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Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s my backpack for setting us the Travel Theme challenge of Red, this week. If you want to see some beautiful examples of this subject go to her blog site at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/09/07/red/

Most people who have an interest in photography have a number of images that include the color red.  I recall a member of the camera club, to which I used to belong many years ago, telling me that whenever they went on a field trip they always made sure one of the party was wearing either a red jacket or shirt in order to add color to what might otherwise turn out to be some dull pictures!  Fortunately on these two visits to the Union Railway Museum in Illinois and Volkening Farm at Spring Valley I didn’t need the assistance of a red jacket.

Red certainly stands out in a crowd whether it’s a solemn occasion like a religious procession attended by The Knights of Columbus or a fun event like a parade in Columbus, Indiana.

It can be something man-made such as a sculpture in Skokie or nature’s work of art like a field of poppies in Cantigny Park.

Maybe it’s a colorful part of a dancer’s costume like those of these young ladies performing at Ballet Folklorico and the Japan Festival.

It can dominate the scene as in the former home of the Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol, or stand out as a single object like this umbrella at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.

The pictures below show part of a display at the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the Chinese Dragon Dancers at a parade in Indiana. Such vibrant shades add an intensity to any picture and undoubtedly draw the eye towards the subject in red.