Example 1: Rainbow and Sunset

About four weeks ago, I was on my way home from work and while I was walking along the boardwalk next to Londsdale Quay, I saw this very beautiful rainbow. You can’t see it very well in the photo below, but it was a double rainbow. The colours that make up a rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Each colour had a high saturation to look at. These individual colours in the rainbow are also known as wavelengths.

There were still some clouds in the sky, and I noticed that the thin, hazy clouds were a pink, slightly lavender hue. However the thicker, cumulus cloud which was at the bottom of the rainbow was still quite grey, but still had some lavender highlights. The parts of the sky that were further away from the sun were still a bright blue.

There were some cranes and buildings that were in close proximity to the rainbow. They seemed to become illuminated and their saturation increased.

People stopped what they were doing, including myself and just stared at the rainbow, to take it all in. There were people walking by gasping, saying things like “Oh Wow” and “This is Amazing”.  It had been a pretty grey, rainy day earlier, and I think everyone appreciated the brightness and colour to cap off a long day.


The photo below was taken the same night as the rainbow photo. This is at the corner of Londsdale and Esplanade in North Vancouver.

Behind the mountains, the sky’s sunset looks like a fiery blaze of yellows and oranges. The further the sky moves away from the sunset, the colours change to pink and blue hues. The buildings that were around were reflecting the bright yellow and orange hues.

I also noticed because it had rained earlier and the roads and side walks were still slick with water, the roads were reflecting the higher saturated colours in the sky, such as yellow and orange.

Both the rainbow and the sunset created a very peaceful, calming, yet energizing effect for me.



Example 2: Lionel-Groulx Metro Station

I was visiting Montreal in June of this year with my boyfriend and we took the Metro quite frequently to get around. At one of the stations which is called Lionel-Groulx, was a beautiful stained glass mural which was backlit.

From what I read, the figures in the mural are mostly musicians.

The light and colours from the mural illuminated the surrounding area and the walkways for passengers.


The hues that really stood out to me were the blue, red, grey and orange. Because of the stained glass, it reminded me of the interior of a very ornate cathedral. It was very busy on this particular evening that we were at this station, and I found the colours and the way they illuminated the darkness to be very peaceful. Some of the colours have a paint brush effect and appeared to have a water-colour appearance to me.

There was a nice contrast within the mural with the figures being grey and black, amongst these vibrant colours. I also really liked the fact that when people were passing by or standing in front of the mural, they became dark silhouettes in contrast to the highly saturated art work. I thought it was a really cool effect, very much like the mural itself.

When you’re taking the Metro, it’s all underground and the fluorescent lighting which can be hard on the eyes, can be a little depressing especially if that’s your main mode of transportation. This particular station is very well-lit. This mural certainly made taking public transportation pretty cool. Where I would normally be rushing to get out of the skytrain station here in Vancouver, I stopped to take a few photos and to admire the colours and artwork.



Example 3: Fright Nights at Playland

Every year, Playland puts on Fright Nights which is a Halloween themed amusement park event. The main attractions of this event are the themed haunted houses.

There was one haunted house that I went into that had a section of the house where you had to walk between two huge inflated air bag like bubbles.

Not only were you completely encased and squeezed between these two inflated bags, but it was completely dark. There was no light source whatsoever. Along with walking, I had to use my arms to funnel myself forward.

The feeling of being completely surrounded in darkness and this unknown inflated tunnel was quite scary. I was very anxious and the feeling of the unknown only made me more anxious. I remember not knowing if something was going to lunge out at me on the other side of the tube tunnel.

I think the fact that I couldn’t see anything and not having any control really added to the feeling of being scared.

I knew going to Fright Nights, that the point is to get scared and to expect the unexpected and that it’s not real. However, the element of surprise and the unknown in this particular situation set the spooky tone for the evening.


*All photos included in this post were taken by Kristen Pilling