My entry in Travel Supermarket’s Capture The Colour Contest.
A contest called Capture the Colour is inviting bloggers to select a photo that best captures each of the following colours: Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red. Thank you to Lisa from New Life On The Road and Cathy from Traveling With Sweeney who both nominated me to participate.
Since being nominated, I have been flipping through digital files trying to select photos that would adequately represent each colour. I had no idea when I started how hard it was going to be to choose but I have enjoyed the excuse to spend most of a day browsing photos and remembering past trips. Being tagged in a contest such as this always fills me with a bit of dread because I’m not a photographer, but seeing the amazing entries that others submit motivates me to keep working at improving my photography skills as well.
So here are my selections for each of the colour categories:
It seems a bit too obvious to use a photo from the Greek Islands to represent blue but in my mind the two are inseparable. When I think of visiting the Greek Islands it is the colour blue that comes to mind before anything else, even the incredible heat of our August visit. This photo of my daughter was taken in Caldera Square in Oia in front of the Church of Panagia of Platsani, easily one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited.
This photo was taken in the medieval village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse located in the Luberon Valley of Provence. Tourists trek to this village to see the mysterious underground spring that feeds the Sorgue River. The spring gushes during the high water season but wasn’t doing much of anything when we visited. Yet it was interesting to walk to the source of the spring and then notice as we returned to the village that the water of the river seemed to become a bright emerald colour and that the colour green seemed to dominate the small village. (In an interesting coincidence, my teenage daughter was wearing a bright green shirt that day but she wouldn’t want me to share the photo.)
Hawaii is known for its vivid colours and we were treated to a gorgeous display during the afternoon parade at The Polynesian Cultural Center. Each of the Polynesian nations took part in a floating “Rainbows of Paradise” parade on the lagoon with the island’s representatives dressed in brightly coloured traditional costumes. The young ladies from Tahiti dazzled the audience in yellow and made a huge impression on my younger daughter who had just turned 5 and thought that they were all beautiful princesses.
White was one of the harder decisions to make so I decided to select this photo from our day in Mykonos because of the fun memories it recalls. We were in port while on a Mediterranean cruise and got lost not once, but twice, wandering the twisting streets trying to find the island’s famous windmills. I had also read about Petros the Pelican who is the mascot for the island of Mykonos but I never imagined that we could possibly find him while visiting for only a few hours. However, while wandering aimlessly we happened on Petros surrounded by a large group of admirers. He seemed to be preening for the paparazzi but was becoming a bit testy with those that were getting a little too close in order to pose with him. We snapped our photos from a safe distance and continued with our meandering, content that we had stumbled upon both famous windmills and a famous resident of Mykonos.
One of our more memorable travel experiences was visiting the village of Roussillon in the south of France because it is so far removed from preconceived notions of what a Provençal village looks like. The village sits atop the world’s largest ochre deposit and the ochre gives the earth a distinctive reddish colour. We walked to the south end of the village to take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and paid the small fee to hike through the dusty ochre canyon pathway which meant that we had all taken on a similar hue by the time we left the village.
Bonus Photo – This is what Emma’s feet looked like after our hike through the canyon and the white sandals she was wearing were never white again.
And now it’s my turn to nominate 5 bloggers to take part in the competition. My nominees are:
- Keryn at Walkingon Travels
- Anita at Travel Destination Bucket List
- Becca at R We There Yet Mom?
- Margaret at (Sub)Urban Tourist
- Sonja at To Europe With Kids
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Love your pelican picture, what a good poser he is!;-)
I do like the blue (and white) colors of your first photo. They are totally the colors I imagine when I think of Greece.
Thanks, Jess – he was really quite amusing but the people that were trying to get up close for a photo were really ticking him off – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bird with quite so much personality!
Thank you! We visited both Santorini and Mykonos on that trip and all of my memories are blue and white!
These are wonderful selections, Lisa! Great shot of Petros the Pelican – I would definitely keep a safe distance from him. Good luck in the competition!
My fav is the white picture. Of course the blue one is great too, but not sure that’s because of the cutie in the picture 😉 Thanks for the tag! I better get to work!
Thanks, Cathy! Emma took one look at Petros’ beak and she wasn’t sure she wanted to pose with her back to him – it takes a lot to stop Emma from posing! She did get a photo with him but she stood several feet away while I snapped it.
Thanks, Keryn – I’m sure that you’ll have some amazing photos to enter!
I love the memories that you have for each of the photos…The blue and white entries would be my favourites- the pelican is a beauty!
Great photos – love the Greece one! It may be a classic blue shot – but it never gets old! Have to get over there one of these days – it just looks so stunning! Great shot of the pelican – so up close and personal!
Thanks for the nomination!
Your green and red photos remind me of our family trip to France. Nice assortment and agree about blue and Greece.
Great shots. Hard for me to pick a favorite — they’re all lovely. Deciding which ones to include and for what category is always difficult. You pulled it off well. Good luck!
Mary @ The World Is A Book
What a great set of colorful pictures! I love anything Greek island picture so the blue and white would have to be my favorites. Petros looks like a poser and lucky for you to have seen him. Good luck with the contest!
I seem to give the nod to everybody’s blue picture, so I was going to choose your green one, but since Katie refused to be in the picture, I’m sticking with the blue.
I’ll give you bonus marks for already being way closer to Petros than I’d ever get.
Very nice pictures! The pelican is so cute. And you;re so close to it!!
Agreed! They are all great and tell interesting stories, but I think the pelican is my favorite 🙂
Andi at The Particular Traveler
Beautiful photos and stories, Lisa. I’ll have to give my vote to the blue and the green ones. I feel like diving into that water (perhaps because its 95 degrees here today)!
Beautiful photos! I love the blue photo and the pelican is a close second. Good luck on the contest!
Love the pelican photo. Quite a character that bird.
I do have a photo of Katie in Fontaine de Vaucluse but since she isn’t here to give me an okay on using it, I thought that I was safer to use one that she wasn’t in. 🙂
Thanks, Jenny! The pelican is beautiful – closes I’ve ever been to one too!
Can’t wait to see your photos, Anita!
Thanks, Leigh – France is one of my favourite destinations – I just can’t get enough!
They are all gorgeous but I have to go with the blue, it’s so pretty and your daughter looks really happy.
Thanks for nominating me! This contest actually sounds like fun – I never thought to search through my photos based on colors! Might be a few weeks (hopefully not months!) before I pull it together, though!
Can’t wait to see your photos, Sonja!
He was quite interesting to watch – and not the least bit shy about letting people know that they were botheringing him!
Thanks, Ayngelina! 🙂
Thanks, Andi! It’s funny because as hot as it was when we were in Greece for some reason the blue in the photos makes it seem refreshing!
Thanks, Sabrina! I had a bit of help from my zoom lens – I wasn’t about to get close enough for him to bite!
Thanks, Mary! I still can’t believe that we found him!
Crystal @ Little Sightseers
Oh Lisa, how fun to look through old photos and remember all the good times! You have some great memories to share. I’m sure your girls love looking back and hearing stories of the trips they don’t remember.
I think your Oia photo could have easily been your white photo as well. However, the one with the pelican was definitely an awesome photo! 🙂
Thanks, Crystal – it is fun to reminisce over photos!
Thanks, Jeremy – I actually was going to use the Oia photo for “white” but couldn’t find a blue photo that I loved so I went with Plan B!!