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.