Travel theme: Red

Red is a terribly versatile colour. It can indicate both anger and love; danger and celebration. You can paint the town red, roll out the red carpet or have a red letter day. I’ve been seeing red recently – southern Utah will do that to you. Everywhere you look there is red rock and red sand. There are even red mountain ranges. Here are a few of the red landscapes that caught my eye.

red arches national park utah fog

The red rocks and sands of Arches National Park in the fog

red canyon utah

Storm brewing over Red Canyon

red highway 12 utah fog

Yet another storm brewing over the red scenery along highway 12 – it was monsoon season…

red zion national park utah

Storm-free red rocks at high noon in Zion National Park

I’d love to see your interpretation of red. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme, create your own post titled Travel Theme: Red and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Check back in next Friday for a new weekly travel theme.

Show me your red-hot shots!

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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294 Responses to Travel theme: Red

  1. Oh wow, Ailsa. It’d be hard to beat high noon at Zion National Park!

    • ailsapm says:

      Zion blew my mind, Wanderlust, I wasn’t expecting it to be so dramatic – I’d already seen Arches and Bryce Canyon, but the vastness of Zion was stunning. xxx

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Beautiful shots each one, great… 😉

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  4. cinova says:

    I agree with The Wanderlust Gene, what a spectacular capture of those red rocks with the sun peaking over the top! Red is my favourite colour, so I am ‘ready’ to enjoy the array of interpretations this week. My take on this theme consists of photos captured a few years ago during my trip to Hong Kong.

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  6. Kavi says:

    really liked your last shot – superb!

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  8. Here are few reds at the other extreme—not in the desert but on the sea:

    • ailsapm says:

      Definitely the other extreme, Vlad. 🙂 That lone buoy in the mist is breathtaking, as is the Verrazano Narrows photo, and I love the shot of Johna against the red hull. 🙂

  9. Regina says:

    I love the last pic!

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  12. Austria doesn’t do really red landscapes so here’s something a bit different!

  13. Stunning red rock country!

    • ailsapm says:

      I wasn’t expecting to be so overwhelmed by the beauty of Utah, Naomi, it’s spectacular, and if you ever have a chance to visit, do so. You won’t be disappointed. xxx Ailsa

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  15. LubbyGirl says:

    I didn’t miss this one!! Yay!!! 🙂
    I love that shot of the sun over the rocks – been trying to capture that effect, but to no avail. I guess I need some sort of lens or filter that I don’t currently have. No matter – I’ll keep trying. For now I’m off to find red things. Here are a few of my favorites:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, LubbyGirl, some fantastic photos here. I’m in love with the Painted Hills of Oregon, adding them to my list of things to see while nearby. How wonderful. Love your favourite shirt and pose, it made me grin, and that birthday card is absolutely gorgeous! xxx Ailsa

      • LubbyGirl says:

        aw shucks – thanks. 🙂 It was one of my OCDs that has currently subsided to a dull roar in the background. Maybe someday I’ll make a few more cards.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely reds, Pat, the dark red of the quilt is such a lovely shade, and you got a fantastic shot of the inside of the yurt. Really enjoyed your post. xxx

  18. Hey Ailsa: Love that last one especially!

  19. Red Rocks! Yea. Oh, sorry love these red rocks, too!
    We had a lot of red sand when I grew up – hard to wash that out of white! As a result, no white tennis shoes were worn.

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I feel the love, phil. I wore flip flops most of the time, even in rain, which worked out well, because that red mud would have proven impossible to get off shoes and socks! Beautiful, though. 😉

  20. viveka says:

    Red is mine favorite color … once again fantastic shots and my pick for the day is – Storm-free red rocks! Never seen anything like it – but there is a lot I haven’t seen *smile

    • ailsapm says:

      Lol, thanks viveka, the storm-free red rocks is proving to be very popular. I was so excited because it was the first day there wasn’t a monster thunder storm raging overhead, so the rocks glowed red in the bright daylight. 🙂

  21. sued51 says:

    I love the red in the 2nd and 4th photos…awesome!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Sue, I couldn’t get over the depth of red in some of the southern Utah parks. I saw Red Canyon in heavy fog and Zion in bright blue skies, so it made for two very different and equally wonderful experiences of red rock country. 🙂

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  23. Hello @Ailsa, lovely to follow your travel theme this time, here’s mine Have a nice weekend.

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely night time photo, Della Anna, Sint Andreas looks wonderful lit up in the dark. I love the three main points of light too – the two lamp posts and the big bright moon. Really enjoyed this. xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Great shot, Stephen. The fact that those pipes are painted red makes me very, very nervous. It looks like they’re filled with scalding hot water ready to burst at any moment. The big red signs everywhere look ominous too.

  25. hey ailsa … another great theme. that last shot is stunning!!!

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  28. fgassette says:

    Ailsa, I always enjoy your wonderful photos and challenges. My entry is from my resent trip to Arizona.


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    • ailsapm says:

      So many lovely shots, Elissa, each one of them fascinating because there’s so much going on in them. And a great collection of red tones too. Great post! xxx

  30. Ohhhhh this one was fun. I went for a good variety, all California stuff (natch): Plants, Trees, and Rocks =) Hope you enjoy!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    • ailsapm says:

      Squeak, I love these so much, Jan, the snow plant is beautiful and wow, the size of that redwood! Wonderful post. xxx

      • Thank you!! As soon as I saw the travel theme was red my brain said FIND THE SNOW PLANT, WHERE’S THAT PICTURE?? Hahahaha. And just for clarification, I should’ve put it in the post–that’s a sequoia, not a redwood–they are cousins, but genetically/geographically/visually (once you know) very distinct =)

  31. Oh yes–and all your contributions to this theme are lovely, but high noon at Zion is utterly spectacular!! ❤

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Jan, there’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to bring out the red in red rock country. The first couple of days in Utah were stormy and overcast, but the day I went to Zion the sun was out full blast and it made everything glow, it was beautiful. 🙂

      • i CANNOT WAIT until I’m off parole and can leave California and have some money–southern Utah, here I come!! I’ve been alllll over Arizona because my dad took us there all growing up b/c our grandma lived there, but only one time did we go to Utah and I was too young to remember it “/

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  33. Zion National Park. Whoa! I’m off to hunt down red…

  34. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, I love your red rocks here. 🙂
    My contribution for your travel theme this week –

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  36. oh – if only I’d had a camera in 2003 – I went on a road truip through the red heart of Australia, but sadly, my memories aren’t digital 🙂
    Those, Alisa, are gorgeous!

    • ailsapm says:

      Actually, MT, I started ‘Where’s my Backpack?’ for that very reason – I had travelled to some incredible places and had hardly any photos, so I’ve been making up for it ever since. Although I bet your memories of that road trip are way better than any digital photo could ever be. 🙂

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  38. Anne Camille says:

    Beautiful shots! Here is mine: Red in Nature Throughout the Year

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  41. The red rock landscapes is beautiful and yet looks like something from Mars. I’ve always wanted to see the red rocks. Thanks for sharing. My submission is a country red:

    • ailsapm says:

      It really did look like a different planet in some places, c & c, so strange and spectacular. I hope you get to see them for yourself! I love your reds, that Lisbon barn is really beautiful, you got a really lovely shot of it. xxx Ailsa

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  43. teedeevee says:

    Hi. Beautiful photos! How did you get started on this journey? Are you just travelling the world?

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi teedeevee, the last six weeks I’ve been travelling non-stop back and forth and up and down the US, which has been an amazing experience. I’ll be on the west coast for a while but there are many more adventures still waiting! 😉

      I love your entry, the red door just pops out of the photo, it’s really beautiful, and the barely-there green of the trees sets it off perfectly. Lovely. xxx

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