Robin’s egg, peacock
Lapis and sapphire
Blue is the sky.
Blue is the ocean.
But where is a blue that is true?
The boat churned through the deep waters of the western Caribbean. It was the last day of a week-long cruise and I was mesmerized by the sight before me – blue on blue of ocean and sky stretching for miles and miles. That was it, just ocean and sky as far as the eye could see, but yet so many distinct hues. How many shades of blue are there? I wondered. Could I name 25, 50? It was a challenge. I must admit I got a little help from an internet search, but in the end I came up with at least 50, although some may be different names for the same shade of blue.
Some blues are influenced by places like Egyptian blue, Honolulu blue, Persian blue, or Catalina blue. Of course there is sky blue, but also Italian sky blue, French sky blue, and Spanish sky blue. Does the sky look different depending on where you are in the world? I found many references to flowers or other objects in nature – bluebonnet blue, cornflower blue, robin’s egg blue, peacock blue, aquamarine, blizzard blue, and a personal favorite…bubbles. There is a Navy blue, and also an Airforce blue. There is Yankee blue and Dodger blue, imperial blue and royal blue. And let’s not forget the jewels – lapis, turquoise, and sapphire. I got lost in imagining so many different shades!
Today it is not blue I’m thinking of, but gray…because it’s February, and I’m in Pennsylvania. Hmmm…50 shades of gray could take on a whole new meaning.