Colour Vision: #36118F

by Ant Stone on August 17, 2010

in Features

Apologies for the lat… actually. Scrap that. One of my pet hates is when people apologise at the beginning of blog posts. What exactly are we apologising for? I don’t know any book author who’s opening line is: “Sorry I haven’t written a book for a while”, nor indeed have I stumbled upon an apologetic journalist. So, without further ado I bring you the latest episode in my Colour Vision series.

This week we take a walk beneath the arcs of 36118F, a boyish blue. As always, your comments are welcome, no matter how contrarian or candid they might be.

Knighty Night
Three-six-one-one-eight-eff. You’re posh, brother. Immediately I can see that in your buttoned shirt, your thin-lipped mouth and pulsing veins.

You’re a toy soldier, set upon a herd of broken Barbie’s. You’re the glossy rim around a china cup, a regal noose of bitterness.

You’re blue. So blue, I can hear the boys tearing at your gunky sheet.

But wait. You’re not the True Blue of Australia’s sunny climes. There’s an undertone of purple. Perhaps you’re indigo. A bitonal eunuch of the tonal underworld.

“Take this man to my office, we need to have a word with you old chap.”

Doors slamming. Mugs of steaming coffee slide across cheap table tops. You’re innocent you say, but you’re not exactly sure what of.

“I saw you last night, squire,” says he. “I have nothing to say,” you sigh. A whispery voice, strong yet masterful.

Doors slamming. Mugs chinking. “You’re free to go, you blue bastard. But rest assured, we’ll see you soon,” he gloats. “I’m sure you will,” you sigh.

You’re the gloaming. I see you now. You’re the belly of the twilight. You’re not, posh.

You lead me in every way and I follow. As I pick my way through an orchard of stars, you keep watch. You’re a confusion of dark and light.

I’ve seen you many times, 36118F. As the rug of night draws near, you offer me space to breathe. You’re my celestial inn.

Look forth, readers. For this colour we’ve accused is present in every land we seek.

As the jagged foot of night stamps out our daily lives, look out towards the horizon. Long past the death throes of a billowing sunset.

Where a sunset might swirl around our skies like a pleasure-spiked maiden, this mellow stripe of blue charges across the mantle of the horizon like a lone knight.

Three. Six. One. One. Eight. Eff.

An enigmatic hero, thrusting forward, undeterred by false accusations; a bold blaze of classless calm.

How do you feel? Are you lost in a whirling confusion about what just happened? Welcome to Colour Vision.


I’ve returned to complete this post thirty-minutes later. On reflection, I can see where this tale was conjured from.

As travellers, we are often entrusted with front row seats to some of Mother Nature’s finest shows. As night draws in, we pull out our cameras and slam the shutter button, hoping to trap another fine sunset.

It’s often retold that the best part was yet to come, maybe fifteen minutes after the sun has fled beyond the horizon.

Then comes the night sky. Rightfully revered for it’s peppering of stars.

But even without the stars, the night sky would make beautiful company. The next time you have the opportunity, take a look; it’s far from black. It’s like an oil spill of darkness, in every imaginable way.

As a writer, it’s among my most inspiring tools.

Let me know what you see, next time you look out towards the horizon of a young night sky.

Are you a fan of the sky at night? Perhaps you prefer it to a bright blue sky, I wonder what that says about a person? Consider sharing your thoughts below.
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Verity August 18, 2010 at 1:48 am

This was my favourite part “his mellow stripe of blue charges across the mantle of the horizon like a lone knight.” It really captured the twilight feel for me. Another great colour post. I like the name too :)

As to whether I like the night sky or the bright blue sky better, I think I would have to say the night. The best thing of all is sleeping outside in the Australian desert (slightly homesick here) and looking up at the thousands of stars winking down at you. But my favourite sky of all is at sunset.


Ant August 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

Thanks Verity, I liked that line too. The Aussie outback had some of the best night skies I’d ever seen; one place where I remember the sky vividly was Wolfe Creek Meteorite. Amazing.


Gourmantic August 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

More purple than blue is what struck me at first. The colour of a magical sky or a long sleeved top that makes my eyes more blue.

I love bright blue Australian skies and the paler ones of Provence. Night sky carries more romance but is more ephemeral.


Ant August 21, 2010 at 4:58 am

Thanks Gourmantic, I was actually thinking that others might see more purple in this. A lot will depend on the colour collaboration of our monitors, as well as our varying degrees of vision.

I suppose it fits well with the “Colour Vision” title! I love your association with the tone too.


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Liam February 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

Thank you for these and the Curtain shot is so creative.Enjoy your viitss around the world… so far I have visted over 80 places from around this globe and it is awesome what is out there in Sky Watch post.Thank you also for joining in.Tom


Alva March 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Ops … that’s a good idea taking pooths of sky through the curtains …And the bird on the branch doesn t look bad either.And the water too … meaning this you have great pooths here.


Juno August 23, 2010 at 10:35 am


Love your color vision.

Bright blue is one of my favorite. Because I started photography with taking pictures of cloud when I was a middle school student. Can’t stop the photography since.
I am an astronomy buff, so I preper sky right before dark. It became pale blue and then darker and darker. When it’s pale blue and little bit dark, we usually see moon, venus or Jupiter.
Hm. Do I follow your vision right? :)


Ant August 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

You sure do, Juno. Thanks for a great comment.


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