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 - wheresmybackpack.com - 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. livvy30 says:

    Great shots Ailsa. I’ll get there some day. Here’s mine for this week. http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      I hope you do get to visit Utah soon, Livvy, it’s really stunning countryside, I’ve never seen anywhere quite like it – and these shots are only the tip of the iceberg – if you do go, make sure to drive highway 12 – it will rock your world – I will be writing more about it and posting photos soon – just as soon as I finish writing about my road trip from Seattle to Boston.

      I love your hibiscus, they just scream vacation, don’t they? 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      You know, for being mostly monochrome, you take some really cool colour photos. I love how the red of the skip is echoed by what looks like a red chimney off in the distance 🙂

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  3. You’re surely delighted with the outstanding images of red that are blazing huge swaths of color through the WordPress community! Thanks, this was fun! Z
    http://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      I am delighted, there have been some thrilling posts so far. Is ‘Red Capes’ one of your paintings, Z? It’s exquisite. The Mano swirl too; the colours are so very cheery. And I love your toast to me, those cocktails look rather tasty 🙂

      • Thanks! Yes, Red Capes is a watercolor, based on the Indians that live in the Andean area of Guranada and volcano Chimborazo.

        The Mano swirl is a large acrylic, roughly five feet by three feet. It’s based on a pre-Columbian design of the Jama Coaque Indians who lived in the coastal area of Ecuador.

        My friend Laura Chapin has perfected the art of entertaining, and being a guest at one of her gatherings is a treat for the senses! Those were her ‘healthy’ cocktails’ which had a healthy dose of cucumber and who knows what else, with an equally-potent dose of gin and who knows what else!!!! The orchid garnishes were quite decadent, yet worth every inch of the effort for a memorable evening!

        Her husband, Bob, truly appreciates all that she does for him and for others!

        Z

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    • ailsapm says:

      Aha, the story (and the photo) behind your header. Love it, Trish, a fabulous red awning is the perfect reason to stop for ice cream! 🙂

  5. laura@eljaygee says:

    by coincidence your theme matched a freshly captured scene this week – it does not conmpare though to your ruddy great images 😉

    http://eljaygee.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, right back atcha, Laura, ruddy fabulous photo, I love the desaturation, it really pops the red. Can’t stop staring at the red shopping bag. Genius. I love London 🙂

  6. Max510 says:

    Hi everyone.
    Here the Red met during my Journey
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-136

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Max, wonderful shots, that red bird in the Galapagos is spectacular. How wonderful you’ve visited the Galapagos, it’s a place I am longing to visit. And that last shot is really beautiful, I love the b/w surround. Fantastic.

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  8. Jo Bryant says:

    Very impressive Ailsa…I love that last shot. Mine is not quite so impressive but here it is anyways.
    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/
    Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

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  10. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa, great theme again so much scope and you have set us a great example. I have experimented abit this week and was lucky to be in an internet coverage area. Thanks for keeping us on our toes. http://pommepal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red

    • ailsapm says:

      G’day to you too, pommepal, so happy you got internet coverage so you could do this post, I absolutely loved it. My heart was in my mouth reading it; I’ve experienced that empty tank in the middle of nowhere syndrome before and it’s not fun! Wonderful entry, and beautifully written – I love the line ‘red dust is the curse and the beauty that shapes and colours everything’. Must visit Australia soon! xxx

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  12. pommepal says:

    I’ve had chance to do a second red this week, thanks for inspiration. http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red

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  14. Shaanthz says:

    Ailsa, love your pictures – stunning! Here is my take on the theme – all from our very own city we call home….
    http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful post, Shaanthz, that heart fountain is really gorgeous, and the colourful display of the waterfront store is really eye-catching. I love that part of New York, it feels almost European in its nature. Oh, and if you have a chance, check out the Dialog in the Dark exhibit that’s in the same building as the Bodies exhibit – it’s extraordinary – I wrote a post about it earlier in the year here: https://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/04/10/dialogue-in-the-dark/ xxx Ailsa

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  17. Ailsa, as usual, bringing beautiful photos for the weekly travel theme! congrats! My contribution for this week is a collection of red images, ranging from Mozambique, South Africa, England, Brazil, Indonesia and Bolivia – with a ‘family photo’ in the USA. Hope you all like it! 😮 thanks for the inspiration!
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-3rQ

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, some gorgeous global reds you have here, 3rd Culture Children, that top shot of Kriger Park is glorious, the Kids in Red is adorable, and I want a slice of that red birthday cake, too yummy for words! 🙂

  18. Tahira says:

    These are awe-inspiring, Ailsa. Especially High noon in Zion Park – WowWee!
    Here is my Red inspiration: http://tahira007.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow. And again – wow. These are crazy beautiful, Tahira. When did you travel through the Arabian Desert? Have you written about it because I would love to read more and see more of your shots. Stunning! Oh, and way to rock the red bandanna! 🙂

      • Tahira says:

        Thank you, Ailsa. Coming from you I am SO honored 🙂 I am living & working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – so I basically live in the Arabian desert. Going in any one direction out of Riyadh brings you to a *different* sort of desert. A lot of it is yellow & rocky but one day my fellow ex-pat’s & I found the Red Sands – and we were simply enthralled. The Red Sands are a little farther out from where we are in Riyadh but 100% worth the distance. I post now & then of my life in Saudi, but I will make a concerted effort to post more. You’re not the 1st one to ask. Thanks, Ailsa! Xx

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  21. Deepali says:

    Your photos are just spectacular, specially the last one. Here is my attempt for the red theme:
    http://deetoursbydeepali.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/the-red-mill/

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  23. gingerbreadcafe says:

    Great shades of red, here is my take on the theme.

    • ailsapm says:

      The textures in the rooftop photo are fantastic, Trudi – that rooftop front centre is wonderful with all it’s different colours. It reminds me of the intro to Coronation Street for some reason, although Beziers isn’t remotely like Manchester 🙂 Good deal on the chili plant – I always find those bright red peppers so cheery! And tasty. 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      And I’m loving your reds, Gilly – actually you had me with your header, those poppies are divine! And as for the fabrics – oh yes, they are exquisite!

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  25. s1ngal says:

    Seriousy???!!! the last pic is amazing, AMAZING… and so are the rest… Thank you Alisa for making me see RED [almost everywhere now]… and here’s what I’ve seen:
    http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

  26. adinparadise says:

    Wow! These are such stunning images, Ailsa. I love the “red rocks at high noon.” 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks ad, it was the first day the sun came out so I was ready waiting with my camera. When I went to Arches a few days before, it was really misty, which actually produced some really lovely shots, not the typical Utah I think of, but something much more mysterious. I’ll be posting them soon, when I write about the trip. xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Well travelled, Allan, that made me laugh out loud – and a splendid result, that rose looks like crushed velvet, gorgeous!

      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        Thanks for the challenge. I like your photos of Arches Park. We went there in the late 70s and it is gorgeous.

        • ailsapm says:

          Thanks, Allan, it was the height of monsoon season so there was mist everywhere, it made for some wonderfully non-traditional photos of Arches – no red rocks against bright blue skies, but something just as lovely. You’re right, Arches really is gorgeous.

  28. Gorgeous desert photos! Here’s mine, from the same general area – http://newpillowbook.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-themes-red/.

    • ailsapm says:

      You too, Sharon. Your photo makes me want to go right back and check out the painted desert, it really doesn’t get much redder than that. Fantastic shot, I can only imagine what it must have been like in person. 🙂

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  33. Beautiful shots, Ailsa! They’re all wonderful, but I especially like high noon! 🙂
    Here’s my entry: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/09/08/seeing-red-autumn-is-coming/

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  36. Beautiful and wonderful shots !
    By the way , how about the following post for this theme ?
    http://ensummerfield84.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/the-bridge-weekly-photo-challenge-red/

  37. Amy says:

    Love the theme and pics, especially the last one. Thank you, Ailsa! Here is my entry:
    http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      How much fun, those costumes are fantastic, they almost look like a deck of cards, don’t you think? And I love the shot of the flag-throwing, Amy. wonderful photo. As for the amphitheatre, wow, what a glorious venue for opera! Did you manage to see any performances there?

      • Amy says:

        They do look like a deck of cards. We didn’t stay there for the entire week, but manage to attend the opening night which was not an opera performance, but they highlighted piece of each opera. 90 minutes waiting to get in…

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Carol – and may I say the same to you – really wonderful photos. The second one with the splash of red is my favourite – beautiful. xxx Ailsa

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  39. Reminds me of Australia or PEI in Canada with the red soils. I LOVE the pic with the sun and the red rock. Awesome!
    Here is my red… a few yummy examples.
    http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/travel-theme-red/

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous berries, but wow, I am in love with your tea ceremony photo, CTB, I can’t stop looking at it – layers and layers of texture with these wonderful splashes of reds in so many different tones. Really well executed photo! 🙂

      • Thanks 🙂 I loved the flowering teas and tried to get some shots of it. When I was looking for red I thought this would be good with so many shades of red. Thanks so much for your feed back. Much appreciated.

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  42. trishworth says:

    I love the red of the rock in your shots. The red soil of the Australian outback is the same colour. I also really admire you for responding to all these offerings. For the next two weeks I am travelling and on the move every few days; today I had trouble looking at my blog because of internet non-access, so I appreciate what an effort you’re making. I’m borrowing someone else’s computer right now. Bravo to you, Ailsa!

    • ailsapm says:

      Aww, that’s really cool of you to say that, Trish, thank you. It’s been quite tricky, but I’m playing catch up every time I can. Happy travels – and may Wi-Fi follow you wherever you go! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Another excellent entry, summerfield84, I love that it’s called the Happy Gate, and that was a great link to the wiki article on Torii. Nice one! xxx

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