Capturing the colour of my travels
As part of a new photo competition being run by Travelsupermarket.com, bloggers are being asked to Capture the Colour by submitting their most colourful travel images. Now I was a bit ahead of the game here with my Rainbow of Colours post a few months ago, but this time I don’t need to do the whole rainbow, only five colours – blue, green, yellow, white and red. I was nominated by Travel with Kat to take up the challenge, and if you want to join in then you just need to select a travel photo to showcase each of the colours, post them in a blog post and nominate five more bloggers to take part. So after a lot of deliberation (and changing my mind at least twenty times), here are my choices…
Somerset House is one of my favourite buildings in London, and was also one of the first places in the city to set up an outdoor ice rink each winter. A pre-Christmas skating (and mulled wine drinking) trip beneath that stunning frontage has become a Christmas tradition for me over the last five years. And last year I arrived just as the light faded and the sky turned as blue as the lights shining on the ice, temporarily deserted as the skaters were cleared off the rink before the next crowd arrived.
Although it took me a while to decide which photo to go for, the green category was always going to feature Costa Rica. It’s the greenest country I’ve ever seen. After ziplining through the cloud forests of Monteverde National Park we stopped for coffee in a lush green garden full of hummingbird feeders. The tiny birds darted between the trees so quickly you could hardly see them, but after a few attempts I managed to capture a photo of this beautiful bright green hummingbird coming in to feed.
There were quite a few sunset shots on the shortlist that nearly ended up as my yellow shot, but in the end I decided to go for the more man-made colours of Times Square in New York. The yellow screen, yellow McDonalds signs, and iconic yellow cabs caught my eye while I was wandering around the square one night, dazzled by the bright lights and crowds all around me.
After spending six weeks in the Alps last year surrounded by green mountains and sunshine, this year I was hoping to see a bit more snow. And I definitely got it in Méribel-Mottaret this January, with over half a metre falling in just one afternoon. Looking out from the balcony of our chalet, you can see how it blanketed the trees, roads and chalets leading down the valley towards Méribel, almost turning the whole landscape from colour to black and white.
Probably the world’s most famous city park, New York’s Central Park is the green heart of the Big Apple. Or rather in November it was more the yellow, orange and red heart of the city, as the leaves of the oak, maple and elm trees had turned a vibrant range of autumnal shades. There were so many different shades of red reflected in the water of this lake beneath this ornate bridge.
So those are my picks, and to pass it on, I nominate: Arianwen at Beyond Blighty, Alison at See My Travels, Madhu at The Urge to Wander, Cole and Adela at Four Jandals, and Aude at Travels & Traditions. Good luck everyone!