Colores Locales

Wherever we go, there is color all around.  Sometimes the colors are muted, but still, they are painting our world beautiful.

In Mexico, color is a feast for the eyes, a celebration…absorbed through all the senses.

From the jungle parfait… the pink cotton candy clouds.

We could hear colors in the music.

We saw it in the art…

…and in their traditional dress.

We tasted it in the wine…

…and felt it in the colorful characters we were fortunate enough to meet.

…including some we will never forget.

I’ve never seen water so intensely blue.

Or skin so intensely red…

…flora so purple…

…leaves so green…

Colors were hiding everywhere, just below the surface…

…ready to burst out and surprise us.

And everywhere we turned, there were rainbows.

We love Seattle, our silver city by the sea, but long after we had flown back north….

…Long after our footprints had been washed away in the sand…

…to tide us over on those cold and gray Seattle days, we carried a bit of the Mexican rainbow home in our hearts.

Click here for more interpretations of The Weekly Travel Theme: Colorful.

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All words and images c2013NaomiBaltuck



  1. scillagrace says:

    Fabulous take on the theme! But…OOooh!…the skin! *flinch*

    1. It makes me cringe just to think of it! Thanks for the visit, Scilla.

  2. Feast for the eyes indeed! 🙂

  3. Constance B. Hartle says:

    Dear Naomi,

    There SHOULD be a way for you to turn this kind of thing into a source of income! Forget novels. Why not a travel blog for some agency? That way, all you travel would be business expense!

    I will carry your bags….

    Sorry, my battery died.

    Love, Con

    1. Dear Con,
      I wish I were a better businesswoman, because I LOVE doing this. The only I don’t love about blogging is the feeling that I should be catching up on my REAL writing–the stuff I get paid for–instead of the fun stuff. When I figure it out, we will be a great team. I’ll carry your paintbrushes if you carry my laptop.

  4. Pat says:

    I love your poetic, writer’s voice. You also used great photos to tell your story. Thanks for the smile.

    1. Thank you, Pat. One of the things blogging has taught me is a new way of telling stories, with photographic visual aids. Finding the right pairing between image and words, and putting it all together is more fun than doing a jigsaw puzzle. It’s always good to hear from you.

  5. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Great photos of your trip to Mexico. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks, JB. I am always glad to share, and take a re-blog as a great compliment.

      1. Jueseppi B. says:

        I love those photos you posted, such vibrant color. I am pissed they don’t show up. WP sucks sometimes. 😦

      2. Thank you, JB! Tomorrow is another day! I’ll see if I can rustle up something even better for the next time.

  6. sue says:

    I could hear and taste it….. 🙂 Mariachis! Pico de gallo! Fabric swirling in the wind! Why is it that the northern reaches seem to dim color, while the southern depths revel in them?????

    1. I’m seeing some really pretty springtime colors these days. Spring flowers, and all those cherry and apple blossoms. But the Northwest is definitely painted with pastels, especially compared to the brighter hues you see down south. Even our rainbows seem to come in pastels. But spring is coming along! Hey, I loved the photo of the garden boxes in your yard. Have you planted your garden yet?

  7. Cara Thereon says:

    This was awesome. And that gent definitely forgot the sunscreen. Ouch.

    1. It was painful just to look at!

  8. ShimonZ says:

    More than a generation has gone by since I last visited there, and the memories are still with me. Beautiful post. A pleasure to read, and look at the pictures.

    1. Thank you, Shimon. Were you in Mexico on an adventure, seeing the world? I’d love to hear about some of your travels.

  9. I was in Mexico about 16 years ago and I remember all the bright colours everywhere.
    I love how you do these photo journals. They feel like a movie with sub-titles; you forget your reading. A true talent, Naomi. Like the other blogger, Concstance, mentioned, too bad you can’t make this work for you.

    1. Hi Tess,
      Thank you for your very generous comments! I have so much fun with this. Oh, how I wish I could do this for a living! I’d love to hear about your travels. Did you have a camera with you when you went?

  10. What a contrast to home! You’ve captured all that vibrant and exciting colour that epitomizes what we think of when we think of Mexico.

    1. Thank you, Meredith. It is very different, from your fragrant jungle home, and from my evergreen fir foresty one!

  11. Colorful indeed! I love the wine glasses image!

    1. Thank you! It is interesting to see which image people like best. It surprises me, and is positive reinforcement–when an image that I wondered about including turns out to be someone’s favorite.

  12. brushstroke5 says:

    your descriptions of color are magical and poetic! thanks for your inspiration.

    1. Dear Linda,
      You are very generous! I appreciate your visit, and your taking the time to share your thoughts.

  13. Jo Danehy says:

    Your color entry is my favorite so far. I Like your blog too. I am still contemplating a entry.

    1. This is a great subject. I look forward to seeing your entry!

  14. viveka says:

    Never been to Mexico .. I think I already said that. Have always had the picture of Mexico to be very colorful and vibrant.
    That top photo is so good.

    1. Thank you! I love that one too. When I realized that neither of our kids would be able to make it on this trip, I was hoping my husband wouldn’t mind being my photographic subject. He was a very good sport!

  15. Paula says:

    Lovely, Naomi – the sparkle in the glasses is my favourite 😉

    1. Dear Paula,
      Thank you for saying so! I like that one too. We were toasting thirty years together, on a sort of a second honeymoon.

      1. Paula says:

        🙂 Congratulations to both of you!

  16. Thanks for the lovely trip. My favorite picture is the one of the lifeguard stand. Beautiful.


    1. Hi Janet,
      I have to say, I think that’s one of my favorites, if not my top choice. I could not believe the colors! I felt like I had walked into the pages of a Travel Magazine!

      1. Moments like that are wonderful! Although I wear lots of black, I love rich colors.

      2. I wear a LOT of black too (and some purple). But I love bright colors–really rich and vibrant colors wake me up from the inside out. Thanks so much for the visit, and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

      3. I’ll try to stop by again. I love photography and this challenge allowed me to find some good ones.


      4. I enjoy considering a challenge, and finding an interesting angle from which to meet it. I love to see so many different perspectives and responses to the same challenge. I am so glad to have met you, and I look forward to the next time too.

    1. Hi Patricia,
      Thank you so much!

  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Absolutely lovely. I’ve read and seen photographs that have lead me to believe Mexico may be one of the most colorful countries in the world.

    1. Dear Jamie,
      I wouldn’t be at all surprised! I come from a land of soft watercolory landscapes. Mexico was eye candy!

      So good to hear from you! Thanks for the visit.

  18. megan hicks says:

    After reading this, looking down at my fawn cardigan, grey shirt, and faded jeans, I’m thinking I need to go put some colors on.

    1. Dear Megan,
      You made me smile! I hope all is well–am enjoying your blogging through the alphabet.

    1. Thank you for the pingback! I really enjoyed your response to the Weekly Challenge.

  19. restlessjo says:

    Love the ceramic flowers, Naomi, and especially like that last shot.

    1. Hi Jo,

      Thanks for stopping by. Thom stayed in to pack, but I went out on our last evening to see if I could capture a little bit of the color on the beach outside our hotel. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that rainbow. It was almost like a parting gift.

  20. TBM says:

    Wonderful! And that is quite the sunburn!

    1. Ouch! It was painful just to look at it! Thanks for the visit.

  21. djmrakiey says:

    cool photos … looks like you had a good time

    1. Thank you! It was really a learning experience to me, as I had never been much south of Tijuana, and hadn’t really been that interested in doing so. The country was beautiful, the history was rich, the people were warm, and I am glad we followed our whim. I appreciate your visit!

      1. djmrakiey says:

        my pleasure ♥

  22. dogear6 says:

    That was a great collection of photos. The sunburn was the funniest though; the cat was just really cute.


    1. Hi Nancy,
      That cat had such a knowing look on its face! Thanks so much for the visit.

  23. megtraveling says:

    That’s wonderful to connect the colors to traveling. Together they form a marvelous mosaic of memories…

    1. That is for sure, Meg. You do the same every time you post. I love your blog!

  24. luggagelady says:

    Love Mexico! Thanks for saving me the trip. What a beautifully magical pictorial… 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you dropped by.

  25. Amy says:

    Beautiful colors through your travel! Love these photos, esp. the pink cotton candy clouds 🙂

    1. Thank you, Amy! Those clouds sneaked up on me out of nowhere, and the sunset lit them up like a Christmas tree!

  26. fgassette says:

    Beautiful colors!

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

    1. Dear Francine,
      It is always my pleasure to visit. And I always appreciate hearing from you.
      Best wishes,

  27. nutsfortreasure says:

    I am with you the world is full of a feast of colors and I can’t get enough others rush through their days and never notice a thing 😦

    1. You are twice blessed, Eunice. Once because you are, and twice because you know it!

      1. nutsfortreasure says:

        Thanks for those words I really do feel enlightened and blessed just finding all of you in a place where I never thought I would be for more than a day. Each of you inspire me
        HUGS Naomi

      2. HUGS right back to you, Eunice!

      3. nutsfortreasure says:

        🙂 Thanks so much

  28. Kourtney Heintz says:

    So much color! I’ve never seen water that blue before either! Wow. 🙂

    1. HI Kourtney,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. If you ever want to feel like you’re starring in your own movie, go to Mexico and just look out on the water.

  29. Carol says:

    Oh my, is that skin so red going to make him suffer! Love your photos of colors. Love colors. Some days though, the softness of gray skies is a relief.

    1. Hi Carol,

      I spent a summer working on the Bar 717 ranch in the Trinity Alps. Every single day there was blue sky, mostly cloudless. The only change in weather was when distant forest fires would make the sky a little hazy. I am with you–I prefer relief from endless blue skies. I guess that’s one reason why I ended up in Seattle.

  30. Oh this is beautiful and how wonderful it is to know that a part of a world resides in the heart long after the footprints have been washed away by the sea…and that shade of red! Oh my 😀 Sharon

    1. Thank you, Sharon. It is so good to hear from you. The beauty of travel is that is furnishes your mind with a visual inventory of images that you can draw upon whenever you need a splash of color in your life!

  31. Mona says:

    The flora of Mexico is strikingly similar to that of India! Something to do with the climatic zones I guess…
    And the colors are everywhere here, just like there!
    Beautiful photos there on your blog. You have a lovely way of weaving them into a story with just a few lines. More than writing between the lines, you shoot between the lines 😉

  32. Hi Mona!
    Thank you for visiting, and sharing your thoughts. I am a professional storyteller and a writer, and never really thought of myself as a photographer, although I have always loved taking photos of my family and our travels. When I began blogging, the biggest surprise was to discover a new form of storytelling that gave me a way of telling stories through both visual and verbal means. It feels so natural and easy, but I would never have thought to do it if I hadn’t been blogging.
    Thank you again for stopping by. It has been a pleasure to meet you.

  33. Fun, vibrant, full of life and adventures. Colors do brighten our world and our lives. Have a blessed day!

    1. And you also! Thank you for your visit. It is always good to hear from you.

  34. Madhu says:

    Gorgeous images, every single one! You captured the essence of Mexico with this post Naomi.

    1. Thank you, Madhu. What a great place to happen to be when looking for color in the world around me!

  35. indira2412 says:

    Your take on any theme is wonderful. Nice colorful photographs.

    1. Hi Indira,
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your visit, and taking the time to comment. I really enjoy your blog too!

  36. I’d no idea there was so much colour in Mexico. Because I once read that Mexico City was one of the most polluted cities in the world, I’ve always imagined the whole of the country covered in a grey smog — either that, or great arid expanses of desert full of huge cacti.

    Thanks, Naomi, for enlightening me, with your lovely photos 🙂

    1. HI Sarah,
      I know that we were staying in a more sheltered part of the country. One day I might even go to Mexico City for the history and museums, but I was happy just dipping my toes in the water, so to speak. Thanks for the visit!

  37. Fascinating post Naomi!
    HAven’t been online lately cuz I’ve been too busy with my studies, but I’m finlly having some time o spare and check your work!
    Love this post, from the title to the end; absolutely beautiful and colorful photos.

    1. Dear Pablo,
      So good to hear from you! thank you for your generous response. This was a very fun post to put together. I hope your studies are going well!

    1. Thanks for the connection!

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