Colour My World – Grey

Grey. That most neutral of colours. Detached, disengaged, doubtful.

Neither white nor black. Day nor night. The morning mist. The shadowy veil of twilight. The dismal pall of winter fog. The ghostly whispers of memories. The colour of wisdom and truth. Of life.

Presenting a gallery of greys from around the world.


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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

70 thoughts on “Colour My World – Grey

  1. Life is not in black and white, it has many shades, and there is a space between these two colours, and grey is what bridges these gaps…there is a philosophy in this colour of grey. Very true it is the colour of wisdom and truth of life…

    A fabulous gallery of photos, wonderfully captured and beautifully presented…

  2. My partner and I were talking about grey last night. He mourns the loss of his passionate, youthful black and white thinking, but for me, ever the voice of reason, I see grey as mature, thoughtful and wise. Truthfully, the whole world is in the grey area…

    1. silver, of course. which reminds me of something i read on a card in a gift shop long ago: when it comes to our hair, it may turn silver, but never grey. or something like that 🙂

  3. I always think of gray as so depressing and drab, Madhu, but these photos are wonderful. It is a color so often found in nature, and in the earth and in man’s creations, isn’t it?

    1. It is Cathy. It is my favourite colour of late. Hubby drew the line at a funky concrete floor for our apartment 🙂

    1. Thanks David. Bayon was the most striking. My favourite was Preah Khan though.. Haven’t featured it yet, except for a few odd photos. Don’t ask me why 🙂

  4. I’m a secret admirer of grey color. 🙂 It’s an underrated color. Very happy to have recognized each and every pictures.

    1. Very underrated indeed Rommel. I am happy too that you could recognise every one of my photos 🙂 I thought your desert sculpture series was outstanding.

    1. Thanks Niranjan. Grey certainly isn’t popular for flooring or furnishing here in India. Beige seems to be the preferred option, and it was a task finding suitable material in grey tones for our apartment.

  5. Nice collection of photos there, and the langurs fit in perfectly with their natural fur 😉 For me, grey means mist or fog. And some of the best places in Asia can be enhanced with a lining of “grey”. Some of the Vietnamese or Thai mountains shrouded in “grey” provide ample photo opportunity as well as giving an ethereal atmosphere.

  6. But your grays all have color! They are imbued with color, they are not GRAY in the manner we usually speak of it. They are mysterious or solid or backgrounds to color or reflectors of color. Anything but dull, anything but drab or boring. The photo of Varanasi knocks me out.

    1. Dawn on the Ganges is special Judith. Even when the sun is obscured by clouds like in that photo. But to me grey is always beautiful.

  7. What delicious greys these are, Madhu! Some of them barely qualify 🙂 🙂 I especially love that head, followed by the deer in the mist. Stunning! 🙂
    Are you caught up yet? It’s never ending, isn’t it? Any plans afoot for Christmas?

    1. Never ending Jo! Nothing much happening in December apart from visits with family in Bangalore. We are planning a short break with friends mid Jan. Still debating the destination 🙂 Will you be home for Christmas?

  8. Really great post Madhu. Isn’t it interesting that sometimes the most subdued thing can in the right situation be the most impressive. Thank you for sharing it. Take care. -Max-

  9. Two of these photographs are on my TS page on the subsection with participants gallery :). The one that caught my eye here now is the head sculpture from India!

    1. Paula, I am just putting together a post that I meant to link to your Thursday special, but the dang video refused to upload 😦 One last try tonight before I sleep.

      1. Please don’t lose sleep over it. I will be happy for you to link when you can. Thank you kindly, Madhu. I am happy and honoured 🙂

  10. … then there are elephants, clouds in Tanzania and old lady in Paris, and then the rest of the pics with every one among them exquisite.

  11. Beautiful pictures for me the Varanasi Dawn with the reflection of the sun tops this collection. Thanks Madhu.

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