Capture the Color

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.

Verdant Green at Central Park, New York City

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.

Brilliant Yellow at New Hampshire, United States


Flaming Red Tree, New Hampshire, United States

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!

Pristine White at Yosemite National Park, California, United States

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.

Vibrant Blue plumes in the Centennial celebrations of the discovery of Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

‘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 –

  1. Umashankar of ‘One Grain Amongst the Storm’
  2. Sudha G of ‘My Favorite Things’
  3. Beli of ‘Beli Eats’
  4. Desh of ‘Being Desh’
  5. Srinivas of ‘Travel Tales’


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44 thoughts on “Capture the Color

  1. We get to see the colours of trees in India too. When I lived in Chandigarh for four years, I saw them during my walks in the endless gardens there. The Rose Garden near my house had these lovely shades and I had gone berserk with wonder and joy, the first time I witnessed the mass and variety of colours of the trees — all except the blue, of course 😀 All the best for the contest!

    • Oh really. I hadn’t seen trees in such great numbers of so many hues earlier. It was an amazing experience.

  2. O my God! Those are all breathtaking beauties – so simple, so natural and yet so beautiful! And it was quite a story, the making of those photographs. I realize you are quite a world-wanderer rather than what your Twitter handle suggests!

    I feel honoured by the tag but it has also left me trembling. How do I match the pristine beauty of images like those while I remain a bonded elf?

    • Thanks! I guess, beauty is in the simplest of things if one looks for it :). Be it locally or in exotic places. I am sure, you have had the Wow moments at times in your journeys!

  3. The blue… Oh the blue is so beautiful ! Lovely captures, Richa 🙂

    • Thanks Sudha! Although, it is different from the other entries, had to add it in to complete the colors!

  4. Milind

    Very nice post. You have claverly dovetailed your hobby of travelling with the contest. All the best.

  5. jaishvats

    Lovely photos

  6. Beautiful entries!

    Best wishes!

  7. I’m enjoying looking at all the different interpretations of colour.

  8. Sabyasachi Patra

    Some lovely fall colours displayed in the images. Hope to visit Yosemite one day.

  9. rashmi

    i loved your exciting eperiences associated with each breathtakingly beautiful picture. Those lovely scenes must have remained embedded in your mind long after you had left the scene . but see the everlsting impact and magnitude of the wealth they have brought to you so as to derive immence pleasure out of them whenever they ”flash upon your inward eye”.This pleasure is akin to what Wordsworth eperienced when he saw the daffodils fluttering and dancing in the aai

    • They really do ‘flash upon my inward eye’ like you say. :). Such beautiful canvases are truly unforgettable and I recall these images with pleasure when my mind wanders.

  10. An amazing read with lovely capture of the colors Richa! The blue of Machu Picchu was breathtaking:)

  11. Amruta

    Beautiful captures.nature is so vivid and seems celebrating colours in each is so refreshing and white is so pristine.
    liked the blue pic most as it is vibrant

    all the best for the contest

    • Thanks for the lovely comment. Nature does have its way of celebrating change, doesn’t it? 🙂

  12. That was a brillinat take on the subject, Richa! Nature never ceases to enthrall us with its beautiful pallete of colors. And it always feels good when someone brings them out in a refreshing manner! All the best, and I was as excited to tag you for this one as you were on being tagged! 🙂

  13. The pictures are VERY lovely! 🙂

    Do stop by my blog! Kappu

  14. Gorgeous shots Richa! I love your theme based on trees. My favourite is ‘white’ because it reminds me of winters back in Canada before I became based in Asia.

    • Thank you so much Samuel! Much honored to receive a comment from you. I have been following your blog for a while now and I find much inspiration in there as a new travel blogger!

    • Inetglilence and simplicity – easy to understand how you think.

  15. amazing clicks,, loving all the shades of green 🙂

  16. Puru

    What an innovative blue ! I have seen blue trees in the Nilgiris 🙂 Loved the way you have depicted the colors and am glad to be back at your beautiful blog 🙂

    • Blue trees, really? Do you have a picture? Thanks for following my blog :).

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  17. I was also stunned to see the fall colors that we can witness in the US — the oranges, reds, bright yellows — they are mesmerizing! What an amazing concept this is and just loved your post.

  18. Awesome capture of the blue..lovely pictures..all the best for the contest.

  19. I like your white shot. I haven’t seen trees covered in that much snow in a long time!

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