Color inspirations from nature (pic heavy)

Annie DeighnaughDecember 5, 2012

DH and I had a wonderful day the other day, weather was warm and sunny, and we went to NYC....wandered the streets, Bryant Park with all the little boutiques and the skating rink, St. Pat's, the tree at Rockefeller center, the store windows, had a terrific lunch, and then headed to the Central Park Zoo where I found some color inspiration.

The snow leopard was beautiful, but elusive....

but in trying to get a shot of him, I got these trees instead....cream, beige, forest green with a touch of black

The lesser followed red pandas were just adorable especially since it was almost supper time and mommy keeper was cutting the bamboo... don't you just love the natural ombre effect in their fur?

For those of you wanting to work in shades of greige with a touch of rose, perhaps the snow monkeys can lend a hand...

This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Wed, Dec 5, 12 at 8:16

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Annie Deighnaugh

Then came the aviary with all the fuss and feathers that mother nature offers. So much fun to be in there with the birds as they fly above and beneath you making the most wonderful sounds. Beautiful colors singly and in combination.




    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:03AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Finally, from my walk at home, I tried to capture my favorite woods winter color combo of the beech trees.....the soft whisper of silvery blue gray in the bark against the warm peachy beige of the leaves...an absolute delight as they are one of the few trees that hang onto their leaves through the winter, giving a welcome color to the drab gray of the winter woods.

I so love this color combo and wish I had a place to put it in a room in my house....guess I'll just have to build another house!
:)

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:12AM
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awm03

AD, young beeches in the winter forest are one of my favorite sights too. Love that coppery color! Early winter light is beautiful, isn't it?

Thanks for posting your photos and pointing out the pretty color combos. I felt like I was in NYC enjoying it all right along with you.

Below is a link to a photo I took last winter: the soft golds, the gray fog, & the green moss was so lovely.

Here is a link that might be useful: Winter color

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:45AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Oh wow....your pic is just beautiful. I can even hear the silence of the woods in that photo. Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:48AM
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luckygal

Beautiful photos, thank you both! Most inspiring.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 11:44AM
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Fun2BHere

Such gorgeous colors, whether they be the quieter hues of the woods or the more vibrant hues of the birds. Nature always gets it right. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 11:58AM
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yayagal

Wonderful photos. Did anyone notice the soft greens in the rocks where the monkeys were perched? I love that shade but never found it anywhere in a paint can.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:10PM
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marti8a

Pretty pictures! I love the colors in the duck. And your photo of the peacock made me suddenly realize that I haven't heard the neighbor's peacocks in a while. Yay!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:26PM
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dakota01

Love your pics - too bad mother nature can never be duplicated by us mere mortals! The tones, textures, movement of her colors are perfection!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:06PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Here's another bird that I always thought would be a fabulous color inspiration....the cedar waxwing. At our old house they would come through twice a year and descend on our cedars and crab apple trees. Such lovely birds. But there was always one or two that would die on my big front window...so sad. But then I did get to see their plumage up close. So beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:52AM
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awm03

That is stunning. Wonderful photo!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 8:44AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Thanks, awm, but I can't take credit for that last pic....that one I pulled off the net....

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 8:07PM
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trailrunnerbiker

Annie and awm...just beautiful. Such peaceful scenes. What a treat for the eye. Thank you for posting. c

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 10:22AM
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awm03

Thanks, trailrunner, how nice of you! Walking around with a camera, looking for things to photograph, is a great pastime. You notice more and see more intently. Absorbing & relaxing -- it's a great stress reliever.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 2:16PM
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trailrunnerbiker

awm...I looked further through your photos...going back to the left..where did you take the 2 photos of the angels...I didn't note the numbers on them ? I am so fond of pics like that and keep thinking I will get a bunch of them reproduced and framed. c

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 2:39PM
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bronwynsmom

Lovely, Annie, and so good to be reminded of where to look for beautiful color schemes.

I remembered, looking at your pictures, our first winter in New England, and what a revelation it was to see clearly for the first time where Andrew Wyeth's subtle palette came from.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 3:11PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Thanks, TR.

B, if you ever find yourself in the Philly area, there is the Brandywine River Museum which has lots of art work from the Wyeth family, and you can take a tour of the farm which inspired much of Andrew's work. The museum is in a very pretty setting too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Brandywine Museum

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 6:16PM
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EG3d

God is AMAZING in His Creation. Love Him!!!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 12:43AM
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bronwynsmom

Annie, I have been to the Brandywine Museum - thanks for reminding me. I should plan to go back.

We are fond of Philadelphia, though we haven't trekked up in a while, but I do love to go in the spring when Longwood is also a must on the way in or out.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 12:00PM
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angiedfw

One of my favorite color combinations comes in the early spring, when the wild redbuds are beginning to bloom on the edge of our lake. The surrounding trees are just beginning to open their leaves in this bright, almost neon green, backed by dark brown and grey bark. Then you get that burst of fuchsia pink!

This is a pic pulled from the web, but it kind of shows what I love.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 1:18PM
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suz1023

gosh annie your backyard looks so familiar! my dear friend lives in rhinebeck and her trail looks just like yours.
your post made me realise i'd love to visit nyc this year myself.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 2:05PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

B, if you're going to the philly area, be sure to hit Winterthur too. While Longwood has fabulous gardens, I'm more partial to the more natural landscape at Winterthur...and the tours of the museum rooms are fabulous.

Fallingwaters, not near, but not too far from Rhinebeck....but so glad I could help inspire you to visit NYC again. It's a great city to visit.

Lovely pic, angiedfw.

Speaking of pics, was so pleased to find out my cousin, the artist, just got one of his photos accepted at Vogue Italia. Huzzah!

This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Sat, Dec 8, 12 at 17:27

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 5:24PM
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outsideplaying_gw

Annie, thanks for the reminder of the beauty of winter. Is that river birch in the second photo? I am not familiar with trees in your area but it looks like it. Have always loved the bark variation and color and with the soft fir in the background it is beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 2:21PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

outside playing, don't know....could be....

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:47PM
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bronwynsmom

Outside, I think they are river birch.
We had them in our yard, and they were my consolation for the white birches we left behind in New England.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:55PM
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