Weekly Photo Challenge: YELLOW

What’s yellow?

Mexico is yellow! So many things that were beautiful, eye-catching, interesting, different about San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city in central Mexico, happened to be yellow. Here are some.

Our casita on Calle 28 de abril was always cheerful to come home to:

Door, 28 de abril

The library, thanks to the colony of American expats, had plenty of English-language books for those long, lazy days. But it was tempting just to sit outside instead in the cobbled entrance area and enjoy the bugambilia and the blue sky and the yellow facade:

The Biblioteca

Another facade. This bell tower looks centuries old — but was in fact brand new, especially constructed for a new “old” albergo:

New "old" Bell Tower

And then there were simply the old walls of San Miguel themselves, sometimes flaking and falling to pieces, but so picturesquely!

Fragmentos, Yellow

So striking were the yellows everywhere — and the reds and rust and copper and hot pinks — that I told my art teacher I wanted to switch my classical chiaroscuro still life palette from gloomy darks to BRIGHT; with this result:

Lemons in Mexico

I like living in New England, but it’s so — pastel. I miss vivid Mexican yellows!





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18 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: YELLOW

  1. Barb says:

    Yellow is such a happy, bright colour!

  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Lovely shot of Mexico. I didn’t know the city had this much bright yellow architecture. Very cheery, how can you not fall in love with the bright colours 😀 So that’s where you got your inspiration for your picture!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      San Miguel is a very old city, somewhat isolated, in the center of Mexico. Somehow the brilliance of color and the old crumbling buildings add up to a sensational whole. I miss the colors there a LOT. Today it snowed here, so added to the grey and brown and dull green, we have white. No yellow for us!

      • Mabel Kwong says:

        You can always look back at your photos of San Miguel to bring a little cheer to your dreary winter days. Or you could sprinkle food dye onto the snow and brighten it up. But that is in no way environmentally friendly 😀

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Maybe not — but it is mood friendly. You made me laugh at the idea of the dye, and that brightened ME up. Thanks!

  3. Rebekah says:

    The door photo is lovely!

    Must have been a different experience, living in Mexico. I’ve never been there, but my husband has … many times.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      For three winters we spend a month in San Miguel de Allende, the first two in the casita of the photos, the last time in a marvelous big house with flowers on a rooftop terrace and all. We love Mexican food, and a laid back life style was wonderful. It was enchanting, the kind of place that makes you wonder, “What would it be like to live here?” But ultimately, we’re gringos, and that’s that. How did Gerry like it?

  4. I too very much miss and would love to see the yellows, as well as the red and blues, of San Miguel. I also miss you, even though you’re not at all yellow.

  5. Stef says:

    Such wonderful sunny colors; a great inspiration for today.

  6. jfb57 says:

    Young friends of ours have recently honeymooned in Mexico. Their wedding also had a Mexican theme so lots & lots of colour!

  7. I agree with you about the vivid colors. Maybe that’s why I enjoy summer so much more than winter. Colors aren’t vivid here in New England, but they are a start!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I would say that winter is drab and colorless here, and so it is today. But on those rare-ish occasions when the sun shines, even New England white has a sparkle and brightness.
      Now all we need is for the sun to shine —-

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