In a Scarlet Mood

Scarlet, bright red with a hint of orange, is a colour associated with blood, courage, passion and heat.

Mood board in scarletThis ‘mood board’ contains all my own photos, reading left to right, top to bottom: Gears at the Cannery in Steveston, BC; Tulip in my garden; Bromeliad in the Costa Rican jungle; ‘Sacred Heart’ from Mexico overlaid on an image of a Camellia in Vancouver; Cheese in a Belgian market in Mons; Red umbrella; Prayers and wishes for Chinese New Year; Sculpture in Van Dusen Garden; Red habanero peppers.

Many birds have scarlet plumage like this Scarlet Ibis at the KL Zoo in Malaysia.
A Scarlet Ibis at the KL Zoo in MalaysiaBlood & courage translated into scarlet uniforms; this shot shows the ‘red serge’ of the RCMP in Canada, laying down a red rose to represent the fallen comprades. The colour scarlet distinguishes many of the military and paramilitary organizations across the British Empire.
During the ceremony a graduate from the RCMP places a red rose on a cenotaph to remember his fallen comradesBlood & passion translated into the ‘blood of Christ’ and the wearing of scarlet by the cardinals of the Catholic church. Passion & heat translated into the sins of ‘scarlet women’ or prostitutes. Interesting contrast here with ‘good’ men and ‘bad’ women’. (No photos of either…)

Scarlet in a tube: Cadmium Red Light. Scarlet in a Tube: Cadmium Red Light Initially the best scarlets were achieved by dying the cloth with a tiny insect, a type of ‘scale’, making the cloth expensive, and only for the wealthy. In the newly-discovered Americas another source of scarlet dye was found, again a type of scale, but larger and easier to collect.Wikipedia: A native of Central America collecting cochineal insects from a cactus to make red dye (1777). From the 16th until the 19th century, it was a highly profitable export from Spanish Mexico to Europe.Indian collecting cochineal.jpgBy José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez (1737 – 1799). – Newberry Library: Vault Ayer MS 1031, Public Domain.

These shots were taken by my business partner when she was in Peru. The first shows a bug infested cactus paddle next to variations of red the wool achieves when dyed with the insects. The variations in colour are caused by the different mordants used to ‘set’ the colour; also by different amounts of dye.Smears of the colours from the dye.More on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colours that Start with S.



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