TravelSupermarket’s fun new contest focuses on the essence of color in travel photos. In the Capture the Colour competition, bloggers share their photographic interpretations of these colors: white, blue, green, red, and yellow. Winners in each category will receive an iPad3 and one overall winner will receive £2000 for travel. I was honored to be nominated by Vi of Short Travel Tips, Joya of Be a Travel Bee, and Leigh of Hike Bike Travel to participate. Thanks, ladies!
A Story in White
If only this picturesque old town hall in Hadlyme, Connecticut could tell us tales from days gone by! The whimsical scarecrow bridal couple in front of it is hinting at a happy story about this day’s big event. The real bride (my beautiful stepdaughter) and her groom are yet to arrive, but the mood is set and love is in the air!
It’s “Bleu” to Me
Some of my earliest impressions of Paris were formed by the Evening in Paris perfume my mother kept on her dresser. The cobalt blue bottle with its silver label attracted me at a young age and has remained engraved on my memory. Whenever I had a chance, I would carefully remove the top and then sneak a sniff of the perfume. As I watched the light show on the Eiffel Tower during my first Paris visit, I was thrilled when the lights turned to the same wonderful shade of blue that I remembered. I could almost smell the fragrance.
Discovering Green in Houston
So you don’t think that the big oil city of Houston, Texas could possibly be green? I was pleasantly surprised during my March visit to find that there was much more green space than I expected. I hiked along the paths of Buffalo Bayou Park, enjoyed one of the city’s farmer’s markets at City Hall, and strolled around Kinder Lake at Discovery Green as well as other gardens and parks. How about these giant green cowboy boots? Houston may be greener than you think!
There was bronc riding, chuck wagon races, mutton bustin’, BBQ ribs, fried Oreos & a performance by country music star Blake Shelton at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There was also a colorful display of fireworks that lit up the Reliant Center from center stage all the way into the nosebleed seats where I was sitting among the local cowboys.
What’s up with this guy in yellow? I came across this curious exhibit while on a tour of the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship while it was at port in San Francisco. Perhaps, like me, he’s always ready to fly somewhere.
Love your choices and especially the blue Tour d’Eiffel. It’s strange how fragrance can affect our memories and perception.
Thanks! There are so many times that a scent has taken me back in time.
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Nice pictures Cathy, but yellow is my favorite 🙂
Thanks, Vi — I thought it was pretty cool & unusual, too.
Like Mette, I was thinking the same thing about your mom’s favorite perfume. Such a strong memory, isn’t it? Love your color shots, Cathy and the memories they evoke. Especially the church and the Eiffel Tower. And I’m surprised by that green in Houston. The rodeo red is totally unexpected. Is that guy real? Thanks for nominating me, hope I find the right colors to share. Good luck!
He actually looks kind or real, doesn’t he? 🙂 Thanks for your comments!
Great selection Cathy! I think your childhood story brought us all back to when we would sneak a sniff of our mom’s perfume 🙂 I actually can imagine how wonderful this experience was for you.
Thanks, Debbie. Funny how some memories stay with us our whole lives.
Well I can’t say that I used to steal sniffs of my Mom’s perfume, but it’s still a gorgeous picture. The red is probably my favorite one though, possibly because I have some Blake Shelton playing as I’m reading this.
A Blake Shelton fan, eh? I had never heard of him before, but enjoyed the concert.
I really like the green photo, but probably because I love shoes! All great photos though!
Those boots were certainly eye-catching! Glad you liked the pic.
Great photos, Cathy – I love the town hall wedding – what a fun picture! Thanks for tagging me!
You’re welcome — can’t wait to see your pics.
Stunning photos my friend…certainly worthy of winning an iPad or the grand prize!! Love the Paris blue!!
Thanks, Jeff. From your lips to the judges’ ears….. or something like that!
Gorgeous photos!! I actually love the white. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how calming that is. I think I have too many blue photos in my own collection. And your red is rocking!
Thanks, Abby. The white seems to be getting some good response!
Beautiful collection, Cathy! I love the Blue Eiffel Tower and the story with your mom’s perfume. What a great memory. The red looks like a fun show though.
thanks, Mary. The Eiffel Tower pic does seem to be a favorite. 🙂
That’s my favorite white photo so far. Good picks!
Such a compliment — thanks!
Cathy, These photos are superb! I love the colors, particularly your Parisian blue. I am flattered to be invited to participate. Your series has raised the bar quite high.
You are so sweet — many thanks. I look forward to seeing your colorful photos!
Very creative photos. I especially love the blue Eifel Tower and the red rodeo.
Thanks, Laurel. More votes for blue and red!
Nice shots, Cathy. Good luck with the contest.
Thanks! Crossing my fingers about getting an iPad.
wow- the red rodeo shot is stunning. Great picks, Cathy. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing this contest, I need to check it out.
Definitely check it out, Jade. Anyone can participate.
WOW! These are some awesome color examples. I love the little couple outside of the church. And that shot in Paris is stunning!
Thanks for the nice comment & the white and blue votes!
Great photos Cathy and very original! I love the one with the Eiffel Tower and the chapel one is a beautiful white. However, I have to go with the green one. The boots are original and creative. Well done!
Hey thanks, Jeremy — appreciate your nice compliments!
Tough to choose one from the group but I have to go with the Eiffel Tower blue.
Thanks, Barb. I just loved that shade of blue!
I love the red at the Rodeo, but that flying guy puzzles me. Why is he hanging there? Is he stuck or is he happy? So, many questions.:)
I wish I had taken some time to learn what that was about. I was just moving along snapping some photos of the art!
Beautiful, all! It’s difficult to pick my favorite, but the white, blue, and red really stand out to me. Love the vignettes that go along with them, too!
Thanks, Andi. Glad you like my choices!
Nice selection! And very creative too. Not necessarily what I would have expected for the colors.
Thanks, Sabrina — it was a fun project to work on.
What a nice selection of shots. I love your white shot and think that one is my fave. The boots are pretty cool too. Thanks for participating Cathy.
I value your opinion, Leigh — thanks! And thanks again for the nomination.
I love this fun contest that is going on – it is so much fun to see all these pictures!! And I love that 2 of them come from Texas!!!!
I kind of surprised myself when I chose two from Houston! 🙂
Beautiful photos, Cathy! I think I like the green boots one best. Nice job!
Thanks, Michael. Very creative — those boots!
I think I made a similar comment before but that Rode is certainly not the homespun, down home typr of thing the word usually puts me in mind of! Great, simple idea for a photo contest.
The Houston Rodeo was not like anything I expected either. Certainly not “homespun’!
I love all of these, but I especially love the Rodeo Red! I lived in Houston for 2 years in the mid-90s and was always fascinated by the Rodeo and how devoted all of the residents of Houston are to it.
It was very cool to feel the excitement over the rodeo. Really a big deal there!
All gorgeous photos but I think I like the red best, I would love to have seen that!
Thanks, Ayngelina. I was really surprised when that all happened after the rodeo events. Very cool experience.
Loving the rodeo shots. Whenever I take photos in places like that I get the exposure all wrong!
I usually have the same problem! 🙂
What a great sense memory with the color blue and the Eiffel Tower! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks YOU for coming by. Interesting how sights and sounds trigger our memories, isn’t it?
WHat an interesting selection of photos, especially the pic from Houston! Of course I was thrilled to see the Eiffel Tower… Thank you for tagging me, I look forward to browsing through my memory card. 🙂
The whites in that first shot make it really stunning, Cathy! The other images in this series are equally beautiful.
Love the town hall wedding – too cute!
Love your entry for red!
I also love the photo of the Eiffel Tower. I wish they’d change the colour of it more often!