What is color? Call it a property possessed by an object to produce different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light. Color has hue, tint, shade, pigment, and shade.
What is beauty? We explain it as a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, which please our senses, especially sight. Beauty is loveliness, pretty, exquisite, gorgeous, splendor, or magnificence.
How do we know the color of something? Our eyes tell us. How do we determine if something is beautiful? Our eyes relay color and form, it is the heart which determines beauty.
The components of determining color and beauty are human eye and heart. What is the origin of the human eye?
To answer this question, let’s examine the eye. There are 4 distinct parts to the front and outside of the eye. The iris gives our eyes color. The cornea is a clear dome over the iris. The pupil is the circular opening in the iris, it lets light into the eye. The white of the eye is called the sclera, it covers the entire eye except the cornea and protects it. Light next passes through the lens attached top and bottom by two post-like parts of the eye called cilia. After passing through the lens light enters the vitreous body of the eye (which keeps its round shape) and continues to the back of the eye where the retina, macula, optic disk and optic nerve are found.
Since the front of the eye is curved, the beauty and colors we see are projected upside down on the retina. In the retina there are 7 million rods and from 75 to 150 million rods that receive the light. Minimally 150 million receptors “process” the image to fit into the 1 million optic nerve fibers. When they transfer the image to the brain, the brain turns it right side up. How does that work?
We will only mention the eye is protected by bone in the special hollow for each eye called the eye-socket. We will only mention that the eye is moved in the socket by 6 muscles which are synchronized to direct movement, and in this movement, both eyes work in tandem. There is much more.
Every function of the human eye is an intricately orchestrated system of tissue, nerves, blood, and cells designed to turn light into images our brain can name. It’s red, scarlet, orange, yellow, green. We call it fall. We say, “Beautiful.” The color, and beauty of fall are gifts from God. That we have sight to see in this season is also a gift from God.
What is the origin of beauty? God. Only God can make the human heart to thrill at the color and beauty of fall. These gifts from God: color, sight and beauty combine to swell our hearts in thanksgiving to God who gives them freely to each of us. This truth makes colors and beauty of fall brighter and even more spectacular.