A Day Painted In Dull Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

I woke as usual at 6:00 am, actually, a strange yellowish-greyish light in my bedroom woke me up, I thought the lights were left on somewhere in the house during the night, or some UFO had landed. The yellowish light came from outside, the garden was infused with darkness I have never known before, like a noir film. It wasn’t the usual spunky daylight of a day just starting at 6:00 am, and neither was the light of a falling day. It was just dark, grey, and flat, like a winter day, but it felt oppressive as if something was about to happen. As the day progressed, the sky became more yellow and surreal. My flowers have lost their colors, my lemons don’t look yellow, the birds are sensing something is going on and are not singing. I thought this is the way it would be if the sun leaves this earth. No, wait, it would be totally dark. My 5+ mile walk in the park by a lake was full of questions of the day, what if this, and what if that? I was in a total silent nature almost the whole time I was walking. A hand full of people were walking, biking, or exercising, they all had their heads down carrying who knows what kind of weight. It was a strange feeling.

This playboat is usually full of small children, it was deserted today.

(Click on each photo to view it larger).

Boat at Shoreline

Playboat at Shoreline

The ducks usually make noises, fly around, and play in the water. Today, they were still on the quay and bunched up together in silence.



This is no filter effect, the pathway today looked just like this.



Some people are saying things like “it feels like Mars”, or “something will happen”. No human has gone to Mars yet, how would they know what it feels like? We still have vegetation and we will still eat real food today. The waters of lakes and seas are still there. The succession of day and night will still happen today. Nothing is going to happen, no Armageddon is in the plans of some divinity. Maybe someone will flip the wig today, but someone flips every day regardless of the strange light, the smokey air, and the effect of the cosmos on our psyche.
This is the result of all the wildfires here in California, even though I strongly believe most of these fires are arson, that’s another story.
Perhaps it is a good time for me to make yellow muffins from my lemons and brighten my day. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Italian Interior Designer in business since 1990. Being Italian born and raised, classicism, stylish and timeless designs have influenced Valentina’s design work. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away your comfort. She loves to restore old homes, historic dwellings, she focuses on remodeling including nature as a harmonious expression of her designs. Check out her books, one of which is on the subject of colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition.
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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 15:53:13

    Hi Valentina. Wow… that really is surreal. One almost expects the scene to become a Salvador Dali painting. Poor air quality is physically (and emotionally) difficult. Take good care of you. Hugs on the wing.



    • Valentina
      Sep 14, 2020 @ 18:18:45

      You are so right, Teagan. everyone in this area is feeling down, depressed and sad. We have been surrounded by wildfires for weeks now and it doesn’t seem to stop.



  2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Sep 11, 2020 @ 11:25:54

    Totally disconcerting I would think.. awful and I am with you on the cause of at least some of the fires… thanks for recording the effects of nature and man’s ability to suspend normality..xx



  3. Olivia Ava
    Sep 10, 2020 @ 11:37:57

    That is a lovely share💙. Sound like you are so industrious, you wake at 6 am😮.



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