January 29

Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT

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“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.” Oscar de la Renta

Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT - A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT – A Splash Of Colors!

Vibrancy is so universally desirable, so totemic in its powers, that even though we aren’t sure what the word means, we know the quality it designates must be cultivated. The vibrant, we believe, is what makes certain cities flourish. Thomas Frank

Oh how I love the splash of vibrant colors I see in so many places! Today’s challenge put a big smile on my face because, lately, we have been inundated with snow and grey days; I’ve been wishing for the colorful days of summer time again and this exercise gave me a chance to up the ante on all the colors I’ve captured over the past many months. I love kaleidoscopic, vibrant colors, and whenever I enter a room with lots of cheerful colors, like yellows, oranges, gold, reds, bright blues and greens, they cheer me up and brighten my spirit. Of course, we can add cheer to our lives in many other ways but color is an immediate spirit booster. Add a splash of color to a room and see the mood shift in that space. I can’t see enough color around me.

My photos came from a wide range of places; some of the flowers were from a bouquet, my garden, and/or the local flower shop. The ladies dressed as lollipops were part of a team that were present at the last Bloggers Bash event in NYC. The wall art with birds flying in a yellow, orangey sky were from a building at a campsite in Dutchess County, NY. The 2016 colorful glasses were part of our New Year’s Day celebrations and the colorful poles were part of an art installation in Woodstock, NY… and on and on. Enjoy the blast of colors!

“It takes a lot of effort to be vibrant.” Tom Stoppard

Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT - A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT – A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT - A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT – A Splash Of Colors!

Most inspiration still comes from bicycling around San Francisco. This city never fails to inspire me. It is one of the most vibrant cities – especially visually – with a constant influx of young energy arriving daily. I love it. Barry McGee
New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is a fitting host to its many international visitors, who can come to witness first-hand what a vibrant multicultural democracy looks like. Ban Ki-moon

How is vibrancy expressed? As I contemplated this exercise, it struck me that vibrancy is expressed in other ways too. For instance, one of my favorite cities, New York City, is a vibrant city because of its energy and multicultural dynamic but, it is not visually vibrant.  San Francisco, on the other hand, is also one of my favorites cities on the planet and it is truly a visually vibrant place. Think of those colorful homes or painted ladies that dot the landscape of that gorgeous city and, of course, the trolleys and the majestic burnt orange of the Golden Gate Bridge. We can say the same for other visually colorful cities around the world; Rio, Stockholm, Amsterdam and many, many more. So, vibrancy can be a quality as well as a color and we know it when we see it or feel it. How do you express yours?

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“A vibrant inner life is far more powerful than a busy outer one.” David Romanelli

Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT - A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT – A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT - A Splash Of Colors!
Weekly Photo Challenge: VIBRANT – A Splash Of Colors!

A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence. Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guides, suggests, and urges a vibrant life in the inner and outer world. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Don’t forget to cultivate your inner Vibrant Self: We are responsible for our joy, and Mandy and Clarissa are encouraging us to embrace that side of our personality. Follow you heart and dreams and make sure to nurture what gives you joy.  Also,  I love the message of David’s quote, above, because it is a great reminder that vibrancy doesn’t end with the external colors and energy we think of when we ponder the term. We need to cultivate our inner life and make sure it is peopled with humor, color, creativity and self-care. If we allow our inner life to become barren, our outer experience will reflect the same.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – VIBRANT

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: VIBRANT –  This week, share a photo of something vibrant. Vivid colors, a lively portrait, or perhaps a delightfully colorful landscape, if you’re in a warmer climate. Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.


Positive Motivation Tip: Fill your inner and outer life with vibrant colors and goals. Your Muse awaits you!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • I love your Oscar de la Renta quote at the beginning of your blog post. It’s so fitting for the beautiful, colorful photos that followed!

  • I too am SO looking forward to summer returning, Even if it’s heat I’ll take it! missing out on all the colors, awesome shots 🙂

  • I LOVE those pictures! They are the right kind of beautiful and color!! I should get my hubby to do a challenge like this.

  • Visually, New Orleans is super vibrant, especially during Mardi Gras and I love going there with my daughter. Even though my hometown in Michigan isn’t visually vibrant, it feels vibrant because my brothers and sisters live there.

  • I love vibrant colors as they show a happy and joyful vibe. It’s good to know that some of these photos are from SF. Do they celebrate a kind of festival?

  • So much color …love it! Just how I love to live life…colorful. Love your blog post about embracing our inner-vibrance. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for sharing this. It’s an awesome reminder. I appreciate you. Keep it up! 🙂

  • I love the quote about having a more vibrant inner life. We spend so much time decorating our lives on the outside that we forget it is what on the inside that matters.

  • Colors really gives life! It give us something to smile and appreciate the things around us.

  • These photos are simply breathtaking! It must have been challenging as well as fun to have taken up this task. I look forward to seeing more from you! Cheers!
    George Felix

  • These vibrant colors can put life into dull minds and tired eyes. Very well-taken photos. How about writing a post on photo-taking techniques for bloggers? 🙂

  • these pictures are so fun! i too love a splash of color as it just adds so much life to everything

  • Those photos are very vibrant, indeed! I love how these images can easily brighten one’s mood. 🙂

  • This collage is certainly full of vibrant colours, the flowers are so pretty 🙂

  • I love colors and vibrance! They add life, zest, energy and excitement to things.

  • These photos make me happy! I’ve been following your blog for a while but never really knew where you lived. Is it NY?

  • I liked this lollipop concept of themes,this is something total new for me.Nice to be here in your blog,you always keep sharing something out of box here.Thanks a lot for this amazing post.

  • Hmm Vibrant…Energy, Colour, Rainbows, Carnivals, Spring flowers, summery colours…Ahhh you got me in a state envisioning all these vibrant things and wishing for summer. Funny how we always wish for that something just ahead of us. So I am loving this weekly photo challenge share Elizabeth! Has brought a smile to my face!

  • A splash of color can brighten the world around you. It can also brighten the mood of the person wearing it

  • I like seeing vibrant colors and especially in my Instagram feed. Colors make nature and the things all around us look more interesting.

  • The vibrancy of these photos are breathtaking. Thank you for bringing a little joy on a Saturday evening.

  • Beautiful photos! It was a welcome treat for me to view them at this time when the weather is all dark and gloomy. Makes me want to go outside and shoot some photos of flowers in bloom (if there is ever any!)

  • I would always relate the word vibrant to colors & happy moments / days. I always try to keep a cheerful, vibrant vibe. I focus on the positive and stay away from people who radiate negative energies. Sometimes it’s challenging especially at work but if you keep your mind and eyes on the goal, you stay on track.

  • These colors are definitely vibrant. I love all your photos; they brightened up my morning.

  • I would always relate the word vibrant to colors & happy moments / days. I always try to keep a cheerful, vibrant vibe. I focus on the positive and stay away from people who radiate negative energies. Sometimes it’s challenging especially at work but if you keep your mind and eyes on the goal, you stay on track 🙂

  • You made me think of Copenhagen with your description. A place I would definitely love to go.

  • I really like these photos! The bright and vibrant colors make me feel so happy and positive!

  • I love the eyeglasses and lollipops! What VIBRANT colors! I’m not much of a photographer, but these images make me want to pick up a camera and start creating!

  • Love the vibrancy of this post ! Absolutely inspiring and NY wow I’ve lived in my all my life and it is certsinly nice to see positivity and color out of it.

  • I love your line that we have to create and maintain our own inner vibrancy! Working on keeping my colorful light lit! Thank you. 🙂

  • You’re getting me all enthused for the blossoms of spring time. I can hardly wait!

  • I try to also live a vibrant life in every sense of the word 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous and I also loved the Met’s China through the Looking Glass exhibition! So great.

  • I am all for vibrant colors. That is why festivals all over the world are so happy events because of the bright colors that liven things up. Natural vibrant colors in flowers we can see in spectacular gardens remain unmatched though.

  • The photos are very colorful. They do make you feel happy and cheerful. Makes me want to be where some of these pictures were taken.

  • i am one of those vibrant women simply because i love colors too much. <3 although black and white is sophisticated and all, id still prefer the brightly colored environment. <3

  • The photo above is very colorful and lovely at the same time. Here in our country we only have summer and rainy days. As long as the colors compliment each other and there’s a good balance, it’s okay to me. You are a good photographer.

  • Every photo is just fun and colorful. How I wish I could visit NY or SanFo to see their vibrancy in person. For me, I express vibrancy in my everyday outfits!

  • Everyone is responsible for their own happiness, you are right!
    Looking at the vibrant colours really make me notice the things around me more!

  • Vibrancy and colors really give us a brighter picture of life. We should add vitality and vibrancy in our daily life.

  • Love, love, love the color! We just had a huge snow storm and everything is kind of gray and dirty. Your pictures certainly brightened my morning!

  • I am just loving these gorgeous photos with vibrant colors that relates with this inspiring post. I agree that we should motivate our-self to make sure we have a vibrant life that is colorful & positive.

  • All of those vibrant colors and photos are a nice change to this gloomy weather we’re having. You did a great job with your photo challenge.

  • I love all of these vibrant colors. They should do make me feel more alive.

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