Firstly, I love that Colour is spelled correctly.
Thanks to Kirsti, I've been nominated to be a part of this great competition run by Travel Supermarket. Basically, I need to present five photographs from my travels, showing Red, White, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
Despite not having travelled very much, it's hard to narrow down the photos! I totally included travel in Australia and New Zealand, because every time I leave town it's like a little adventure. Besides, you (reading my blog) may well think of these countries as exotic destinations!
Firstly, blue. I realise that sky is a fairly obvious inclusion of blue, but this photograph really sums up travel for me. Because I've spent my whole life living in island nations, flying is a necessary part of going anywhere. When you think about it, it's freakin' amazing that we can hop into a big aluminium tube with 200 strangers, and think nothing of travelling thousands of kilometres in a few hours. It's an inherently beautiful thing, and one that travellers generally take for granted.
Onwards, to green. This was taken at the Central Park Zoo in New York. The whole park is pretty green (at least compared to the rest of Manhattan). It would be pretty boring to have a picture of trees though - pretty sure you guys have seen these before. But this little guy (or possibly girl) had such a cheeky look - the vibrant colours were striking.
Next up is yellow. I'm lucky to have been a frequent tourist in New Zealand, as well as a current resident. If any of you are ever here, I highly recommend a trip to White Island, off the coast of Whakatane. It's the most active volcano in New Zealand - there are constant rumblings and small earthquakes. Over the last 150 years, they have tried several times to set up sulphur mines on the island - and several times the factories have either corroded, or the island has exploded and killed people.
Nowadays, warnings are given on days when it isn't safe for tourists to travel. But when you get there, you have a face mask, hard hat, and a caution not to touch anything (the whole island is hot!). It's a crazy and little-publicised place, but it's well worth the day trip.
Yes, the whole place does smell like rotten egg gas.
White. The obvious answer was the White House, but the obvious answer is not my favourite!
Lots of you will be familiar with the mountains in the Tongariro National Park from Lord of the Rings ('Mount Doom' is just next door to where this photo was taken).
Most foreign tourists ski the South Island - I think this is due mainly to better promotion, and a more reliable ski season due to the colder temperatures. However, they are missing out on some beautiful sights!
This photograph was from a road trip to the Central North Island (of New Zealand). I was lucky that my work vehicle needed a week-long service, so they lent me a brand new, sparkling clean white 4WD ute. It was late May, so just before the ski season kicks off. That said, Mt Ruapehu usually has some snow remnants all year round. You can drive up the mountain in a regular vehicle for most of the year.
Finally, red. When I travelled to Phuket, Thailand with Kirsti and Ness, the one thing I was adamant about was that we had to go elephant riding! Luckily, the other ladies agreed.
We managed to find the one park that didn't look like they tortured the poor animals, and had an amazing ride. The elephants were wonderful - friendly like pet dogs, but smart like good horses.
The mahouts were amazing. They would 'drive' the elephant while essentially sitting on its head, and at the same time were happy to turn around and take a photo of you! Their bond with the animals was lovely - they truly seemed to be in communication with them.
Now to my nominees:
- Heather from Learning New Tricks: I know you're keen on photography, would love to see where you've been!
- Vanisha from Vanisha's Life: you already travel AND photograph!
- Decoybetty: maybe this might lift your blogging spirits?
- Katie from Katiefoolery: your road trips and photo skills are great!
- Suzy from Someday Somewhere: you already share so many of your travel photos, why not enter?
1. Publish a Capture the Colour post on your blog with images for all 5 colours if possible. Bloggers who don't have photos for all 5 colours will still be in with a chance of winning the iPad category prize but to be eligible to win the £2000 overall prize your blog post should feature photo's for all 5 categories.
Within your post, be sure to mention our competition page http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/ so that your readers know what Capture the Colour is.
- Linking to your blog post on your Facebook wall mentioning Capture the Colour and tagging the TravelSupermarket.com Facebook page or...
- Linking to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour in your tweet or...
- Not got a Facebook or Twitter account? Email your entry to email@example.com, including your name, email address and phone number.
5. Each judge will select their own colour category winners. The judges will then combine to select the overall winner of the £2,000 travel prize. For further information about the judging and the prizes see the Terms & Conditions here.