Capturing Color in the Netherlands

by farrah on September 12, 2013 · 17 comments

I was asked to participate in this ‘Capturing Color’ challenge the other day and was very flattered. First, because I was asked by an extremely talented IGer herself, Reeta of House of Anaïs. It makes you feel good when someone sees your stuff and tells you they like it. I don’t consider myself a photographer- but I do like to think I have an eye to capture some of the quirkiness of life once in a while.


I’d like to thank Reeta for inviting me also because it gave me the chance to scroll through my IG gallery and find shots that I haven’t seen in a while. I had fun looking through so many of my older posts- especially since that’s when the Netherlands was still so new to me and everything was different.

Den Bosch

I remember this shot of  white on our first trip to Den Bosch over six months ago. It was cloudy and just a little bit drizzly at the time, but we still fell in love with the city and have visited quite a few times since. Known in full as ‘s-Hertogenbosch, I’m not sure how to pronounce it. I do know, however, that they have some pretty wonderful treats there.


Here I have some yellow to share from our very first experience at Keukenhof- home of one crazy huge flower festival. I don’t think you’ve been to Holland if you haven’t seen the tulips! I just noticed that their theme for next year is ‘Holland’ so if you haven’t been yet- 2014 might be your year to check it out!

Blue Heart of Delft

We have been to Delft twice. Something about the small canals, narrow streets and brick buildings really makes me want to visit again and again. I love this picture of my son hugging the Blauw Heart. We were strolling through Delft that day with my sister- we didn’t know about this but stumbled upon it as we turned a corner. My son, who is 4, said to me ‘Mom, I wanna go give the heart a biiiig hug!’ I thought that was one of the sweetest things I had ever heard.

Canal house

I love the canal homes of the Netherlands. Additionally I find flower boxes and brightly painted front doors so incredibly charming that I want to stuff this idea in my memory banks for when we return home to the states in a couple of years. What a cheerful building! This home was also found in Delft.

Beetle car in Holland

In our own village of Oisterwijk, this friendly little green beetle is seen every once in a while on the street. It usually has a few people gathered around it, and I had to wait to take this photo. Well worth it in my opinion.

The rules of the contest state that I tag 5 bloggers to join in as well. They’re all pretty nice people, with fantastic IG galleries. Highly worth the follow!

Sara from Chasing the Donkey– Aussie expat in Croatia turned blogger building their dream house. She’s a delight all the way around and will have you planning a trip to Croatia if you haven’t been already. In her spare time she’s off shooting fabulous pictures and learning Croatian via her Skype lessons.

Ann from Travel Turtle– Ann is a US expat in Germany and has a fantastic family travel resource blog. She knows the ins and outs of the travel business- and I am thrilled to call her my own personal travel agent. She has yet to steer me wrong and I’m so happy she lives under an hour away from me.

Jenny from A Taste of Travel– Jenny is an Aussie currently on one of the most amazing European tours I can imagine. I met her back in May while she was in Rotterdam and have lost track as to where all she has been. Currently in Turkey- I have a feeling she could win this entire contest with pictures of her market finds alone.

Emiel from Act of Traveling– Emiel is also here in the Netherlands and has been on some fantastic adventures this summer. His blog has been a tremendous inspiration for our own family trip to Gent this past summer. He’s just gotten started on IG as well, and its clear he has a fantastic eye.

Nicole of Arrows Sent Forth– Nicole is a fairly new US expat in England. I’ve really enjoyed checking up on her and her kids as they have made the transition and adjustments to a new culture just like we have. She also has the eye for some great photographs- and shares her English village life and travels very well.

Interested in joining the challenge? Here’s how to do it:

Write a post with your five best photos from these color categories: RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. Be sure to nominate five other bloggers and tweet it with the hashtag #CTC13.

There will be a winner from each color category who will get: an 128GB iPad, a Fuji camera or £750 worth of Arc’teryx clothing and equipment (you choose). Then from the five winners, an overall winner will be chosen to win: £3,000 travel fund (worth about $4633 USD). For the full contest rules go here. You can follow the entries from these Pinterest boards and the Facebook page.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Reeta @houseofanais September 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

They are great, so happy that you participated in too! How I love the tulips, I would so love to see one year those blooming colourful flower fields….


2 farrah September 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

Thanks Reeta! I loved going through my old photos. Going to make it a point to return again next spring to see the tulips as well! It was incredible.


3 Ann September 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Great photos! I can’t wait to join up when I get full Internet on Tuesday!


4 farrah September 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

Yay! Can’t wait till you’re back.


5 Chasing the Donkey September 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Ohhh such lovely photos – my fav is that blue one. It’s like a giant heart.

How kind of you to think of me. How will I ever find photos to compete with these (and the other entries I looked at….)

Is it in the rules to pay someone to take photos on your behalf… photoshop them and then claim them as your own…????


6 farrah September 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

It IS a giant heart 🙂 You should really come up here and check it out 🙂

And I think that *may* be against the rules, but who knows.. ha!


7 Gayla September 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Oh man, you got me with the tulips and your little man hugging the big blauw hart!!
Still haven’t been to Keukenhof. Sure hope we can make it in ’14.


8 farrah September 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

You’ve got to go. I realize it’s the #1 touristy thing to do here, but it really is something to see. I’m planning to go again this spring, so just let me know when and I’ll meet you there!


9 Greta September 13, 2013 at 2:23 am

I love seeing your IG pictures! And these colors are just amazing.


10 farrah September 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

Thanks Greta! I love taking pics here and sharing them with y’all. It makes me feel like you’re along for the ride… without being woken up at 3am by a 2 year old of course 😉


11 Chasing the Donkey September 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I did it…. I finally finished. Man, that was damn hard work!


12 farrah September 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

Looks awesome!! I love your blue. And green. And red. And yellow. And white. 🙂


13 Amy September 15, 2013 at 5:01 am

As always, your photos are dreamy and make me want to travel. So pretty!


14 farrah September 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

Thanks Amy. Glad to see you’re back!


15 Satu VW September 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I especially love the blue one, although the green beetle is adorable! I have vague memories of our family having a yellow one when I was about 7-years old, it never started in the cold early mornings in Finland when my mom promised to take me and my brother to school 🙂


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