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.
GREEN. 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.
RED. 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.
WHITE. “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!)
YELLOW. 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.