21 October 2011

shades of autumn: orange

The beautiful blogs Bumbles & Light, Live & Love Out Loud and Project Alicia are hosting a photography challenge based around the shades of autumn. You can find out all the details by clicking on the button below.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

At only 70-ish miles from the equator there's no traditional northern hemisphere change in the seasons here in Singapore. I thought this might be an interesting exercise in sharing the shades of a tropical Asian autumn; lush, vibrant and dripping with sweat colour.

So if you're after blazing fall leaves or staggering late afternoon sunsets, my response (in textbook Singlish) is simply "cannot lah". But I can confidently assume that a gazillion other Shades of Autumn contributors will well and truly scratch that itch for you, so do hop over and take a look.

Instead, here are some of the oranges to be found in Singapore this autumn (plus a few sneaky extras from 2010 - shhhhhhh - I won't tell if you don't).

mid-autumn festival lantern, Chinese Garden

a stand-up comic once riffed that Singapore's a great place, but it'll be even
better when it's finished: construction-site orange could be the national colour

these lovely flowers cover every shade of orange as they fade

huge bundles of incense for sale outside a temple

i like the black smudges on these, are they insect roadmarkings?

a colour-conscious mynah bird
matching background and beak is frightfully slimming dear heart

Confession time: the next three photos are actually from Japan at the end of 2010, but they're so fundamentally orange, I could hardly exclude them!

mount Inari, Kyoto

mount Inari, Kyoto

manhole cover, Shinagawa, Tokyo

See my green and yellow photos from previous weeks!


  1. I love seeing your creative finds for the colors! I could drown in that first picture from Japan!

  2. So glad you did include those Japan shots. That first one is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your orange captures for the Shades of Autumn Challenge!

  3. Love those shots from Japan - wow!

  4. wow that kyoto photo is awesome! is it temple? and yes, reds will be so much easier to do, cant wait! thanks for stopping by :-)

  5. I love this post (but as most people know, orange is my favourite colour) The Mount Inari pictures are truly gorgeous :)

  6. I love how you find the colors of the challenge, you've got a knack for it!! Have a great weekend!

  7. Your photos are such a refreshing change. Great job on the "Orange" photos.

  8. Gorgeous!! I love seeing your photos.

  9. These photos are breathtaking! Makes me want to travel, and it's absolutely gorgeous where you live. How lovely just to come upon a mynah bird! I've never seen one in person.

  10. Beautiful work again! I so look forward to seeing what you come up with every week! I love the photos from Japan too, gorgeous.

    Thank you for taking part in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge, I'm excited to see what you come up with next time for the colour red!

  11. Cedar, Alicia, Barbara, Sonishka, Pinkundine Satakieli - thanks for the big up on the Japan photos! I have about a thousand of the orange path (as you can imagine!) so it was hard to pick a couple out for this. It is a path up the side of a mountain to a shinto shrine, I believe there are about 3km of orange gates (you know the ones shaped like a 'pi' symbol). It was staggering.

    Swanski, you're so sweet, as ever.

    Grandma & Leighannn - lovely to have you along for the autumn colours!

    Lydia - thank you - I can't believe that after only 3 short months of blogging I feel I just KNOW some of you girls!!! So mynah birds are just EVERYWHERE here (but if I'm honest, I didn't even know they were mynah birds 'til I looked it up a few weeks ago. Ooops!)

  12. very creative!


  13. Great perspective on every. single. shot! I just love your eye for photography.


  14. Again, I love your shots. So much color and vibrancy.

  15. Stunning shots! I love stopping by your place each week. It's great to see what fall looks like in other parts of the world. And your photos from Kyoto? They're amazing!
    Thanks for joining us in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. I'm so excited about next week's theme: RED! Have a great weekend. :)

  16. Great orange finds, I especially love your Japan shots!

  17. All wonderful shots - I had to laugh at the construction orange :)

  18. very creative !! enjoy your sharing in this 'out
    of the box' idea of embracing seasonal change..
    for me, i cook & eat seasonal food to embrace &
    celebrate the passing of time, change in season..
    or just trying to excite the mood..
    Thank you. Your pictures are "FEAST FOR THE EYES".
    keep it coming..so that i do not have to cook today !!haha


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