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
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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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  2. ideflex says:

    Fantastic collection! Sometimes we don’t have to leave the house to find our palette: Please have a look at

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  5. Pennie says:

    Lovely photos Ailsa….great capture of the Cardinal, a truly wonderful shot.

  6. Wow, such dazzling array of colors…

    I’m adding an autumn scene to group:

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  12. DagEnDauw says:

    Oh Ailsa what a joyful pictures you posted last Friday. brighter than this I can’t offer any picture…
    But I tried anyway. Here’s my contribution for the theme
    Have a nice day


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  14. Nato says:

    The flower is so exotic! This theme came at a perfect time as I just ran across my DVD from Cancun.

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    i never tire of seeing this area of the andes. thanks for a great theme challenge!

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  18. Amelie says:

    Hey there, loved the Seattle picture! Here is my post with colourful pictures from France, Argentina, Barbados, Colombia, Nueva York, Mexico and Canada : Enjoy!

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  21. Hello Ailsa, thank you for this interesting theme. Here is my first try with lots of colourful Chinese souvenirs:

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  24. See colorful yellow Chinese autumn leaves and students celebrating Thanksgiving at a Chinese Starbucks coffee shop here:

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  27. jenny says:

    Such beautiful, colourful shots, Ailsa. I can’t pick a favourite this week! A late entry from me, but hopefully a little bit of colourful, sunshiny feel-good fun for your Friday. ;o)

  28. Haven’t tried this yet but I’m sure this would be very nice.

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  32. Mélanie says:

    simply magnifique… bravo & congrats! cheers, Mélanie

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