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Rose-Colored Glasses October 18, 2008

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This fall in Vermont has been spectacular. I don’t know if it’s that rainy summer we had or what, but the foliage has been astounding.

Make that exponentially astounding. I wear rose-colored glasses.

About a year and a half ago, for my birthday, I decided I wanted a good pair of sunglasses. With Tim’s employee discount, you-must-be-joking expensive was reduced to merely ridiculously expensive. I went and tried on a few pair of polarized sunglasses. The lenses came in amber, brown, and red. Reddish. Rosy.

I have a pair of amber polarizers in my fishing vest that work pretty well on the water. The different-colored lenses presented to me in the store would allegedly work best in different-types-of-water situations. But really, I just wanted a decent pair of everyday sunglasses because I have blue eyes (squinter!) and need sunglasses even when it’s cloudy.

So, with water out of the equation, I wavered between brown and rose. Sales Guy tried to get me to buy both, especially because I was about to get half price. But seriously, one pair was going to be a total splurge.

Sales Guy happened to mention that he liked the red.

The practical side of me was leaning toward the brown. The fun side of me said what the hell and chose my first rose-colored glasses.

I have never looked back.

I love these shades. And never have I been more aware of it than this foliage season. First, as I’m sure you know, polarized lenses heighten contrast. Blue sky is bluer. Edges are sharper. The rose polarizer makes the yellows more orange, the oranges fiery, the reds aggressive and steroidy. Burning bushes push fuchsia in these things.

Those pileated woodpeckers I saw a couple of weeks ago? You should have seen their red crests through these lenses. I almost cried.

Tim and I will be out amongst the colors, and suddenly I’ll take off my glasses, hand them to him, say, “Dude. You have to put these on. Just for a minute.”

He does, laughs out loud. These are giddy-making lenses, some sort of intensifying drug.

Maybe I have a problem, but I love seeing the world this way.

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1. Cedar Waxwing - October 18, 2008

I bought a cheap pair of polarized lenses at Target this summer and Clare and I took turns wearing them and oohing and aahing at the colors of the countryside.

Dean used to have a pair of yellow-lensed glasses. When he wore them, would remark that he was now going to visit Venus.

I need to get a pair or rose-colored ones. I need a giddy laugh these days.

2. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - October 18, 2008

I have amber sunglasses (prescription), and love them. Profoundly blue skies, sharper colors. They have one odd side effect, though: greens are more variegated. Grass looks plain green in regular light; under these glasses, I can instantly see which parts of the lawn are drier and need watering, and which are thriving. It’s bizarre.

3. laurie - October 18, 2008

it is beautiful here, too. dry summer, wet fall, and mild temperatures at night all contribute to the vivid colors.

funny about your sunglasses. mine are just plain dark. no color at all.
but they’re polarized, or something, so when i’m wearing them i can’t read the computer screen at the pump-your-own-gas pumps.

4. indigobunting - October 20, 2008

Laurie: You know, I never thought much about it, but when I pump gas I do have to take my sunglasses off. Of course, usually the sunlight is hitting the display, so then I have to shade it with my hand until all options are chosen and I can finally start filling the tank…

5. Eulalia (Lali) Benejam Cobb - October 21, 2008

La vie en rose, eh? You and Edith Piaf….I wonder if there are any plein air painters out there doing tricks with their sunglasses?


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