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January 29, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Exit Strategy Questioned

You’ve read the tags: “colors may run”, but this is ridiculous. Chasing them down the hall is simply too much.

Caught in the act: Some bright ones fleeing like rats leaving a sinking ship.

Woman locomotion study by Eadweard Muybridge. 1884-86. USC digital lib.(

Undercover action.(Eadweard Muybridge/USC digital lib./USPD/

There are actually some children born here who have never seen the sun or felt that lovely warmth on their faces.


Between this year’s miserable, dreary, damp, dark winter and the flu epidemic, who’s taking risks with newborns?

Young preschoolers are probably pointing to the yellow sunny circle in picture books and asking “What’s that?”

It’s so bad that even paintings’ colors are leaving for more hue friendly locales.

Framed print of palm tree with rainbow streaked across it. (Image:© all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Color fast plotting in plain sight! (Image:©)

They almost got away with it unnoticed.

Fleeing down the hallways despite our pleas to return and tint patiently.

“Come back! As a public service,” we pleaded.

“To support mental health!”

Rainbow arching over picture's waving palm. "No, chroma, don't go. Hang around and glow." Frantic palm obviously fears the fade.(Image:©)

“Oh, polychromatic palette, don’t go. Pretty colors, please don’t go!” Frantic palm obviously fears the fade.(Image:©)

Could mysterious news reports of space ships actually be local color on the run?

As the cat says, “You know how the Dunderheads easily get things confused.”

Rainbow caught hiding in the hallway. (Image:© all rights reserved. Copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Hue are you? Caught hiding in the hallway. Note to bright pigments attempting an escape: you stand out among the bland. (Image:©)

rainbow hues in hallway. (Image:© all rights reserved. copyrighted. NO permissions granted)

Almost looks like an amoeba split. A light hearted attempt to divide and conquer? Distract those in pursuit and sacrifice part so the rest can glow on.(Image: ©)

Three ballet dancers in colorful skirts leaping.( Jeff Medaugh/

A more familiar image of colorful leaping. This is the way it was. It is too the same…close to it anyway…use your higher level thinking skills. Maybe they were mysterious beings from another dimension who had been trapped within these walls until travel conditions were right. Could be proof Black Holes exist. Lots of comings and goings. And things that go bump in the night. (J.Medaugh/

Hue departs.

Not to seem off the wall about it, but I’d like to know who handed them permission slips.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Fade to some colorful distractions:


  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 29 2018 6:44 am

    I agree chasing the running colors is just something for Phenny (maybe, he prefers b&w movies) ;O)))


  2. shoreacres / Jan 29 2018 7:10 am

    For once, I approve of something the City of Houston is doing. Those cabinet murals are a great idea — large enough “canvases” to support creativity, but not so intrusive that they overwhelm everything around them.

    At least we have some sunshine today! Hooray! And I found buttercups blooming last weekend. There will be a spring.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2018 7:54 am

      Do you remember when they decorated the fire hydrants? Between Gulfgate and UH the HWY dept/city decorated underpasses with what they decided was ethnic appropriate designs and murals. Those are beginning to wear off, but still there. Then there’s the colorful steps being woven through the chain link safety fences on overpasses across HWY 59. There is quite a bit going on besides the big building murals (I’m still looking for that video showcasing a bunch them). Houston’s always had a very quiet art scene – good to see it becoming more visible.
      (OMG. Your tax money at work, people. FEMA is in a couple of Home Depot stores around the area “to offer free reno tips.” And a table full of pamphlets about FEMA. And he’s talking about how important it is to mitigate hurricane damages so it doesn’t get worse….Oh, please. How many months ago? As County Judge said “We have to save ourselves…”)
      Would be great if individuals could specifically designate how their mandated tax dollars could be spent.)
      Getting ready to close it up here and get out into the sun – who knows how long it will last…heard rumors of wintery mix next weekend/week? As one weather man said about temps tonight, “Look any plant that was going to get whacked by cold weather is already gone.” Sunny and cool works for me today though (get up early for the serious moon event tomorrow?)
      Thanks for adding a colorful remark

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jan 29 2018 9:19 am

    We are enjoying a sunny, warm day (relatively speaking) before some snow tomorrow. Grab it while you can!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2018 9:38 am

      Grab the sunglasses (Hey maybe you can blame eye redness/watering on trying to adjust to rare sun brightness?) Thanks for entering with a comment

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  4. RKLikesReeses / Jan 29 2018 12:59 pm

    Such music in these words! Poetry.
    Love the prism/spectrum pix!
    You bring light to us. Thank you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2018 10:24 am

      Between the flu season and all the dark grey clouds everywhere – we all need to share what brightness there is. Thanks for joining the hue chase.

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  5. Curt Mekemson / Jan 29 2018 4:03 pm

    Palm tree under dark skies lit up by a wandering prism effect. Quite nice. A cure for grey days. The sun is shining here, however, the daffodils are coming up, and a bushy tailed grey squirrel is working the bird feeder. What will the groundhog say? –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2018 10:35 am

      This year’s groundhog’s message will be interesting. (The Farmer’s Almanac has been right so far)
      This morning it was warmer in Amarillo far north of here than on the coastal plains. Yesterday, as it was sunny finally, I noticed some bedraggled winter flowers headed for the toss out pile at Home Depot – so rescued them for 50 cents. Now in pots above the soggy ground and placed where if there’s any sun they will get it, they are thrilled and trying to return the favor with blooms. Squirrels are really out – and seem to be gathering construction supplies – maybe the recent vicious winds damaged their homes, too.
      With predictions of back to back grim days this weekend, we’re about ready to print out sunny images on huge paper, laminate them, and tack them to the fences outside of windows. Noticed the Bridal wreath putting out new growth despite everything – that’s usually one of the first spring signs – so fingers crossed


  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jan 29 2018 5:58 pm

    I’ve been desperate for some outside color lately. I think I remember what it looks like, but I can’t be sure any longer.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2018 10:36 am

      Monochromic may be sophisticated and contemporary, but not in the outdoors! UGH. Red shoes. We all need red goulashes and school bus yellow raincoats! Thanks for sloshing along


  7. Jane Dougherty / Jan 30 2018 4:42 am

    Please, catch them and bring them back!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2018 10:22 am

      Outside today trying to lasso some for the weekend that’s predicted to be back to back grim here. Enough already!Thanks adding a bright tint to the comment basket


  8. Ally Bean / Jan 30 2018 7:50 am

    “Where grey is golden.” What a wonderful place of older dogs. Color me charmed.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2018 10:39 am

      One station did a big story on them before the hurricane. To see all their damage was so disheartening – you knew there just weren’t funds with the group to recover. There are good people out there and this is such a kindness. Please, Karma, take notice of those who stepped up. Thanks for charmingly tagging along

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  9. LordBeariOfBow / Jan 30 2018 7:30 pm

    I think that big yellow circle is stuck up here in Australia, been hot as Hades Hall up here in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Love the Ballet, haven’t been for yonks though,

    Don’t get around much anymore, ……………
    ………..waiting for a bus to the Black Hole;………… so long as it’s not the Black hole of Calcutta….be a bit on the nose now! 😈 😀

    and especially for you…


  10. memoirsofahusk / Feb 2 2018 8:49 am

    In north western England I can only sympathise and say, we have sunshine today. This is not by any means an everyday occurrence. The westerlies bring us rain in plenty. Not for nothing is the expression bucketing down common round here. Sigh. Wishing you many rainbows.
    Or you could go to HEB and get a dragonfly balloon … No, really. 😉


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