Well, spring is breaking out all over the Emerald City of Seattle and for some reason I am feeling a green theme might be in order this week (I wonder why?) Here are a few green sights I’ve spotted on my travels.
Along the road leading from Arches National Park to Escalante, I spotted a dazzling burst of green streaking through hulking black rock.
I’m still surprised at the colour of the water that flowed over Niagara Falls; I never expected it to be so vivid.
One of my all-time favourite statues (and all-time favourite poets) is positively a study in green. Here is the wonderful bronze of Patrick Kavanagh along the banks of Dublin’s Grand Canal.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the glassy, sometimes-green, sometimes-blue water of Lake Atitlan that took my breath away during my all-too-brief visit and left me longing to return.
Last but by no means least, I ventured out to the Hamptons over July 4th weekend a couple of years ago and had a perfectly lovely time exploring the quaint and oh-so-trendy village of East Hampton. Only one thing troubled me. Right in the middle of the village lies the Town Pond (why they don’t call it the Village Pond is a mystery to me). It is home to all kinds of birds and they were bobbing around merrily, but I couldn’t tear my gaze away from the water which glowed a bizarrely luminous green. I couldn’t figure out why the good villagers of East Hampton would dye their water such a ghastly green; it seemed so out of keeping with the aesthetics of the village and terribly unfair to the wildlife.
It quite honestly almost put me off the Hamptons altogether, until I discovered, months later, that it had only turned green sometime during the night before I arrived and returned to normal the day after I left. Investigations ruled out algae and anti-freeze and concluded that it was a prank by person or persons unknown. I seem to have an odd knack of arriving in places shortly after something unusual has gone down. I swear I had nothing to do with it!
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Looking forward to your green-themed post.
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Just one more thing… Happy St. Patrick’s Day!