Monday, 2 January 2012

Life in Color: Red by National Geographic(photography)

smoking sadhu
 Photograph by Michael Yamashita
A Hindu ascetic, or sadhu, wrapped in a bright-red cloth, smokes underneath a vad (banyan) tree outside a temple in Mumbai (Bombay), India. Sadhus devote themselves to the spiritual life, own few possessions, and typically depend on donations to survive.
Golden Damselfish
Photograph by Tim Laman
Red, the color of human blood, symbolizes passion, fire, love, and anger. In Eastern cultures, it also connotes luck and prosperity. Red occurs throughout nature, from dying stars to dying leaves, and humans have evoked its powers for everything from politics to sports.
Here, a brilliant red sea fan coral spreads behind a golden damselfish in waters off Fiji’s Namenalala Island.
Wedding Cave
Photograph by David Evans
Rich red draperies and glowing paper lanterns transform a rocky cave into a magical wedding hall in China's Hubei Province. Red is the traditional color of Chinese wedding celebrations.
Iron-Rich Creek Bed
Photograph by Michael Melford
Iron-rich rocks create a rust-red creek bed for fast-flowing waters in Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park. The Canadian park lies across the international border from Montana's Glacier National Park.
Sea Oats
Photograph by Medford Taylor
Darkness lends a reddish tint to sea oats bending with storm-whipped winds in Saxis, Virginia. The salt-loving tall grass thrives in beach ecosystems and helps to form and protect sand dunes by collecting windblown grains.
Fallen Maple Leaf
Photograph by Raul Touzo
A solitary red maple leaf lies on the trunk of a downed tree in Maine's Acadia National Park. The United States is home to some 90 different species of maple trees.
Moroccan Mosque
Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie
A glowing keyhole arch and dusty-red walls frame the minaret of Al Berdain Mosque in Meknès, Morocco. The arch's lighting also suggests a crescent moon, one of Islam's traditional symbols.
Dye Worker's Hand
Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie
A teenage worker uses dye-stained hands to hold a tangled nest of red yarn. The boy lives in Khulm (formerly Tashkurgan), Afghanistan, a town noted for trade in sheep and wool.
Geisha's Lips
Photograph by Jodi Cobb
A geisha in Kyoto, Japan, applies the blood-red lipstick that completes her traditional makeup. Modern geisha carry on an ancient profession; they privately entertain Japan's rich and powerful men and maintain total confidentiality.
Maple Leaves
Photograph by Al Petteway
A Maryland maple tree shows off the flaming foliage beloved by "leaf-peepers." Experts say most people judge the quality of each autumn's foliage by the prevalence of red leaves.
Sumac Leaves
Photograph by Jim Richardson
Sumac leaves glow red in the autumn light at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The grassy prairie landscape is dotted with shrub thickets of sumac and dogwood, which are favored by birds and small animals.
Schoolchildren With Umbrella
Photograph by Jodi Cobb
Nothing can dampen the enthusiasm of Taipei schoolchildren gathered for a celebration of Double Ten, Taiwan's national day. Double Ten remembers the October 10, 1911, revolution that ended China’s last dynasty.
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Courtesy: National Geographic

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