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The Colour Orange

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published October 18th 2014
What is your favourite colour?
It's a known fact that around 53% of people class blue as their favourite colour yet I wonder how many of them have consistently liked blue all their lives. I know my favourite colour has changed over the years and although my favourite is now orange, it wasn't always so. In my early years, I loved violet and wore a lot of that colour in my clothing.

Nature, Orange, Trees
The beauty of colours in natue

So let's look at the availability of the colour orange. What comes as my first thought is the colour of autumn leaves, which depict the coming of the cooler months of the year. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. That means "putting together with light." A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green colour. As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees "know" to begin getting ready for winter. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis so the trees rest and live off the food they stored during the summer. As the bright green fades we start to see the orange and yellow colours that were in the leaves all along.

Colours, Oranges, Fruit
Navel Oranges, full of juice and no seeds

Although we can purchase citrus fruit all year round these days, oranges and mandarins were once considered winter fruits. Oranges are hybrids of tangerines and the pomelo or Chinese grapefruit which is a pale green or yellow. Oranges were first cultivated in south-east Asia and they weren't orange but green; however orange inside. The colour of the orange depends on where it grows as oranges are a sub-tropical fruit not a tropical fruit. In more temperate climates the green skin turns orange whereas in cooler climates the skin stays green.

When you look around the colour orange is everywhere although it may not appear dominant to you because your favourite colour may be red or blue and therefore those colours stand out more to you. Orange is the colour of many road signs and line-marking depicting a no parking area along major streets. Many businesses have chosen orange as their dominant colour in their logos or the colour for their shop fronts and this certainly grabs my attention. The colour orange is in every Rainbow and is the colour of the Sacral Charka. This colour in the charka relates to success and self-respect, allowing the individual the freedom to expand his/her interests and activities.

Colours, Orange, Shopping
Items can be purchased in any colour

For me, I love life to be bright, happy and chirpy and I feel orange boosts my energy in many ways; however I wouldn't want everything to be orange, there always needs to be a balance. Although I was probably in the minority, I do miss Darrell Lea's orange filled individually wrapped chocolates that don't appear to be marketed these days. Another favourite of mine is Arnott's Orange Cream biscuits, which to my delight are often left last on the plate of cookies. And when I come out of the busy shopping centre and all I see is an ocean of silver cars, the one with the bright orange number plate is the one I spot first!

Number Plates, Orange, Colours
Easy to pick the bright orange number plate out in a crowded carpark
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