Alfalfa Green

Updated: Mar 18, 2020




Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I've been working my way again through Christine Scaman's informative and poetic book Return to Your Natural Colors. This time my aim is to make a list of the incredible adjectives and descriptive names she has given to the colors within each season. Light Summer. The very moment we're enjoying in these high mountains, and I've just added "alfalfa green" to my list. How easily we take for granted the everyday wonders around us; I've had my fan already six years, and have lived in this spot almost three. There in the field behind our home are acres of lush alfalfa. The surrounding grass is ripening to seed and any day it will all be cut and baled; today it is waving in the breeze like wind across the sea. Suddenly it's the signature color that calls my attention-shades of tender, slightly warm blue-green belonging to me and every other Light Summer. You could get lost noticing.


That's my challenge to you, whatever season you share. Make time, go outside and find "Red Hollyhock", "Sunrise Apricot", blackberries, starfish, trailing ivy in the afternoon sun, Douglas fir, antique roses, Chinese Lantern plant, the Northern Lights, purple clover; the full array listed for you. Lose yourself noticing. The result? I won't presume, but a wish that you'll find greater ability to recognize and enjoy your home in your season.




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