Travel is colorful.
Markets filled with strange and unusual foods, brightly hued buildings, or exotic wildlife can all provide a splash of color when traveling. I love seeking out these places of color and can’t resist capturing them on my camera.
Capture the Colour is the latest online travel meme sponsored by TravelSuperMarket.com. Big thanks to Megan at Suitcase and Stillettos for tagging me in her entry. I love visual posts and am always looking for excuses to share photos from past trips, so I was ecstatic to see this come across. The rules for it are simple: there are five color categories and bloggers must choose one photo that best represents each category. The full details can be found here: http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/.
There’s no sense in waiting, so let’s get started…
I have yet to experience a destination with more abundant wildlife than Costa Rica, and it’s not just the monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and other big-ticket animals that drew my attention in this peaceful Central American country. The insect life in the rainforest is fascinating – blue morpho butterflies, tarantula spiders, and these armies of leaf-cutter ants were all just as fascinating. These ants displayed their swatches of green proudly as they brought them back to provide food for the colony.
Granada is a Spanish Colonial city in Nicaragua and is said to be the oldest European city on the American continent. The entire town is bursting with colors (some of which I displayed in my 11 Colorful Doors of Nicaragua photo essay). But its most famous building is the impressive cathedral with its pastel hues and immense dome overlooking the city. Foregoing the muted colors of its European predecessors, this cathedral oozes Latin American charm and flavor with its bold pallete.
Japan is known as the land of the rising sun, an image emblazoned on their flag with a bright red circle. Flashes of red abound in Tokyo, from the familiar lantern of an Izakaya to the sizzling meats on a Yakitori grill. I spied these red fans adorning a residential doorway in the Asakusa neighborhood of Tokyo, ready to welcome the resident home each evening.
Perhaps no country embodies the colors white and blue more than Greece. Most of the sun-bleached towns I visited in the Greek Islands consisted almost entirely of white buildings against the back drop of the blue sky and azure waters of the Aegean. This church, Panagia Paraportiani, is a popular destination on the Cycladic island of Mykonos and provides a spectacular foreground for some of Greece’s most intense sunsets. Built in the 15th century, it set the tone for the island and is said to be the reason why ALL of the buildings on Mykonos are white.
What do you think? Let me know which picture is your favorite in the comments.
My Five Nominees
The last component of this post involves ‘tagging’ five other travel bloggers to participate. I’m interested in seeing what the following bloggers can come up with: