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Whether gray is my favorite color because I live in the Pacific Northwest, or I live in the Pacific Northwest because gray is my favorite color is up for grabs. Suffice it to say that gray began this week, and I feel good.

It's not really raining. Just overcast, with some pale sunshine in between little showers. It's not cold yet, just cool. The world seems filled with crows. There's a wild, sort of north-south-east-west wind blowing around. When you open the doors and windows, it cleans the whole house. When you go out in it, it gets in your hair, and your ears, and your mouth, and cleans you, too.

I think I like the fall weather here for the same reason I like black and white photographs: in a world stripped of color, you can see structures more clearly. Against the backdrop of all the shades of gray that this place is capable of, what is vivid becomes more important--someone smiling at you, the bright vine maple leaves on the sidewalk outside Jeff's house, the raucous sound of crows, the smell of coffee, the heavy feel of a big green apple in your hand.

Some gray things I like:
Sidewalk, silverware, weathered cedar shingles, driftwood, whales, my hair, my bedlinens, sand, storms, the ocean, foam on the ocean, clouds, my hair, that one jacket Dean Winchester wears, brushed nickel bathroom fixtures, the moon, my surround sound speakers, Icelandic lopi wool, galvanized buckets, my first car, streets, dolphins, puddles, ice cubes, the charcoal sketch of the goddess Diana that my brother did for me years ago, my brushed steel water bottle, the huge English walnut tree in my yard, Monsoon (in memory), my laptop, my current LJ theme, quarters, knives, my phone, twilight...

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decemberleaf
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Some gray things I like: Sidewalk, silverware, weathered cedar shingles, driftwood, whales, my hair, my bedlinens, sand, storms, the ocean, foam on the ocean, clouds, my hair, that one jacket Dean Winchester wears, brushed nickel bathroom fixtures, the moon, my surround sound speakers, Icelandic lopi wool, galvanized buckets, my first car, streets, dolphins, puddles, ice cubes, the charcoal sketch of the goddess Diana that my brother did for me years ago, my brushed steel water bottle, the huge English walnut tree in my yard, Monsoon (in memory), my laptop, my current LJ theme, quarters, knives, my phone, twilight... What fun, what a keen eye, and what a treasure (including your current LJ theme): all of them interesting and/or beautiful.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 5th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
As I mention to roseambr below, I find grays soothing, calming, grounding.

I forgot to mention fog. I like fog. Tahitian pearls and moonstones. All these grays just make my energy go horizontal. Very restful.
roseambr
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
It takes a special person to see into the beauty of gray and you are such a person. There is beauty in everything if you look deeply enough and truely, gray is one of the colors with great beauty. It can be so complex or so simple. One of my favs too, as is the Fall season.
And let's not forget the beauty of the gray ocean on a cold day or the beautiful gray stones on your warm cozy bathroom floor. The list could go on and on.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 5th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Stones! Yes! I'd forgotten to think of the smooth, rounded charcoal and silver stones that cover Indian Beach. The sound they make is gray!

I don't actually have to dig for an appreciation of gray. I just find it very soothing and calm.

Here's a beach icon.
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