Swirling blue

This was actually a practice for tomorrow’s final blue post, a test to see how much dye I would need to achieve the look I wanted. But these unexpected swirls and pools and eddies as the blue dye settled into the water were so intriguing that I felt they deserved their own post.

The theme for July Squares is Blue


Gemstone blues

Opal earrings

I didn’t realise my opal earrings had so much green until I took this close-up. But my, what fiery blues do lurk in the depths!

There’s no danger of not seeing the blues in Lapis lazuli. An aunt gave me the pendant years ago, and I bought earrings to go with it.

Lapis lazuli pendant

Lapis lazuli earrings

The theme for July Squares is Blue


Piccadilly Line blues

Indicator board at Earl’s Court station, London

I always liked these old-fashioned indicator boards, a relic from the past in our shiny digital age. This one is at Earl’s Court station, but I imagine they hang on in other stations of the London Underground.

I used to get quite ‘blue’ (by which I mean frustrated and peeved!) on the Piccadilly Line trains when I lived in London, but now it’s Sydney trains that receive my ire. And as every Londoner knows, the Piccadilly Line is the blue one! Rather misleadingly, the indicator board above is the same blue as the Piccadilly Line, but those stops are on the District Line, which is green. Confused yet?

Small but relevant section of London’s tube map. Earl’s Court station has been marked with a red box.

The theme for July Squares is Blue


Boat blues

Fishing boats, Kochi, India

Blue seems a popular colour to paint a boat. The feature photo (no caption) is a canal boat on the River Thames, between Cookham and Marlow. (Sorry Becky but I just couldn’t get a square out of that photo!)

Souvenir sellers on the Nile River, Egypt

Not the boats painted blue below, but the covers. I’ve never seen these boats in the water, by the way.

Boats at North Bondi, Sydney

The theme for July Squares is Blue


Got them ol’ Whitsunday Blues

Qantas red and Whitsunday blues

“Blues” in two senses of the word: the colour, and the melancholy. Back in Sydney now, and although we have a cloudless sky and a sparkling ocean, it’s not the same. The spectre of work tomorrow hangs heavy — and my view can never match this.

Catseye beach, Hamilton Island

Sailboats, Catseye beach

The theme for July Squares is Blue.