Peace Blues

This post inspired by Becky’s Blue July Squares

 

Back in “The Day” – my teenage years – I covered my bedroom wall with posters. Of all shapes and sizes. Random subject matter. Raggedy Ann & Andy. Laurel & Hardy. Don Quixote plodding along under an orange moon. Psychedelic quotes. “LifeIsAGas” swirled in green and pink was one. “WarIsNotHealthyForChildren…” was another.

However, one poster was just a simple black square…with a green peace sign filling the space. No text.

A small symbol of protest.

Along with peace necklaces. Buttons. Pins. Rings. Denim patches. To end the war we saw raging on the evening news. A war which continued until I was in college…and heard shouts down the hall of my dormitory one night…The War Is Over!! The War Is Over!!

In our youth and naïveté, perhaps my friends and I somehow believed these small symbols made a difference.

Several years ago, I noticed this pin for sale at a local novelty store. The kind of place that sells off color bumper stickers, fart joke books and notepads with the F word in their titles.

It gave me pause.

Way past time to start my collection again.

peace button
Button For Sale
2017

 

Tree of Blue

Inspired by Becky’s Blue July Squares

 

blue tree

 

This blue tree is part of an art installation at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH (USA).

The Blue Trees is an environmental community art installation by Konstantin Dimopoulos in which trees have been temporarily transformed with environmentally safe blue pigment to stimulate awareness and discussion of global deforestation, while engaging the community in art activity and dialogue.”

A fascinating sight to see at the entrance to this popular museum. Definitely an important (!) conversation starter.

Blue in Bloom

Inspired by Becky’s Blue July Squares

 

blue bush flowers

I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the early evening light…as it settled over these blue Hydrangeas. To try out my new camera…with its macro lens.

Fortunately the muggy summer air held the delicate petals still…as I experimented with different settings.

I have much to learn, but for the first few attempts…

What do you think?

 

blue bush 2

Mug of Blue

Inspired by: Becky’s Blue July Squares

 

I drink coffee every morning. Always out of the same mug – which is the perfect size for me. Large.

My daughter recently updated my go-to mug as a birthday gift. Purchased from a local pottery in the Washington DC Monroe Street Arts Walk area; my grandson in tow. So, technically, they both chose it for me.

A unique – work of art mug – handmade by Kuzeh Pottery…which is owned by women.*

I like that!

And I love my new mug…a beautiful shade of blue…holding just the right amount of coffee.

blue mug

 

 

*I am hopeful that I live long enough to see women owned businesses so plentiful that mentioning this fact is redundant.

 

 

 

Blue song…

Inspired by: Becky’s Blue July Squares 

 

The year was 1971.
Joni Mitchell released Blue – one of my favorite albums…ever.

A few years later I was able to see her perform in concert on a cold winter night. Up in the balcony at The Music Hall in Boston. It was a magical evening spent with this amazing singer/songwriter.

My well worn vinyl copy still survives…

 

BLUE
by Joni Mitchell

JONI BLUE

 

Blue View

Inspired by a challenge I recently discovered: Becky’s July Squares.

The theme for July is ‘blue‘, and I suggest we stay connected on our square adventures by either;

  1. Sharing a photographic square which is a ‘Bolt from the Blue’ – something unexpected or surprising
  2. Or one that explores ‘Into the wide blue yonder‘ – sky, sea or maybe a location that is appealingly unknown and mysterious
  3. Alternatively keep it simple with ‘Blue – whether that’s azure, cobalt, sapphire, cerulean, navy, ultramarine, indigo, or turquoise

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blue square lake

 

Looking across Lake Champlain in Vermont…
…and spotting New York State in the distance.
A perfect day.