Travel theme: Trees

The same trees, two ways.

I’m not great at photography, but I do like playing around with photographs and seeing what I can produce. From the same shot of woods in Austria, I created ‘cool’ trees and ‘warm’ trees. Which one do you think looks the best?

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Travel theme: Fantastic

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is a fitting tribute to the author Terry Pratchett, who sadly passed away on Thursday. Growing up, I read a lot of books and I am a massive Discworld fan. I am lucky to say that I met Pratchett once at a book signing in Preston. He was a lovely, gracious man. There aren’t many people who have left me starstruck, but he definitely makes the list. His ability to transport you to a magical, fantasy land has inspired my writing and photography for years. I wonder how many of these photos I would have taken if I hadn’t had knowledge of the Discworld at the back of my mind.

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Travel theme: Environment

Environment is the subject of Ailsa’s travel theme this week (click here to see more entries). This is a topic that has so many meanings, and a word that I have heard used a lot for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, when we hear the word ‘environment’, a lot of us immediately associate it with things like climate change, extinction of species and deforestation. As a modern, Western human being, I am constantly torn between wanting to experience as many parts of the Earth’s environment as I can and at the same time preserve it for as long as possible. I am not naive, I know that every time I hike up a mountain, ski down a slope or use a concrete building, I am contributing to the destruction of our beautiful environment. So I try to strike a balance. I’ve been a plant-based vegetarian for over three years now, so my impact on the planet through my dietary choices has greatly reduced. I try to create as little waste as possible, and use biodegradable products whenever I can. By taking these small steps, and more, I hope that I deserve to explore my environment a little more.

When I visited Iceland in February 2014, I encountered many varied and breathtaking environments…

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In any ski resort you don’t have to look far to spot humanity’s impact on the environment. However, the views are still stunning…

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The Grand Canyon was top of my bucket list for so many years, and is one of the best places I have ever visited. It is also a reminder that, no matter how much we play with our planet, we will never be bigger than nature…

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We are now able to fiddle with the environment so much that we can even write in the sky, as I discovered in Los Angeles…

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We can build our structures, but other creatures will still find their space in this environment we share…

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And finally, a display in Las Vegas that reminded me you sometimes have to put yourself in the position of others’ and see things from their viewpoint…

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Travel theme: Energy

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Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Energy (click here to see more entries). Back in September last year, I travelled to Austria for a week to visit family. One day, we caught the gondola up to Muttereralm, primarily to check out the mountain carting that is taking over as the popular sport during the summer months when there is no snow to ski on. However, there are lots of cool things to do and see on the mountain, including a series of waterwheels, sluices and other obstacles that the stream runs through on its way down the hill. I was there with my nephew and eldest niece, and they were both fascinated by the interactive elements that helped them learn about the power and movement of water. My nephew was a typical boy about it. He wanted to build up as much water as possible, and then see what happened when he let it go. My niece, on the other hand, takes after my dad (he’s a physicist). She naturally understands how things work, and methodically went along the machines one by one to confirm what she already knew. It was great fun to watch them explore.

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Travel theme: Details

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I’ve decided to use this picture for Ailsa’s travel theme this week (click here to see more entries). I was camping near the beach at Port Eynon in The Gower, South Wales with some friends. In between bouts of heavy rain, the sun would come out and I’d grab my camera to take a few shots of the stunning scenery that The Gower is famous for. I loved the detail on these rocks, so I bent down to get a better look. This is what the beach looked like from a more usual angle…

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Travel theme: Doorways

I’ve been away in Andorra for the past week (more about that to come, I promise), but I am so glad that I’ve made it back in time to join in with this week’s Travel theme.

Once again, Ailsa has managed to choose a theme that is like the mothership calling me home. I take photos of doorways a lot. There’s just something about them that draws me in and begs me to shoot them. Sometimes they are ornate, sometimes plain and simply painted all one colour. They might have an interesting detail such as a decorative knocker, or the wood from which the door was made might now be so old and fading that it is a feature in itself. I’ve seen whole soap operas play out in a single doorway. These are some of the doorways I have stopped by on my travels, click here to see more entries.

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Travel theme: Mischievous

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A couple of years ago I spent a few days in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. These little fish stencils were painted on the paths to direct you from the port to the major sites of interest in the town such as the castle, old town and the aquarium.

On my last day there, as I was waiting for my bus back to London, I noticed that a mischievous yet creative individual had made an addition to one of the fish…

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Travel theme: Laughter

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As I plan my 2015 trip to Alaska, I’ve been thinking a lot about the last time I went to America. One of the greatest things about the journey through California, Nevada and Arizona was that I got share it with 12 other amazing young women (and not forgetting our driver and guide Casey). They were strangers on the first day, but eight days later we had all bonded. I have a lot of fond memories of that trip, but one of the most enduring is the laughter. The free, fun-loving, joyful laughter.

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Travel theme: Sparkle

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Ailsa’s adding some sparkle to January with this week’s travel theme – click here to see more entries. I took this photo at a caravan park in Tenby, Wales because I loved the way that the early morning dew made the spider’s web sparkle. Also, I wanted to capture the moment because the ill-advised spider had decided to build their web on the children’s play area, so it probably wasn’t going to be there for much longer.

Travel theme: Above

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When Ailsa asked us to share our favourite experiences of being ‘Above’ for this week’s travel theme, there was only one place on my mind. Flying over the Grand Canyon ticked off so many items on my bucket list – my first time flying in a helicopter, visiting my number one dream destination and doing something awesome for my 30th birthday.

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