A Splash Of Red


In this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Patti invites us to to a photo scavenger hunt to find things that are red. She says – and I couldn’t agree more – that: “Sometimes in the middle of winter, the world is reduced to stark shades of black and white.  This is the time when my eyes are drawn to bursts of color.  I often notice coats, scarves, and other objects in bright shades of red–a happy color, especially in the winter.  No matter what the season, this color is emotional, fiery, and sensual.  It is hopeful and passionate.”


So let me show you some of my red shots!


“A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.”

– Oscar Wilde


When I think of red, my thoughts instantly drift to roses and other flowers, it’s as simple as that.

And yet, not simple at all! Just look at the intricate petals that form each flower, the tiny crevasses that fill with water after a shower of rain, the tender creases of a red poppy…

I can not help feeling filled with awe at their sight!


Some of my red roses after the rain



A Tiger Lily after the rain



Red poppy



Did you know that in Japanese, koi means romantic love, and that the koi fish also symbolizes independence or liberty?

An ancient Chinese myth states that a koi swam upstream and climbed the falls to a point called ‘The Dragon Gate’ after which it transformed into a dragon. A mere fish, turning into something so mighty and powerful like a dragon signifies great determination and courage.


Red and white koi



“Red is the archetypal color, the first color humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced, and broke down into different shades, first in painting and later in dyeing. This has given it primacy over all other colors through the millennia.”

– Michel Pastoureau


If you’re looking for a place with Chinese vibes and colors, you could of course go to one of the many Chinese restaurants in Berlin… or you could visit the Panda Garden at the Berlin Zoo!

In Chinese culture one of the luckiest colors is red (yellow and green being the other ones). It symbolizes luck, joy and happiness.

No wonder that there’s lots of red to find surrounding the four(!) pandas we’re lucky to  have here in Berlin.



Entrance to the Panda Garden at Berlin Zoo



A tourist watching one of the Pandas



“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotions because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.”

– Taylor Swift


Inside the Panda Garden, Berlin Zoo.  



“Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.”

– Bill Blass


These two girls were doing a little impromptu flamenco lesson – their red jackets instantly got my attention!


Flamenco anyone?



Hope you enjoyed my red shots and that they brought some color to your (wintery) day!







Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

51 thoughts on “A Splash Of Red

  1. I love the difference displayed between the red poppy and the red rose. The rose’s complex petals create a dense center – who knows what mysteries live deep in the vortex? The poppy petals are so delicate, they remind me of a ballerina twirling in her tulle skirt. What an interesting story about the koi becoming a dragon, both animals often painted and written about in Chinese culture. You did a great job seeking red around you!

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    1. Thank you very much, Shari! I’m just as smitten by the roses complex and dense center – and I bet there are a lot of mysteries to find! 😉 Poppies belong to my very favourite flowers – which is why your beautiful postcard was doubly wonderful to me. 🙂

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      1. In my case being forced to against my will. I think one thing that bugs me is that the demographic that pushed this through are exactly the same demographic that made my childhood hell and I can’t stomach the feeling that the bullies have won.

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  2. Lovely red post to commemorate the Lunar New Year! Thank you, Sarah!

    I love how poignant and whimsical Oscar Wilde is – such a fabulous quote & introduction to your lovely floral captures. May the rest of the winter months be filled with brilliant strokes of colour and light!

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  3. You captured very lovely “red” objects 🙂 Chinese wedding, red is the main color or I would say nearly 100% red. They would decorate houses with red color.. Happy couple or Double Happiness 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! I like the notion of Double Happiness at a Chinese wedding! These days however it seems that more and more Chinese brides wear white wedding dresses – a shame since the red is so lovely and traditional.

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