#CTC13: Capture The Color

My lovely, super awesome friend Amber of Tickling My Fancy nominated me for Travel Supermarket’s Capture The Color 2013 contest. I participated last year and it was heaps of fun so I said why not, I’ll give it another go this year. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs; while I really don’t expect to win, I probably wouldn’t turn down the £3,000 travel fund! So here’s how it works: I choose one of my photos for each color category (blue, green, red, white, and yellow), write a little about each, and then tag (nominate) five other travel bloggers to participate. (Here are the official rules if you’re interested.)

BLUE. The American Midwest has so much to see but it is often overlooked by travelers. One such spot is the city of St. Louis, one of my favorites in the Midwest. I’ve visited several times (it’s 4-5 hours from my hometown of Chicago) and I always enjoy the city’s Midwestern friendliness and the subtly infused Southern charm. Whether I’m strolling the streets of the Central West End neighborhood and admiring the historic mansions, or savoring a delicious Italian meal on The Hill, I’m questioning why more people don’t recognize St. Louis as a city worth visiting. What most people do recognize, though, is the iconic Arch – officially named the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – and my entry in the Blue category.

117818946_e51c5e56e5_oGREEN. Martha’s Vineyard is a lovely place: it’s got history, luxury, scenery – and it’s got crowds. Even in late September when I visited, the ferries from Cape Cod were almost sold out and tour buses clogged the streets of the Vineyard’s towns. I managed to find respite in the quaint gardens of the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. The charming gazebo and the pretty, delicate flowers were quite inviting, but what struck me most was the vibrant green of the grounds. A site not to be missed, the Dr. Daniel Fisher House now serves as headquarters for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and its garden is my entry in the Green category.

DanFisher houseRED. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no finer place to be in the fall than the state of Michigan. Foliage and fall colors that rival the more famous displays of New England; pleasant weather with comfortable temperatures; and the abundance of you-pick apple orchards have me looking forward to my favorite season in my favorite state each and every year. A routine that my family established is to visit the network of farms in the Lakeshore Harvest Country. We frequent these farms year-round but they’re especially lovely in the fall. My favorite is Fernwood Farm in Fennville. It is a sustainable farm as well as a pottery studio. We love visiting to hang out with the resident animals and to browse the newest additions to the pottery gallery, and it is where I took the photo that is my entry in the Red category.

SONY DSCWHITE. “Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?” My answer is no, but monkeys are pretty cute. This guy is no exception. He and his friends entertained The Working Dad and me as we hiked in Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica. It is a white-faced capuchin and is my entry in the White category. (NOTE: I refer to this white-faced capuchin by default. I have no idea if it is a male or a female!)

SONY DSCYELLOW. The Smithsonian museums of Washington, DC are incredible; that’s all there is to it. I haven’t been to all of them (yet) but the ones I have visited have wowed me, including the National Museum of African Art. My own trip to Africa may still have been fresh in my mind, leaving me emotional and wishing to return to that enchanting continent, but I was moved and fascinated by the works of art in the museum’s collection. I was struck by this enormous mask from Burkina Faso against that vibrant backdrop and I’ve chosen it as my entry in the Yellow category.

SONY DSCNow that I’ve shared my entries, I nominate:

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25 Responses to #CTC13: Capture The Color

  1. Pola (Jetting Around) September 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Nice shots and a beautiful descriptions, Francesca! I think I’ll have to visit Michigan this fall – one of my favorite states, but I usually go in spring or summer.
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    • Francesca September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks, Pola! I can’t recommend Michigan in fall enough!

  2. Nikki September 4, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Those are beautiful shots! I’d love to see Martha’s Vineyard, thanks for the heads-up on how crowded it can get,
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    • Francesca September 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

      Thanks, Nikki! Don’t let the crowds stop you from visiting Martha’s Vineyard. It really is a lovely place. I didn’t even mention the cute gingerbread houses!

  3. Amber DeGrace September 4, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    I love all your entries, Francesca, but that monkey is ADORABLE! I’ve always wanted a monkey. 😉
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    • Francesca September 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Ha ha, yeah that little guy is quite cute. I mean, I wouldn’t turn a monkey away if one showed up on my doorstep….

  4. Traveling Ted September 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Thank you my capture the color mother for nominating me. I will do my best to honor and live up to the beautiful photos listed in this post. I agree that Michigan is a rocking state. I may have to make another fall trip north of the border.
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    • Francesca September 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      “capture the color mother”… Oh, Tedward! You crack me up. I look forward to your post. I’m sure you have tons of amazing photos from Isle Royale that you could choose from.

  5. Erin at The World Wanderer September 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    I love your photos!! Thanks so much for tagging me, FF, already started working on mine. 🙂

    Hard for me to choose a favorite, but I really, really love your blue one! I haven’t been to St. Louis yet, but I heard I must go soon!
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      You are welcome, Erin! I still have to check out your entries… I do recommend visiting St. Louis. I know plenty of people here in Chicago think St. Louis isn’t worth it, but I couldn’t disagree more.

  6. Kieu ~ GQ trippin September 6, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    LOL on the fe/male white capuchin. LOVE your choice for red.. so brilliant.
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Thanks, Q! I’m quite fond of that red one myself.

  7. the lazy travelers September 6, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    oooh nice photos! you officially have our votes!

    francesca for capture the color mother! FRANCESCA FOR CAPTURE THE COLOR MOTHER!
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      lol… you girls must have been hitting the sauce with Tedward. xo

  8. lola September 8, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    ooo i think that the RED might be my favorite.
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      Red is Lola-approved! Yay me!!

  9. Mary {The World Is A Book} September 9, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    These are all great, Francesca! I really need to make a trip to your part of the country soon – St. Louis and Michigan in the Fall are so inviting. My favorite is that red one closely followed by the cute monkey. Good luck on the contest!
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Thanks so much, Mary! Yes, please do visit and spend some time in the Midwest. Be sure to stop in Chicago to say hi when you do!

  10. Lance | Trips By Lance September 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Francesca, your post puts what I’m about to submit to shame. I like the red photo, but the way the Arch is set in the blue sky is really interesting. Thanks for tagging me.
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      You’re welcome, Lance. And thank you for the high praise. You shouldn’t knock your photos; they all were impressive!

  11. Kellie (Destination Unknown) September 16, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    I love the variety of these photos – landscape, architectural, still. Beautiful interpretations of the colours!

    Good luck 🙂
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      What a compliment, Kellie! Thank you so much!

  12. Christian September 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    All great entries, Francesca! One of your photos may have even inspired me to use the same location for one of my selections. 🙂
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      I love it, Christian! Thanks so much!

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