Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Green

We’re at that stage in spring when the buds on the trees are poised to burst forth. The bright light green of these buds, just before they unfurl, is such a lovely fresh shade. And if you’re not careful, a moment of distraction can cause you to miss the moment altogether. It seems that in a blink of an eye the spring buds unfurl into leaves and the time to notice is gone for yet another year. So stop and take a look while you can, enjoy this brief encounter.

Wikipedia says that spring green is the colour on the colour wheel “that is precisely halfway between cyan and green” and that the complementary colour of spring green is rose. It also reports that the “first recorded use of spring green as a color name in English was in 1766.”

But I think that spring green is more like the Crayola crayon that’s labeled “green-yellow,” created in 1949.

1 comment:

  1. I love the information about the invention of colour names. And the reminder to pay attention to this ephemeral moment!