Red Christmas Tree, or is it?

Red Christmas tree, or at least a Poinsettia Tree that looks like one
Southernpixel – Alby Headrick / CC BY-NC-ND

The Christmas tree has become one of the most recognisable shapes and symbols the world over, to the point where almost any tree or piece of foliage in that specific evergreen shape reminds us of the festivities. The colour red has also become intertwined with Christmas and so it’s not a surprise that in motifs and art and designs, the red Christmas tree shape is quite a common occurrence. There are also the occasional faux tress make of plastic or paper or other material in red, a growing trend with the increase in the need to celebrate Christmas more responsibly and without the sacrifice of a living tree. A real red Christmas tree is probably not far away with genetic engineering and hydroponic mass production, but for now we do try to replicate the effect with other naturally red leaves. This poinsettia tree, carefully decorated in the classic Christmas tree shape in Birmingham Botanical Gardens, is a fine example.

Lady in Red at Burning Man

Lady in Red at Burning Man
cc licensed flickr photo shared by Hankish

Right! If anyone ever in the history of the human race deserved the title of ‘Lady in Red’, it would have to be this woman at the annual Burning Man festival. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but I don’t know where to begin about this photo. She’s wearing red, her hair is red, her tights have red stripes, a red heart, and she has a red umbrella hat on! She’s carrying red stuff in the basket of her red-trimmed bicycle, and she’s waving out to us with a red-gloved hand. And what’s with those wood sculpture trees in the backbround? Bizarre! Beautiful.

Woman With Red Baloons

Woman With Red Baloons
cc licensed flickr photo shared by manuvfx

This is a beautiful shot. There’s the overall mood of the image created with that gorgeous blue cast, and the blown out backgrounds, just giving a hint of street and trees. Then there is focus of the images, the dark red baloons that seem to float towards the viewer with the girl’s face only slightly revealed behind them, with an open smile. Some images are beautiful because they are immortal scenes, and some like this are beautiful because they capture a fleeting moment that can never return.