Saturday, 21 July 2012

Capture the Colour

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!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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?
How to 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.


2. Nominate 5 fellow bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour at the end of your post and notify them via Twitter or Facebook.
3. By 29th August 2012, let us know you've entered by either:
- 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 capturethecolour@travelsupermarket.com, including your name, email address and phone number.


4. The best Capture the Colour entries will be shared throughout the competition by our expert judges and our own TravelSupermarket social accounts...
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.
If you want to know more about the competition or if you have any questions please get in touch via either Twitter (@travelsupermkt) or email (capturethecolour@travelsupermarket.com)

16 comments:

  1. I love the Central Park birdie!!!! So pretty. I'm kind of sad I didn't take photos of him now. Although considering my bird phobia, I probably would have taken one look at him and run screaming for the door....... ;)

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    1. Oh dear. Animal phobias must be somewhat limiting.

      Thanks for suggesting this contest! Looking at the other entries, I'd be surprised if I'm in the top 1000 - but it's been fun sorting through my pics anyway :-)

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  2. Thanks for tagging me Kat! Love the picture of the elephant - seriously love it.

    I'm not a photographer by any means, in fact I take rather crap photos - to be honest, but I'm excited to participate anyway.

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    1. Well, I know this idea gave me a kick to write a new post, so I was hoping it might help you too :-)

      I loved *riding* the elephant, so maybe I captured a little bit of excitement in the picture?

      Wouldn't worry too much about your photos - only one of mine was even taken on my SLR, so I'm hoping it's the thought that counts, more than the quality!

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  3. Your photos are gorgeous! I love the one for yellow - it's an amazing photo AND it taught me about a place I'd never heard of before.

    Thanks for tagging me, too. I'm going to have a lot of fun shuffling through my photos to find my five.

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    1. Thanks Katie - I loved going through my photos, too. Makes me wish I'd done a better job of tagging them when I first made them!

      If you are ever in NZ, definitely plan a trip to White Island - it's unique, that's for sure :-)

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  4. Oh wow- I'm so inspired by the yellow photo- looks like a great inspiration for an outfit... I love looking at how nature harmonizes colo(u)r.

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    1. I know - I wonder if we aren't drawn to colo(u)r combinations *because* we see them in nature? I sometimes think I see colours more than form (maybe because I wear glasses, hahaha)!

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  5. You and Kirsti posted such great photos, I'm still trying to find mine, it doesn't help that most of my India photos are in Fiji. Travel photography is so inspiring...

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying the photos! I love seeing what everyone else posts.

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  6. Great photos! The yellow one has quite a story!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, White Island is quite an adventure - I think knowing the story about a place makes it even more interesting.

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  7. Thanks so much Kat. Lovely pics. I love the wing of the plane and the mahout. This was a fun and interesting post to read and do.

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    1. I'm so glad you've created your own post! I love seeing everyone's interpretations.

      The mahout is probably my favourite photo here :-)

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  8. I have been included too... Now I am trying to come up with my photo ideas.
    Your's are perfect!

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    1. Naw, thanks! Look forward to seeing your selection.

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