Travel, for us, has become more than a mere pastime — we now plan trips deliberately with the idea that we need to see as much of this world as we can while we can. So, we’re connecting with worlds unknown not just through our own adventures but also through those of fellow bloggers — like Terri and James Vance of Gallivance, who nominated us for the Capture the Colour 2013 Photoblogging Challenge sponsored by Travel Supermarket.
If you’ve been following us this past week, you may be among those who looked each day at three photos and voting for your favorites to submit in each of the five color categories — blue, yellow, red, white, and green. You have been awesome! Thanks for your support and for comments and votes.
So here are our entries in the competition!
When we visited Bhabiskya Ujjwal Primary School in Kavre, Nepal, one child captured our hearts. Her soulful eyes, rumpled blue uniform, and smudgy face reminded us of little girls everywhere who relish a day when school books are abandoned for a brief visit by grown-ups from America. She followed us to the edge of the schoolyard where we took her picture standing near one of the older children.
Location: Kavre, Nepal
Sunrise at Pawleys
Taken from the widow’s walk atop our beach rental rental in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, this photo reveals the warm yellow rays of morning sun against the silhouettes of other rooftops around us. What a great way to start the day . . . facing the Atlantic!
Location: Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Terra Cotta Warriors Facing the Light of Day
In Xian, China, unearthed Terra Cotta Warriors stand tall in an enormous windowed structure resembling an airport hangar built around them. When we visited, natural morning light streamed into the room, changing the stoic, stone gray figures to white sentinels ready for visitors in awe of this amazing archaeological find.
Location: Xian, China
Greens for Goats
While boarding the bus in rural Nepal, I noticed something coming down the road. Hurriedly, I fumbled through my bag to grab my camera just in time to snap this lady and her strapped-on bundle of green leaves and sticks. And then she was gone — moving nimbly up the mountainside to her home. It’s really quite common, our interpreter told us. All the women here gather greenery for their goats.
Location: Near Dhulikhel, Nepal
Welcome to Nepal
Upon our arrival in Nepal to build a mud and stone house for Habitat for Humanity International, we were greeted by ladies dressed in red bearing strings of marigolds to lay around our necks. Surprisingly, they also brought a red, gloppy concoction which they scooped up and smudged onto our foreheads. Namaste, they said. And then we knew. We weren’t family, of course, but we were as welcome as any Americans could be.
Location: Near Dhulikhel, Nepal
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And now, according to the rules of the challenge, we get to nominate five other bloggers to enter Capture the Colour 2013. Here are my nominees.
Tina at Travels and Trifles
Connie at Clicky Chick Creates
Jean at Jean’s Photography Blog
Laurie at Pride in Photos
Jessie at Behind the Willows
Thanks again to all who participated. We’ve enjoyed hearing from so many as we looked through our photos and relived favorite moments.
Rusha and Bert Sams
P. S. To follow the conversation about Capture the Colour 2013, use the Twitter hashtag #CTC13.