The World's A Palette! For March 2015

This month, we take you through an incredible journey across the 10 most colourful places on earth that will blow your mind away! Experience the most unusual colours that haven’t even made it to the Pantone list yet!

1. Morning Glory Thermal Pool, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Morning Glory Pool is a hot spring named after its sapphire colour, similar to the colour of the Morning Glory flower. This thermal pool in the US boasts of exuberant colours, a result of bacterial colonies inhabiting its walls. The area is prone to heavy seismic activity that also has the pool erupting as a geyser.

2. Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

The Hitachi Seaside Park is best known for the “Nemophila Harmony,” a flower festival held in May celebrating the blooming of over 4.5 million translucent blue Nemophila (baby blue-eyes) flowers. The park is also home to 170 types of tulips, over a million daffodils, and myriad other flowers!

3. Fly Geyser, Northern Nevada

No, it’s not a painting! It’s for real. It’s the Fly Geyser. As a result of well drilling in the 1960s, a poorly capped well began spewing dissolved minerals. What you see is a pile of those minerals layering up over the course of years, forming pillars. The colours on the pillars remind you of the vibrant colours of a rainbow. Sadly, it’s on private property (though that hasn’t stopped people from extensively blogging about how to find it!).

4. Village of Manarola, on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy

The prettiest of pinks, the ombre from sunsets, Cinque Terre coast in Italy has the most soothing amalgamation of hues. Cinque Terre, which means “the five lands”, is a portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, consisting of five villages built on terraces that overlook the sea. In the picture, you see the Manarola village.

5. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is every discerning traveller’s dream. Bristled with pristine white and blue buildings, it soothes your senses. And as the sun goes down, you see a spectacular glow of orange and red in the cliffs. The blue coastline compliments the architecture like a perfect symphony.

6. Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur is another great example of how colours can give an entire city a distinct look. What began in the olden days as a practice started by Brahmins (high priests in the Indian caste system) in order to distinguish them, is now become a popular trend among city dwellers.

7. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, Africa

Bo-Kaap or formerly the Malay Quarter was one of the original hubs of Malay culture in Cape Town. Today, the city looks like a colourful canvas, full of blocks painted of bright colours. If you are feeling the blues, then Bo-Kaap is where you should head. The property just goes to show how innovatively colours can be used to create a happy mood palette.

8. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

The reason this manmade structure has made it to this list? Well, the picture says it all. It is the ‘Saint Basil’s Cathedral’ in Moscow. Yes, a cathedral! The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, aptly painted with warm and vibrant colours. What’s surprising is that the design has no analogues in Russian architecture. It has now been converted into a museum.

9. Dallol, Ethiopia

Averaged at a scorching 94 degrees Fahrenheit, this Ethiopian town is known to be one of the hottest places on earth. The fascinating hydrothermal deposits lend the landscape a unique blend of earthen colours. Back in the 60s, it was a mining settlement but now it’s abandoned.

10. Rio Tinto, Spain

The Rio Tinto is a river in south-western Spain. It flows from the Sierra Morena mountains and gets its red colour from dissolved iron deposits due to the river’s high acidity (pH2), a by-product of heavy mining activity.

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