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“Wear Red and Just Be Silent”

“Wear red and just be silent, don’t even whisper by yourself; you will see that you will be heard easily because red always speaks on behalf of you! By wearing red, you give your tongue and voice to red color!”

― Mehmet Murat Ildan

Sunday Stills: Attention-Getting Red

Terri Webster Schrandt hosts Sunday Stills and I try to participate each week. Last week I missed since she was visiting me and I lost out on one of my favorite topics – beaches. Bummer! Anyway, this week the topic is red and she was with me when I took many of these pictures.

“Red”-dy to go into Watson Lake This was her favorite.

Other Sunday Stills Candy-Apple Reds

Putting Red into Perspective for Friendly Friday

If you don’t already know about Friendly Friday, there are three hosts, Amanda from Something to Ponder About and, Sandy from Sandy’s Chronicles, and Sarah from Travel with Me. They publish a new topic every two weeks.

Meeting 1 – Statues in Melbourne

From an overall perspective of squatting the red statues look identical.

According to our first quote, I don’t have to say a word because the statues are red. However, this was a photo shoot experience of a lifetime. Leanne Cole took Carol (Eternal Traveller) and I and her friend Christine to the Docklands in Melbourne, Australia just before the Golden Hour.

These statues were the perfect place to practice perspective. From a distance, they looked perfect, but we got up close and personal – in their faces and they had begun to deteriorate. I got to stand and squat where the real photographers stood or squatted to learn how they looked at perspective.

“This sculpture of eight men crouching in a meeting circle is located at the western end of NewQuay Promenade on the Dockland’s waterfront. The bronze crouching figures have been cast from one mould, which was made from a life-size model. All the sculptures are painted red, a colour that the artist sees as a multicultural colour, making it ideal for representing Melbourne’s diverse community. According to the artist, ‘… the colour red has multiple cultural meanings in China, historically representing happiness but during the Cultural Revolution it symbolized terror. Today red is the colour of the faded lettering praising Mao on the ceilings of the factories, coats of the Buddhist monks and the colour of wedding decorations’. In Chinese culture, the number eight is significant and is believed to bring good luck. Each of the eight figures is 92 centimetres tall and weighs 100 kilograms. Wang Shugang is a leading Beijing artist and this artwork was acquired by MAB Corporation to be a feature at NewQuay. ‘Meeting 1’ was officially launched by the Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and MAB Corporation on 18 April 2013.”

City of Melbourne

Bellagio Gardens

These beautiful gardens are free to visit, and I’ve displayed them before. For a lesson perspective using the color red, they bear reposting. Since they rotate the displays, you can visit many times and never see the same flowers. These pictures were taken in May of 2021.

Cell Pic Sunday

John of Journeys with Johnbo hosts Cell Pic Sunday each week. The only stipulation is that you take the pictures with your cell phone. These photos were taken with my iPhone 12 mini and processed in Adobe Bridge. John and his wife share an interest in cars and car museums with Vince and me. This is one of several in a series at the Martin Auto Museum that John recommended that we visit.

Martin Auto Museum – Reds

Ongoing on Always Write

  • July Story Chat, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog goes live July 5th
  • WQW #25 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Obstacles to Fitness” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.
  • PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) Fridays – Thursday noon Phoenix time. Link your post to mine in your post and leave me a comment with your link to make sure I see it.

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  1. I see what you mean about those statues – from a distance you don’t notice the damaged areas but your close-up shots make them clearer but also bring the statues to life a bit more. Thank you for joining in the challenge!

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  2. It fills you full of energy, doesn’t it? I love your vibrant interpretation, and the section on perspective, Marsha. Wishing you a week with extra hours to fit everything in. Have a good one!

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  3. What a timely blog. Just reading “The Hour of Land” by Williams. I quote: “I, too, have a curious relationship with the color red…while it compels me, it simultaneously repels me. But I seem always to be pursuing ‘the perfect red’–despite its utter elusiveness and impervious nature to fixed definitions. I think of all the colors—red, in its infinite varieties—has the most varied responses and reactions.” and “All through history red has been so significant, continually thrilling imaginations—how could it not?”

    Pesonally, I’ve read that each living room should have at least one thing red in it. I look forward to the day when I can have a red chair.

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    • You have quite a few choice pieces. Can you recover one of the seats red? You could have a new red dress made for one of your dolls. The simple fix is a pillow. 🙂 You could also leave it decorated for Christmas year-round. That would be stunning. 🙂 I’ll have to put your book on my next to read list. I love it when you give me ideas. 🙂 Have a great week, my friend. 🙂


    • Sure, have at it. You live much closer to it than I do. They let you get in and have your picture taken at least! I understand that none of them are for sale, though. Sorry! 🙂

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  4. We had fun seeing red this week, didn’t we, Marsha? Your red kayak shots really turned out great! And you managed to link to a few other challenges! Red is a fun color, isn’t it! The red squatting statues you shared are really quite amazing. And of course, the red car is gorgeous!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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