Saturday, September 19, 2009
I understand why the movement towards sustainable, earth-loving lifestyles is called the Green Movement. As an earth-based dweller, I associate that color with the bounty of the dirt, i.e. the green world of plants and trees.
But from anywhere above the surface, this is a blue world. Though I am indeed a creature of earth and depend on the green world for shelter, food and most importantly, oxygen, I also need blue. I get my daily quota of blue mostly from the daytime sky. Washington DC is a very sunny place most of the time, one of the reasons I love it. Sometimes I get my blue from the river, but day to day, I must rely on the arching cup of our atmosphere, refracting sunlight just so, to quench my thirst for blue.
The energy of Washington DC is very swamp like - low and close to the ground. That, and the fact that the Masons who designed this city believed no building should stand taller than the Capitol, means I have a lot of access to the sky even though I live in the center of an urban area.
Any prolonged stay in NYC would at last begin to drain my life force due to a shortage of blue. The rivers there are not particularly blue. It's a beautiful city of tall cliffs, like living on the floor of a metallic Grand Canyon. I wonder how New Yorkers get their fix of blue. Too long away from blue, and I begin to shrivel but maybe they have different color needs than I. Who knows?
It's a beautiful day in DC today. My plan is to take a long walk, breathe lungfuls of clean air, listen to the birds and drink in, through my eyes, the deep, robin's egg blue of this perfect early autumn day. It's good to be home. There's no place like it.
My your thirst for color be quenched. Oh yeah!
The Empire State Building was my constant companion on my recent NY visit. I saw it from everywhere I went. It was like a beacon showing me that, literally, the sky's the limit.