Life in color

Color kaleidoscope

Colorful Lochristi Begonia flower Festival

Colorful Lochristi Begonia flower Festival

August 2016. Colorful art installation created entirely from begonias. Traditional Lochristi Begonia flower Festival

Colorful Lochristi Begonia flower Festival

Undoubtedly, Lochristi Begonia Festival, which takes place last weekend in August is worth visiting. A colorful celebration is, in fact, a tribute to the national flower of Belgium, held in Lochristi (six miles from Ghent). They say, 30 to 33 million flowering tubers grow each year on more than 400 acres. For the festival, residents create enormous three-dimensional floral installations for a parade of flower-decked floats. In addition, each year they depict a different theme. For example, the world’s favorite fairy tales. Colorful arrangements of millions of yellow, red, orange, and white blossoms on beds of sand turn the town’s main street into a carpet of flowered pictures.
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Wonderful Eurasian Green Woodpecker

Female Green woodpecker. Photo Viktor Bereznoy. Wonderful Eurasian Green Woodpecker

Female bird. Photo Viktor Bereznoy. Wonderful Eurasian Green Woodpecker

Wonderful Eurasian Green Woodpecker

First of all, green woodpecker, along with other seventeen woodpecker and five piculet species or subspecies
are in the Red List of Threatened Species. The greatest threat is due to tree cut, habitat losses, and unavailability of nest sites. And of course, they are subject to hunters in many areas of the world, because of their beautiful plumage. In addition, some cultures use their meat as food, not to mention the use of these beautiful birds in medicine.
Colorful and gorgeous, they differ not only in shape, but also in color. Accordingly, in addition to green woodpecker there are other very interesting species of various colors. In particular, Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Smoky-brown woodpecker (Veniliornis fumigatus), Gray-faced woodpecker (Picus canus), Ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), Red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), Gray woodpecker (Dendropicos goertae), and more.
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Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

She walks in colors. Forest of numbers. Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations

Emmanuelle Moureaux Color Installations
Have you ever heard of the farmer who painted his cows green so that his cows might give him more milk? It is difficult to say whether he got more milk from his cows, but in a fact, color affects people in several
ways. It was not for nothing that back in the 1950s the Swiss psychotherapist Max Lyuscher, the author of the famous color test, proved the influence of color on certain functions of the human body. Thus, a red color raises blood pressure, and the same blue color, on the contrary, soothes. Undoubtedly, wise approach to color in architecture and design have many possibilities. And realizing the importance of using color in everyday life, many creative people, including artists, architects and designers work in this direction. Among the brightest and most talented designers, in particular, is the Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Moureaux, who creates unusually beautiful ideas of color application in interior and architecture. In her creative collection are several art installations, and the most notable – “Forest of Numbers”, “Christmas Forest in 100 colors”, “Color Of Time”, and “1000 colors recipe”.
Born in 1971, France, Emmanuelle Moureaux is living in Tokyo since 1996.
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Unique White Sands Desert

The Unique White Sands desert

The Unique White Sands desert

Unique White Sands Desert

In the US state of New Mexico, this amazing and unusual area stretches for almost 700 km². It is unlikely that somewhere on the planet, except, of course, snow-covered latitudes of Antarctica, there is such a strange vast space of barkhans, ridges, high hills sparkling in the sun with crystal-snowy overflows … If it were not for scorching heat … The Desert of White Sands. Indians-Apaches and European immigrants aptly called it “porcelain.”

In fact, such an outlandish landscape-sand phenomenon of the desert is due to the gypsum crystals, and not quartz grains like in any other similar natural zone. And snow-white variety of gypsum – soft selenite, similar to chalk. In particular, the cover of the albino desert is precisely selenite. Once, here, instead of sand was a shallow sea. The interaction of the sun and the sea, geological processes, wind and water erosion have done their job. Meanwhile, ridge, sandy selenite sandstones at the foot of the Sacramento are about 18 m high. Striking, with unusual “two-story dunes” slowly moving in the north-west direction. The width of the moving barkhans is 8 km, and the length is about forty km.
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International Pink Panther Day traditions

International Pink Panther Day traditions

18 May – The International Pink Panther Day traditions

International Pink Panther Day traditions
First of all, Pink Panther is a well-known character of art and animated films, loved by both children and adults. And among the new and most unusual holidays, which the inhabitants of our planet celebrated for the first time on May 18, 2015 – the Pink Panther Day. Interestingly, the founder of the new holiday was a community called the Kingdom of Love. In particular, the community of friends, whose members are musicians, cooks and other enthusiastic creative natures.
According to the Founders of the holiday, it is the ability of this character to non-standard thinking and practical realization of ideas that have become the main motivations for the establishment of this new date. And specifically – repainting the world in pink, its humor and a positive attitude. In addition, the main symbol of the holiday became the Pink Diamond, as its “spiritual foundation” proclaimed non-standard thinking and changing the world around. After all, we can change the world around for the better, only by changing ourselves and our thinking.
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Taxi traditional yellow color history

Taxi traditional yellow color history

Retro Taxi traditional yellow color history

Taxi traditional yellow color history
Undoubtedly, we are all used to the fact that the color of the taxi is yellow. Meanwhile, the yellow color of the taxi is due to a man named John Hertz. It was thanks to him that the world acquired classic yellow taxis. Besides, he was the founder of Hertz Corporation (founded in 1910). In particular, the company provided services in the field of car hire – the pride and heritage of the Americans.

How did this amazing person manage to achieve such a result? Everything is simple enough. Born into a poor family, John earned his initial capital through car sales. And to overtake competitors, they invented a fairly simple and original idea – to take as a fee for a new car an old buyer’s car. In addition, Hertz repainted old cars into yellow color and used as a taxi! This is how the first public taxi in the US, called Yellow Cab, appeared.
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Japanese traditionally forbidden colors

Fabulous landscape. Japanese traditionally forbidden colors

Fabulous landscape. Japanese traditionally forbidden colors

Japanese traditionally forbidden colors
Historically, the forbidden color, known in Japan as kindziki, is the color of clothing, the monopoly for the use of which was a certain privelege of officials. Also, the system of forbidden colors appeared in the 8th century, during the time of the existence of the ritciero system. However, preserved to the present day, it no longer has a legal status. In particular, the forbidden colors include the seven colors established in the X-XI centuries. Among them – Pale-green, Sumach, Pale-red, Yellow-red, Dark purple, Gardenia, Rock and Dark-sappan. However, in the XIX century, during the Meiji period, they removed the ban from all colors, except for sumac, yellow-red and gardenia.
Meanwhile, exceptionally the Emperor of Japan could use Sumac’s color (Japanese: ko-roden) for the outer clothing. To date, the ceremonial Japanese clothing of the emperor during the enthronement – painted only in this sumac color. Besides, the source of the dye is fruits of sumac (Rhus succedanea) – a Japanese wax tree.
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