumn breeze.

They are bewitching in the sunlight, so bright and cheery.  Maybe the flowers are nature’s way of reminding those who pass by to slow down and enjoy them for a moment for winter is on it’s way soon.

Marshland, grasses and ground cover is equally stunning this time of year.

Soon winter will be here and the landscape will be blanketed in snow. But, I’ll be content to revive these memories of this Fall’s colour show.

Such reflection will see me through the cold winter, through the new, bright greens of spring and, God willing, eventually to the enjoyment of the splendour of another Autumn.

A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans

Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

Zebra finch in colour perception experiment

“Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

They can lump nearby hues in the colour spectrum into categories, such as shades that are generally red, or generally orange.

A study now shows that this affects their ability to distinguish between certain colours.

The findings, by a team from Duke University in North Carolina, are published in the journal Nature. “

via A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

Full link to this interesting article here.