Teal, turquiose, aquamarine. Call it what you like.

It’s a colour that might come to mind when you think of the sea. Twinned with the roar of the ocean and the sting of salt spray in your face on a wild day, off season. Evocative of coral reefs, inflatables in the shape of flamingos or unicorns. Of bleached sandy shores and shacks selling coconut water fresh in the shell.

It is not a colour normally associated with the sky at sunset, but there is an optical illusion known as the green ray, or green flash, which is said to appear on the horizon with magical effects to those who witness it. Jules Verne wrote a novel about it. Eric Rohmer made a film about it. I’m sure they would have approved of this twilight scene.

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