Thursday 2 August 2007

Orange at Prince Eugene of Savoy's Hof Palace

In Search of Orange

"The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between red and yellow, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 590 to 630 nanometers; any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium lightness and moderate saturation." **

"Orange derives from Sanskrit nāraṅgaḥ "orange tree", with borrowings through Persian nārang, Arabic nāranj, Spanish naranja, Late Latin arangia, Italian arancia or arancio, and Old French orenge, in chronological order." *

Mexican Sunflower


Orange, etymology:
"Middle English, from Old French pume orenge, translation and alteration (influenced by Orenge, Orange, a town in France) of Old Italian melarancio : mela, fruit + arancio, orange tree (alteration of Arabic nranj, from Persian nrang, from Sanskrit nraga, possibly of Dravidian origin). " **

Pomegranate blossom


Orange and pink Swiss chard

Study in Orange and White
By Billy Collins

I knew that James Whistler was part of the Paris scene -
the café awning and the wicker chair -
but I was surprised when I discovered the painting
of his mother among all the colored dots
and jumpy brushstrokes
of the French Impressionists at the Musée d'Orsay.

You can continue reading this poem here:
more life-size
than usual’

the poetry of Billy Collins

Treasure flower

*) Wikipedia
**) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
via Bartleby

A special thank you
for giving names to two of the flowers,
the Gazania and the Mexican Sunflower,
to Freefalling
in Melbourne, Australia!


  1. Ahhh, I can't see any of the photos???

  2. I am so sorry, Cream, thank you for pointing it out, though.

    I have no clue what's happening. On my strawberry blog sometimes it takes days til my new posts actually show up, the "Blue" post here was eluding some visitors yesterday. I tried to reload them, but this doesn't help. Maybe it's Blogspot?
    I can see all posts right now, but have had the same no-shows other days.

    I hope all of you may be able to see all the photos in no time, too.

  3. Lovely photos! I am a big fan of orange.

  4. Hello mother,

    Ich kann die Bilder von diesem Eintrag nicht sehen. Sadface. ):

    Bin bald wieder bei dir zu Hause.
    Miss you.

    Liebe aus MD.

  5. Dear Anonymous:
    I reloaded all the pictures and hope you can now see all the orange there is. Miss you, too! :-)

  6. Ah - I can see them now (I couldn't see them yesterday either)!
    I love orange - it is one of my favourite colours - especially in the garden where it looks wonderful with purple.
    I love your photos of the mexican sunflower and the gazania and the chard.
    It's just such a happy colour, isn't it?

    I am so glad the reloading helped!
    I like to wear apple greens and orange in the summer.
    I couldn't find the names of some of the flowers, so thank you for mentioning them!

  8. I couldn't see these yesterday either but now I can! And those flowers are quite spectacular! :)

  9. the flowers are light as if the sun light was captured!

  10. ANN:
    Thank you, I am glad the reloading helped. :-)

    Yes, that's how I see them too, and it was such a perfect summer day.


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