Faraway Blue

Sep 03, 2022

For my fellow lovers of blue. One of the most beautiful things I have ever read:

"The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water.

Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue.

The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue...

The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go...Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world."

From "Field Guide to Getting Lost" by Rebecca Solnit

Want to read more? Here's an excellent anthology on the magic and meaning of the color blue: https://www.themarginalian.org/.../two-hundred-years-of.../

Peace, Love, & Travel




PHOTO: Navarre, Florida. "Faraway Blue" prints & cards available at my shop at https://www.redbubble.com/people/archelonstudios/

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