“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
– Eleonora Duse
June 6, 2015
Blue seems to be calling to me today.
In our sea of woodlands green, the color blue catches my eye like a glittering fish underwater. And today, just like that fish in the sea, sparkling for but a moment then disappearing, my eye held an iridescent blue butterfly for a flicker of time then lost it to the current of emerald treetops. So longing to behold that beauty again, I’ve been lucky enough to see this striking black and iridescent blue butterfly more than once. After a little research, I’ve identified it as a Red Spotted Purple butterfly. These angelic butterflies have a beautiful contrast of deep black across the whole surface of their wings with rows of iridescent blue patches on their hind wings.
On my evening walk, with my little one in tow, again, a bird’s bright blue feathers get my attention. No, it’s not a Blue Jay. Those are everywhere here in Southeast Texas and even as striking as their blue, white and black feathers are, they are so common I barely notice them anymore. This bird, however, was very plain, but the color spread across its back and wings was so unique I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Mostly a deep blue, almost bright purple body, it also sported a light red patch across its throat. I knew immediately it was too big to be a hummingbird so I was at a loss for its name, but later recognized it as an Eastern Bluebird. After near extinction in the early 1900’s, this bird is now becoming a more and more common sight in North America. I wondered how I’ve never noticed this bird before, but it was only in following the path along the road, against the open blue sky that my eye caught it.
So blue became my color today. Known for peace and tranquility, it is one of humanity’s most beloved hues and one I love now even more.
Which colors in nature have been beckoning you this season? What do colors in nature mean to you?