Have you ever noticed the signature color(s) of your local area or other places you’ve seen around the world? For much of my life, I went about my daily routine rather blind to the colors and details of my surroundings. It only seemed when I traveled to someplace new that I noticed the vibrancy and character of a city or rural landscape.

And then several years ago, a passion for photography emerged. I discovered, with a camera in hand, my eyes began to notice the rich, intricate details of my surroundings. I found a new appreciation of familiar places and a deeper awareness when visiting new ones.

When I visit New England, the place I grew up, my eye is caught by the reds of barns, old mill factories, covered bridges, colonial homes, and brick-sided buildings.

New England Reds-

In Northern California, where I live now, my eye is drawn to the vibrant Spanish-influenced colors liberally used in seaside villages, boutique shopping centers, and local town centers.

California Color Splash -2

And, in Greece, where we go every year for vacation, I’ve fallen in love with my favorite color palette, Aegean Sea blues.

Aegean Sea Blues 2

What’s your local color?


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