Jul 162012

TravelSupermarket’s fun new contest focuses on the essence of color in travel photos. In the Capture the Colour competition, bloggers share their photographic interpretations of these colors: white, blue, green, red, and yellow. Winners in each category will receive an iPad3 and one overall winner will receive £2000 for travel. I was honored to be nominated by Vi of Short Travel Tips, Joya of Be a Travel Bee, and Leigh of Hike Bike Travel to participate. Thanks, ladies!

A Story in White

Hadlyme, Connecticut Public House

A Town Hall Wedding

If only this picturesque old town hall in Hadlyme, Connecticut could tell us tales from days gone by! The whimsical scarecrow bridal couple in front of it is hinting at a happy story about this day’s big event. The real bride (my beautiful stepdaughter) and her groom are yet to arrive, but the mood is set and love is in the air!

It’s “Bleu” to Me

Eiffel Tower

La Tour Eiffel en Bleu

Some of my earliest impressions of Paris were formed by the Evening in Paris perfume my mother kept on her dresser. The cobalt blue bottle with its silver label attracted me at a young age and has remained engraved on my memory. Whenever I had a chance, I would carefully remove the top and then sneak a sniff of the perfume. As I watched the light show on the Eiffel Tower during my first Paris visit, I was thrilled when the lights turned to the same wonderful shade of blue that I remembered. I could almost smell the fragrance.

Discovering Green in Houston

Giant Green Boots, Houston

Houston Greenery

So you don’t think that the big oil city of Houston, Texas could possibly be green? I was pleasantly surprised during my March visit to find that there was much more green space than I expected. I hiked along the paths of Buffalo Bayou Park, enjoyed one of the city’s farmer’s markets at City Hall, and strolled around Kinder Lake at Discovery Green as well as other gardens and parks. How about these giant green cowboy boots? Houston may be greener than you think!

Rodeo Reds

Houston Rodeo

Rodeo Reds

There was bronc riding, chuck wagon races, mutton bustin’, BBQ ribs, fried Oreos & a performance by country music star Blake Shelton at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There was also a colorful display of fireworks that lit up the Reliant Center from center stage all the way into the nosebleed seats where I was sitting among the local cowboys.

Curious Yellow

Yellow Flyer on Celebrity Millennium

What’s Up?

What’s up with this guy in yellow? I came across this curious exhibit while on a tour of the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship while it was at port in San Francisco. Perhaps, like me, he’s always ready to fly somewhere.

Now I’d like to invite these travel bloggers to join in the Capture the Colour competition!

Laura of TraveloCafe
Jackie of TravelNWrite
Marcia of Inside Journeys
Lisa of Gone With the Family
Pola of Jetting Around

  66 Responses to “Traveling with Flying Colors”

  1. Love your choices and especially the blue Tour d’Eiffel. It’s strange how fragrance can affect our memories and perception.
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  2. […] Lila  from theconstanttourist.com Nicole and Cameron from travelingcanucks.com Michael from struxtravel.com Linda from journeyjottings.com Cathy from travelingwithsweeney.com […]

  3. Nice pictures Cathy, but yellow is my favorite :)
    Vi recently posted..Learning surfing in Australia

  4. Like Mette, I was thinking the same thing about your mom’s favorite perfume. Such a strong memory, isn’t it? Love your color shots, Cathy and the memories they evoke. Especially the church and the Eiffel Tower. And I’m surprised by that green in Houston. The rodeo red is totally unexpected. Is that guy real? Thanks for nominating me, hope I find the right colors to share. Good luck!
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  5. Great selection Cathy! I think your childhood story brought us all back to when we would sneak a sniff of our mom’s perfume :) I actually can imagine how wonderful this experience was for you.
    Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista recently posted..Eye Catching Porrentruy Switzerland

  6. Well I can’t say that I used to steal sniffs of my Mom’s perfume, but it’s still a gorgeous picture. The red is probably my favorite one though, possibly because I have some Blake Shelton playing as I’m reading this.
    Steve recently posted..How to Not Look Stupid While Hotel Hopping

  7. I really like the green photo, but probably because I love shoes! All great photos though!
    Jennifer recently posted..Capture the Colour

  8. Great photos, Cathy – I love the town hall wedding – what a fun picture! Thanks for tagging me!
    Lisa recently posted..Impressions of Glasgow

  9. Stunning photos my friend…certainly worthy of winning an iPad or the grand prize!! Love the Paris blue!!
    Jeff Titelius recently posted..Alessandro Gallenzi Shares His Inspiration for ‘InterRail’

  10. Gorgeous photos!! I actually love the white. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how calming that is. I think I have too many blue photos in my own collection. And your red is rocking!
    Abby recently posted..My Imperfect Paradise in Costa Rica

  11. Beautiful collection, Cathy! I love the Blue Eiffel Tower and the story with your mom’s perfume. What a great memory. The red looks like a fun show though.
    Mary @ The World Is A Book recently posted..Discovering Charming and Quirky Reykjavik, Iceland

  12. That’s my favorite white photo so far. Good picks!
    Scott – Quirky Travel Guy recently posted..Celebrating America’s birthday with inflatable blue monsters in Anchorage

  13. Cathy, These photos are superb! I love the colors, particularly your Parisian blue. I am flattered to be invited to participate. Your series has raised the bar quite high.
    Jackie Smith recently posted..Travel Tip Tuesday: The Big, Fat Check’s in the Mail

  14. Very creative photos. I especially love the blue Eifel Tower and the red rodeo.
    Laurel recently posted..Castell de Montsoriu: The Greatest Gothic Castle in Catalonia

  15. Nice shots, Cathy. Good luck with the contest.
    Nancie recently posted..Travel Photo Thursday — July 19, 2012 — A Hill With a View — Czech’s Kutna Hora

  16. wow- the red rodeo shot is stunning. Great picks, Cathy. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing this contest, I need to check it out.
    jade recently posted..I’m craving the calm chowder from Pismo Beach

  17. WOW! These are some awesome color examples. I love the little couple outside of the church. And that shot in Paris is stunning!
    walkingon travels recently posted..5 Reasons I Love A Good Mother Son Dance

  18. Great photos Cathy and very original! I love the one with the Eiffel Tower and the chapel one is a beautiful white. However, I have to go with the green one. The boots are original and creative. Well done!
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..Find your #purpose – win with the Expedia Find Yours photo contest

  19. Tough to choose one from the group but I have to go with the Eiffel Tower blue.

  20. I love the red at the Rodeo, but that flying guy puzzles me. Why is he hanging there? Is he stuck or is he happy? So, many questions.:)
    Jessica recently posted..When to Use Black and White Photos

    • I wish I had taken some time to learn what that was about. I was just moving along snapping some photos of the art!

  21. Beautiful, all! It’s difficult to pick my favorite, but the white, blue, and red really stand out to me. Love the vignettes that go along with them, too!
    Andi at The Particular Traveler recently posted..An Ode to the Victoria, BC Harbour

  22. Nice selection! And very creative too. Not necessarily what I would have expected for the colors.
    Sabrina recently posted..Monte San Vito – Tiny Town in Le Marche Region in Italy

  23. What a nice selection of shots. I love your white shot and think that one is my fave. The boots are pretty cool too. Thanks for participating Cathy.
    Leigh recently posted..A Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers & Lake Louise Tea House

  24. I love this fun contest that is going on – it is so much fun to see all these pictures!! And I love that 2 of them come from Texas!!!!
    Becca@R We There Yet Mom? recently posted..Friday Daydreamin’:Do You Visit Memorials?

  25. Beautiful photos, Cathy! I think I like the green boots one best. Nice job!
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  26. I think I made a similar comment before but that Rode is certainly not the homespun, down home typr of thing the word usually puts me in mind of! Great, simple idea for a photo contest.
    robin recently posted..Las Curvas

  27. I love all of these, but I especially love the Rodeo Red! I lived in Houston for 2 years in the mid-90s and was always fascinated by the Rodeo and how devoted all of the residents of Houston are to it.
    Erik recently posted..Capture the Color – My New Zealand Version

  28. All gorgeous photos but I think I like the red best, I would love to have seen that!
    Ayngelina recently posted..Learning how to scuba dive

    • Thanks, Ayngelina. I was really surprised when that all happened after the rodeo events. Very cool experience.

  29. Loving the rodeo shots. Whenever I take photos in places like that I get the exposure all wrong!
    Arianwen recently posted..First impressions of Bogota

  30. What a great sense memory with the color blue and the Eiffel Tower! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Zoe French recently posted..The Best Soaking Spots in the World

  31. WHat an interesting selection of photos, especially the pic from Houston! Of course I was thrilled to see the Eiffel Tower… Thank you for tagging me, I look forward to browsing through my memory card. :)
    Pola (@jettingaround) recently posted..5 winery picks in Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country

  32. The whites in that first shot make it really stunning, Cathy! The other images in this series are equally beautiful.
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  33. Love the town hall wedding – too cute!
    Andrea recently posted..Slice of Norge: Cartoons on the Bus

  34. I also love the photo of the Eiffel Tower. I wish they’d change the colour of it more often!
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