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LA COULEUR ROUGE

“Difficult choices, unlike red wine, rarely improve with age”…..Richard N. Haass – https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/red

“I can’t help myself, if I see a pattern, I have to take a snap of it.”

“Bright reds, scarlet, pillow box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone”….Christian Dior.

“It’s amazing what can be done with some jelly and a camera.”

“Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength and power. It can also be the symbol of passion, love and desire.”….. ?

“I used to walk from my hotel in Vancouver every night to lik’d just to have one of their delicious ice-creams.”

“Red is the colour of sexuality. It stimulates the more intimate passions in us.”…..?

“The stories that have walked in and out of this door. If only the door could speak!” (Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C.)

“In China, red is a symbol of good luck, whereas in India it symbolises purity.”…..?

“Lichen on a rock. It was the pattern that got me.”

“Red has always been my colour because red stands out.”…..Ravyn Lenae

“Having fun with a very ordinary editing suite.” (Kangaroo Point from New Farm, Brisbane, Australia)

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight…. The truly wise person is colour blind”….Albert Schwartzer.

“Mucking about with silver foil and light.”

“I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red”….Maria Sharapova

Sunrise at Cleveland Point, Queensland, Australia

“Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, a sailor’s warning.”…..?

Does the COULEUR ROUGE, stimulate passion and desire in you, and as with good red wine matures with age, or is it a warning of danger and the time to flee?

Jimmy Bee

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WATER COLORS

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”….George Bernard Shaw

If global warming continues and I fervently believe it will, we may have to rely more on the sea to produce our food. The above photograph was taken looking into a shallow rock pool at the plant life below. It would be good to know whether this plant life, which could be a renewable resource, is edible. No! I didn’t try it, I leave that sort of thing to the scientists or the guinea pigs.

As I was walking along the foreshore one day, the tide was coming in and there were a small number of fingerlings swimming. I photographed them and the above photo was the result. The fingerlings were opaque and not being a professional photographer as such, I have no idea how they represent in this photograph as a shade of purple and white.

The above photograph was taken of sea water rushing in and over a shallow crater in the rock I was standing on and I thought at the time that it made an interesting pattern.I should imagine that this pattern, as mixed as it is, would be extremely difficult to replicate in a painting. If nothing else, it makes a good talking point.

I’ve always been fascinated to see the result of light hitting water and the resultant picture it creates and if I was to come back in an hour’s time, the above picture would have changed dramatically, particularly if the weather changes. Perhaps that is why it is called a moment in time.

There is something very peaceful in sitting and watching the tide flow into the shoreline. Watching the play of colours on the surface and listening to the rippling of the water as it flows gently over the rocks.

This photograph is a good example of how you can turn something very simple into an abstract or decorative art piece simply by manipulating the colour. It is not necessary to capture a panorama to make a visual statement. Sometimes, simplicity speaks the loudest.

Enjoy what you do and do it well.

Jimmy Bee

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DESIGN by Monsieur Naturel

“What is art monsieur, but nature concentrated”…..Honore de Balzac

The above images were captured by the author at different times.

Art to me is nature, design to me is art au natural. It is the randomness in the placement of colour and how it is applied. First nation artists tend to depict a similar concept whether by design or intuition, I’m not quite sure. I am not an artist in the true sense but my mind is receptive to design in nature and I try to capture it through photography wherever I travel.

The above collage, is of patterns in different forms of rock. I have found that the best patterns form in sandstone and granite. Some of these images have been captured on sandstone buildings, the Port of Adelaide in South Australia being one location, North Haven also in South Australia, another.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

…..Albert Einstein

Bark pattern

Here we have two more patterns, from two separate locations but this time they are in the form of bark from a tree and can be described as art au natural, the same as the rocks in the collage, which are art au natural as well. The art of nature is all around us whether it be in the city or the country. It is there to be admired but sadly, people walk past it every day and fail to see it for what it is.

Become more aware of your surroundings and you will be amazed at what you will see.

Stay safe,

Jimmy Bee

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MAI TAI’S AT THE PINK PALACE

E Aloa Kekahi i Kekahi

Love one another.

Recipe fromThe Royal Hawaiian as I remember:

1 oz. White rum.

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup.

1/2 oz. Orange Curaco.

1 oz. Orange juice.

1/2 oz. Dark rum.

Mix all the ingredients except for the dark rum in a cocktail shaker, pour over ice in an ‘Old Fashion’ glass and then carefully float the dark rum on top. Garnish with a Maricino cherry skewered to a pineapple wedge together with a fresh lime wedge.

In a recent trip to Honolulu my wife and I made a 5 pm pilgrimage to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (The Pink Palace), overlooking Waikiki beach each afternoon for no better reason than to savour the famous Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai.

There are a number of stories as to how the Mai Tai was created but I tend to favour the one which says that Victor Bergeron was hired by the hotel’s owners to create a number of exotic cocktails for the hotel’s bars and out of these cocktails, the Mai Tai is the only one remaining today. He supposedly served the cocktails to some of his Tahitian friends who exclaimed “Mai Tai – roa ae” which means “out of this world, the best”. For what it’s worth, I agree.

I apologise that I failed to take a photograph of the Royal Hawaiian at the time. I have however included the above image of Waikiki Beach, which was taken from in front of the hotel’s property and depicts what a lovely location it is to sip a cocktail at the end of a day in Honolulu. I hope this tempts you to take your vacation there.

Quote: ” In Hawaii, we have something called Mo’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance”.….Duane Chapman (Brainy Quote)

Would I recommend a vacation in Honolulu?………………..absolutely!

Aloha,

Jimmy Bee

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PIKE PLACE MARKET

Seattle, Washington State, U.S.A.

“Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it.” 

― Kimberly Kinrade, Seduced by Innocence

Thank you Good Reads

Fish Market

How fresh is this?

The Pike Place Market located on the waterfront of Elliott Bay, opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated markets in the U.S.A.

Cracked crab and chilli sauce – a Singaporean delicacy

The fish market in particular was really alive with vendors calling to each other and throwing these massive fish through the air to each other without dropping one.

The quality of the seafood was top notch, so fresh and surprisingly well priced for fresh seafood.

Flower Market

The prices being charged for the cut flower were comparable with what we would pay at markets in Australia.

The Pike market which is open 7 days a week has over 10 million visitors annually.

The quality of the hotels and restaurants around the market are of high quality. My wife and I had lunch across the road from the main market and found the quality good and the price was within the reach of most people.

If I was contemplating settling in the US, Seattle would certainly be on my short list.

Hang loose and enjoy life.

Jimmy Bee

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NATURAL PATTERNS & DESIGN

“The concept of randomness and coincidence will be obsolete when people can finally define a formulation of patterned interaction between all things within the universe.”…..Toba Beta (Betelgeuse Incident)

Presented by Good Reads – https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/pattern
“There is in all things a pattern of life

The above photograph is not technically brilliant but the blending of the colours makes it beautiful and was taken by a simple digital camera. Think about it, how many times have you gazed into a pond or tidal area and thought “hmm! that is something very special”. I just added one further step , having trained my mind to spot natural patterns and took a digital image of it.

Next time you are out and about, have your camera with you and see if you can spot a natural pattern and then take a snap of it. A favourite site is a rock pool by the sea which constantly has waves crashing over it. It can be the home of a microcosm of life under that water which in itself can lead to a number of different images.

Be aware of what’s around you!

Jimmy Bee

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NATURAL PATTERNS – 2

Image of the natural patterns of these stalagmites in a cave captured by the author

“If we make a fly-on-the-wall review of our history and connect the significant scenarios from our memory, we can develop a comprehensive pattern of our identity that throws a whirl of light on the secreted framework of our life. (“Labyrinth of the mind”)” 
― Erik Pevernagie

The above quote was presented by Good Reads – https://www.goodreads.com/quotes

The author captured this natural pattern on the shell of a green turtle.

“Like the turtle’s shell, the sense of self serves as a shield against stimulation and as a burden which limits mobility into possibly dangerous areas. The turtle rarely has to think about what’s on the other side of his shell; whatever it is, it can’t hurt him, can’t even touch him. So, too, adults insist on the shell of a consistent self for themselves and their children and appreciate turtles for friends; they wish to be protected from being hurt or touched or confused or having to think. If a man can rely on consistency, he can afford not to notice people after the first few times. But I imagined a world in which each individual might be about to play the lover, the benefactor, the sponger, the attacker, the friend: and once known as one of the next day he might yet be anything. Would we pay attention to this person? Would life be boring? Would life be livable? I saw then clearly for the first time that the fear of failure keeps us huddled in the cave of self – a group of behavior patterns we have mastered and have no intention of risking failure by abandoning.” 

― Luke Rhinehart, The Dice Man

Thanks to Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/quotes
This pattern on a leaf was captured by the author.

Every photographer has his/her niche in life, mine is recognising natural patterns. Yesterday, I was having breakfast when I noticed the plant on the table in front of me. Now that plant has been in that position on the table for a number of weeks and yes, I had noticed the pattern on it’s leaves but yesterday, the sun must have been in the right position as it really exposed the colours and the pattern as I’d not seen it before and of course I couldn’t help but capture the image.

Until next time,

Jimmy Bee