Stepping Out into the Blue

Sky Blue
Sky Blue

This is how the sky was when I went to the beach this afternoon ~ blue, blue, blue.

I feel I should nearly be apologising for posting such a plain photograph. Wouldn’t a bird, a cloud, a kite, tree tops, a steeple ~ almost anything have added to the picture?

Maybe they would but why do we need contrast all the time?  In ways there is a contrast here because this is January blue at a time when all the talk is about ‘January blues.’

Also, I have to say that ever since I read Oscar Wilde’s poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, I have never, ever taken a blue sky for granted:

I never saw a man who looked

With such a wistful eye

Upon that little tent of blue

Which prisoners call the sky …

Perhaps we are all prisoners of complexity in a world that offers so much in the way of simplicity?







Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

25 thoughts on “Stepping Out into the Blue”

  1. Have you ever thought about writing a book? I really like reading your thoughts. Wonderful image too, of course.

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words, Malin.
      I’ve written a good bit on the academic side but would certainly like to produce something more ‘readable!’ It’s the subject matter that I’m grappling with but a few ideas kicking around.
      Hope you’re doing okay.

    1. Hi Brian, I love that word ‘compelling.’ Not one I ever use but I’m delighted you did!

      The issue of contrast is something that certainly comes up in images all the time and I reckon it transfers into our thought processes too. Clearly, there’s a strong case to be made for contrasts but the simple, plain, unified … has a definite place too, don’t you think?

  2. Inspired by Derek Jarman’s ‘Blue’? Wiki: “consists of a single shot of saturated blue colour filling the screen, as background to a soundtrack where Jarman’s and some of his favourite actors’ narration describes his life and vision.” Great minds Jean.

  3. Wasn’t there a song about Blue Skies ..I think Al Johlson recorded it..The January blues should be the January greys because blue to me is very calming, peaceful, a certain serenity to make one meditate..I think ones attitude towards life plays an important parts as to how we view and feel about things…

    1. Hi Joni, great points and I will be checking out the song.
      I’m not sure we should use any colours as ‘down’ colours. They all have a magic. Grey makes me think of silvery sea!

  4. Very cool Jean. i drove longhaul tractor trailer for years and then went into the office to work. About 80% of my job was done on the computer, with GPS tracking I could see where every unit was and with satellite communications I could talk to anyone of them via computer at the push of a button. Then one day, I decided to go back out on the road. I ran with a great oldtimer – the two of us on separate trucks- to refamiliarize myself with the job. The first thing that struck me when we left the city was exactly what you have pictured above – the absolute blueness and the hugeness of the sky- it was breathtaking.

    Thanks for the memory jean.

  5. Beautiful. Here I sit on a foggy day and have special appreciation for blue. Also, I notice in the last few years there seems to be a layer of haze or pollution (not sure which) that obscures the lovey clear blue like in your photo. It just shows up on windswept days or days rinsed clean after a rain. — Sandy

  6. I love that photo, Jean! Tough to tire of the beauty of a clear, blue sky! One day, I noticed how the blueness of the sky reflects off our granite countertops. And ever since then, it has caused me to pause right there at the kitchen sink and soak up the sky 😉 ♥ ❤

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