What is a lover of colour called? – #SundayStills

What one word means someone who loves colour?

One word would be me!

Debbie in a yellow dress
Your truly in a bright yellow dress

Believe me I’ve done some research on this and can’t seem find a single word to describe someone who loves colour, in a way that I do, that satisfies me.

There’s the word Chromatophilia – sometimes used for love of colour generally (alongside, e.g., melanophilia, xanthophilia, leukophilia as love of black, yellow, white, respectively), but doesn’t emphasize bright colours in particular. Augophilia, by contrast, is the love of bright lights, glare, or sunlight. (Internet search)

My choices would be the descriptive words vibrant – bright and striking or vidid – intensely deep or bright.

Colours: Harvest Gold or Citrine

This week’s Sunday Stills is all about colour in the form of harvest gold or citrine – a form of yellow.

Citrine ranges from a light pastel yellow to a dark reddish orange. The best quality of citrine has a saturated golden hue with fiery orange flashes inside. A saturated yellow to reddish orange colour free of brownish tints is prized in citrine. (Internet search – I take my research very seriously!)

Did you know I wrote a Sunday Stills post last year about being a Xanthophile – a lover of yellow? I also once wrote a post decrying the colour beige!

Are you a Xanthophile?

What’s your favourite colour? Are you a xanthophile too? Today it’s all about yellow. #SundayStills

Yellow tones

Harvesting Gold

Kinsugi – golden journey

These trees in the forest were decorated in an art display earlier in the year and I wrote a bit about them here – The Wisdom of Trees. I love that they brought a new word into my vocabulary, Kinsugi, and a new concept to help recover from the Black Summer bushfires of December 2019/January 2020.

Gold on the trees
Gold on the trees

The gold circles around some of the trees really appealed to me. Creator Robyn Veneer Sweeney explained it as ‘containment lines’ – a ‘reference to ‘kinsugi’ meaning Golden Journey, a Japanese tradition where something broken is repaired with gold, often making it more precious than when whole.

After the fires, we do what we can to repair what has been broken and see a new beauty in what we achieve.’

Avenue of trees at Pilot Hill Arboretum
Avenue of trees at Pilot Hill Arboretum

Some golden hues in my town of Tumbarumba

I must admit I didn’t have to look too far for images in this colour range! I’ve only shared a small selection believe me!

I’d love to know what your favourite image is from my selection!

Terri is is back hosting #SundayStills and her post, All that is Gold, can be found here. And I’m also joining Denyse for #lifethisweek where the theme is Unusual.

Next week Sunday Stills is Signs of Autumn (or Spring) – as I’m in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be all about spring for me.

Thanks for stopping by and take care!

Debbie 🙂

Joining up with Where the Wild Things Were for the #Allseasons linkup

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40 Replies to “What is a lover of colour called? – #SundayStills”

  1. Fellow color lover here (although my blog theme will tell you otherwise because I’m experimenting on something), and those are lovely vibrant yellow/golden shots! You just gave me a blog series idea. Thanks, Debbie! 🙂

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  2. A pleasant row of terraced older houses I often walk along has one house painted in warm Mediterranean oranges and yellows and in the little front garden are painted bright flower pots and tubs. Just walking past makes one happy I want to meet the owner and take lots of pictures. One day the front door was tantalisingly open with glimpses of interiors a riot of colour. I was tempted to tip toe in!

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  3. I would rather describe you as vibrant, Debbie! Any word with philia in it sounds ominous, LOL! Loved seeing your xanthophile-yellow post featured again, too! Gold can be such a subjective color ranging from boring beige to vibrant orangey-yellow. You shared a gorgeous array of shades! The concept of Kinsugi is amazing, and I’m sure very healing to humans who must witness the effects of the fire’s devastation.

    I know you are always good for a ton of golden pics and I look forward to seeing your sings of spring next week!

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    1. Thanks Terri, I’ll take vibrant any day! Yes i really liked the idea of Kinsugi as I’d not heard of it before. Well worth sharing something new! I’m getting to be well known for my love of bold colours i think 🙂

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  4. That’s really pretty. How lovely. But more striking is the word Citrine. I don’t think I use it enough. This post would also be perfect for the #Allseasons link up (https://pandoraandmax.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-hobby-day-keeps-doldrums-away-phyllis.html) if you care to add it. That picture by the river/canal with the autumn leaves is perfect!
    I think once we’re not so germy, I need to visit Tumbarumba. Looks like a photographers dream. #Lifethisweek

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    1. Thanks for the invite Lydia, I have just been over and linked up! Yes the word Citrine is anew one for me too. Tumbarumba is aa photographers’ delight I can assure you and well worth a visit 🙂


  5. That first photo of you is just gorgeous Deb – those colours just make you glow. I also loved all the golds and the rainbows – nothing beats seeing a bright rainbow (we had a double one the other day – just beautiful!)

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    1. Oh many thanks Leanne, it was taken not all that long ago and I agree, I do look happy to be travelling. We were on our way to see our daughter at the time! Nothing beats the colours of a rainbow, lucky you with the double recently, we had one too!!


    1. I do ‘live in colour’ as you so rightly say and I’m so happy to see you recognised that Donna 🙂 I really enjoy having colour in my life. Spring has sprung here down under and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks for joining in with your lovely comment and follow.

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  6. Wow!!! How can I choose a favourite image Deb, when they’re all so gorgeous! Yellow is such a happy colour and I also love blue. But that first photo of you in particular is stunning. Keep smiling my lovely, vibrant friend. 😊🌼

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  7. Oh gosh they were powerful photos of the gold on the trees…heart warming and breaking at the same time. I am a colour person too…brights and knowing what I like now works for me. I had some fun recently changing an image of me (ok, a selfie) into a B&W version and nah, it was not me. Us brights stick together. I have never been beige or grey in my life (hair excepted) Thank you for sharing your post as part of Monday’s Life This Week. I do enjoy seeing my blogging friends pop in with a post to share and a comment too. Always appreciated. Next week, the optional prompt is View. I hope to see you there too. Take care, Denyse.

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  8. A vibrant & exciting post this is! I think you look fabulous in your splash of colour – you carry it so very well!

    My favourite part of your post is the kinsugi trees – I’ve only seen this in pottery, but to think of it in trees was quite mind-blowing.

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