This month´s CBBH Photo Challenge is leaving me feeling anything but BLUE – because I just love the colour!
According to this website: “Color is a meaningful constant for sighted people and it’s a powerful psychological tool. By using color psychology, you can send a positive or negative message, encourage sales, calm a crowd, or make an athlete pump iron harder.
Psychology of Color: Blue
Ask people their favorite color and a clear majority will say blue. Much of the world is blue (skies, seas). Seeing the color blue actually causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming; but that isn’t true of all shades of blue. Some shades (or too much blue) can send a cold and uncaring message. Many bedrooms are blue because it’s a calm, restful color. Over the ages blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (note how many uniforms are blue). People tend to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused on the task at hand. Some studies are showing that weight lifters can lift more weight in a blue gym – in fact, nearly all sports are enhanced in blue surroundings.”
The best examples of restored “Don Quixote” Spanish windmills can be found in Consuegra, not far from Toledo in central Spain, where several mills spike the hill just outside of town. I certainly had some tilting to do, to capture not only the sails, but also the magnificent blue of the wide open sky.
This blue painted door can be found in The Lost Village of Acebuchal, situated in the heart of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Almara Natural Park. The village, which sits on the traditional muleteers’ route between Granada and Malaga was abandoned and in ruins from 1949 to 1998, but has now been beautifully renovated, restoring the original style.
When I bought my new Canon Powershot SX220HS camera back in June, I was playing around with the low-light setting, and managed to capture the beautiful blue plumbago plant growing in my garden. It´s such a pretty colour.
A few weeks ago, I travelled to the village of Colmenar to meet up with another local blogger. Whilst I was waiting in the square opposite the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) at the appointed time, I couldn´t help but notice this couple sitting on a nearby bench, deep in discussion. My eye was drawn to the colour of the woman´s clothing, which was the most amazing shade of blue.
This street-sign in the nearby white village of Torrox always makes me smile. Beso in Spanish means “kiss” – so this is Kiss Street!
My final image for this month´s Photo Challenge is from my home village of Cómpeta, and shows a pretty balcony, filled with flowers, against the deep blue painted windows as their background.
This month´s CBBH Featured Blogs:
** Alyson at the Algarve Blog is a very talented artist and, along with her hubby Dave (a peanut-butter-loving photographer), give regular glimpses into their expat life in southern Portugal.
I am particularly enjoying reading Aly´s A – Z of Portugal, where she takes each letter of the alphabet and writes a different post using the letter as the basis for a post, about things she cares for in Portugal. This is a very easy blog to read, with many stunning photographs, which always makes me glad that Portugal is an easy drive from my home in southern Spain.
** Talking of a friendly blog with great photos leads me on to my next choice – the Lucid Gypsy. Gilly describes herself as “a middle aged techno hen with a passion for travel, writing, reading and well, life” – and is very busy working full time, studying and crafting pretty things in the beautiful south west of England.
Gilly loves taking part in Word and Photo Challenges and is always quick to leave an encouraging comment. Why not pop over and say HELLO to her?
So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for November, folks!
Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, link back to this blog and, most importantly, don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look. Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month´s exciting challenge!
For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.
I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite! I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.
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your blue is brilliant, thanks
You’re welcome, Katy.
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great selections for blue, Marianne! Btw, I still don’t get the notice of your new post from my subscription…
I wonder why you aren’t getting my new posts in your Reader? How odd! Maybe if you try un-following and then re-follow – it might just give it the nudge it needs!
Mountain views… http://megtraveling.com/2012/11/23/cbbh-photo-challenge-blue/
Fabulous views across the Swiss mountains, Meg. I really enjoyed your entry to this month’s challenge. Well done – especially with your first photo!
Thanks Marianne – I enjoyed finding these photos for the challenge!
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finally! just couldn’t decide which ones to share with you – hope you like these!
and thank you again for creating such a fun challenge
Glad you enjoy the challenge, Alyson but I made it easy for you this month with BLUE as Portugal is all about blue, I always think.
What a wonderful selection of photos – absolutely stunning as always.
Not long now till the next challenge – isn’t it shocking how soon they come around?
yes can’t believe it’s nearly December already – I was like a kid in a sweet shop going through all of our pictures this month! 🙂
you set a pretty amazing standard though – your shots were FAB this month (as always!)
Thanks Alyson – yes, I can imagine you were like a child in a sweet shop! What a lovely image!
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Ooops – forgot to leave my link
Love your set of blue photos, Patricia. You´ve managed to cover so many areas in your photos – plus something to keep us from feeling blue. What a beautiful child 🙂
Thanks for your participation in this month´s BLUE challenge – and I hope you enjoy visiting some of the links left on other entrant´s blogs.
I wonder if blue is the most popular colour of all? These photos make it seem so. Love all the blues there are in this world!
Well, blue certainly seems to be one of the most popular colours 🙂
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hmmm dont think i posted link to my original challenge response .. so here tis 🙂
Great BLUE shots of a the stunning Moreton Bay, Jenn.
Really enjoyed re-living our visit there a couple of years ago 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.
You’re welcome 🙂
Don’t you love it when you post a blog for the challenge then come across a day that just totally fits the challenge AFTER the fact lol … totally beautiful blue day today .. http://the-serenity-space.com/2012/11/13/it-cant-get-much-better-than-this/
I´ve updated my Blue post with some links to blogs I enjoy http://andaluciaexplorer.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/cbbh-photo-challenge-blue.html I´ve also found some great new blogs through your links so thanks everyone.
OOHHH foodie blogs! Yummy!
Thanks for adding the links, Rachel 🙂
I´ve done it – another CBBH photo challenge almost completed. I will add other blogs but for now I´ve posted it. http://andaluciaexplorer.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/cbbh-photo-challenge-blue.html
It´s certainly nice to see your blue skies, lakes and marinas basking in the sunshine after the weather we have had over the past couple of weeks!
Great photos, Rachel, well captured!
Look forward to seeing your links.
I did it! finally created a post for this challenge. I knew I had alot of blue photos so it was fun to put together. I had shut down and was trying to sleep but my daughter’s having a slumber party and I can hear them through my ear plugs?!?!?!? Time to go tell them to shut up already. gadzooks! anyhoo, here’s my post:
forgot to finish my thought up there, must be this late hour…..I had shut down then realized that I didn’t reply here with my post. so, here it is 🙂 hoping to get to sleep now that I’ve scolded the teenagers. am I going to survive the teenage years?!?!?!?! ay caramba!!
Hope you managed to survive! LOL
ah….I survived the night but what of the remaining teenage years? 🙂 This is just the beginning! All is quiet downstairs, I don’t dare disturb them!
What a visual feast of blue you have offered to us this month, Toby! Just when I think I´ve discovered my favourite of your photos – wham – you hit me with another!
I think I´m going to say the stained glass window in the Església de Santa Maria del Mar church in Barcelona. They are notoriously difficult to capture because of the intense light from outside – but you have managed it effortlessly. Well done!
I´m off to look at your links now 🙂
you are too kind, thank you!! I loved that old church that we just happened upon. Sometimes unplanned things can really surprise you!
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I couldn’t resist this one Marianne
but it pales in comparison to your amazing images
Ah – but what about your spectacular “Love in a Mist” flower, Jo? Wow!
Thanks for introducing us to two blogs you like to visit. It´s always good to hear of other places that have been recommended by people we know. 🙂
Great entry to this month´s challenge, Jo!
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What lovely photos, here is my take on the theme blue, I hope you like them http://gertygiggles.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/cbbh-photo-challenge-blue/
I do like them – very much – especially the old door in your first photo. Gorgeous!
Thanks for the links to two other blogs – I´ll hop across there, right away 🙂
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Can anything be more blue than these photos? Absolutely BLUE-tiful!
Blue-tiful hehehe 🙂
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Hello Marianne, I’ve finally managed to put together a post that fits the photo challenge theme! Looking forward to exploring other people’s work here too! And your photos are beautiful, the colour so saturated…
What lovely photos of Santorini – a place that I have only ever seen wonderful images of, but have never managed to visit. Yet 🙂
I´m glad you have found peaceful, agreeable solitude Sally, though trust you don´t have too long to wait until the tide turns and you can once again head out to sea 🙂
Fantastic entry to this month´s CBBH Photo Challenge, and thanks for your links to two VERY interesting and quite different blogs. Well done.
Absolutely gorgeous blues all Marianne! But particularly that last one 🙂
Glad you enjoyed them, Madhu 🙂
Oh, the woman of Colmenar…beautiful!
She really is 🙂
You know I’m incredible daft at times, I’ve just put this on the wrong page!
I’m pleased to say I’ve joined in! Not sure if I’ve done it all correctly but here it is
What a lovely entry, Gilly, which you have done perfectly. What artistic children they are!
Thanks for introducing us to two blogs, both of which are new to me – so extra special. I love finding new blogs to visit, especially if they are recommended 🙂
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Here is my contribution to the challenge. http://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/cbbh-photo-challenge-blue/
Stunning photos from your travels around the world.
Hard to pick a favourite, but the Breat Barrier Reef IS pretty spectacular 🙂
Thanks for including links to 2 other blogs. I love this part of the challenge 🙂
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Blue and beautiful. The images just jumps to life. Wow!
Thanks, I´m glad you like them.
Ooh Marianne you’d think it would be easy to have lots of blue photos but turns out I don’t, unless skies that just happen to be blue (the easiest colour to catch here in southern Spain heehee!) count! Well let’s see if I can participate this month. Anyone up for photo after photo of blue skies?
How about blue sky with something interesting in front of it?
I´m sure you will find something, Serena 🙂
Scintillating blues, Marianne. I could have entered my”Simply beautiful in blue and white” post almost unedited. Love Kiss Street.
There are just so many lovely blues around 🙂
Excellent images. That Mediterranean blue beats all. I never understood why people sing the ‘blues’, feel ‘blue’… it’s such a calm but happy colour.
Glad you think so, EllaDee 🙂
A vibrant blue 🙂 Not a bad idea at all, Marianne 🙂 Here you go .. My blue
Excellent choice of photos, Paula. Enough to brighten any kind of dull day! Look forward to viewing your two featured photographers.
Loved them all as blue is a particular favourite of mine but the one of the old couple has to be my favourite
That image seems to be everyone’s favourite!
Love the blue against stark white in your pictures above. The color choice drew me in, and I’d to join in with: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/feeling-the-blue/
Excellent choice of photos – especially the windmill! What a lovely stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty – thank goodness she survived Hurricane Sandy.
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What a great subject and beautiful photos. Lovely post. I love color. It’s definitely mood-altering. I’d love to participate in your challenge. I’m a new blogger and still don’t quite understand about sending a link. I’ll figure it out and keep following.
Hi Angelina – thanks for letting me know, and I would love for you to join in the challenge this month.
Just choose your BLUE photo to post on your own blog, link back here (so others can find the challenge), and after you have told us about it, just post the names of two blogs you enjoy visiting – making the names of the blogs click-able links.
If you need any further help please let me know.
Fabulous shades of blue, Marianne. I love the shot of the couple on the bench. It’s almost as though she was posing for the photo. 🙂 I follow and enjoy both of your featured blogs. Great choices. 🙂
I wouldn’t normally have photographed the couple, but I was so drawn to the lady, in particular. I could so easily have missed her.
They are both great blogs, aren’t they, Sylvia?
Yes they are. 🙂
Such beautiful, color-rich photos in response to the challenge. The woman in blue really caught my attention. There she is, in clothing that probably would not have been out of place 100 or even 200 years ago, sitting on a park bench. Taken by herself, one wouldn’t know her “time” — until you look just to her right. There’s a plastic water bottle at her side. Great shot! 🙂
I hadn´t thought of it that way, John, but now you mention it, you are quite right.
I used to wear a navy blue tunic to school, so your comment about blue uniforms made me chuckle 🙂
Can’t get enough of those blue doors and windows!
Glad to hear I made you chuckle Ana – that´s always a good start to any month 🙂
Gorgeous photos, as always, Marianne. The woman in blue is striking!
I’m not a huge fan of the colour myself but that’s not a problem in Portugal and I’ve managed to dig out more than enough photos to publish my response to the challenge. Only trouble is, it’s going to be a long wait for the next one!
Congratulations for being the FIRST person to respond to this month´s challenge!
Blue and white Portugese tiles are always very impressive and you have given us a good selection there, Julie.
Two fantastic blog links as well – wonderful – well done!
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Beautiful photos, thank you. I love strong colours and the various shades of blue are gorgeous. I’m doing a photography course at the moment and yesterday I was learning about the colour wheel. I’m amazed at the variety of shades within one particular colour, and how the colours in the spectrum complement each other or harmonise with several other colours. Blue and orange contrast wonderfully with each other and I see that illustrated in several your photos, most outstandingly in photo 5. Thank you for the practice session!!
OH, that´s good to know, Lizzie 🙂 Glad I could help out!
oh no!!!!!!! what have you done!??!?!?!??! fancy choosing ‘blue’ as a theme?!?!? how on earth am I going to choose a selection of photos for this …. I have thousands!!!!! 🙂
it’s my absolute favourite colour too … and your selection has already inspired me! what beautiful photos you have posted – we have a ‘lost’ village here too and it has recently been restored (have a house with a blue door shot just like yours!) – and I LOVE the shot of the couple on the bench, what an amazing blue dress… wonderful!
And – thank you – so much – for featuring Algarve Blog and writing such lovely things about our blog – you are too kind!
…. scurries off to computer muttering ‘blue blue …. wonderful blue….!’
Hahaha – I just KNEW you would have some fantastic BLUE photos for us, Alyson – Portugal is famous for them.
It´s always great to be able to feature blogs that I know my own readers can not only relate to, but also enjoy.
I always love to explore the Algarve blog – it´s a favourite escape of mine 🙂
My favourite too. I love the blue doors of Greece and the blue shirts of Leicester City!
LOL – Leicester who? 😉
Wow that’s me! I can’t believe you chose me, what an angel you are Marianne thank you!
Just look at that intense colour, I don’t know if I can capture it so well. I love all of these but the lady shines out, it’s like you can see right into her lovely soul.
I chose you because I always bring something away whenever I visit your blog, Gilly. Your blog makes me feel good 🙂
Couldn´t resist photographing the lady – she looked so beautiful.
All my favourite blues, Marianne – they’ve got sunshine and joy in them. I suppose one day the depression in the Bay of Bengal will dissipate and we’ll get sorta’ blue skies again – till then, don’t know that I can participate this month – I’ve posted my best blues before 🙂
Before you know it, you will have your blue skies back. I shall try to wish them your way 🙂
You probably should Marianne … the dams are filling and the big rivers (that’s a relative term, Sri Lanka doesn’t have real big rivers), are beginning to flood – enough’s enough for the poor farmers, not to mention ‘my’ monkeys 🙂
I like special this kind of blue!
It´s such a beautiful colour and makes me happy.
I especially like the blue doors and windows against the white. These colors remind me of pure sunshine…
Yes, I guess they are the colours of sunshine 🙂
Thanks for your comment – much appreciated.
That shade of blue is my absolute favourite. Gorgeous photos!
Mine too! 🙂