Colours for winter


Gold. Copa de oro. Gold cup. This post is for our friends in the North, caught up in the drab and grey of winter rain, sleet or snow. Low light and endless nights. Hang in there. Colours will come back.






Orange. Cempazúchitl, flower for the Day of the Dead.


Terracotta. Better safe than sorry: this house is under the joint protection of the Virgin Mary and Saint Karl (Marx). (No tire basura: Don’t throw garbage)


Lava grey. Most of this area in the South of Mexico city was covered with lava and ash by the eruption of a volcano called Xitle (Navel) around 400 AD.


Terre de Sienne. One can find those barred windows all across Latin America. Many of the houses in the area date back to the Spanish “Colony”, around 1700 AD.


Blue. Again. Those typical colonial colours can be found all across Latin America and some areas of Spain and Portugal.


Rosa Mexicano. Mexican pink.


Bougainvillea from the window. Named after Monsieur de Bougainville (1729-1811) a French Navy officer and explorer who completed the first French round the world trip in the 18th century (might have said that before) and brought the flower back from Brazil for the world to enjoy. (Don’t ask me the exact colour of the flower, I am after all slightly colour blind)


Yellowish. (See above)


Ferrari red. This pretty little “thang” keeps visiting someone on the street. A beetle maybe? Such a dalliance.


This in French could only be referred to as “cacadois”. Goose poop. A true colour. Cross my heart. 🙂


To me, just another shade of blue. (Not a whiter shade of pale).


“Sólo por hoy”. Only for today. Mind the green things. Can be hot.


“Somewhere under the rainbow…” (I may have posted several of these. Changed my filing system… breaking the #1 rule: “If it works don’t fix it”)

Bide your time, my Northern friends. Sun and colours will be back. They’ve just taken a vacation South of the border.


84 thoughts on “Colours for winter

  1. Wonderful colors! Each day has a color… a smell.
    “I must have flowers, always, and always.”said Claude Monet
    Flowers are an integral part of our lives. They have the power to instantly refresh and cheer someone. Thank you for sharing!

    • Glad you liked it Lumi. Of course you (with a few others) were the intended target…
      (I don’t like pink too much but Mexican pink is unique)
      Bougainvillea? They will always remind me of Africa. Where I saw them for the first time, in the garden of the house by the sea.
      Bon week-end

  2. Merci tout plein pour les couleurs, Brieuc ! En effet, les couleurs et la lumière commencent à manquer par ici. Mais le solstice est dans très exactement dix jours après quoi les jours vont rallonger. Quand il n’y a plus beaucoup de couleurs dehors, on les hisse à l’intérieur. Noël tombe bien avec ses ores et ses rouges.
    Un chouia daltonien ? Cela explique que le “caca d’oie” soit plus ocre que vert.
    Merci encore, Brieuc, et profite bien de ton après-midi.

    • Très vrai Gilles. On rentre les couleurs en faisant le gros dos. Je n’ai jamais vraiment senti le Solstice en Europe. Pour moi les jours sont courts jusqu’en Février… Bizarre.
      Il fallait un Français pour noter que ce cacadois n’est pas tout-à-fait cacadois… (Licence littéraire je pense). En fait ma seule vraie confusion de couleurs concerne les couleurs militaires… entre vert treillis et vrai cacadois… C’est probablement pour ça que mon service militaire a été une épreuve… 😉
      Bon ouiquande et tout ça…

    • Avec plaisir ma grande. C’est un des points forts de ce pays. Même si les journées sont un peu “fraîches” jusqu’en Janvier, la lumière est superbe, car les pluies sont finies… A+

    • LOL. You won’t get me into a colour debate. I’ve evaded it since I was 13 or 14, and realized there were two colours I had difficulty telling apart. Bougainvillea? Actually here, in the garden there are 3 varieties. Blue-purple, reddish-Terracota, and white.
      This cacadois is probably more Ocher…
      That thing with colours has taught me that “normal” people probably don’t see the same colours. Minute variations.
      I se the dwarf iris. Do you have “perce-neige”? Snowdrop in English. Galanthus nivalis?

      • Schnee is snow, right? Glöck must be bell. (Yes! 2 more words)
        So gaekker must be fools… That is quite poetic . Only crazy flowers would try to fight the snow. And succeed. Thanks for 3 new words… Tschüss.

  3. Plenty of nice warm colours … much appreciated!!! Last time I saw the sun was last Saturday, a week ago. I especially loved the bougainvillea … why, if I had those outside my window, I’d stand in the window looking out all day long! Thanks for the colourful post!

    • A good point. Those colours might be common to all Southern Europe. I don’t know East of Italy though. But I remember Praga a few years back, all baroque in colours forgotten under the Russians… Maybe those are just Baroque colours? 🙂

  4. Quel magnifique arc en ciel. 😉 Oui, il ne faut pas oublier que les couleurs retournent…eventuellement. Merci, mon ami!

      • Cette année dans le Finistère c’est à croire qu’il ne viendra plus jamais. Les jours de soleil ininterrompu (au moins pour quelques heures!) se comptent sur les doigts d’une seule main depuis septembre… J’ai soudain des envies sérieuses de prendre la route de l’arrière pays Niçois…

      • Ah, le Finistère, c’est bien beau, comme la Bretagne (chuis Breton quand même!) mais c’est vrai que le climat est dur. J’ai fait mon service militaire près de Rennes, beaucoup de manoeuvres tout l’hiver, qu’est-ce qu’on s’est caillé… Chère amie, la vie est trop courte pour s’emm…bêter. Si l’arrière pays Niçois te convient… Y’apluka.

      • Mon prénom est Brieuc… Plus Breton que ça…
        Mais comme je communique beaucoup en Anglais, j’ai traduit mon prénom par Brian. Vieux prénom Gallois qui est peut-être une traduc…

  5. Brian, I’m so happy you shared this post. I absolutely adored the accompanying commentary; it made me smile, it made me wonder and it definitely made each photo special. You’ve inspired me to polish my sense of humour when I write my next post .
    Happy Easter!

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