Color your World: Scarlet

Scarlet is brilliant red color with a tinge of orange. In the spectrum of visible light, and on the traditional color wheel, it is one-quarter of the way between red and orange, slightly less orange than vermilion.

According to surveys in Europe and the United States, scarlet and other bright shades of red are the colors most associated with courage, force, passion, heat, and joy. In the Roman Catholic Church, scarlet is the color worn by a cardinal, and is associated with the blood of Christ and the Christian martyrs, and with sacrifice.

This is the color now called scarlet in Crayola crayons. It was originally formulated as torch red in 1998 and then renamed scarlet by Crayola in 2000.IMG_4460badge


Color your World: Salmon

Salmon is a range of pale pinkish-orange to light pink colors, named after the color of salmon flesh.
 The first recorded use of salmon as a color name in English was in 1776. The actual color of salmon flesh varies from almost white to deep pink, depending on their levels of the carotenoid astaxanthin due to how rich a diet of krill and shrimp the fish feeds on; salmon raised on fish farms are given artificial coloring in their food.

 Crayola introduced the  Salmon colour  in 1949.


Color your World: Robin’s egg blue

The color robin egg blue is a web-safe color and an official Crayola color. In the early 1990s, the crayon was originally included unlabeled in Crayola boxes, and purchasers were asked to submit ideas for the color’s name. Among the contest winners, this color was named by Christopher Straub (Age: 8).

Robin egg blue, also called eggshell blue, approximates the shade of the eggs laid by the American robin.

The first recorded use of robin egg blue as a color name in English was in 1873.IMG_4827badge



garden photography : A Bokmakierie in my garden

In March Jude is  looking for Wildlife in the Garden

The bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus) is a bush shrike.

This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique.

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It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in urban areas. The bulky cup nest is constructed in a hedge, a scrub or tree fork.

DSC_0200 (2)The adult bokmakierie is a 22–23 cm long bird with olive-green upperparts and a  bright yellow tip to the black tail.

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The bokmakierie has a range of loud whistles and calls, often given in duet, but the most typical is the one that gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik.DSC_0207 (2)