The name that the paint company picked for the color we painted the wall was “Smoky Grape.” But while I was sitting there one morning, I thought it could also be called, “This Side of the Cloud,” or “The Faraway Hills:”


Are the faraway hills really purple?  No.  They look purple because the color of faraway objects takes on some of the color of the atmosphere — air and water — between here and there.  Usually it becomes more bluish.  This is called “atmospheric perspective,” or “aerial perspective.”  It’s one of the ways we know something is far away.

Why is the cloud purple?  I might have to ask someone about that. Unless you’ll tell me.

In another month, all of those trees will have leaves on them, and I won’t be able to see the hills OR the cloud.