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April 12, 2007

Grass and Sunsets

Over at By the Way today I wrote about the recent speculation that plants on other planets might not be green at all, but red, or orange or purple; naturally I had to engage in a bit of Photoshoppery on along that line.

The thing is, no matter what color the grass is, the sunsets are still going to look like this:

And I don't think that's a bad thing at all.

You can see a monster size version of that last picture here.

Posted by john at April 12, 2007 11:00 PM

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Nina A | April 12, 2007 11:48 PM

Your cat looks beautiful in purple grass.

Jim Wright | April 12, 2007 11:55 PM

Ohio has changed since I was there last - it's like a whole different world or something...

SAP | April 13, 2007 12:05 AM

Never mind all that grass nonsense. What would Bacon Cat look like on an alien world?

Diatryma | April 13, 2007 12:43 AM

That last picture is spectacular.

Pat J | April 13, 2007 12:44 AM

Too much plutonium in your rainwater?

Nikitta | April 13, 2007 03:53 AM

Yay! Rejoice, for today we were blessed with a cat picture!

The last picture looks incredibly beautiful.

Cassie | April 13, 2007 08:14 AM

I'm afraid to ask what color the sky is in your world, cause you'd probably change it.

chang, who is not chang | April 13, 2007 08:26 AM

Oh, Scalzi, you're good. Annoying, but good.

A picture of Lopsided Cat soothes for awhile, but nothing is like a picture of the Beauteous Ghlaghghee.

One tiny picture of Ghlaghghee and you could have quieted down (for a few days) her devoted fans.

But no, you have to tease...

The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

Fred Kiesche | April 13, 2007 09:16 AM

Nah. Sunsets might be better. If you were on a world in a double-star system!

David Reagan | April 13, 2007 09:51 AM

Did you catch this piece of nonsense at LJ from Dr. Hendrix:

MikeB | April 13, 2007 10:48 AM

Much as though I appreciate the pictures there are days when I think Adobe have a lot to answer for . . .

Jim Wright | April 13, 2007 11:25 AM

I see what looks like a corn field across the road in the that 2nd picture, finally, now I know where "Blue Corn Chips" come from. Ohio, who'd have guessed?

Pat Logan | April 13, 2007 11:37 AM

The second one looks a bit like central Oklahoma, which reminds me of the pictures of Mars with all the red clay.

Dr. Phil | April 13, 2007 01:50 PM

There we'll be, living in a suburban colony on Beta Zeta IV, the ground will be covered with burgandy spiky plants and the noon sky will be a lovely salmon color with vermillion clouds... And still the suburbanites will insist on go out every Saturday and trimming the burgandy spiky ground cover to a height of 4 to 7 cm. (Except on putting surfaces, where it will be trimmed lower.)

Dr. Phil

Randy | April 13, 2007 01:55 PM

That third picture looks like your cat is trespassing on the Easter Bunny's lawn.

Karl | April 13, 2007 04:52 PM

If you're colourblind, that funky coloured grass doesn't look a whole lot different than regular grass.

Queenie | April 13, 2007 06:07 PM

I think that the purple grass and the cat is my favorite. I can imagine Athena:

'These are my vacation pictures; this is me on Viltvodel Six...'

Luke | April 13, 2007 06:07 PM

You could have a non-blue sky if...

1) the incoming spectrum was far from white. For the most part, this would only be the case, subjectively speaking, for beings who didn't evolve there. However, you could have the incoming spectrum changing over time:
1a) in orbit around a gas giant which has a color significantly distinct from the sun
1b) binary system with noticeable secondary of different mass

2) the upper atmosphere contains a significant amount of plasma with emission lines in some other color

Rhiannon_S | April 14, 2007 05:05 PM

Being red/green colourblind I have to say I'd not be surprised to learn grass isn't red already. The pictures of what I assume is red grass look exactly like normal grass to me. The purple is the only one I can see the difference in.

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