Monday, April 13, 2009

Viridus vernalis

Watching the exciting and eventful Paris-Roubaix (La Pascale or the Easter Race) last night, it was wonderful to see all that bright yellow green of trees budding and in new growth, as well as the white and pink of early Spring blossom. My colour scan below loses some of the crispness compared to the high definition digital image of an LCD screen
The colour "sap green", referring to the general tonality of these "bursting buds", is known as Vert bourgeon in French, Saftgrun in German, Verde d'iride in Italian and Verde de iride in Spanish.

Want to ride over cobblestones? I don't think so!

Joseph Fischer, 1896, first winner of Paris-Robaix

The Golden Cobblestone
Belgian Tom Boonen 2009 winner
Paris-Roubaix, and Quick Step team leader

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