Capturing the Colour from East to West

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us from the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.” -Hans Hoffman

Two lovely and talented photographers nominated me to submit entries into the Capture the Colour Contest whose entries have been sweeping the world. Thank you, Marina Chetner, and Vielen Dank, Cornelia Weber for your nominations. I’m honored and flattered! Readers, I encourage you to check out these creative ladies’ websites: Marina Chetner: Be Inspired Through Travel &  Bikram Yoga Musings & Cornelia Weber Photography. And without further ado, here are my Capture the Colour submissions from Vietnam, Germany, France and India:

Mitchell, Tricia BLUE Mui Ne Basket Boat Capture the Color Contest

Row, Row, Row Your Basket – Mui Ne, Vietnam – Blue

When I first saw the vessel gliding through the azure waters of the South China Sea one early morning, I thought my eyes were deceiving me. Was a lone fisherman really paddling a basket-like boat through the water? I’d later see many more of such basket boats throughout Vietnam. In fact, one afternoon, I even hopped aboard one that was being piloted by a mischievous, elderly Vietnamese man. It turns out that the basket boats are waterproof and even unappealing to tropical creatures, which favor the taste and texture of traditional hardwood boats.
Mitchell, Tricia YELLOW Loire Valley balloon Capture the ColorLove is in the Air – Inside a Hot Air Balloon in the Loire Valley, France – Yellow

On a sizzling July afternoon, my soon-to-be fiancé and I took gift-giving to new heights. On his birthday, we vowed not to gift each other with material items, rather to exchange experiences. And so it was that we hopped into a crowded, wicker basket with 14 other adventurers from around the world. As the balloon staff revved up the flame and the black and lemon-colored balloon inflated, there was both excitement and fear on the passengers’ faces. The butterflies in the stomachs of passengers were initially quelled by the knowledge that our hot air balloonist descended from a long line of balloon pilots. Yet as our basket’s bottom tickled the Loire Valley’s treetops, passengers started panicking. We’re certain that the talented pilot flirted with the treetops on purpose to make his job more exciting!

Mitchell, Tricia WHITE Heidelberg Castle in Snow Capture the Color Contest

Dressed in Snow – the Heidelberg Castle, Germany – White

It was a snowy winter morning when I ascended the 314 stairs leading to Germany’s celebrated Heidelberg Castle. With snowflakes dancing in the air, in a white-out scene worthy of a snow globe, I composed a shot of the castle’s ruined silhouette and a handsome old tree trunk. Within seconds, the scene would become timeless, thanks to a couple that serendipitously walked in, hand-in-hand, under an umbrella’s protective cover. The scene is a special place to me for when I was an infant, my parents took a photograph of me there in a German Kinderwagen (stroller). We would move to the United States before I became a toddler, but approximately twenty years later, I would serendipitously return to Heidelberg, where I would live for ten years. After taking this photograph, I later got married in the castle chapel that’s partially visible in this image.

Mitchell, Tricia Hoi An Market RED Vietnam Capture the Color

Painting the Town Red – Hoi An, Vietnam – Red

In the days leading up to Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year celebrations, outdoor markets in Vietnam overflow with festive decorations. Ho Chi Minh is a controversial figure, depending upon the political leanings of the Vietnamese person with whom you speak, and this image illustrates that among the Vietnamese, opinions are still mixed. Many Vietnamese from the former south are still upset about the Vietnam War’s outcome (known as the American War in Vietnam) whereas among Communist loyalists, the former political leader is revered. This image was taken in the central Vietnamese city of Hoi An.

Mitchell, Tricia Kerala Backwaters GREEN Capture the Color

The Rub of the Green – Kerala’s Backwaters, India – Green

Kerala’s backwaters are a magical and calm landscape where ladies spin thread out of coconut fibers, and residents commute via ferries or their own trusty boats. On these sleepy waterways, we escaped the hurried pace of modern-day life for a day, conversing with other adventurers from around the world about our hopes and dreams. Observing such calm lifestyles made many of us feel as though the Keralites had ‘the rub of the green.’ Yet, in speaking with them and hearing how they admired our home countries too, we diplomatically concluded that the ‘grass is always greener on the other side.’

My days have recently been hurried and that’s why I am entering the contest so late in the game. Nevertheless, I would love to nominate five talented blogging photography enthusiasts, whose work is definitely worth exploring:

Peter KnightRon Mayhew, Rachael Talibart, Jessie, and Antoinette.

43 Comments on “Capturing the Colour from East to West

  1. sensational Tricia! I adore your white story and photo, love the green image, and think the blue is very well composed! I am not sure if it is too late, but do post your entry on the Travel Supermarket facebook page, or email your blog link in (info found in rules). Thank you for such a wonderful entry!!

    • Marina, even with the time zone difference, I think I made it. Thank you for nominating me, as I really enjoyed the process. I hope that readers from my site will discover your wonderful work as a result too!

    • Lynne, thank you so much! I was quite happy with the reflection captured there too. The picture serves as a wonderful reminder of our calm afternoon exploring Kerala’s backwaters.

  2. What a lovely collection of photographs. I particularly love the one for ‘green’ and it’s the same subject as my ‘green’ entry but a very different style of photo.

      • Hi Tricia! Yes, it is good to be back and always a pleasure to be connected to you! Thank you for the wonderful message of unity in our beautiful diversity that you put out through your beautiful photos. Till then, my warmest wishes! Sharon

    • Thank you so very much, Bespoke Traveler! I was also pleased with the ‘blue’ scene when I first glimpsed it that January morning during breakfast. The color of the water, the expression on the fisherman’s face, the unique boat. They were all special elements.

      Thank you also for sharing your link. I think what I’ve enjoyed most about the Capture the Colour contest has been exploring others’ entries. There is so much talent out there! Your monkey in denim photo, in particular, stands out in my mind and brings a smile to my face even now.

  3. Awesome ..and Great moments .. you have captured .. especially Green and Blue ..
    with live n lovely narrations .. best wishes .. regards

    • Subhash, thanks so much for the kind words. Vietnam and India are both very photogenic places, providing a wealth of photo opportunities! I hope you and your wife are doing well in Pune and that the school year has been progressing smoothly.

      • Wonderful .. Kerala, an favorite holiday destination .. shades of Green in Kerala are enormous .. leads to peace, prosperity and energy ..
        Thanks for your concern about school .. doing well .. mailing an School
        Newsletter separately .. reminding you of our invitation pending .. Rgds

      • Subhash, I shall look forward to reading all about your school’s happenings! I passed along your invitation to my husband. I would love to make it to India again, and it would be a pleasure to meet you and your wife. Thanks for extending such generous hospitality.

    • Jo, thank you so much. The hot air balloon ride over the Loire Valley was exhilarating and very special! I have a post in-progress that will detail more of the adventure (and my fear) that preceded it. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. Beautiful shots Tricia. I love the blue and the yellow is really inventive – I found that the hardest colour to choose but you’ve got a great take on it. Good luck in the contest.

    • Hi Lucy, and thank you! I also had a challenging time with yellow. I considered a picture I had of a playful giraffe, but this one from inside the hot air balloon fit the palette better.

    • Ron, ah, it’s been such a busy summer – I have not had the time to devote to gaining as much inspiration as I’d like from others’ blogs! Your images are wonderful – white, in particular, is stunning!

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    • Thank you, Rachael! I’m sorry to say that the contest has just closed. I regret that I didn’t get started on doing my post sooner; the summer’s just been so busy. Nevertheless, I still wanted to recognize some very talented photographers. :)

  6. Hi Tricia, I love your take on the colors, very vibrant images. My favorite one is Heidelberg with your own ramantic story. White has also such stillness in mages.
    I am glad you made it in participating for this competition . Thank you for mentioning my name, blush,

  7. These are just brilliant Tricia! Particularly like the white. Did you see the winners? the overall winner was supposed to have been announced today!

    • Thanks, Madhu, that snow scene is a special one for me too, as it brings back so many memories of beautiful Heidelberg, where I lived for 10 years. Yes, I saw the category winners – I particularly enjoyed the red and blue winners! So much talent.

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