I was excited when I got tagged by Arti to participate in the Capture the Color contest. All I had to do was post 5 photos that would bring out the five colors – Green, Yellow, Red, White and Blue. The first thing I could think of when I thought of these colors, was ‘Trees’!
The United States of America is a large country with varied landscapes, geographies, climates and diverse vegetation. During my two years stay at the US, I was fortunate to experience the stark seasonal changes that took place with every changing season.
For the Capture the Color contest, to highlight the 5 hues, I have chosen a theme of trees that I saw at the U.S. While in India, the only color I associated with trees was green or less green. In the U.S., I witnessed beautiful phenomena in spring, summer, fall and winter.
I understood the joys of new budding fresh green leaves in spring after snowy winter that left trees utterly bereft of leaves. The North East part of the U.S. was particularly green with miles of roads in a dense green cover. The large mass of green cover that was called Central Park in New York City was my favorite haunt and I spent many a happy evening bicycling in the verdant park in summer. The photo shown here is from Central Park on a lazy summer day.
With Fall, the leaves started changing their colors, withering or falling off after giving in to the strong winds that had replaced the gentle zephyr. I went to New Hampshire in the peak of the fall season, and was amazed to see the brilliance of the trees in shades of Red, Yellow and some Green. Never in my life had I beheld, entire Red colored or Yellow colored trees as I did there.
Winter came suddenly without warning after Fall, and we were into our coats, mufflers, sweaters and gloves. The days became shorter and evenings dreary with dipping temperatures. The trees had lost their leaves as though biding the snow to come. Around this time, we planned a trip to sunny California where the winter was mild and the trees had leaves. A road trip in California led us to the Yosemite National Park. We stayed at a lodge for the night, and the next morning, for the first time in my life, I opened my eyes to a snowy morning. Snow is not something we Indians get to see, in most of India excepting the mountains and the northern most parts of the country, and I was super excited.
I could not stop marveling at the snowy sights I beheld. The large conifers had their leaves intact, and each of their leaves was laden with much snow, that almost made it look white. The purity of the fresh glistening snow had transformed the park into a magical forest. It certainly was one of those WOW travel moments that I would never like to forget!
My tryst with the four seasons in the United States allowed me to understand the vagaries of nature. Each season is indeed beautiful in its own special way.
The contest wants me to enter a fifth color – blue. Since, I didn’t get a chance to capture trees in the blue or blue trees (if they exist!), I am entering a separate photo here for this. The photo shows the centennial celebrations for the discovery of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru. After an arduous four day trek on the Inca Trail, we were rewarded by seeing the home of the Incas, Machu Picchu in all its glory. Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in the year 1911, and we were in time to witness the grand centennial celebrations in the form of colorful parades and cultural programs. The parades were wonderful with hundreds of colorfully attired swirling dancers swaying to bands that played cheerful notes. Here is one of the photos from the grand parade.
‘May the odds ever be in your favor’ if you have participated in this very interesting contest. Some people who I would love to participate in this contest are –
- Umashankar of ‘One Grain Amongst the Storm’
- Sudha G of ‘My Favorite Things’
- Beli of ‘Beli Eats’
- Desh of ‘Being Desh’
- Srinivas of ‘Travel Tales’