C is for Crimson

From Nightjar

C is for Crimson ©Nightjar, all rights reserved


A strong red with a slight bluish tint. Historically, it’s the color of the kermes dye, a red dye derived from the dried bodies of insects belonging to the genus Kermes. Kermesic acid is the pigment that gives the dye its color. I found a similar hue on a sunburnt rose.


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  1. voyager says

    Wow, That is gorgeous colour!
    I don’t know what time of day this was taken, but the light is amazing. The petals look backlit and front-lit at the same time! How did you do that?

  2. Nightjar says

    voyager, thank you! This was taken in the late afternoon, early September. The rose was in the shadow of a building, so it’s neither backlit nor front-lit but I guess light was diffuse enough to give that appearance. I didn’t do anything intentionally to get that result!

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Crimson (if the beetles aren’t harmed) is for wearing, IMHO. It is a lovely colour, indeed.

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