Five Colours from Plus Ultra
Erica from Kizzling Around has kindly nominated me to join the Capture the Colour photo competition run by TravelSupermarket.com. The idea is to publish a post with five original shots from your travels, each one representing the colours blue, green, yellow, white and red. Tag five other bloggers and link back to TravelSupermarket on Facebook or Twitter (with the tags @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour).
If you don’t have an account on either network, simply email your entry to capturethecolour[at]travelsupermarket.com, complete with your name, address and phone number. Note that anyone can join in – you don’t need to be nominated to take part in the competition. The deadline for submitting your entry is August 29th, so get the word out before it’s too late!
BLUE: XINGPING, CHINA
While the sun evaded us on a pre-dawn trek up the pinnacle of Lao Zhai Hill, what we saw from the summit outweighed the lost hours of sleep and the risk of being eaten alive by a swarm of hungry mosquitoes. From our lonely perch high above the town of Xingping, we finally grasped the quiet magic that had inspired poets and painters for nearly a thousand years.
GREEN: HONG KONG, CHINA
Green is not usually a colour associated with Hong Kong, but look a little closer and you’ll find it just about everywhere: painted across the lower deck of the Star Ferry, applied on hawker stalls, and characterising the vast swathes of cloth mesh draped over its signature bamboo scaffolds.
As thoroughly modern as it all seems, Hong Kong takes its Chinese traditions very seriously. This elaborate peacock was put in place to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, when families greet the full moon with lanterns, feasting and all manner of calorific mooncakes.
YELLOW: LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
May is the hottest month in Luang Prabang, but while the scorching heat sent us scrambling for shade and the comfort of an air-conditioned space, this was compensated by the distinct lack of visitors to the old royal capital. Late one afternoon, fellow travel blogger Bama and I were one of a small handful inside the grounds of Wat Xieng Thong, observing the sun’s rays reflecting off the temple’s glass mosaics and gilded reliefs. Though quiet moments are not hard to come by in Laos, this one was a true spell of solitude.
WHITE: CÁDIZ, SPAIN
Climbing to the top of the Torre Tavira, an 18th century maritime watchtower, I encountered a sea of white houses studded with flecks of earthy pink, gleaming under the Andalusian sun. Cádiz – perhaps the oldest city in Western Europe – was an intoxicating combination of sheer history, deep-fried seafood and lazy afternoons sipping cocktails above the beach. One week before Easter, it felt as though summer had already arrived on this corner of the Costa de la Luz, Spain’s Atlantic “Coast of Light”.
RED: VALENCIA, SPAIN
La Cremà, “the burning”, is the culmination of 21 days of madness that take place in Valencia each spring. What began as a feast in honour of St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, is now a raucous, eardrum-busting fiesta known as Las Fallas. Despite my tired, sleep-deprived state by the end of the festival, I distinctly remember savouring the heat on our faces and dodging the falling embers of La Cremà.
And now, the list of my five nominees:
Bama from What an Amazing World!
Madhu from The Urge to Wander
Meredith from The Wanderlust Gene
Nicole from thirdeyemom
QQ from the second time around
Good luck to all!