Capture the Colour #CTC13


Okay I am going to jump out into the sandbox and enter the “Capture the Colour” contest this year. I have never done anything like this, as I am petrified to even submit my photos. When you consider the excellent professionals that are involved I really don’t stand a chance, but what the hell, I have to start sometime. Travel Supermarket is sponsoring the contest and each contestant is required to submit five photos displaying their ability to reflect on the colors red, blue, yellow, white and green. Simple enough? Right? No it isn’t! I am here to tell you it took me two hours of pilfering through my collection, to narrow each color down to three or so possibilities. Absolutely nerve-racking! So here goes.


Red Ripe Cacao SeedPod

Red-Ripe Cacao Seed Pod



I took this photo on my most recent trip to Ecuador when I had the extreme pleasure of visiting and touring a Cacao Plantation in El Oro province. It was an awesome trip and as most people do, I love chocolate to death! I can eat it every day. Just ask my wife Kim!



Dessert at The Eucalyptus Cafe in Cuenca From My March Trip with Kim

Yellow-Dessert at The Eucalyptus Cafe in Cuenca From My March Trip with Kim



Kim and I were shopping at a local Home Depot one day this past fall I believe and stumbled upon a collection of potted orchids for sale. I though that they were outstanding and had not seen a blue orchid previously. Loved it and now I am using it in this contest. Wonders never cease!



Home Depot Orchids

Blue-Home Depot Orchids



We have three sons and lived in a house on the Mountain, in Austin Texas for approximately 18 years, while raising our sons. I will never forget this snowfall, as it rarely snows in Texas and I was out before sunup trying to get the right photo. This one showed the snow on the backyard umbrella and the trees in contrast to the other colors.



A Snow Fall in Austin Texas-Very Rare

White-A Snow Fall in Austin Texas-Very Rare



On Memorial Day of this year I was invited to partake in a project that our middle son’s company sponsors. Homes of Hope is a fantastic organization that builds homes for individuals that truly need help. This calla lily was outside the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Mexico where we stayed while working on the project. I will never forget the experience of turning the home over to the needy family! It was truly humbling!



Green-Calla Lily

Green-Calla Lily


Thanks to my friend Joe Newman at Cosmic Smudge for nominating me for the contest and forcing me to come out of my shell! I wish I could quote technical photographic data about my equipment like Joe did, but the simple truth is that I used my Nikon digital pocket camera on all the photos including this one that kind of displays all the colors together. (Uh oh I am jumping outside the spectrum). I may have used a little editing prerogative, but that is all.


Bridge View on Spadina In Toronto

Bridge View on Spadina In Toronto


Part of the contest and a way to increase the participants, which directly decreases my chances (Ha-I am joking. I know I have absolutely no chance against the pros!) is to nominate an additional five bloggers to enter. So here goes. Y’all don’t hate me and please enter this #CTC13 contest and blow the competition away!


Lisa Niver Rajna at We Said Go Travel

Will Castillo at I Will Travel

Karla Aguilar Perez at Traveller Soul

Lauren and Kenin Bassart at The Constant Rambler

Linda and Dan Bibb at As We Saw It

I am cutting my own throat as both Karla Aguilar Perez and Dan Bibb are wonderful photographers and do it professionally. Who know maybe this will help the out! A big “THANK YOU” to Travel Supermarket for allowing us to participate (definitely brown-nosing) and best of luck to all the competitors! Saludos mi amigos!









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19 responses to “Capture the Colour #CTC13”

  1. Rhonda Albom says:

    Your selection time was well spent, these are great choice. Amazing that you did them with a pocket camera.

  2. Congrats on entering Mike and a great selection of photos! “White” is definitely my favourite, such a great capture of the upcoming season.

    What I love most about this contest is the variety of photographs that are entered – it always inspires me to add locations/activities to my bucket list!!

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      I am blown away that would state your comments. You really know how to make a blogger feel good! Especially with your talent in the field! Thank you kindly for your comments. White huh? I am not sure which n was my favorite, but I did like the snow scene!

  3. Maria says:

    Congrats and best of luck Mike – that lily is so pretty!

  4. Karla says:

    Wow, very nice photos Mike!

    I love the blue orchids, the snow blanket in Texas (how was that even possible?) and of course the view of T.O.

    Thank you so much for nominating me. I will add your link on my own post!

    Keep up the great work 😉

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      You are too kind. My photos are never up to the quality of yours and I can’t believe I entered against you guys. Hope all is well!

  5. Corinne says:

    I love your flowers! Good Luck!

  6. Are you sure those orchids are real? It doesn’t really matter I suppose,as long as they’re blue. I entered this contest too and if it’s any consolation, I’m pretty much a rank beginner when it comes to photography. If nothing else, like you, I had fun looking through some photos with an eye to color.

  7. Melissa says:

    Great submissions! I love the flower shots, but I’m partial to the cacao seed because, well, I ADORE chocolate. I never imagined that cacao seeds were that red.

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      Thank you kindly for the comments. I think we would get along as I love flowers and chocolate also! Ha! Sent my wife a dozen lavender roses for or 35th anniversary! I will try to post a photo tomorrow! Thanks for you thoughts!

  8. noel morata says:

    I love the different things you’ve entered but really love the blue…that’s a huge looking cacao

    Come and link up with us today for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      What is it about and what do I need to do? Thanks for the compliments. Means a great deal coming from a photographer of your caliber!

  9. That’s a great collection but my favourite has to be ‘green.

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      Please don’t tell anybody, but the green is my favorite also! Thanks for your wonderful comment and thanks for stopping by! Safe Travels!!!

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