Twice in one day I was tagged by two awesome travel bloggers for the Travel Supermarket.com capture the color contest. A big thank you goes out to Leigh, from Hike Bike Travel, and Leah, from Leah’s travels for the nominations.
Being from Chicago, when I first heard the capture the color contest, I immediately thought of the band that named itself after our city. On Chicago II, their second album, they came out with the beautiful Color My World, which has been a standard piano tune that every aspiring grade school piano player cranks out at one time in their life.
I owe Leah a song and travel post, so this video will serve to appease that commitment for the time being. For now it is colors.
The contest makes bloggers pare one photograph with each of the five following colors: blue, green, yellow, white, and red. I was a little distraught to find pink was not among them as I have many choice pink ones, but those pictures will have to wait for another time and another post.
There is nothing quite like the shade of blue found in Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada when the sun is beating down on the crystalline waters that make up the many pristine lakes in this wilderness. The closest color I can think of is cobalt blue. When the sun is out and you have a good vantage point of one of the lakes, you just want to dive in and start drinking the water up as the views are that appealing.
Having been to many green places in my life this was a tough one. Should I choose the tree covered Great Smoky Mountains National Park or perhaps Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica? They would have made good choices, but this one is easy. I have never seen a shade of green match the verdant green found at the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines.
Recently in Puebla, Mexico, I was amazed to find such a beautiful city in inland Mexico. Weren’t all the places worthwhile to see found along the coast in Mexico? Puebla showed me this was not true. The colonial city reminded me of an old European city with cobblestone streets, old churches, and colorful buildings.
Another color I had a struggle with. Being an avid skier, I have many pictures covered in white. Snow makes everything prettier. Should I have chosen ski trails in Illinois, Minnesota, or maybe wintry peaks in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah? In the end, I choose a cross-country ski trail at the Palmquist Farm in Wisconsin with snow covered pines as daylight begins to fade.
Since I began this post with a shout out to my hometown, I will end it with one to my home state. The state bird of Illinois is the cardinal. I captured this beautiful red-crested bird singing a little song at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Perhaps he was tweeting Chicago’s “Color my world.”
Five more travel bloggers to tag:
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My favorite for this one is the white. There is something beautiful and peaceful about newly fallen snow. It’s so quiet. I am not a big winter person but there is something calming about that photo.
I think I would have to agree with you Jeremy.
Great shots. My fave is the cardinal. They are such beautiful birds.
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The cardinal picture shows how important photos, any photos, to bloggers. I just bought a new zoom heavy camera and walked to a local park to experiment. When writing this post I had no problem coming up with ideas except I was struggling with red. Then I remembered taking the photos of the cardinal.
EVERY photo of yours is a winner, Ted.
Thanks Jay! I have a few clunkers out there, but overall, happy with what I have produced.
Well, Ted, I’m blushing a bit. Such nice things you say about me. 🙂 I really think you should have added a pink category for kicks, but since you didn’t, I suppose my favorite is white. Jeremy is right, there is something peaceful about it. There’s so much depth to that photo. Blue is my second favorite, by the way.
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Those are probably my two favorite photos. If I had a choice of where to be right now I would definitely pick blue, but I look forward to skiing.
Great photos! Cardinals are my favorite birds, and that is an excellent shot! But I have to say the green is my favorite photo. Beautiful. Thanks for the tag, I can’t wait to dig through my archives for a few worthy captures!
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Looking forward to your effort Erika.
Great collection of pix. I need to do mine. I have a pic of skiing and another one of Mykonos which are competing each for both blue and white!
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Look forward to the skiing picture. I hope it makes the cut.
Great pictures, Ted! My favorite has to be green, those colors are unbelievable.
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The Rice Terraces of Batad are amazing. The greenest green I have ever seen.
Great pics…the sky in the Puebla pic is amazing…
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Loved each and every one of your photos. I think my favorite would have to be the “white.” It’s stunning!
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Thanks Tawny. I have a plethora of cross-country skiing pictures. Even though I have a hundred, I still want to take more every time I see a set of tracks on a trail going through the trees.
I am not often a fan of these “tag” posts, but actually I did enjoy this one… great choices, and great photos… Plus, I swear I have the same “green” image although mine was from Lombok, so I know it is different.
stay adventurous, Craig
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love this! i think the green photo may be my favorite, but that white one is pretty gorgeous.
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It appears those are the top two consensus picks.
awesome photos, Ted. green is my favorite and red is a close second. i think you should have added pink – i certainly did but then again, i am a rule breaker of sorts. 😉
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I loved your pink picture and your free spirit rule breaking mentality.
Love the white.. what the heck. love them all! I “may” have to do this one now.. maybe, maybe 🙂
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It was fun racking my brain thinking of all the photos I have.
Beautiful pictures! You know I love the one from Puebla. And the “white” one makes winter a bit more desirable… 🙂
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After re-discovering cross-country skiing three years ago, I have really embraced winter. I was terribly disappointed in last year’s mild winter.
Love the white, and guess what, mine is going to be similar 🙂 I had such a magical time snowshoeing in Wisconsin and I know I still owe you a guest post! Beautiful photos.
Thanks for the comment Charu. Look forward to seeing your photos.
That white cross-country ski trail is my favorite of the bunch. 🙂
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