When I was young, I avoided the color pink. To my mind, it meant girly, frivolous, and fragile; none of which were attributes I desired. I was not a “princess,” nor did I want to look like one.
Lately, though, I’ve begun to see pink – in all its tints, shades, and intensities – as much more than a color to be shunned for its cautious nature. In fact, now pink is associated with feminine power and protest (think pussy hats and pink triangles), doing battle against breast cancer and, in the last few years, a shade that has been adopted by a whole generation (check out #millennialpink with its 71.8K posts on Instagram).
Mother nature is also a big fan. She uses pink’s many shades to decorate much of her flora and fauna, stones and shells. And, just to show off, she frequently paints the early morning and late afternoon skies with a splendid array of pinks that are both glorious and powerful.
I even wear pink now and, when I do, I don’t feel frivolous and fragile at all.
For more visions of pink, visit Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog, Second Wind Leisure. She has some great examples of her theme as well as links to photos by other participants. While you’re at it, why don’t you submit a few of your own?
88 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Powerful Pink”
Beautiful pics! 💕
Beautiful examples of the color pink! Stunning! You make me think again about my own lack of enthusiasm for pink! I need to think again, I’d say!
Still not a fan of pale pink, but there are so many other shades to choose from!
Do you recall “Steel Magnolias” and all the talk about “blush” and “bashful” pink…Julia Roberts’ “signature colors?” LOL! I thought that was so funny in part because I didn’t like the pink. But you’re right…many shades to choose from!
Your description jogged a vague memory of those colors. Blush and bashful sound way to sweet and girly for me 🙂
You were persuasive, but I’m sure pink will never be my favorite color.
Pink isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but at least you can still enjoy the many shades of pink in nature.
Your focus on pink brought out so many aspects that Mother Nature can provide with a pink colour. Well done, Janis!
Thank you, Peter! It’s not difficult to find pinks in nature, for sure.
Fantastic photos, Janis. I love the dragon fruit.
Best named fruit ever!
Lovely! You saved the best for last.
Funny story… I was standing with a large group of people watching that sunset. As soon as the sun disappeared beneath the horizon, most of the crowd dissipated. I thought, “wait, this is when it starts getting good” and, it did! A lot of the original crowd didn’t even see it.
Hi, Janis – When I was a little girl I ABSOLUTELY LOVED pink for many of the reasons that you shunned it — especially the princess part! 😀
I have to admit it, I still LOVE pink. It lifts my mood — just like your awesome photos did this evening!
I know you are a fan of pink, but I didn’t know you were a princess 🙂. The pinks I wear now tend toward raspberry and fuchsia… pink with an attitude.
Gorgeous photos, Janis! I’ve always liked pink, especially the various shades in the sky.
Thank you, Jill. Mother Nature isn’t shy with her shades of pink.
That delicious looking dragon fruit jumps right out at me, making me yearn for one right now (it’s one of our favorite fruit), and I’d definitely wear a shirt that color any time 🙂
One more addition to your collection… Though we haven’t been there (yet!) there’s a natural pink lake in Australia, Lake Hiller, that’s supposed to be quite a sight!
Wow, I’ve never heard of that lake. One more reason to plan a trip to Australia. Thanks for the tip!
Here is my take on pink.
Powerful post, Antoinette! I have a good friend who is a breast cancer survivor who hates pink too. You are both warriors!
I’m loving the pink, Janis. You’re right about Mother Nature. She knows how to dress to impress 🙂
She sure does! And, fall seems to be the best time of year for her dazzling displays.
True pink is not my color. Mauve, however, is another story! Lovely photos, Janis!
I agree. I prefer stronger pinks (I guess I’m still avoiding the princess look 🙂).
Oh you had me at that PF! Did you really get that close to it?
There was some cropping involved, but I was fairly close. They are amazing creatures.
I have always loved pink and painted my bedroom myself with a lovely shade of pink when I was a teen. It’s truly a beautiful color but it has come to symbolize so much. Many avoid it in protest but it’s just a color in the end. Lovely pictures.
Isn’t it funny how such a “shy” color has come to be embraced by so many to symbolize so much. My favorite shades will always be the ones in Mother Nature’s palette.
pink is there although it’s a dusty rose.
Hi Janis! I LOVE the Passion Fruit color! And like you, I’ve never seen myself as a “pink” kind of girl but at the right time and the right place it is a gorgeous color! ~Kathy
I agree… not all shades work for me either. I was amazed when I first saw the insides of a dragon fruit; it is as beautiful as the outside… and yummy too!
Your images are sublime, Janis, and I’m so glad you could share for Sunday Stills this week. My mom dressed me in pink as a young girl which horribly clashed with my red hair! I now wear pink proudly these days, but in more subdued shades. I’m sorry I’ll miss you this weekend while we are there, enjoy your time!
I don’t remember ever wearing pink as a little girl… I looked up to my two older brothers and wanted to be more like them. Sorry to miss you this weekend also… have fun at your celebration!
These are such beautiful examples of pink ! Pink is not really a favorite color of mine; very few of the pastels are. But these pictures bring pink together with other beautiful colors — such effortless beauty !
You are right, pink is best when combined with other colors (except for flamingos… they have it going on with their all-pink outfits 🙂 ).
Stunning pictures, Janis. Love the pinks in the flamingo. There are certain shades I like more than others. I gravitate to the salmons and orangy pinks.
I think flamingos are the most amazing creatures… proof that Mother Nature has a great style and a good sense of humor.
I was the same way about pink when I was younger. I like pink now in its various shades, as your photos so perfectly demonstrate, but back then not so much.
Did you have older brothers too? I think part of my aversion to pink was my desire to be “one of the boys” when I was young. They had way more fun than my friends who were always playing with dolls.
Only child here, but my parents both thought pink clothes on girls were weak, so they put in me in red more often than pink. Some kind of subtle message there I suppose.
My mother was a feminist… I think she had some influence on my aversion to pink also. 🙂
Some fabulous pinks there! I’m not a fan of pastel pink but I always have at least one vibrant pink item in my wardrobe. I have a bright pink raincoat which cheers up miserably days, although it’ll be going into storage soon as it’s not warm enough for winter.
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that raincoat in your posts 🙂 I feel the same way with pastel pink… it’s usually too soft for me. I gravitate more towards magenta and raspberry.
Probably! I have a reddish pink one with a hood which appears more often, being more rugged. Like me, ha ha!
For all the reasons you mention, I’ve never cared for pale girly pinks. And these days I tend to avoid the color because it looks too “grandmotherly.” But take it to a deep, rich fuschia or on into any shade of purple and I’m in, big time.
Yes! I call those colors “pink with an attitude.”
Your photos with shades of pink are amazing Janis … you are right, pink is so many different shades, none look the same and you have captured quite an array. I was dressed in pink when I was young. My bedroom now is in shades of pink and pale teal. I went onto Instagram to view the #millennialpink – I scrolled forever just to view the pink rage. Obviously not a sissy color. Loved the statue of a Greek or Roman with the bubblegum. 🙂
Your bedroom must feel like being inside of cotton candy! We have a restaurant here that is supposed to be decorated in Millennial Pink… it actually just won a design award. Definitely not a sissy color!
Janis – I just went to my room to see the framed picture of a young girl dressed in pink, staring out the window, a basket of pink flowers near her feet. It is a famous painting and I could not see the artist’s name. Googled to no avail. The framed picture was really too big for the room, but the room was done, just painted, papered and just matched perfectly and I had to have it. I’m going to look closer tomorrow and see if I can find a name on the picture. Maybe with a zoom lens? That’s a sign of getting old. 🙂
That sounds like it could be a Mary Cassatt… she painted stuff like that.
The odd things is, I found the name (V. Babbit) (as far as I could tell), yet when I Google to find the picture, it comes up as an artist who did animation. I’ve found the picture before when I showed someone else. Oh well. I’ll find it one day and be able to show you. I can’t fit it into a post unfortunately.
Like you, I was never fond of pink when I was younger. Then, I must have put something pink on, just for fun, looked in the mirror, and liked what I saw. Now, I go through periods of preferring pink, blue, or purple in my wardrobe. Of course, these are LONG periods as my clothes last forever and rarely get replaced. 🙂
I’m a fan of pink in nature as well. And, it has nothing to do with my frivolous feminine attributes, since I don’t have any! Beautiful photos, Janis.
Hi Liesbet! I’m not surprised that you like the powerful side of pink too!
Me too! I wasn’t a “girly girl” when I was young either, and rarely wore pink. But now I think it’s a great color, as it does symbolize fighting breast cancer and the true power of women. Plus, it’s just plain beautiful!
Pink has had an interesting history… it means different things in different cultures and once was considered predominantly a male color. I also learned that it was the name of a flower before it was the name of the color. I have several pink items in my wardrobe, but my favorite pinks are those that Mother Nature uses to paint our world.
Who knew pink had its own Instagram page? These are all great shots, but I love the succulent.
I know! I was surprised too… it’s amazing what you can find on Instagram.
Beautiful pictures, Janis! I’ve never gotten that close to a pink flamingo before. IMPRESSIVE. – Marty
Well, I wasn’t that close either… zoom lens and cropping are my friends!
I am a reformed ‘anti-pinker’ as well. When I was a kid, my sister was the girly, girl all swathed in pink. I came second, the tomboy that went for everything blue (perhaps an early indicator that I’d be living on the sea). I discovered pink in my 40s when I FINALLY became confident in myself and no longer cared what anyone thought. Blue is still my favorite but pink is a close second. Your pink parade of pictures is simply marvelous with the last being my favourite (of course). Ahoy from Cartagena where we are prepping the boat to head through the Canal and up Mexico way. Should be in the Sea of Cortez by February.
Haha! Anti-Pinker… it almost sounds like a real thing! I definitely have more blue in my closet than pink, but more and more pink is finding its way in 🙂 . I’ll try to keep my February calendar open… #lapaz!
Yay! It will be great to meet up there …and if not, we are definitely going to try to find our way to San Diego when we return to the States
Just curious, how far up the coast of Mexico do you think you’ll sail?
We are sailing all the way to Puerto Peñasco … s meer 5.5 hours from your backyard. We plan to store the boat there and return stateside for a year or so somI can find a Project Management role to replenish the cruising kitty.
Janis, this is a beautiful representation of pink. I like how you presented the Dragon fruit and of course I am partial to the sunset from Mallory Square in Key West! You are right in my back yard with that one and the Flamingo.
We get gorgeous sunsets here on the West Coast (especially in the fall), but that sunset we saw from Mallory Square was one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. It was so odd, though, how most of the crowd stopped watching when the sun dipped below the horizon… they missed to best part!
Beautiful tribute to a bright and charming, but under appreciated color. Do you think I could stand to benefit from a little pink in my monotonous black and navy blue wardrobe?
Yes! Have Esther pick out the perfect shade of pink for you… you’ll look dashing! 🙂
Hi Janis, I had never thought about Pink as Powerful. It has a nice ring to it. Huge WOW on the #millennialpink. Interesting about the colour pink and the flamingos. I did a mini research on flamingos this year since it coincidentally came up in conversation with my family, Your photos are exceptionally beautiful! I may wear pink tomorrow and lift the mood on a rainy day. I am meeting up with a delightful friend of yours who LOVEs pink:)
I had seen the term “Millennial Pink” here and there, but this photo prompt got me to look into it further… wow, is right! I can’t think of another generation that has a color named after them (“Baby Boomer Blue”?). Have fun on your meet-up with Donna!
I am with you on the transformation to loving pink. After shunning pink for years, my favorite running attire is now hot pink. My niece made a pink pussy hat for me, which I wear proudly! 🙂
I remember seeing those hats for the first time at the original Women’s March. If I knew how to knit or crochet (I never quite know the difference), I would have made one for myself. Lucky you for having a clever niece!
Janis, more beautiful photos! Like you, I hated pink as a child. In retrospect, I can see that it wasn’t the colour itself that I disliked, but what it symbolized in terms of gender differentiation. As the only girl in a family with three brothers, I always got stuck with the pink item in any prepackaged set that we shared. Colours to differentiate genders are still common — children’s toy stores still have pink and purple aisles full of princesses for girls and aisles of machines and items of destruction for boys. I am very happy to see that my daughter and son in law refuse to buy into this as they raise their two sons. My grandsons wear pink or purple if they feel like it, along with every other colour, and they are not shamed for expressing their feelings. They also have been allowed to try nail polish and own necklaces and bracelets (along with trucks, and building toys, and super hero capes).
I agree with you about the reasoning behind my aversion to pink. I wanted to be more like my two older brothers than the girly-girls I knew. Fortunately, my mom was an early feminist and didn’t force me into pink. I like that a lot of kids nowadays are left to determine their own tastes… not be boxed into what society says is masculine or feminine.
I think that pink is finally coming into its own.
I agree! The color had some “baggage” when we were young but now we can enjoy it because it’s a great color.
Glorious thoughts and images.
Thank you, Rachel! Are you a fan of pink?
I adore pink flowers especially blossom and peonies, and little girls in pink tutus — most of whom grow up to be raging feminists, My costume for reading the Elsie poems is a pink Alice band. I wear a coral puffer jacket about 200 days of the year. I think that’s a yes.
Janis, pink power! Look at the heroes of the day – Maria Yavonovitch, Greta Thumberg – to name only two. Keith
Yes! Pink is no longer a shy color.
I have my own childhood association with pink. When I was about four years old my grandmother asked me what my favorite color was. I said pink, without thinking really. For the next 25 years every gift, every piece of clothing she brought me was pink… which turned me off the color, until recently when I was given a bright fuschia pink by my mother in law which I love and has me looking at pink in a whole new way… its much the color of your bud in the one photo. Great collection of pink pics!
How funny! Poor granny… I’m sure she meant well 🙂 I can see why that might have turned you off the color! I don’t like soft pinks very much either. Now a bright fuchsia… yes!
Quiet the opposite scene here…been loving pink since I started recognizing colors and still a fan ❤️ Gorgeous pics
Thank you! I guess when I was young I didn’t realize that pink didn’t have to mean “girly.” Good for you for recognizing its power!
That sunset at the end – stunning Janis! 🌸👌
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