All this year I have been exploring colour, the moods and emotions that are evoked by certain colours and my response to them. But have you ever thought about the absence of colour?
I was amazed to learn this week that the riot of colour we are enjoying this Autumn is actually caused by the absence of chlorophyll (the green colour in leaves). So the lovely pinks and reds in my picture were always present in this little tree but were completely swamped by green. They only become apparent when the tree moves into its dormant winter state and stops producing chlorophyll. Amazing!
Thank you BBC4 The Great British Year, I have changed my view of colour.