5 colors in 5 photos- capturing the color of travel

Colors are my life.  I love them, I’ve always loved them. .. I especially like bright ones that don’t match each other.  Thankfully for people like me, our world is bursting with color.  Nature makes it, and so do we.

When I first found out about the Capture the Colour contest that’s being hosted by Travelsupermarket, I was thrilled.  I started daydreaming about all of the colorful photos I have that would be perfect for this contest.

Then I sat down to write this post and it struck me that I can only use ONE photo for each color, and that’s when panic overtook me.  It was like having to choose between ice cream flavors at Ben & Jerry’s when you can only afford one scoop (so in other words, almost 100% impossible).  For some I had to really take into account not only the colors in the picture, but also the colors that I get out of the picture.  In the end, I think I chose my favorite color photos… Now you get to look at them.



Street Serenade-New Orleans

We saw him downtown, singing the blues.  A toothless, talented man and his dog (just out of frame), toe-tapping and fiddling out the most seamless mix of blues and bluegrass I’ve ever had the pleasure of stopping on the sidewalk to listen to.  We dropped some money in his bright blue fiddle case, but he didn’t pause for a second, I think in his mind he was playing somewhere else entirely.



Stanley Park- Vancouver, BC

I chose this picture for my green choice… because it’s green.  Duh.  But not only for that reason, I also chose it because Stanley Park stands out in my mind as the greenest place I have ever been.  You see, we are from Colorado, where I thought green things existed.  But when we drove through the Pacific Northwest this Spring, I realized I was missing a whole world of green delight.  After driving through downtown Vancouver (which is a stunning city but definitely a city- Justin said it looked like Gotham City), the green oasis of Stanley Park captured us even more.  I also like the picture of the Canadian goose in Canada.  Just sayin’.



Damn Fine Stuff-Embudo, New Mexico

Oh Oh Oh I love this place.  Take the winding road from Santa Fe to Taos and you will surely see it.. .a massive rusty shrine to Route 66 and days gone by is snuggled into the canyon like a yellow nugget of gold in bedrock.  Stacks, piles and mountains of antique heirlooms are neatly arranged throughout this deceptively large plot of land, and the proprietor is “always ready to make a deal” if you have the cash.  If you think you love bright colors, wait until you see them surrounded by rust.  Damn fine stuff for darn sure.


Ghost Ship-New Orleans, Louisiana

I know that I already used a picture from New Orleans previously in this post, but after my “difficult creative process” I believe it is still the right choice.  I had to remind myself that this isn’t a “who has been more places contest”.  The saturation in this picture has not been reduced, and it was taken in the middle of the day.  If you have ever visited New Orleans, then you may have an idea of the choking fog that can roll off of the mighty Mississippi, enveloping you in an all consuming white… as if you were in another world.



Muertos Y Marigolds-Albuquerque, New Mexico

The colors in the Parade of Marigolds during the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Albuquerque cannot be rivaled.  It is a constant, visual barrage of eye-stinging hues, and Mexican tradition wouldn’t have it any other way.

My last privilege in this contest is to nominate 5 other bloggers to participate in it… so, here are the big 5, they have probably already been nominated but for good reason.  I hope you guys have as much fun as I did with this!

1. The Santa Fe Travelers

2. The Gypsy Nesters

3. Captain and Clark

4. Beers and Beans

5. Roots, Wings, and Other Things

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  1. Thanks for the nomination. We thought about doing the contest when it first started and even wrote a post and nominated people. It’s now up on our site as Colors of our world. We decided that we didn’t want to give away our content, photos and link juice for a very slim chance to win. There are some great entries in the contest, including yours, Good luck!

    • payjeb@gmail.com says:

      Oh yeah I remember reading that post and loving the idea of different color photos… I hadn’t heard about the contest at that point! Well, even though you didn’t enter the contest I’m still glad you did the post, I loved the hot air balloon!

  2. Lynne Bier says:

    Wow – I am blown away by the photos you selected for the various colors and by your descriptions. Good luck with the contest – of course I think you should win!

    • payjeb@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Mama, I’m glad you liked my choices! Like I said in the post, it was realllly hard to decide, but I’m happy with the ones I picked!

  3. Oh my gosh, you should be a professional photog!!! They are all so great, but my fave is the New Orleans blues man!!! I hope you win!!!


    • payjeb@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Christy your comments are very good for my self confidence! I would love to win, but there are a TON of other amazing entries… but it was really fun just to do it either way.

  4. some great entries you have!

  5. These are five outstanding shots. I think I like the white one the best. Very eerie. I am going canoeing this weekend in Wisconsin on a river that often is a shroud of mist in the morning.

    • payjeb@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Ted! I had a terribly hard time choosing, especially for white (I also had a picture of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado that was in the running), so I’m glad you liked that one the best! Have a great trip this weekend, stay safe and can’t wait to read about it!

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