Màu xanh lá cây – The Colour Green

Green was Viet Nam’s first colour. Before the people, the culture, the languages, the cities; there was a green covered land. Alive and bright with the vegetation and botantic scents. It was a colour of renewal and regrowth.

That changed soon enough and the colour green came to symbolise more.

Two hundred Vietnamese solders and I visited Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum one day. I might have stood out slightly.

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A vibrant green of a banana (chuối) plantation, nestled in a mountain valley. The landscape was as beautiful and serene as I was hot and sweaty. The ideal growing conditions for bananas are not the ideal conditions for a hike.


Getting covered in vines and moss is just part of getting older for Viet Nam’s ancient buildings.

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Rice waiting to be harvested. I was waiting for the rain and cool change promised by the clouds.


I ordered this drink because it was called Cóc* and I childish thought it would be funny to order. The joke was on me. It was just terrible, undrinkable. The radioactive green colour should have been my first warning.

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Eventually the vegetation will take what was once their’s. There are already some temples that are succumbing.

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I couldn’t resist getting a little artsy.

*This is a drink called Nước Cóc. Nước means ‘water’ or ‘juice,’ while Cóc means ‘frog.’ A Cóc is also a small green fruit that is the same size, shape and colour as a tree frog. This drink was made with fake Cóc, as always, real Cóc is best.


6 thoughts on “Màu xanh lá cây – The Colour Green

  1. Thanks for posting your great photos! So cool how you focused on a color and brought out elements of that color in a location. I might try that in a post sometime.


    1. You should try it. I’ve done this with a couple of colours https://theepowerofgood.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/mau-do-mau-vang-the-colour-red-the-colour-gold/ and https://theepowerofgood.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/mau-xanh-the-colour-blue/

      It has been interesting to think about more than just objects, people and locations in a photo. Anyway, I take at least one photo a day, so I have quite the backlog to choose from and it is a way to organise them.


    1. Thank you for saying so. I started writing mostly for myself but it has become such a lovely part of the blog to have other people comment and give feedback.
      It is greatly appreciated.


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