red

As the unusually short title suggests, today is for all things red! The topic was suggested by a reader – something you can do as well! Just comment on a post, or contact me through my website.

In many languages, the word for red comes from the name for blood. In Russian, it comes from the same root as the word beautiful. What we call red is the light with a wavelength between 630 and 700 nanometers and it occurs naturally in many creatures, especially among plants. It is a very symbolic colour, associated with many different things – danger, royalty, blood, communism and much more.

But now, back to the photos – I hope you enjoy them!

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A poppy closing up for the night.

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Many berries and fruits are red – some are edible, some not.

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Red is quite common in autumn.

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A rose in winter.

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The fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) uses red as a warning.

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The elytra of this broad-shouldered leaf beetle, Chrysomela populi, are red.

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A Chrysomelidae-beetle.

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A Homo sapiens primate in New York.

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He’s red on the inside, I promise!

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The red fishing nets in Essaouira, Morocco.

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Wedding decoration.

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A lighthouse on Valsörarna islands, built by the same company that made the Eiffel tower.

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The university museum in Helsinki.

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Our summer cottage, painted with a traditional paint consisting of water, rye flour, linseed oil and pigment from copper mines (the pigment is a waste product in the mining industry).

I hope that was red enough!

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