I love love love color, the more saturated the better! It restores my flagging spirits, it makes the world a livelier and more cheerful place, it makes me gasp sometimes for sheer beauty.
Perhaps that’s why I love the high desert around San Miguel de Allende in Mexico so much. Against the tan monochrome, the vivid earth colors so cherished there leap deep into one’s eyes. Similarly with color in the Sonoran desert around Tucson, Arizona.
New England is a landscape of pastels, I’m sure I’ve lamented that before. I love very much about it, beginning with those civilized values that shaped our fledgling country. (We’d all do well to remember them more frequently than we do!) But bleak white winter here and muddy rainy spring seem to last an eternity. Autumn’s blaze of reds and oranges, on the other hand, crescendos and departs within what seems like the blink of an eye. And capricious summer? Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry — but occasionally, glorious.
Here’s a gallery, then, of saturated color, from Mexico, from Arizona, and even from New England gardens!