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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Things got a bit turned around this week.  The weekly photo challenge that is usually posted on Friday was published this Monday, and in its absence some of us bloggers participated in an unofficial photo challenge.  My entry for that topic, “Reflections,” could also apply for the official topic, “Blue” (coincidentally enough), and you can view it here.  So now I am posting my official weekly photo challenge selection today, on Wordless Wednesday…got that?

The challenge question is, “What do you associate blue with?  The sky, the ocean…and what else?”  Frankly, I associate blue with “The Blues,” a musical genre which is a personal favorite and also quintessentially American.  Although I would love to get my photo of B.B.King and turn it all blue for this challenge, it would not fit with the theme of my particular blog, so I kept thinking.  My thoughts turned to Greece, specifically Santorini, and its iconic blue domes:

This photo is another favorite.  The blue painted arches make a striking contrast to the church’s white-washed bell tower, which again makes a brilliant contrast against the bright blue sky.

And perhaps now is a good time to point out that the background photo of my site displays a most spectacularly blue Bavarian sky.


  1. I *always* think of the colors in Santorini when I think of blue. That, and the color of the Aegean.

    • Indeed, those Santorini blues are some of the finest in the world. 😉

  2. Beautiful entries for the challenge!

  3. Beautiful photos! I’ve never been to Greece but this really makes me want to go!
    As for blue, I live in the Caribbean and the colour of the sky here sometimes takes my breath away – same goes for the water but that’s really more of a turquoise…have a turquoise challenge next!

    • YES! for turquoise waters! And I do love that idea of a turquoise challenge. 😉

  4. TBM

    I’ve always wanted to visit this area and these photos encourage me to do so.

  5. Wow, your photos are stunning! I almost need to put my shades on to look at them. You make me want to go to Greece. Is blue your favourite colour? That would be my guess, going by the look of your lovely blog.

    • Thank you for such enthusiasm, Lorna! And yes, you guessed it, babe, blue is my favorite color! (But specifically these intense, rich, bluesy blues.) By the way, I think that Greece would be the perfect place to help those wrists of yours heal. 😉 I do hope that you’re feeling better these days (I’ve been thinking about you-I really have!)

  6. fwiw, I totally went to the blues music, too. And I think your photo of BB King would be so appropriate. I have been looking for blue, myself, but I keep going back to a photo I took of John Hiatt at our recent Music Festival. I’m giving myself until tomorrow to commit or come up with something better! Thanks for adding me to your Blog Reader!

    • Nice to know someone on my wavelength! I vote for John Hiatt (maybe alongside whatever else you find). I think it would be a fresh addition to the blue photos. 😉 I’m looking forward to seeing your posts–you have a charming blog.

  7. Just gorgeous Robin. I think this is one of the most evocative of mages: the Aegean, a whitewashed Orthodox church clinging to the rocks – but those blue cupolas, they just scream the Cyclades, with their links to Constantinople and Venice. Fabulous shot. 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, Wanderlust. I do appreciate your poetic comments. Though they say that a picture is worth 1000 words, your words are able to expound upon an image, nonetheless.

      • Oops, do I go on a bit much? I just love discussing what I see, when I see something as thrilling as those blue domes hanging over the Aegean … 🙂

        • Not at all, dear–it was a compliment! There are not many people who have your gift of being able to paint pictures with words; I am merely acknowledging it and embracing it. 🙂

  8. Beautiful photos Robin! I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini! Seems as if you’ve been everywhere! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kerry! I’m glad you like the pictures. And, although it might seem that way, I still have my bucket list! 😉

  9. thanks for sharing this organic style architecture that fits so well with the ocean and the island

    • My pleasure! It’s fantastic, isn’t it, how a people can create an architectural style that perfectly harmonizes with their environment.

  10. Perfect !!! To have Santorini for blue photo challenge 😀 A perfect subject!

    • Thank you, Paula! Indeed, I consider myself a lucky gal that we were able to visit that gorgeous place (and it’s just a perk that I happen to have found these photos for the “blue” challenge 😉 ).

  11. I love these photos Robin… those blues and whites make me think of heat, salty seawater, burning sand…. aahhh, lovely! Those domes and the church belltower are spectacular!

    • Thank you so much, Cathy! And, believe it or not, it was pretty chilly during our visit–but the mere thought of Greece brings heat, salty seawater, and burning sand to mind, just the same, doesn’t it? 😉 I’m glad you like the photos.


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