If you want to know what color something really is, make a circle with your thumb and finger and look through that. That strips away everything else so you see the color of the water or the pavement or a tree. I tell kids that if they are bored while waiting for their parents to pick them up, make a circle and compare the bark of the nearest trees.
My grandmother would give me a beautiful book each year. I especially loved the Beatrix Potter books. They were very detailed. And I promised myself that was what I'd do. I also loved the big words she used. I was excited because I knew what they meant from the context. I put a few big words in for just that reason.