ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our EIGHTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "D".
DESSERT (why, of course!)
Whoever coined the phrase, 'just desserts'? I have no idea. But, most of us have a sweet tooth and desserts perks the interest of most of us! I just wish I didn't like them as much. Strawberry shortcake. Yum. At least the 'attempt' to be not as bad is there since we used Angel food cake instead of shortbread.
Dirt. Soil. Call it what you like! However, have you ever really paid attention as to how many different colors dirt comes in? It makes a wonderful natural pigment. These came back with me when I went to Florida last August to visit my sister in Monticello. I saw the ochre colored dirt in a driveway not far from her house, so we made it a point one afternoon to go dirt collecting! My sister also knew that further north in Georgia (we were just a few miles from the border) along the highway was the red dirt, or clay. It is a brilliant color of red much like the red dirt that we have in Hawaii. Full of iron oxide. In Hawaii, it is from the volcanic activity. I don't know if the red dirt in Georgia is from a volcanic source. I only had carry on luggage so I had to be clever about how to get this past airport security, so I packed them in clean zip lock bas and labelled it as pigments. Because, that's what they were going to be used for! I've cleaned it up and have it ready to go. I plan to use it in my encaustic work. As an FYI, though, anything called a pigment comes from the earth just as these do. Often, rocks are ground up to make pigments with. If you visit the website of Earth's Pigments, you will see many of the colors that are available.
But, next time you find yourself out and about, start paying attention to all the different colors dirt comes in. The lowly, humble dirt. Easily overlooked, but certainly deserving of a higher elevation in our viewpoints.