Capture the Color

This was an extremely fun post to research and put together thanks to Travel Supermarket, who are sponsoring a contest to showcase the best pictures you have that “capture” five different colors. The colors are blue, green, white, yellow, and red. Part of this contest is posting pictures then tagging five new people to participate. I was tagged by three different people within 48 hours of each other, so how could I not participate in this? I was tagged by three awesome travel bloggers: Cynthia Ord of Cynthia Ord blog, Ruth Rieckenhoff of Tanama Tales, and Annette White of Bucket List Journey. I was excited to be tagged as I’ve never looked through my travel photographs searching for the essence of a particular color and it was a great exercise. Hope you enjoy my picks!

Blue – Growing up, Santorini was always this huge dream of mine. In junior high I saw a picture of the blue dome churches and white washed buildings straddling the cliff of the small Greek island and it jetted to the top of my “must see someday” list. When I made it there for the first time 6 years ago, I literally almost couldn’t believe it. And when I made it to Oia and saw with my own eyes that picture I had seen so many years before, it was surreal. I snapped this picture and have always loved the blue sky and ocean framing the blue dome of one of Santorini’s famous churches. It’s an iconic image and one that’s been seared in my mind since before I ever started traveling the world.

The blue dome of a church in Santorini, Greece.
The blue dome of a church in Santorini, Greece.

Red – Lisbon, Portugal is an array of pastels and bright candy colors so I was surprised when walking up one of the streets of Lisbon to stumble across a red doorway that was ajar. When I peered in I saw another red door and against the white walls of the building and the bright sunlight it stood out in stark contrast to the rest of the city and I had to take a picture. When I look at this picture, I wonder who lived here and why they left the front red door open. Had they just stepped out for a yummy portuguese pastry? Did they accidentally leave it open when heading inside? Or did I just miss them coming back from a quck jaunt to the corner store? Whoever lived here, I imagine they’re a fun and vibrant person who probably would have been a good sidekick to attend a Fado show later that night with.

Red doors in Lisbon, Portugal.

Green – I can’t enter a photography contest without a picture of a vineyard. They do, after all, produce one of my favorite things in the world. Of that favorite, Italian wines are my biggest obsession. When driving through the hills of Tuscany visiting a couple of the wine towns there a few years ago, the scenery at times overshadowed the tastes of the wines. Cascading green hills and vineyards dotted with stone cottages and stately, narrow pine trees. My camera pretty much did not stop shooting for much of that trip, but I’ve always had a particular fondness for this one because of the expanse of it and they way it showcases the different sections of agriculture.

Rolling green vineyards and hills in the Tuscany region of Italy.
Rolling green vineyards and hills in the Tuscany region of Italy.

Yellow – A sunset might be a bit obvious for a yellow photo, but I couldn’t not choose this picture. It’s also from my Santorini trip and is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. It’s currently hanging above my fireplace I like it so much. It reminds me of sitting at a table next to my my little sister, eating lamb, drinking wine, and watching the spectacular and famous end of the day view that Santorini is known for.

A stunning yellow-infused sunset in Santorini, Greece.
A stunning yellow-infused sunset in Santorini, Greece.

White – A 24-hour “layover” in Brindisi, Italy in between a ferry ride from Greece and a plane ride to England resulted in a visit to the small southeast Italy village of Ostuni. Chosen solely to visit by its short train ride from Brindisi and a promising write-up in a guidebook, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, it was Italy, it surely would be beautiful, but would it even remotely compare to Tuscany and Rome and Venice? A few steps from the town’s main courtyard into the first of its white walled corridor and I was sold. Yup, everywhere in Italy is ridiculously gorgeous.

White walled pathway in Ostuni, Italy.
White walled pathway in Ostuni, Italy.

And now…drumroll…to participate in the color fun…drumroll…I tag:

40 Before 30

The Traveller World Guide

Heather’s Harmony

Girls Who Get Around

Angie Away