In Italian, a mystery/thriller is called a giallo—'yellow'—something I only just remembered as I was giving this post a title. (The name references a well-known series of mysteries with yellow covers that originated in 1929.) I am not really a fan of mysteries (or at least not the grown up page-turners filled with intrigue that cause spines to chill & blood to curdle), but I do have a fondness for the Nancy Drew Mysteries of my childhood. When my family was back in the US on home leave from Brazil (where we lived between 1974 & 1979), my sister and I would always invest some of our Christmas money in continuing to build our library of Nancy Drew books. Somehow they have traveled with me this far, and now my daughter is rereading them one last time before we retire them to a cupboard or box (or buy a new bookcase)...at least until her little cousins learns how to read.
How fortuitous that they are still scattered around the house though. My 'YELLOW' post has grown rather unwieldy as I've gathered yellow-themed photos for April's ROY G BIV photo challenge(*), so this will simply be my first installation of yellow things. I must admit that 'Nancy-Drew Yellow' is not my favorite shade of this sunny color. Golden yellows, often coming about courtesy of the sun—like that of Palazzo Pitti's stone in the last of the afternoon light, or the ocher-colored buildings reflected on the Arno—are more my style. But one way for me to learn to appreciate something is to study it through the camera lens, and I will say that I enjoyed the rhythm & repetition of the yellow spines. Below are a few of the shots.
And now I can return The Moonstone Castle Mystery to my daughter so she can finish it in peace...
* The ROY G BIV photo challenge was started by artists Jennifer Coyne Qudeen & Julie Booth last year. Each month is devoted to a different color of the rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet. This is the second year, and all are welcome to join in; guidelines are here. And in the sidebar, under 'Inspiring places to visit', you will see an extraordinary amount of yellow from those who have participated this month (at least until their next post).
So, more 'YELLOW' in the next couple of days, but in the meanwhile here's a little hint of what's to come. This is on my top-five list of favorite U2 songs. I've linked to a 'video' with only the music/lyrics (I find the videos often distract me from the melody & lyrics!).