As travelers we all know that photos can launch a thousand dreams, catapult us to faraway places, and awaken our human compassion. Travel photos are the eyes that let us connect across this wide, wonderful world.
If you’ve been following along for the past few days, then you know that Jo over at Restlessjo and Kelly at Compass & Camera invited us to join in the Capture the Colour 2013 Photo Contest sponsored by the folks at TravelSupermarket.com. They asked us to publish a blog post showcasing 5 of our best travel photos which best capture the colors blue, green, red, white and yellow.
So we pulled together 3 of our favorites for each color and asked you, our Readers (and fellow wanderers) to help us choose the photos to submit. Wow! You were awesome – the response was a huge success! We want to send an enormous Thanks to all of you who voted, made great comments, and helped us determine the photos to be submitted.
So without further ado, here are the faves.
The Apothecary’s Bottle
The backdrop for this photo is the central town square in Tallinn, Estonia … a scenic location steeped in history. The spire in the photo sits atop the 13th Century Town Hall, and the bottle sits on a windowsill in a pharmacy that’s been open for business since the early 15th Century. When I took the shot, I was trying to be so artsy-fartsy, that I failed to notice that the aquamarine bottle was acting as a convex lens.
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
The Post: Cool Science Demonstration, or Waaaay Too Much Time on my Hands?
A Green Bug Zapper
Green anoles are a common sight in the Southeast US, but their wary nature, and rocket-like escape maneuvers make them difficult to photograph close-up. What’s not obvious from the photo, is that he’s perched on an 18th Century tombstone in one of Charleston, South Carolina’s many wonderful old graveyards.
Location: Charleston, South Carolina USA
The Post: A Green Bug Zapper
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.
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The Post: The Constant Gardener
The Whitewashed Windmills of Oia, Santorini
In the dictionary, next to the word “photogenic” should be a photo of one of Santorini’s whitewashed buildings. Cathedrals, houses, and windmills are all painted with stark, white paint to help reflect the harsh summer sun. Add a few splashes of color accents and a crystal blue sky above, and you have the formula for gorgeous, foolproof photos.
The Location: Oia, Santorini, Greece
The Post: Uniquely Santorini
The Hell Hunt
If you’re like us you may not speak Estonian. Consequently you may think that this handsome Tallinn pub with its mustard yellow exterior only attracts bikers and the leather crowd. Not true!
Translated into English, “Hell Hunt” means “Gentle Wolf.”
The Hell Hunt is a fun, unpretentious pub that caters to locals and expats, with the odd tourist sprinkled in. Patrons rave about the cheap beer and delicious food. But our favorite part is the “shoe tossing” – the pair of shoes hanging on the line. Just proof that teenagers all over the world think alike!
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
The Post: Tallinn’s Unique Medieval Ambience
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Now it’s our turn to nominate 5 other bloggers we love to join in the fun. Please participate at whatever level you like. No pressure. 🙂
Alison and Don at Adventures in Wonderland
Rusha at Oh, the Places We See
Pam and Richard at Naturetime
Vicki at Victoria A. Photography
Thanks again to all who participated. We know with all the superb photographers out there that we’re a total long shot, but we’ve had a lot of fun pulling it together. So you’ll hear a big yippie ki-yay in the blogosphere if we, or someone we know, wins.
James & Terri