Walking the Color Wheel: Seattle’s Summer Greens

July 25, 2012

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
— Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish poet

A line of towering trees at Green Lake

Striped leaf

Unfurled poppy

Adorned poppy seed cases

Gladioli stalks

Leaves of a dogwood tree

More poppy seed cases

Little green apple


The yellow-green of a new sunflower waiting to bloom

Fluorescent yellow-green escalator in Seattle’s downtown library

Seattle green is the dark green of the trim on the Washington State Ferries.

And it’s also the green of Starbucks, our local Seattle coffee company, now a worldly giant

6 Responses to “Walking the Color Wheel: Seattle’s Summer Greens”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Marvelous! Green is my favorite color – or, should I say, greens are my favorites colors! That library escalator is great! Back in the 1950s, we called that chartreuse, and my mother (it had to be my mother) painted our bathroom half maroon and half chartreuse. They did things like that, back then.

    I didn’t know there is a “Seattle Green”. I must confess that I don’t like it at all, even on the Starbuck’s umbrellas. It’s very strange, I just realized I don’t even think of it as green. Aren’t we weird creatures!

    • Rosemary Says:

      I’m not sure that Seattle has formally adopted a color. It calls itself the “Emerald City,” which is not the dark green of “my” iconic Seattle. Washington is known as the “Evergreen State,” and that is very close to what I would call Seattle’s color, too. If you do look at the book, Paris in Color, you’ll see that Paris green is quite different from Seattle’s. My friends and I were talking recently about places known for their color — think of Santorini blue. Can you think of more?

  2. garden2day Says:

    I love your color wheel posts. So much color; so vibrant!

  3. Chris Says:

    I love green…may favorite color! Great green photos!! Green to me, is the color of life!!

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