Friday, March 02, 2007

Patterns - color

Colorful Kayaks, Rockport, MA, August 2003, Sony Cybershot, Exposure 1/125 sec @ f7.1, ISO 100, no flash © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

Life is full of color, isn't it? And by noticing it, our lives are just a bit richer.

If we open our minds up a little, we can realize just how much color there is out there. The colors we can see with our eyes are limited to a very narrow spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. From about 400-700 nanometers (millionths of a meter) in wavelength.

But of course, this is just a part of a much larger spectrum, that includes lower frequency waves (longer wavelengths) that we pick up as vibration, slightly higher ones that we detect as sound, still higher ones that carry information to our radios and TVs, very high energy ones that produce X-rays, and higher still like gamma rays from cosmic events.

So while we see the richness of color in this world, keep in mind that we are seeing a pitifully small section of the true richness of "color" that bombards our world and our bodies every day.

So why not keep your mind open to the true vastness of the world we live in, and see just how colorful it can be?


Avantika said...

Nicely said,Steve.
I think some animals can even see InfraRed(IR) radiation.
So different species actually see the world through differently colored lenses!

Steven Crisp said...

Absolutely Avantika. Rattlesnakes, for example, will strike you based upon your IR signature. And bats will catch insects based upon sophisticated sonar (they are blind visually).

What we see and claim as the way things "look" is of course, simply how they look to us. It is useful for our mind to realize this.

And even humans can learn these techniques. I remember reading about a blind person that would make a "clicking" sound with their mouth for example when walking down a hallway or stairs, and could detect where the walls change direction by the sound of the echo.

Fascinating really -- we think the world looks to others as it looks to us. But the world just "is" and we see but a very small bit of that reality.