Posted by: danielfee | April 6, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color 04-05-2013

Ritual Offering to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) - Peru

1) Ritual Offering to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) – Peru

Plants used to color yarn - Peru

2) Plants used to color yarn – Peru

Wooden Tulips at Bloemenmarkt - Amsterdam

3) Wooden Tulips at Bloemenmarkt – Amsterdam

Color Masks of the Sichuan Opera- Chengdu, China

4) Color Masks of the Sichuan Opera – Chengdu, China

Parrot in the Bahamas

5) Parrot in the Bahamas

Panama Canal_46

6) Buildings of Willemstad, Curacao

Buildings of Willemstad, Curaco

7) Buildings of Willemstad, Curacao

Houses of Burano, Italy

8) Houses and Canals of Burano, Italy

Houses of Burano, Italy

9) Houses and Canals of Burano, Italy

Sunset over Lake Taupo, New Zealand

10) Sunset over Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Rainbow over Lake Wakatipu - New Zealand

11) Rainbow over Lake Wakatipu – New Zealand

Rainbow over Medicine Lake -Jasper National Park, Canada

12) Rainbow over Medicine Lake – Jasper National Park, Canada

The difficult part of this challenge was limiting my photos to just a dozen with so many places and so many colors to chose from. But here they are.

1) Is a ritual offering prepared by a Peruvian Altomisayoc (a shaman) in the Andean religion who perfects his knowledge over years and receives power from lightening and interprets dreams as revelations from Apus. He officiates in Andean rites, and performs a ceremony known as pago a la tierra or “payment to the earth.” The offering package contains sugar, candy and dozens of other items that are laid out with clusters of three coca leaves and huayruro seeds. The package is wrapped, sprinkled with wine and alcohol and is accompanied by prayers and invocations, then burned in a special place to ensure good health. On our first full day of hiking in the Andes Mountains, we were accompanied by two brothers, one of whom was the Altomisayoc for the local village. He performed the offering ritual to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) when we reached the glacial lake.

2) On the way to the start of our hike to Machu Picchu, we stopped in a small town called Mollepata where the local women had set up a table which showed the various plants, roots, insects and vegetables they used to color the yarn. Of course all of the weavings were for sale.

3) If you are not in Holland in the springtime for the blooming of the tulips, you can always visit the Bloemenmarkt (Blooming Market) in Amsterdam to see and buy the wooden tulips.

4) Face changing is a skill and special performance art used in Sichuan Opera to demonstrate sudden changes in a character’s emotions. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and vividly colored masks, and underlined by dramatic music they wave their arms and twist their hands as their painted masks change colors within a fraction of a second. It is said that face changing first appeared in Sichuan Opera during the reign of Emperor Qianlong 1736-1795 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). We attended the opera on our visit to Chengdu and the finale was a face changing performer. He was so quick that even when I slow down the video I took and look at it frame by frame, the mask changing color is a blur.

5) On one of our trips to the Bahamas, this colorful parrot was trying to get a little sleep. Of course that’s hard to do when all of those tourists keep taking your photo. But he is too cute to leave out of a color photo challenge.

6 & 7) Are of the brightly colored buildings that line the inlet to the harbor in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao, which is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.  It is formerly the capital of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution in 2010. The historic center of the city consists of two quarters: Punda and Otrobanda which are separated by the Sint Anna Bay, an inlet that leads into the large natural harbor.

8 & 9) Are of the colorful houses along the green canals of Burano, Italy. It is an island in the Venetian Lagoon of northern Italy, approximately a forty minute boat ride from Venice. Like Venice itself, Burano should more correctly be called an archipelago of four islands which are linked by bridges. Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses and is very popular with artists. The colors of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development. If someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government who will respond by making notice of the certain colors permitted for that lot. In previous times the different colors were useful to demarkate the properties.

10) Sunsets can produce some dramatic colors in the sky. The photo I chose is of a sunset over Lake Taupo on the north island in New Zealand with layers of pick clouds and blue sky which become darker hues the farther they are from the orange horizon. The shadows of the trees along the lake bank add to the impact of the photo. We were eating dinner in a restaurant across the road from the lake when I saw the colorful sky that was being created by the sunset so I had to run out and take a few photos before eating.

11 & 12) What collection of color photos would be complete without a few rainbows? Number 11 is of a full arch rainbow over Lake Wakatipu on the south island of New Zealand near Queenstown. Number 12 is a rainbow over the southern end of Medicine Lake which is located in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.



  1. Thank you for sharing new vistas with us!

  2. love them, so much wonderful colors 🙂

  3. Wonderful! I have to say 11 and 12 are my favorites as I LOVE rainbows! 🙂

    • I agree, that is why I had to include a couple.

  4. Love all of them!

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