Ten Thousand Kinds of Green


photoIt takes very little time upon returning to the Pacific Northwest for me to be reminded of one of its central characteristics that became so imprinted on my heart and mindset through my many years of dwelling there as to be interchangeable with my entire concept of wholeness and well-being: the color green. The millions of colors that can be called Green, to be more precise. Having been born in the Emerald City of the Evergreen State, I can confirm that they have earned their titles both the hard way (rain–sometimes seemingly endless–rain–oh, and snowpack and glacier runoff in the spring) and entirely honestly. The city and the state are genuinely, deeply, exquisitely green.photoOther places may be green with envy. Yes, there are certainly other spectacularly green places on earth, some of which I have visited, among them to wit: Ireland, Allgäu, and the jungle that straddles the Panamanian border with Costa Rica (a tropical cloud forest) all rife with verdure and also with all of those forms of watery nourishment that bring about such burgeoning beauties in their respectively green-glorious regions. Each green place is unique in the character and flavor of its glowing, growing vegetation, and each gains its place in my heart as much through its variations of verdancy as by any other means.photoWhat it all comes down to is that these things grow on me as much as on the face of the earth, filling my senses and my emotional center in ways that few other things can. This recent return to my mossy, leafy, grassy, graceful green roots merely reminds me of what lies deep within me all of the time. The west coast is so rich in tints and hues and tones and shades and variations of green that I cannot imagine an existence without them and know that green will always be the color against which completeness and contentment and ecstasy are best measured.photophotophotophotophotophotophotoMourn the tiresome persistence of the rain at times, if you must, but once you have been drawn into the corridors of the green world you will likely find it irresistible, too. It bursts with the presence of renewal and strength, lures you with the dappled dream-world light that only a leafy and towering tunnel of trees can create, and makes the heart ache with that yearning form of delight best found in things that sing of secrets, promises and hope.

16 thoughts on “Ten Thousand Kinds of Green

  1. Your photos are really beautiful, Kathryn. I wish I had gone a bit further west when I was in my “See the USA” phase. I can’t help but feel that I missed out on something really special by not spending some time in Washington & Oregon states. I’ve still got time …

    • I do hope you’ll have the chance to see the west coast, John. It’s rich and beautiful and, like so many parts of the country that I’ve seen, has its own quirks and delights in terms of scenery, character, influence on personalities, cuisine, you name it. I know you’ll find much to love. 🙂

    • [See my answer to John!] There’s lots that I think you’d find surprisingly familiar, from what I’ve seen of your RI neck of the woods at your blog, and much that gives its own distinct tenor to the left coast too. 🙂

    • I can’t wait until I get the chance to return to the UK for further exploration–so much I’ve yet to visit and enjoy. In some ways, what I *have* visited there feels comfortably familiar in terms of climate and scenery, but every place’s unique landmarks and local specialties is a great delight as well.

    • Thank you kindly. I guess it’s not hard to see why in my senses green, not black and white or beige, is the ultimate ‘base’ color, the frame in which everything else is viewed, and it puts everything in the ‘proper’ perspective for me.

  2. Such a beautiful post, Kathryn! I loved my visit to Washington State many many years ago…and your words so captured why! It is the thing that makes me love Ireland too…the sunshine and rain in harmony to create such ‘glowing’ and ‘growing’! Unfortunately we are very dry right now and so the greens are burning out a little. The skies are promising some liquid today though.

    • The liquid feeding is deeply necessary for the fulness of greenery in such places, so I’m working hard to find ways to substitute for the water need and get xeric beauty of equal allure.

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