Photo 101, Day 11: Color that pops

The orange hoodie sported by the walker in the park jumped out at me.

The orange hoodie sported by a walker in the park caught my eye.

I went in search of color this evening for today’s Photo 101 assignment: find some bold color that “pops.”

I found some bright orange among the grays and whites of a cloudy, snowy Central New York Monday — and, with one eye on the calendar, the orange made me think of a shot in my archives (see below).

Ireland has a long, storied and often troubled history. Green and orange are the colors that symbolize differences far more complicated than religion — any strife is largely economic at its heart, with plenty of ugly history for each side to fall back on.

The photo below shows, as far as I know, the only traffic signal of its kind in America. Your eyes are not deceiving you. The green is above the red. There’s a story there, of course, because Irish people are involved.

And the story continues. Tonight, as the clock strikes St. Patrick’s Day at midnight, a large crowd will gather in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, NY, and paint a shamrock on the pavement under this light.

It’s a long-standing tradition that represents centuries of one nation’s joy, sadness, turmoil and beauty . . . and celebrates the reverence and appreciation in this country for all the heartache of our ancestors.

The "Irish light" traffic signal in Syracuse, New York. Green on top.

The “Irish light” traffic signal in Syracuse, NY — green on top.


About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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6 Responses to Photo 101, Day 11: Color that pops

  1. That orange jacket really pops Jim – good one! Oh and Happy St. Patty’s Day to you! ❤
    Diana xo


    • Jim McKeever says:

      Thank you, Diana … The reason the green is on top? Irish youth back in the day threw stones at the red to protest British dominance. The city replaced the red many times until it just gave up. The kids were known as the Stonethrowers, and there’s a monument at the corner to them. One of the “wayward” youths went on to become county sheriff.


  2. markbialczak says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my Syracuse brother. The orange pop and the Tipp Hill comingle quite well this eve.

    Liked by 1 person

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