The other day, I was nominated by Arianwen of Beyondblighty to participate in TravelSupermarket.com’s Capture the Color contest. It seemed like a good opportunity to look through a few hundred gigabytes of old photos (and for other bloggers with nicer photos, an opportunity to win £2000), so I spent some time browsing and narrowed it down to the following five:
This tree occupied the end of an island in the Mekong, directly across from my guest house on Don Det (Det Island). I spent many hours swinging lazily in a hammock and enjoying this exact view, so I figured I should take a picture. After a few days, we actually managed to drag ourselves out of the hammocks and swim across to the tree, braving the strong currents. I liked it better from this side, though.
I took this picture from the promenade across the bay from downtown Singapore. The area is easily recognizable by the thousands of cameras flashes that light up the sky around dusk every evening. I didn’t have a tripod at the time, so I had to rest the camera on a railing. It didn’t work well, but after a few hundred shots, I got one that wasn’t blurry.
I found this yak just before stopping for the night in Ngawal, a small town on the hillside above Manang valley a few hours walk from Manang itself. The sun had already gone down, which resulted in the strange washed out colors. Only the red earrings appeared brightly for some reason.
When I was in Chengdu in Sichuan Province in China, I was looking to head further west into some Tibetan areas, but most of them were closed to foreigners at the time. The area around Danba was one of the few that was currently open, so I ended up going there. The scenery was amazing and apparently the Tibetans that occupy the region are some of the wealthiest Tibetans in China. We spent a night in one of their homes and coincidentally, a documentary crew from one of the Chinese TV networks was there at the same time. They got served a huge feast, while we got a few scraps. They were very delicious scraps though. You can read about this and my other experiences in Danba here.
Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan province has to be one of the most beautiful areas on earth. Unfortunately it is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in China and is priced accordingly. I took this picture with a small tripod which took a long time, since the mass of Chinese tourists squeezed onto the narrow walkways kept bumping into me causing my camera to shake. Eventually, I got a clear shot.
I know at this point I’m supposed to nominate five more travel bloggers to take part in this competition, but it seems I was the last one who hadn’t already done so. If I’m wrong and one of the four people who read this is a blogger who’d like to take part, you can send me an email or leave a comment for a nomination. Or you could just go directly to the contest page that I linked to in the first paragraph–you don’t actually need to be nominated to participate.