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.

parrots antigua guatemala casa santo domingo

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.

red cardinal central park new york snow manhattan

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

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  4. Awesome and amazing pics..Thanks to share these beautiful themes.

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  9. Fabulous! Loved all your shots here! Thanks for brightening my gray, drizzly day!

  10. What a fun theme…. I especially love the two birds you selected. The parrot is gorgeous, and there’s just something about the defiant elegance of a cardinal in winter! I didn’t travel far for my color this time – just to my front step… here’s my post!

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  12. Tvor says:

    Great topic! Bright colours always attract my camera’s attention

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  16. These birds are so magnificient. I saw so many beautiful macaws at Singapore bird park years back, and I still remember it so clearly. It was so wonderful. Here is my interpretation of colour.

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  19. cocoaupnorth says:

    Love your colourful theme. Your stunning pics certainly brighten up the day. And here is my contribution

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  22. samselim says:

    Great photos Ailsa! Nothing like a colourful post to cheer one up 🙂 Here’s my entry for the week – very well timed as just been to Marrakech, the most colourful city I have been to in recent times!

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  24. smkelly8 says:

    I’m doing my part to bring back parasols. I use them in China and in the US. I’ve got two. Who’s with us?

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  27. Thank you for another great challenge, Ailsa! Here is my response:

  28. 4otomo says:

    Hi! Ailsa
    More colourful birds…from southern Africa….
    here’s my post for this week……………

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  32. lifelessons says:
    Such a colorful world we live in! Here are my contributions thanks to Mexico! Enjoyed yours…Judy

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  37. Gorgeous photos for your theme, Ailsa. I love your thoughts on reintroducing parasols, and wonder how they would look combined with jeans,T-shirts and flipflops. 😕 Here’s my entry:

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