Color and texture are everywhere. We’re surrounded by them constantly so it is no surprise we become immune to their beauty. Taking time to closely observe a favorite place or setting can remind you of all the potential inspiration at your disposal.The candelabra aloes are blooming at the Zoo. These are a favorite of mine–full of gray green, orange, red and yellow. And of course, spiky texture.While my eye is always drawn to the huge of variety of plants at the Zoo, yesterday I focused on the animals. Naturally, there is a lot of brown on display. As you know, brown isn’t my favorite color. However, paying attention to the many different forms of brown was a worthwhile endeavor.The guanaco is tinged with a pale tan but it’s the velvety fur on his head that draws my eye. The elephants seems drab and dull until you notice the russet tone of their sparse hair. As for texture, their hides are a study in themselves.A watchful kudu shows off those deep brown doe eyes and shiny nose to full advantage. And those lashes!Still, all that brown beauty doesn’t hold my attention the way a tiny hummingbird can. His iridescent feathers are so small. Every millimeter packed with color.
Even if an abundance of Nature is not at your disposal, you can observe the way light changes the grays of buildings and roadways, or the various patterns of rust and flaking paint. Beauty is all around us. We just have to take the time to notice.