Green is the color of birth and renewal. It is the force that drives the flowers. It is youthfulness and poise, the freshness of spring and the confidence of summer. Green is a balm for the soul, the bed upon which dew drops rest. Green gives a sense of hope. Green is comfort and compassion. Green is sublime.
The lovely moss garden (Kokedera) in the grounds of the Saihoji Zen Buddhist temple, in Kyoto, Japan.
Lady’s Slippers Orchid. Lady’s slippers are found throughout Eurasia and the Americas. They get their names from the slipper-shaped lips of the flower which act as a trap for pollinating insects. There are more than 50 naturally occurring species recognized in this genus, some of which sport lovely green petals and pouch.
Cairns Birdwing butterfly is Australia’s largest endemic butterfly species. The wingspan of males (pictured) can grow up to 12.5 cm (4.9 in), that of females even larger. Males have a predominantly black upper wing with emerald green flashes. The wing colors of female are distinctly duller.
The Emerald Green Snail or Green Tree Snail (scientific name: Papustyla pulcherrima) from rain forest of Manus Island in Papua New Guinea is an endangered species, extremely rare and protected.
The refreshing green of new cypress needles in the spring. This photo was taken in the 10,000 acre everglades and nature reserve known as Telegraph Cypress Swamp in Florida’s Paradise Coast. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife such as bears, bobcats, panthers, storks, spoonbills, crocodiles and alligators. It is May, during the late dry season, which explains the large concentration of gators in the pond. Photo: Carlton Ward.
Green is the color between blue and yellow. This helicopter view of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Park shows all three colors in their full natural splendour. The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US.
A traditional Bai house overlooks the soothing green landscape of ricefields in Xizhou in Yunnan, China.
A high-altitude lake in Tibet provides a striking contrast to the monochrome grasslands. These lakes, often salt water, have a mineral content that gives them a green glow. The lone nomad who happened to be walking by completed the picture.
The verdant green atolls of the Cook Islands in the Pacific is a sight rarely seen in today’s crowded and heavily polluted world. The current government, elected in 2010, has set an environmental agenda to make these islands one of the cleanest and greenest on Earth. Photo: David Kirkland.
The Northern Lights, also called aurora borealis, occur when electrons from the sun stream in toward the Earth along its magnetic field and collide with air particles. The air then lights up like a fluorescent light tube at about 60 miles (100 kilometers) above the earth’s surface. The resulting colors reflect gases we find up there. It is most common to see green lights, though a reddish glow that appears like a dark sunrise is also sometimes visible, specifically in Scandinavia.
Fallen maple leaves on a blanket of Sukigoke moss evokes Christmas sentiments and serve as a reminder of the cycles of nature. Sanzen-in Temple garden, Kyoto. Photo: Michael Yamashita.