Travel theme: Colourful

Around this time of year, as the light grows dim and the nights close in up in the northern hemisphere, I start feeling the need for an injection of colour to counteract the low light. So I have been leafing through my brightest, most colour-drenched photographs to liven things up. My first stop was a garden in Guatemala where these fabulous parrots stood guard (or should that be ‘perched guard’) over the entryway.

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Out in the Hamptons one sunny summer afternoon, these pretty pastel bikes made for a delicious sight.

summer bike bicycle

The first time I laid eyes on a red cardinal, it was just after a snow storm in Manhattan. Wandering through Central Park, I rounded a corner and happened upon a whole flock of the reddest birds I had ever seen, and they weren’t in the least bit phased by my presence. Here’s one of the perkiest of them, posing for the camera.

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This lovely lady was a living statue at the Folk Life Festival in Seattle. The burst of colour makes me smile and I adore that parasol. I do believe the world would be a better place if we brought back widespread use of parasols. All that delicate lace is just too wonderful for words.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling cheerier already. I’ll leave you with one of the most unforgettable of flowers, a stunning jade flower I happened across in Central America.

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Are you ready to celebrate colour? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Colourful
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

Your life is a canvas. Make sure you paint yourself a whole lot of colourful days. – Anon

Perusing colourful storylines on the backs of book jackets, I realized that none of them could possibly be as dramatic as my life to date. – Sarah Kay

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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143 Responses to Travel theme: Colourful

  1. Yes – more color to hold the grim drizzle at bay. Enjoyed the show (I think we should all start dressing like the lady in Seattle – (that gorgeous parasols might be replaced by big umbrellas, though) Meanwhile the colorful inflatable yard decorations tethered overhead in one big box store will have to cheer. Even the birds are hunkered down in today’s chill and rain

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s the same where I am, phil – it hasn’t stopped raining for more than 5 minutes at a stretch all day. Floods galore. But the influx of colourful posts in response to this week’s theme are cheering me up no end! 🙂

  2. oh my.. i am in otavalo, and i suspect i will find a few colourful images for this post! heading offline now, it’s cloudy, but not forever!

  3. Love this theme! Those parrots are amazing.

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  6. Mary says:

    Those are great photos. Love all the color in the drab world right now.

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  8. aj vosse says:

    That lady in the flashy clobber with the pink, lacy thingy you call a parasol sure looks the part!! She reminds me of a few colourful sights in St Stephens Green of Grafton Street!! 😉

  9. Tish Farrell says:

    Oh yes, Ailsa, we need to keep having some colour shots to keep up our mood and motivation. Lovely post.

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  11. Hi Ailsa,
    here are my colourful photos from my cruise to Norway.
    Cheers Angela

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  13. Francesca says:

    I love that colourful woman Ailsa. I didn’t know which part of asia to head to this week, but in the end chose India, it’s so colourful!

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  15. Leya says:

    Fantastic colours! And just what we need, Ailsa – thank you!. That jade plant…magnificent. That one I would have payed some money to see in reality…Lucky you.
    Here’s my contribution – and my favourite is the Gloriosa!

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  18. Gorgeous photos, Ailsa! Each image is special.
    Here are my colours:

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  20. dema1497 says:

    Hi Ailsa!
    I take the challenge this week and you will know why my world is so colourful now by checking my take on this week theme 🙂

  21. restlessjo says:

    The little red bird does it for me 🙂

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  23. Stunning colors, beautiful shots, and such a fun challenge! Here’s my entry:

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  25. The lovely lady mad me smile too. She’s a work of art. 😉
    Cheerful challenge, Ailsa.

  26. Great theme, love the cardinal and jade flower photos!

  27. Sue Slaght says:

    A beautiful sight about this time of year. The cardinal capture is particularly beautiful. My offering for the theme are the ‘Painted Ladies’ of San Francisco.

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  29. We’ve found color everywhere — and we love the happiness it brings! Love this theme, Ailsa. Here’s our entry:

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  31. pommepal says:

    Great theme Ailsa, love your colourful photos especially the gorgeous birds. I’m putting one up for the rev-heads out there this week.

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  34. trablog says:

    Beautiful picture and beautiful theme

  35. I saw my first Jade Flower on Maui. Amazing colours. Although I wasn’t specifically posting for the travel theme, the event post I did tonight definitely qualifies for colourful!

  36. Heyjude says:

    Oh my what gorgeous jewel-box colours here Ailsa. I love the parrots and the red cardinal, never seen one of those. And the living statue is perfect! I shall have my post ready for you in a few days – going for the bird theme 🙂
    Jude xx

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  39. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody firends !
    Here my entry…
    Have a nice weekend !

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  42. This is my favorite travel theme so far. We all need a splash of color in our lives. Thanks Ailsa.

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  46. Life’s been crazy lately! So glad I had the opportunity to participate in this travel theme!

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  48. Stunning colours on your parrot. Love them all. 😀

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