Aquamarine and Boysenberry
My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green,
But I’m told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it’s silver when it’s wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.
- Shel Silverstein, “Colors”
I follow a blog called All Write. It is written by a man whose pen name is Harper Faulkner. He is a very good writer, which is just what I would expect of a person whose pen name is so inspired. Harper has said nice things about my Colour Stories (though I am sure he would spell the word Color) and even suggested he would like to see some photos of his favourite colour – aquamarine with a hint of boysenberry in it.
I had to look both colours up to be sure what they are. Aquamarine – I think that is the official colour that timeshare units are decorated in for the Canadian visitors to Florida. Boysenberry seems to be quite a regal colour, but because I have never seen a boysenberry, let alone eaten one, I’m not entirely sure this is the colour Harper was thinking of.
No matter. With a little bit of magic in Photoshop Elements, I came up with a colour that I have named Aquaboyse.
I scoured my photos in order to show aquaboyse at work, but I was not all that successful. It doesn’t seem to be a colour in Mother Nature’s palette. The closest I could find were four photos of water. The Latin word for water is aqua, hence the word ‘aquamarine’, which must mean sea water; ‘Aqua pura’ meaning Pure Water; ‘Aqua vitae’ or the Water of Life (alcoholic spirits) and ‘Aqua concus dipporum’ meaning go soak your head.
My first water photo is at the Xel-Ha Park in Mexico. It is a nature reserve, but also a tourist recreation park. The lagoons are full of fish watching people, and people watching fish. The water is crystal clear and almost aquaboyse in colour!
The second photo is a lake at Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia. Because it is fed by a creek that flows down from the hot springs above, it stays ice free all winter long. The plants that grow on the bottom of the lake help to give the water a bit of an aquaboyse colour.
The third photo are the Dhows in the Doha Harbour in Qatar. The water is the Persian Gulf. There is a colour called Persian Blue, but I think the water looks much more like aquaboyse.
The last photo is a fish tank at The Vancouver Aquarium – a bit too green for aquaboyse, I’m afraid.
And there you have it – a brand new name for a colour. Thanks for sending me off on this aqua voyage of discovery, Harper!
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