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The colour red

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I thought it might be fun to theme one of these entries around not a subject matter but a colour. Red is a wonderful colour to use in photography – it pops off the page or screen, adding not only vibrancy but also a sense of perspective.

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Emir Hussein Mausoleum, Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand

Look at the way the tourist in the red dress and hat leaps out at you in this photo taken at the Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. This photo is of course predominately blue as are all the mausoleums there, rich with complex mosaics – this one is the Emir Hussein Mausoleum, but all are similarly rich in their decoration.

The remaining photos here though will be dominated by the colour red. Let us see where that theme takes us …

Japan

This is the country that I associate most strongly with red. I have already included lots of photos in my Japan blog so I’ll only add a handful here.

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Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, and gate at Senso-Ji, Asakusa

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Sanjūsangen-dō Temple - Kyoto

Plant life

Red flowers, red leaves, red berries – all great subjects for photos that ‘sing’. These berries were photographed in December at Druridge Bay on England’s north east coast:

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Winter berries at Druridge Pools

And here is the vivid red of a ginger flower at Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica:

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Ginger lily, Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios

And of course we can’t forget poppies, one of my favourite flowers. Italy is a great place to find them, as in this display outside the ancient town walls of Bevagna in Umbria:

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By the town walls, Bevagna

Or these by a roadside in Marche:

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Marche poppies in May

This poppy however was growing in the grounds of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz, Germany:

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Ehrenbreitstein garden poppy

And this one in a cottage garden in Adlestrop in the English Cotswolds:

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Poppy in an Adlestrop garden, Gloucestershire

[Have you worked out by now that I especially love poppies?!]

But here’s a dahlia for a change, photographed in Pashley Manor Gardens in Sussex, England:

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Dahlia, Pashley Manor

Back in Italy, look at how this red geranium glows against the grey stone steps of Corinaldo in Marche:

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La Piaggia - Corinaldo

And a cyclamen on a windowsill in the old town of Monopoli:

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In the Centro_Storico, Monopoli

Bougainvillea is most often seen with bright purple or deep pink flowers, but there are red varieties too. I came across this one in Faro, Portugal:

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Bougainvillea in Faro

And this at Ngala Lodge in Gambia:

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In the grounds of Ngala Lodge, Fajara

Where I also photographed another of my favourite flowers, a beautiful red hibiscus:

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In the grounds of Ngala Lodge, Fajara

When it comes to edible plant-life, red is often the colour of heat, as in these chillies drying in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

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Chillies for sale, Albuquerque

And in Sorrento, Italy:

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Outside the Fattoria Terranova, Sorrento

Or chilli powder in a Jaipur market:

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In the spice market, Jaipur

Around and about

I found this vibrant red bench in Rapperswil on Lake Zurich:

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Bench near the castle, Rapperswil

And here is a brightly painted Parisian door:

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Door details, Paris

A red Harley in Deming, New Mexico:

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Harley Davidson, New Mexico

And also in New Mexico, these classic red cars in the Route 66 museum in Santa Rosa:

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In the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, NM

And one from Havana, Cuba:

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On the streets of Havana

A bright red chair for sale in an antique shop in Rye, on England’s south coast:

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Shop in Rye, Sussex

And a cheerful red fishing boat in nearby Hastings:

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On Hastings beach

Closer to home, an old fire station just around the corner from my house in Ealing, West London:

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Old Fire Station in South Ealing

Red to wear

What about some colourful red clothing? Such as a scarf wound round the head of a villager in Gambia:

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In Albreda, Gambia

And a beautiful dress worn by a visitor to the Qutb Minar in Delhi:

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Tourist at the Qutb Minar in Delhi

The red turbans of some elderly residents of Narlai in Rajasthan:

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Local men in Narlai

And the dress of a Morris dancer at Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire (northern England):

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400 Roses dancer - costume detail

And finally

The centenary of the outbreak of World War One was marked at the Tower of London with an amazing art installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. A tide of 888,246 ceramic poppies filled the Tower's famous moat between 17 July and 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military life lost during the war. The individual poppies were later sold, raising millions of pounds which were shared equally amongst six service charities. I was fortunate to see them in place at the Tower – a powerful statement about the loss of lives, especially young lives, during that war.

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Posted by ToonSarah 05:37 Tagged london boat flowers england japan temple india colour cars italy garden red jamaica usa poppy delhi photography costume gambia narlai Comments (13)

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