Festive Fall Foliage

November 12, 2015 § 6 Comments


What color-lover doesn’t love Fall with all its shades of gold and orange, browns and rusty-reds? But how often do we think of some of the other fall colors as, well, fall colors?

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There is, for those of us in the northwestern corner of the United States and similar climates, a wistfulness at the sight of our lush green trees of summer turning the corner towards fall with their leaves accepting a coral tinge. But what a fresh spring palette this appears to be!

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Soon enough, an entire page of Pantone® corals…..

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… is lighting up the view from our office…

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…and we settle in and appreciate the wonder of Mother Nature’s color combinations.

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Color In Nature Is Often An Invitation For Disaster, When It Comes To Certain Creatures. 

May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment


May 1, 2014

 

Here is a little color tidbit from the Smithsonian.

“In the animal world as in fashion. bright color makes a bold statement. The vivid hues of the strawberry poison dart frog declare, ‘If you eat me, it could be the last thing you ever do!’ And that is no bluff.” 

Click the link below for the full story on the colorful and often poisonous amphibians of Central and South America.

How Do Tropical Frogs Get Their Stunning Colors? | Science | Smithsonian.

Black, White and Blue

July 8, 2011 § Leave a comment


July 8, 2011

Sometimes things aren’t  just black and white. Take this Blue penguin for example. No, really, don’t you just want to take him? 

“Recently the color of Little Blue Penguins was found to be generated by a new type of structural color.”

“Bird feathers have pigments like melanins and carotenoids – we even have evidence for color in the fossil penguin Inkayacu from fossilized melanin-bearing structures. Color can also be produced by physical interactions between light and biological nanostructures. These colors are called structural colors.”

Please click the link at the bottom for the full story.

Structural Color in the Little Blue Penguin « March of the Fossil Penguins.

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