While recently browsing through some of my Canada photos I was struck by how often the color red made an appearance. In our visual vocabulary red adds drama and impact in many ways, as this sampling across different regions of Canada highlights.
Dockside, Lunenberg, N.S.
Vintage Car, Kensington Neighborhood, Toronto
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Heart Box, in Vintage Store, Toronto
Massey Harris Tractor, Northville Farm Heritage Center, N.S.
Canadian Flag, Lunenberg, N.S.
Luckett Vineyards, Wolfville, N.S.
Gaspereau Valley, N.S.
Red Chairs, Lunenberg, N.S.
Old Spice Jars, in Vintage Store, Toronto
Seaside Barn, Shelburne, N.S.
Red Sprigs Among the Rocks, Kejimkujik Seaside, N.S.
Red Scarecrow, Cap Le Moine, Cape Breton, N.S.
Tractor Along the St. Lawrence, Charlevoix Region, Quebec
Quebec City Hydrant,Quebec
Stop Sign, Montreal
Sainte Famille Church, Ile d’Orlean
Red and Grey Barn, Ile d’Orleans, Quebec
Fran’s Restaurant, Toronto
Even when faded, red things stand out. Beautiful photos.
Very nice series!
Take care from Ontario, ~ Laura
I’d imagine if you have a house trimmed in red, it’s easier to see in the snow. 🙂
Thanks for the visual treat.
Great observation and there’s probably a connection to just that with the choice of such a bright color in rural places.
Hey Brett, just found the blog today….I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been to several places in the “red” collage. One of them, which is labeled as a Chester barn, is actually the Shelburne dory shop. And yes, the red works wonders on it.
I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard of a book named The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton. For someone like you, it is a must read. Dating from 1834 it is thinly-veiled political commentary, wrapped up as humour. If you want a greater (historical) appreciation of the Canadian-American relationship this is worth reading. It is said that TCH influenced Mark Twain….
Mark, thanks for catching that — as soon as you pointed that out I recalled the location (and will fix the caption). Shellburne is a wonderful historic place and I shouldn’t have mixed it up with Chester (another lovely place).
Thanks also for mentioning TC Haliburton’s book, which I’ve not heard of before and will now have to look into. Twain had quite the wit about him and if he thought well of the work then that’s high praise.
My favorite color!
My Dad´s barn was always painted red. Certainly brightened up the drab prairies.
Perfect color for that!
Definitely adds pizzazz to everything! Excellent photos.
My Alberta born grandfather once painted my grandmother’s kitchen red. It may be a genetic trait. 😉
Brett, I hadn’t thought about the red stand-out color of my country until seeing this post. As a matter of fact, now that you mention it, yes, Canadians do love red (ergo our flag as you have included)! Great post! Cher xo
Thanks, Cher! The flag leads the way!
Stellar collage Brett
Thanks so much! 🙂
Love these photos, I really love the one of Red watermelon! It’s rather warm here today at 102 degrees, the thought of cold red watermelon is wonderful!
Juicy, cold watermelon — perfect for a sweltering summer day!
What an interesting series. Love red, one of my favorites! 🙂
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Red. And white, too. 😀
I’ve eaten at Fran’s 🙂
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Popping over from Monochromia to check out your blog.
Red is one of my two favorite colors (and the color of my motorcycle). This is such a great series of shots. I really love the one of the telephone booth in the vineyard and the one of the tractor by the sea.
Hi, Laurie, thanks! Keep riding (safely) and taking your great photos! Best, Brett
These are really beautiful photos! And collected altogether the colour red really pops.
I like the way they pop as well! 🙂
lovely pictures ❤ i love that color
Vibrant red! 🙂
As a printmaker, I usually work mainly in black and white, but often the addition of red can make a great deal of difference – even if it is only very subtly added. I liked your photos. Red is great. And thank you for liking my post Silent Epidemic. I’ll watch out your blog in future.
Sheila, I’ve seen some amazing block prints that are mostly black and white with the limited use of a single additional color (such as red). That type of artwork is fantastic!
Yes, red has such emotional impact. Funny to think our bodies are full of it! Maybe that’s why it works so well?
You forgot to feature the Canadian flag. 🙂
It’s there, sort of in the middle!
Well, duh me! Hope you have a great July 4th. 🙂
You do realize that after reading this post everywhere I go all I’m going to see is the color red. Unless I plan to do a theme post, I might as well leave my camera at home. LOL.
The power of suggestion is difficult to overcome. 🙂
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