“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.

63 responses to ““Wear Red and Just Be Silent””

  1. Alison Avatar

    I’ve seen those crouching men before but there were people and kids all over them and I couldn’t get a decent photo, well done you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Alyson. We were just lucky, I think. It was the middle of summer and all the kids were at the beach, I guess.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sorry for the misspelling of your name. I think it got autocorrected. 🙂

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          1. Alison Avatar

            No problem, I didn’t notice!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That’s good! Lol

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  2. Amy Avatar

    What a cool red gallery, Marsha! Fun to view your series. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Amy. 🙂

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  3. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    What a lovely selection of all the reds! I absolutely love red! The vintage Corvette iis amazing! It’s amazing to see the difference in the statues we you get closer to them!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for your comment, Aletta. Red is nearly my favorite color. It’s ubiquitous. 🙂

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  4. Aimer Boyz Avatar
    Aimer Boyz

    Great vintage Corvette! Can’t beat a convertible 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Corvettes are gorgeous cars. We had one once and it was very hard to drive. Vince didn’t want me driving it because it was not in great shape.

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    2. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

      You are right and I cannot live with out red! 😀

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        Even on your avatar, LOL

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  5. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    You splashed us with your best reds on Friendly Friday starting with the canoes! love it!!!! 🌹
    The car is so cool and the gardens are awesome!🌹

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  6. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Interesting statues, but I was more interested in those beautiful red cars at the Martin Museum. >grin<

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those cars were just for you and Lynn, John! 🙂

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  7. willowdot21 Avatar

    Lovely photos but red is not my favourite colour right now nor was the title , I found it unsettling …but having read the post all is good! 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m glad, Willow. I hate being the unsettling of you. I do love red and titles are always a challenge, but when I saw that quote I thought it would work. I can see where it could be rather devilish and authoratative. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Wow, we weren’t on the same wave length at all and yet the words were almost the same. Whew!

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes it is most odd really isn’t it 💜💜

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            It was, and your comment shocked me because I had no idea. I guess I’m going to have to keep up better with your blog. It gets away from me – as does time. 🙂

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          3. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes we all get caught up in the tide don’t we 💜💜💜

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Sometimes, things hit us in the gut, for sure. There is so much in the news to get upset about that it’s hard to watch it. So when I have a choice I don’t. 🙂

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          5. willowdot21 Avatar

            I agree I don’t watch the news unless I can’t escape it 💜, the forever ostrich!

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            We’re in that together! See you under the sand. 🙂

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          7. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes indeed 💜

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            😍😍😍

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        I was wrong 💜💜💜💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Next time I’ll do purple. 🙂

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            I love Purple 💜💜💜

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Smile – I know that, my friend. 🙂

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          3. willowdot21 Avatar

            😜😜😜😜

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  8. Toonsarah Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sarah. I love your challenge, and definitely learn from it. I don’t know how you do so much!

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  9. Cathy Avatar

    I love your red selection, Marsha. Those cars! And the gorgeous gardens, the cute red elephant…fabulous!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cathy. I love that elephant. I’ve used him a few times in challenges.

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  10. restlessjo Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Oh thanks, I could use that extra hour. I hope I won’t waste it! 🙂

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  11. Gift N. T. Avatar

    Very vivid selection. The flying elephant is cute, but poor the statues’ skin conditions…!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, they need to have some coverup makeup. 🙂

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      1. Gift N. T. Avatar

        Wishing them a repaint soon, haha.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, and since they are in Melbourne, AU and I am in the US, I may never find out. 🙂

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  12. bloggingwithjrp Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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  13. sustainabilitea Avatar

    I’m seeing red, Marsha! 🥰😂😂. I’ll take that last car please.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  14. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    Ahhhh, the color of power. I love to see it especially in my closet, haha.
    XOOX
    Jodie

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me too. Red is a good color for me. 🙂

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  15. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    Everything is beautiful, but oh my, how I love that car. If only I were younger. And richer.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wouldn’t that be nice? I’ll join you in that wish. 🙂

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  16. Prior... Avatar

    Another great combining of challenges with a cohesive theme!
    That red hat sculpture has me curious as the size – is it large or just regular size?
    -/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That sculpture is a selfie. I cropped it to show just the hat and face. But I am staring into and through a window to the other side of the building outside. https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/05/02/cell-pic-sunday-stills-of-emerging-fotds-in-the-mountains-of-sunny-cal/ Scroll down a little to see all of me. It was the weirdest reflection picture I’d ever taken! 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        I read the whole post but must have missed that completely

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You missed it. It’s the last photo. Believe me it is weird. There’s even a portrait from one of the walls inside the building reflected on my reflection. But the red hat is there. Unless you are talking about a different picture, then I’m going to have to look at my post again to see what you mean.

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            I see it now
            😉

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  17. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love the color red. It was such a fun challenge. All of yours are. I hate to miss any of them. 🙂

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  18. bushboy Avatar

    What a great red gallery Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks BB I like red. 🙂

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