Thursday, April 3, 2014

A to Z Challenge: C is for Color

Color, because spring is busting out all over, in ways big and small.

Small azalea bushes.

Large azalea bushes


Azaleas of different colors:

Deep pink.

Light pink.


There are cultivated colors:

 And there are wild grown colors:

As gray as the skies have been this winter, i hope the colors hang around a while.


Today is

American Circus Day -- the first circus in the US opened this day in Philadelphia in 1793

Anniversary of the Second Republic -- Republic of Guinea

Day Sacred to Bona Dea and Day of Proserpina's Rise from the Underworld -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day -- and unless you have a really great job, we know your decision

Find-A-Rainbow Day -- a day to paint bright and colorful wishes for your friends, family, and sweetheart; if you actually find a rainbow in the sky, that's a plus, send a pic to the RainbowBrite site

Hanshi a/k/a Cold Food Festival -- China (second day of the Quingming Festival)

Nafels Pilgrimage -- Canton Glarus, Switzerland (commemoration of the Battle of Nafels in 1388, observed with processions, prayers, sermon, and a reading of the names of those killed in battle)

National Chocolate Mousse Day

National D.A.R.E Day -- US (cannot confirm date, but usually by Presidential Proclamation on the first Thursday of April)

Overcome a Handicap Day -- on the day, in 1981, when one-legged Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, only about a foot under the world record at the time

Pony Express Day -- US; inaugurated this day in 1860

Second Republic Day -- Guinea

Shower Dance -- Fairy Calendar

St. Irene of Thessalonica's Day (Patron of girls, peace)

St. Richard of Chichester's Day (called Ricardus, ri for ridens meaning "laughing", car for carus meaning "dear", dus for dulcis meaning "sweet"; Patron of coachmen and of the Diocese of Chichester, Sussex, England)

Tweed Day -- a day to consider the costs of political corruption, on the birth anniversary of "Boss" Tweed

World Party Day -- anyone and everyone is invited to join the party

Anniversaries Today:

Isle Royale National Park is established in Michigan, US, 1940
Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England, 1043

Birthdays Today:

Amanda Bynes, 1986
Leona Lewis, 1985
Cobie Smulders, 1982
Jamie Bamber, 1973
Jennie Garth, 1972
Picabo Street, 1971
Robert Chapin, 1964
Eddie Murphy, 1961
David Hyde Pierce, 1959
Alec Baldwin, 1958
Bernie Parent, 1945
Tony Orlando, 1944
Leona Lewis, 1943
Marsha Mason, 1942
Wayne Newton, 1942
Jane Goodall, 1934
Calvin "Baby Vet" Graham, 1930
Max Frankel, 1930
Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 1926
Jan Merlin, 1925
Marlon Brando, 1924
Doris Day, 1924
Herb Caen, 1916
Sally Rand, 1904
Henry Robinson Luce, 1898
Leslie Howard, 1893
John Burroughs, 1837
William Magear "Boss" Tweed, 1823
Edward Everett Hale, 1822
Washington Irving, 1783

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Endgame"(Play), 1957
TV Guide(Publication), 1953

Today in History:

Edward the Confessor is crowned king of England, 1043
The US Pony Express begins its first run, 1860
Gottlieb Daimler receives a German patent for his engine, 1885
Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality, 1895
The US House of Representatives accept the "American's Creed," a patriotic contest winner by William Tyler Page, as the official creed of the US, 1918
The building of the RMS Queen Mary is commissioned, 1929
President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, 1948
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, 1968
The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, 1973
Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default, 1975
Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record, 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), 2007
Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2009
Following the News International phone hacking scandal, James Murdock resigns as Chairman of BskyB, 2012


    I was quite literally dancing yesterday in the sunshine and colors here too
    the winter has helped me GREATLY appreciate the SPRING!!

  2. just wonderful bloomage. :) the wisteria is always so pretty. the azaleas have BIG wow factor. i always love the wildflowers.

  3. I love spring. Ours starts popping out mid February. There are still a few buds on the late blooming fruit trees, but most everything is green here now. I love spring.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. Wow! What exquisite color! Thanks for sharing the beauty of springtime where you are! :)

  5. I love azaleas! And pansies with their little faces! Thanks for the glorious pics of spring. Find a Rainbow Day cracked me up - hard to do in a country that has about 7 rain days per year! lol

  6. WOW
    what a beautiful post to look at when I wake up :)
    You should have called it a sweet dream

  7. Wow! Your place is much colorful! We are getting some color here, (yellows from the daffodils and reds and pinks from the tulips), but it's still early, so mostly, we are getting spring green!

  8. Ah wonderful. You must be ahead of us, the wisteria here is not out yet. one of my favourite shrubs.

  9. Stopping by from the A-Z challenge. Love the photos of the flowers. Its always nice to see the flowers come out and bloom after a long and cold winter.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  10. Zowie! Such lovely colourful blooms out your way. We still have lots of winter white.

  11. I love the pansy pictures! My mom always grew several different colors of them. So pretty!

  12. Your azalea bushes look wonderful. Growing up, my poor mother had azalea bushes in the backyard that had to survive my constant sporting events and play between my brother and I. They were hearty bushes for sure.

  13. gorgeous flowers! I love azaleas and wisteria. Mine are still just sticks, but I can begin to see some buds forming. Ah! Spring!

  14. Oh! So very pretty! How I wish we had more of that here in dry, brown West Texas, as does my niece in Minnesota where snowplows were out in force this morning! Send us some of your lovely Spring colors please! :-)