The Color Green

Untitled, photo by paulh192.

I guess I already did my yearly St. Patrick’s Day post, but Michigan in Pictures can still get in on the wearing of the green (actually referring to a shamrock rather than the color).

Wikipedia’s entry for Green says that the word green comes from the Old English word grene, or, in its older form, groeni. This adjective is closely related to the Old English verb growan meaning “to grow”. Color Psychology – Green says that the color:

  • Symbolizes nature and the natural world
  • Can improve reading speed and comprehension if you lay a transparent green sheet over the page
  • Is often used in decorating for its calming effect as in the “green room”
  • May relieve stress and help heal and those who have a green work environment experience fewer stomachaches
  • Has long been a symbol of fertility and was once the preferred color choice for wedding gowns in the 15th-century … and then there’s that whole green M&Ms thing

Whether you are out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer or just feeling the earth shrug off her wintry coat, I hope that today brings you the best of luck and health.

Paul took this photo deep in the forest in Northern Michigan. Be sure to check it out bigger and see it and more in his slideshow.

3 thoughts on “The Color Green

  1. thanks for the “green” facts! i love green.

    it’s my favorite color, one of my favorite topics (green as in environmental and gardening), and since it’s march madness time, i should say, “go green!” :)


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