Capture The Colour


Somehow or other this morning I found my way on to Jason Teale’s blog and noticed an article about Capture the Colour a competition run by TravelSupermarket.com.

The idea is quite simple, show 5 photographs on your blog using the theme Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red, and write about them. Nothing could be simpler. Could it? Oh! And while you’re at it nominate five other bloggers.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well, rather than asking you to write a five thousand word blog post, we’re inviting you to produce a blog post with up to 5 photos that really do ‘Capture the Colour’.

First I had to decide what photographs to use and since the sponsors of this competition are TravelSupermarket.com I used photographs from my travels around the world.

I’ve been lucky that I am fit, healthy and can afford to travel which has allowed me to visit some great countries over the years and I’d like to share some of them with you. I’ll start my journey in Australia and end up in America, travelling east to west.

I had a difficult decision to make about my first photograph. Should I go with something that was pre-dominantly Blue or show something with just a splash of colour.

All In A Row

The splash of blue won. This line of boats, for hire at Loch McNess in the Yanchep National Park, Western Australia caught my eye as I went for an early morning walk. It’s one of my favourite times of the day for photography, water can be quite still and mirror like, you get nice long shadows which can break up wide open spaces, and best of all, no one about to walk into the camera’s field of view.

Leaving Australia, we’re off to Hong Kong next and this photograph of Star Ferries, Twinkling Star, crossing Hong Kong Harbour.

Twinkling Star

The Star Ferry Company, is a passenger ferry service operator and has long been a tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1888 as the Kowloon Ferry Company, but later changed to its present name in 1898. The fleet of twelve ferries carry passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Between them, the ferries carry over 70,000 passengers a day and is a really inexpensive way of crossing the harbour. Every time I go to Hong Kong I make sure I take at least one ride on a Star Ferry, for no other reason than I really enjoy it. I love the hustle and bustle of the ferry terminal, the mad rush to get on, the harbour crossing and then trying to get off the ferry again when the ramps are moving up and down. If you look at the centre of  the Twinkling Star you can see the passenger ramps, one Green and one white.

Moving on to Continental Europe now and Spain. I missed out most of Asia because I’ve never visited. Some of the countries like Vietnam, India, Thailand and China are on my list, but you know how it  goes..

Olive Groves

Anyway, I love Spain in the springtime. The fields become carpeted with lots of these yellow buttercups like you can see here in this Olive Grove. This photograph was taken late in the afternoon and the flowers had started to close up. so they are not as bright as they could be. I’ve heard so many stories about these buttercups. Some Spanish farmers will leave them alone and won’t touch them. They believe that the buttercups provide nourishment for the olive trees and also protect them. Others do take them away and many Brits who live in Spain do not allow them to grow below their trees. As a photographer I suppose I am selfish and hope that they stay because in my opinion they do make for a good photograph. It’s hard to believe that as the year progresses and summer reaches it full height, these fields will become dry dusty landscapes.

I like to travel but sometimes that old saying “There’s No Place Like Home” does fit. North Wales where I currently call home has some magnificent flat sandy beaches and amazing sunsets. Yet, just a short drive and I can be visiting the mountains and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. For my White image I’d like to show you the old lighthouse on Talacre Beach, five minutes drive from my house.

Talacre Lighthouse

The lighthouse has long since been abandoned, but it was shown briefly in a recent paint advert with an Old English Sheep Dog mascot. Yes, the lighthouse does lean. Oh! If you are interested it’s up for sale, but beware, at high tide you are cut off from land and this part of the coast can get quite stormy seas in winter time.

My final destination takes us to the Hoover Dam and the plaque to the workers who died during the construction of the dam. All right, it’s a bit tenuous with the link to Red but those rocks behind the memorial sort of fit the bill.

Hoover Dam Memorial

Designed by Oskar Hansen the plaque commemorates the 96 men who officially died during the construction of Hoover Dam. Originally it was set into the canyon wall on the Arizona side of the dam, but is now located on the Nevada side. It reads:

They died to make the desert bloom. The United States of America will continue to remember that many who toiled here found their final rest while engaged in the building of this dam. The United States of America will continue to remember the services of all who labored to clothe with substance the plans of those who first visioned the building of this dam.

I hope you have enjoyed my very brief tour. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions, as usual I’ll do my best to answer them.

That’s the blog part done, now I’ve got to nominate five other bloggers

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Keira shows us photos, comments and writes about where she lives, Mt Lawley/Highgate/North Perth.

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4 Comments

  1. Mike, I love the photos you have chosen, such a wonderful cross-section – I didn’t know olive groves could look so lush!

    Thank you so much for the nod! I shall look fwd to popping over to travelsupermarket for a look.

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    1. You’re welcome Patti, not a lot of time left though. When we went house hunting in Spain I was amazed at how lush those fields could be with flowers. however it’s totally different in the summer when they are dry and dusty slopes.

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