Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Sweet-Potato-Orange Paint on Two Boards in Madison

September 26, 2017

Titling posts is something I do with immense difficulty. That’s why so many of my posts end in a number; that way I’m able to think of one title and attach it to many posts. But this photograph is the only one I have from my recent time in Madison that shows a fence around a construction area, or any fence, or any boards, or anything colored orange besides the brick wall, which was already in a different category. I won’t tell you how long it took to come up with the title for this post, pitiful as it is. The help I received from Google was minimal. I did find a site that gave many names for the color orange, though, including the one that wound up in the title for this post. Here they are:

Apricot orange, burnt orange, butternut orange, calypso orange, candlelight orange, cantaloupe orange, caramelized orange, carrot orange, cayenne orange, cheddar orange, cheese-cracker orange, Chinese-lantern orange, cider orange, citrus orange, clementine orange, coral orange, crayon orange, curry orange, fire orange, flame orange, goldfish orange, mac-and-cheese orange, mango-tango orange, mandarin orange, marigold orange, marmalade orange, monarch orange, nacho orange, nasturtium orange, naval orange, papaya orange, peach orange, peach-butter orange, peach-sorbet orange, popsicle orange, pumpkin orange, safety-vest orange, salamander orange, salmon orange, sherbet orange, shrimp orange, starfish orange, sunset orange, sweet-potato orange, tangelo orange, tangerine orange, terra cotta, tiger orange, traffic orange, yam orange

I’m open (very) to suggestions for what I could have titled this post. 🙂

17 responses

  1. A great picture despite the naming problem. I like the composition, colour, and textures.


    September 26, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    • Thank you, Jessica; glad you like it. Most of the construction area was delineated by chain-link fence. There were just a few boards like this. Wonder why.


      September 26, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    • Thank you, Jessica. It would have been impossible not to notice these boards amidst their drab surroundings.


      September 26, 2017 at 4:15 PM

      • Oops, I thanked you twice. Guess that’s not an altogether bad thing . . .


        September 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

  2. Traffic cone orange? Orange orange? Trump complexion orange? Cheetos orange? I’m done. Excellent shot, though.

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    September 26, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. Excellent additions to the concoction of oranges.


      September 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

  3. Well, the two holes look like eyes and the long curve of wire could be a smile, so “Non-wooden expression”??? Sorry, I don’t get out much … 🙂 …


    September 26, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    • I don’t want to say that it’s a good thing you don’t get out much, but . . . Thanks, Adrian!

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      September 26, 2017 at 4:17 PM

  4. Something about being tied, or wires, or holes in the wrong place? Some people do have a knack for great titles, and I’m not one of them either. But it’s a nicely composed and toned photo, and that’s a good set of words. When I was writing the current post, I blanked on a modifier for red and googled a similar list. What’s even more fun is image searches with colors….but there we go, off into the wormhole again! I hope your week is good, Linda!


    September 26, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    • Ah, yes, that wormhole. Been down too many of them today. One friend has suggested “Wired and Board.” I like that and warned him I’d be back for more. Another friend thought I might make an appropriate rhyme—a nice idea but probably harder for me than just about any other alternative. I may try image searching in the future, now that you’ve suggested it. But only on a day I don’t feel vulnerable to wormholes. If there ever is such a day.

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      September 26, 2017 at 5:13 PM

  5. I hate titles too, Linda. ‘Sweet Potato orange’ should be trade-marked as a new colour – spot-on for the colour of sweet potato mashed.


    September 28, 2017 at 3:47 AM

  6. I probably saw sweet-potato orange as the best name for this color because I like sweet potatoes so much and eat them whenever possible.


    September 28, 2017 at 8:59 AM

  7. ag

    I hear you Linda when it comes to titles. Believe me, you’re not alone when it comes to the inordinate amount of time it can sometimes take to come up with a good one. When the muse goes on strike, I just surrender and go with a simple description as you did here in a creative way. Sometimes though the image is more abstract, or there are different riffs on the same subject that all call for the same title God forbid. At those times, I’ve found it helps to walk away and return later with fresh eyes. In five years of almost daily posting I’ve been very close to ending up with something like “Composition #93” but fortunately something else has always saved the day.

    Being a former magazine editor, you may rebel against this other idea: Just make up words or have fun with them when really desperate, e.g. “Orangineal,” to “Oranginated.”



    September 29, 2017 at 12:21 AM

    • Ah, but Alan, having fun with words is hard! I’m not rebelling; I’m just not coming up with anything! I do like “Orangineal” and “Oranginated”! OK, I’ll try harder next time.


      September 29, 2017 at 5:20 PM

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