Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sweet potato, potato, fennel & celery

Sweet potato, potato, fennel & celery (I)

1st photo: cameraphone.

Sweet potato, potato, fennel & celery (II)

2nd photo: camera.

Sweet potato, potato, fennel & celery (III)

3rd photo: cameraphone again.

I happened to have my proper camera to hand, so put it to use after a couple of phone photos. Impressed by just how much better the results were, I challenged myself to do better with the phone. I think I succeeded.

Purple beans

Purple beans

Sadly, these things go green when cooked.

I always thought of purple as the main secondary colour between red and blue – with violet, mauve and lilac being tertiary shades of purple. But Wikipedia suggests violet is the main colour, pointing out it’s the official spectral colour defined by its own wavelength. This makes sense, as ROYGBIV and ultraviolet sound better than ROYGBIP and ultrapurple (except perhaps in comedic uses).

Wikipedia also states that the Oxford English Dictionary defines purple as merely a ‘shade between crimson and violet’. Yet according to the Oxford Dictionaries website, purple is ‘a colour intermediate between red and blue’ with violet being simply ‘a herbaceous plant of temperate regions’. Oh, or ‘a bluish-purple colour’. So Wikipedia appears to have a pro-violet bias. There’s a sentence I didn’t expect to be typing.

Then again, Wikipedia’s violet page agrees it’s a tertiary colour, so maybe I have an anti-Wikipedia bias.