As we pack to leave Shanghai, I’m astounded that two years have passed since we first arrived, shell-shocked and jet-lagged, from America. In a mere 24 months, we explored over a dozen Chinese cities and towns and, thanks to the generous Chinese holiday schedule, visited seven countries in Asia and one in Europe. I am incredibly grateful for everything we’ve seen and experienced.
From the rolling green hills and expansive blue skies of China’s Yunnan Province to the jewel-covered temples and white sand beaches of Thailand, from the urban jungles of Seoul and Tokyo to the sleepy mountains of Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai, these past two years in Asia have been a veritable feast for the senses.
I took thousands of photos during the course of our travels, wanting to capture every moment so that I can look back fondly and remember these life-affirming adventures in vivid detail. So when I was nominated by my friends at Fly, Icarus, Fly and Jdomb’s Travels to enter the 2013 Capture the Colour Photography Contest hosted by TravelSupermarket.com, I relished the opportunity to pore over my snapshots and find favorites in each color category.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Riding the bus back to HCMC after an exhausting day exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels, I glanced out the window and saw this striking woman on a scooter. I was captivated by her elegance and grace amid the chaotic traffic and extreme heat. I had just one chance to capture the moment before she disappeared out of sight.
DMZ, South Korea: While visiting Seoul, we took a tour of the Demilitarized Zone along the North Korean border, one of the most heavily guarded spots in the world. From behind the protective line of imposing South Korean soldiers, we got our first glimpse of North Korea. Whimsical blue conference buildings straddle the border, allowing visitors to step “into” the Hermit Kingdom without risk of hard labor in a prison camp.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: On a trip home to visit my parents, my dad and I stopped by the Alligator Adventure park to check out the local wildlife. In addition to the gators, we found dozens of brightly colored birds in large aviaries. Four gorgeous green parrots forming a perfect line on a tree branch caught my attention. Easing my camera into position between the narrow bars of the cage, I quickly snapped a few shots while they were all looking at me and before the closest one pecked at my lens with its sharp beak.
Siem Reap, Cambodia: During a trip to Angor Wat, our tuk tuk driver announced that he knew a shortcut between two far flung temples and darted down a red dirt path through the jungle. Over an hour later, with few traces of civilization in sight, he pulled up to a display of old liquor bottles filled with mysterious yellow liquid. Given that our day had already involved stops to sample fresh palm sugar candy and other snacks, we steeled ourselves for a taste of local moonshine. Turns out we had nothing to fear as the bottles were filled with gasoline – this was a provincial filling station!
Yunnan Province, China: We spent two weeks exploring Yunnan, China’s most southwestern Province, and were charmed by the cool mountain air and wide open spaces. During a bike ride on the outskirts of Lijiang, we came across this majestic white horse grazing peacefully under cottony white clouds. We were totally alone but for the horse and for a moment forgot this is a country of 1.3 billion.
Now I get to nominate more fabulous bloggers to share in ferreting out the photos:
All bloggers are welcome to participate even without being nominated. You can find the full contest details at TravelSupermarket.comif you’d like to enter.