All right, 2 colors down and 3 to go for choosing our entries in Capture the Colour 2013. Yesterday’s votes are in and the winner for the GREEN category is A Green Bug Zapper! (If you’re playing catch-up, just check it out here.)
Today’s category is RED. Please let us know in the Comments which photo you think we should submit.
Terri and James
P.S. Tomorrow we’ll show you our WHITE choices.
1. I’ve Been to Heliconia … and Back
For my money, the Heliconia is one of the most colorful and appealing flowers in the world. A unique lobster-claw shape, and vivid red, yellow and green colors make it impossible to ignore. This beautiful specimen grew just off the front porch of our hotel room in Ubud, Bali, and was a constant reminder of the paradise surrounding us.
The Post: The Constant Gardener
2. A Golden Buddha Under the Sacred Red Ceiling
Colorful Buddhist temples abound in Bangkok, but even on this elevated scale, Wat Pho is a high-water mark for color. It’s home to a 150 foot-long reclining Buddha, as well as row after row of smaller golden Buddhas standing and sitting in meditation poses around the many courtyards. The appealing combination of red, black and gold in this photo provides a stark contrast, and is a magnet for the eyes and camera.
The Post: Wat Pho: A Mega Wat Day
3. The Bedouins: Heartbeat of Petra
On a frigid January morning in Jordan we made an Indiana-Jones-inspired dream come true. At dawn we walked and shivered awestruck through the Siq of Petra to gaze upon the ancient city carved in red sandstone.
While tourists jostled for prime camera angles, the Bedouin camel jockeys and carriage handlers clustered around one man. Wrapped in his distinctive red and white keffiyeh (known in Jordan as shemagh mhadab), worn by men of the area for centuries, they planned the day’s work.
The Post: The Bedouins: Heartbeat of Petra
PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE. MANY THANKS!
*** Check out our entries for Blue, Green, White, and Yellow. And here is the Final Entry submission that you helped us choose. Thanks again!
Love the Heliconia – strange and beautiful and undeniably tropical.
Thank you Carol. It was wonderful to watch them unfurl and open up a bit more each day, ~Terri
The Bedouin 🙂
Many thanks Alison. It was amazing how the men – young and old – were all drawn to him. ~Terri
#3, the Bedouin!
Brittany, thanks so much for your input. He was kind of like the Godfather. Everyone was drawn to him like a magnet! 🙂 ~Terri
Bed, Bed, Bedooouuuuiiiiiinnnnnnn!
Thanks again Steven. I can’t wait to see all the interesting people you’re going to photograph in India … in just a few more days! 🙂 ~Terri
I would put the second up on my wall as I love an oriental combination of red and gold, but I think no. 3’s your shot 🙂
Thanks again for your feedback Jo. I’m with you on the oriental combination of red, black and gold – it’s just so elegant. We must have taken a million different shots of all the golden Buddhas there! 🙂 ~Terri
Many thanks Linda for your choice. I just wish we could grow these gorgeous plants here in Georgia! 🙂 ~Terri
Wow! It is hard to choose because I like all of them. What about the Buddha?
Sounds great Denise! Thanks for your feedback and kind words. We’ll put a checkmark in the Buddha column. 🙂 ~Terri
Heliconia…nature always provides the most beauty to me.
Hey Brenda, it’s great to hear from you, and thanks for the comment. This photo may not be a contest winner, but it certainly is a beautiful flower. Hope all is going well for you guys. ~James & Terri
I’m going to go with the Golden Buddha Under the Sacred Red Ceiling purely because I have had such a huge fascination with Buddha’s for years! The contrast of the gold and red is just beautiful too.
Wat Pho truly is a standout, and if you haven’t been, it is a must see. Without a doubt, you will get your full quota of Buddhas here. Thanks for the vote. ~James
Although I love the bedouin photo, I am always drawn to Buddha, so #2 for me.
Thanks for the vote LuAnn. I find this combination of colors particularly appealing. ~James
Love the rhythm of number one! Beautiful!
Thanks for the vote. And rhythm … what an unexpected but wonderful word to describe this flower. Who knows, given the repeated pattern and the sine-wave shape, there could be some fractals at play here. Thanks for adding a dimension. ~James
The Heliconia was my favorite. Great natural color combination.
Thanks for the vote Leo. With so many beautiful and colorful flowers in the tropics, they have to put on quite a display to get noticed. Well, no one will pass up the heliconia. ~James
tough I was going back and forth between the helicona and the bedouin– I have to go with bedouin, I’m really drawn to that one– great composition.
Thanks Kiki. We visited Petra when there wasn’t the incredible tourist crush (read – January and freezing cold) and we were able to spend lots of time watching and interacting with the bedouins. Petra is an amazing place, but for us, the bedouins will always be a big part of the memory as well. ~James
I loved the Bedouin smile but for red the Heliconia is outstanding.
Thanks Joyce. This photo may not be what the judges are looking for, but it’s one of my favorites. Love, JH
I like the flower best.
Thanks for the vote Anita. It’s running neck and neck with the Bedouin, but we’ll see. Love, JH
I am going with the Bedouin because I like the humanity of the shot. –Curt
Hey Curt. Thanks for the vote. I see that once again, you survived Burning Man. I’ll be interested to read your posts. ~James
The heliconia! What an intriguing flower.
Thanks for hanging in there on the voting Tia. It’s not over yet, but the heliconia is looking good. ~James
Thanks for another vote Sue. The heliconia’s lookin’ good. Love, J
I like the Bedouin man. The headwrap really pops.
Thanks Juliann. He was such an iconic image of the men in the region. ~Terri
El color rojo de la foto numero 2 es incredible, el contraste con el color de “oro” ni que se diga. Buena Suerte!
Muchas Gracias por tu voto. Yo hablo español un poquito, pero estoy de acuerdo con tu comentario. Dos es incredible. ~Jaime
Thanks for the vote. This photo was the winner and will be our entry. ~James
It’s a close thing …. I love the depth of colour in the Buddha and the composition of the Bedouin is spot on – then again the heliconias could be my garden …. On balance … I’m voting for the Bedouin.
Thanks so much for popping by my blog and directing me to yours. I can see I have hours of catching up to do!
What a lovely response Merridy. Thanks for your choice – I’ll put you down in the “Bedouin column.” Living in the Philippines must be a wonderful adventure! And the chance to see heliconias on a daily basis would be a wonderful treat. Love your blog. All the best, Terri
#3 the Bedouin man.
Thanks for the vote Jennifer. The people watching (and photographing) at Petra was wonderful. It was a great place for a zoom lens. ~James
I have to go with the Heliconia because I want one!
The Bedouins: Heartbeat of Petra! 🙂 But I am biased!
Thanks Tahira – I just love that guy’s face! 🙂 In the end, the heliconia prevailed by a slim margin. ~Terri
The Heliconia. But that Bedouin Keffiyeh comes a close second 🙂