Some of my favourite travel moments have been dominated by the colour blue.

I still dream of the endless blue of Kailua Bay on the west coast of Oahu

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How Hawaii does blue

and the turquoise blue crystal waters of Lake Atitlán surrounded by misty volcanoes will live in my soul forever.

blue lake atitlan Atitlán Guatemala

No better blue than Lago de Atitlán in Guatemala

In London, I remember the electric blue of the Christmas lights

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A blue Christmas in London

and the pale blue waters of the fountain at Trafalgar Square

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Illuminated blue waters in Trafalgar Square

and in Scotland, the steely blue street performer on the steep inclines of Edinburgh’s old town.

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Steel blue performance art at the Edinburgh Festival

My heart skips a beat when I glimpse the impossible skies over Ireland.

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Blue and gold streaked skies over the Sugarloaf Mountain

Then there is the exclusive cerulean of the rich and fabulous in the Hamptons

blue main beach hamptons

Rich and fabulous blue Hampton-style. Wait, is that Carrie Bradshaw?

and the rich and famous azure of the pools at Hearst Castle.

blue hearst castle pool

I’ve got a case of the ‘I want to live here’ blues

While there are many, many more blues in my travel history, I’ll leave you with one final image – a hummingbird silhouetted against the blue skies of California.

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Hummingbird in the blue skies of California

I had a ridiculous amount of fun with our unofficial photo challenge this weekend. A huge, huge thanks to everyone who took part. I wonder if there’s room for two photo challenges…

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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159 Responses to Blue

  1. Lagos says:

    Wow you really take your audience to the location, great job!

  2. Jessica says:

    This is the most fun post I’ve seen so far about this week’s photo challenge! And Hearst Castle is so cool, the water is such an incredible color.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks so much, Jessica, I had a lot of fun searching through my many, many travel photos looking for blues. Hearst Castle is pretty impressive, there’s an indoor pool decorated with pure gold – all those old time Hollywood stars knew how to party!

  3. Many, many fabulous shades of blue 🙂

  4. I hope sometimes in the future i can visit those places. It’s too amazing.
    Maybe I like the pool photo the mos but i want to visit the hawaii the most.

  5. Seriously blue. Super post. 🙂

  6. milaiski says:

    Everything blue. 🙂 love it.

  7. Lola Jane says:

    Wow! This was my first time with the photo challenge, and I am SO glad I participated. I have seen the most amazing photographs. Beautiful “blue theme” photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Lola Jane, and welcome to the photo challenge, it gets terribly addictive and it’s a wonderful way to make new WordPress friends – look at us, sharing photos and the mutual love of blue and green! Adored your little surfer guys! xxx Ailsa

  8. All wonderful! Love the arches, the street performer, and the hummingbird especially!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, London really takes Christmas seriously, those blue arches were just the tip of the iceberg, at Christmas the whole town lights up. And Edinburgh during the Festival is an unmissable experience. xx

  9. katehobbs says:

    Such variety in response to this week’s theme. I love the Christmas arches, and the street performer in Edinburgh. I’ve probably past her in the street on my trips to the Scottish capital.
    Thanks for these.

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  12. Gobetween says:

    Impressive collection. Amazing photo of the Irish sky.

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  14. Jo Bryant says:

    as I was scrolling through I was thinking i can’t pick a favourite…then you zapped me with the last one…wow

  15. Claudia says:

    Awesome photos. I like the second and last photos best. That water is so beautiful. And the hummingbird has always amazed me with its high speed flapping. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Claudia, Atitlán is truly breathtaking, such a magical place. And I was very happy with that last photo, those little guys are so quick and zippy it’s hard to catch them staying still long enough to get a shot 🙂

  16. muhyasir says:

    great photos… very blue

  17. vandysnape says:

    Steely blue performer ..awsome ! 🙂 Great pictures 🙂

  18. Beautiful photos!! They all look so restful and inviting!!

  19. golappan says:

    Lovely places…Nice capture too!!! And, Blue is my fav. color…thanx for sharing 😉

  20. Jude says:

    A wonderful mixture of super-blues!

  21. cobbies69 says:

    Beautiful collection of blue photo’s. great take on theme.. thank you.. 😉

  22. Inge says:

    WOW! Very nice entry! 🙂

  23. Absolutely stunning! Blue is the colour associated with happy thoughts and things for me – not the other! Just lovely!
    BTW I loved the unofficial challenge – well done!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks so much, Charlene, and wasn’t the unofficial challenge fun? so glad you joined in! just saw your entry for Blue, dear sweet Hayley. Love. xx

  24. Meemzo says:

    The bird one is fantastic … motion in blue

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Reem, he stayed still long enough for me to get a decent shot, thankfully. Loved your cell at St Charbel hermitage. xxx

  25. Myra GB says:

    I believe there’s always room for more photo challenges. I am in AWE of your beautiful ‘blue’ photos here coming from all over. Too bad I didn’t have the time to join your unofficial photo challenge, perhaps a next time? 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Grin, I am hatching an idea as we speak. I couldn’t see where to follow your gatheringbooks blog – can you follow this blog or are you on a different host? xxx

  26. LuckyPorcupine says:

    Those skies over Ireland are breath taking!

  27. sahbinahvioletflynn says:

    What a lovely pictorial tribute to blue. Your poetic narrative swept me along on the journey;o)

  28. marina says:

    beautiful images!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Marina, I’ve been lucky enough to have seen some incredible places so far, hoping I’ll get to see some more soon! xxx

  29. polly says:

    really great shots

  30. Blue Christmas in London, hem… awesome. 😛

  31. Great photos Ailsa. I really love the Sugarloaf sky.

  32. all great shots in different shades of blue

  33. DagEnDauw says:

    So many beautifull blue pictures here, but the hummingbird is definitly my favorite.
    Thanks for your visits and comments on my blog =)

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Dauw, I do love the hummingbird one, the little bit of flutter in the wings and the legs getting ready to unfold. Gorgeous entry this week, great macro! xxx

  34. Connie T says:

    I love the blue sky over Sugarloaf Mountain. All of your pictures are beautiful.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Connie, it was a stunning day out hiking in the north of Dublin, and the skies were incredible. Enjoyed your entry, your ‘hair-shaped’ cloud made me laugh out loud! xxx Ailsa

  35. Gracie says:

    Beautiful images, Ailsa. Your photo of the Kailua Bay just brings back wonderful memories.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Gracie, it is as close to paradise as I think I’ll ever get! Just popped over to your blog and after all this blue, your pink post was fabulous!!! xxx Ailsa

  36. Incredible!! Lovely shots.
    I’ve never imaged London in that Blue!
    These blue images are so refreshing!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Janet, it was taken on New Bond Street and the whole place glowed electric blue, brought out my inner child like you wouldn’t believe. Loved your blue sundial. Still, I think it’s a bit optimistic to try to use a sundial in the UK. A raindial, maybe… 🙂

  37. Please stop it, Ailsa! I’m about to pack my backpack to see the wonderful places you’ve been to. Especially Ireland.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hee hee, nice one, Marion. Well, you’ve already got the English blue and Portuguese blue in your post. Grab your backpack and let’s go find Moroccan/Thai/Icelandic blue! So many places to see. 🙂

  38. Could never be blue looking at these! The London pictures are outstanding

  39. Patricia says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your blues are simply stunning.

  40. themofman says:

    All terrific examples for this challenge.

  41. Jeff Sinon says:

    All quite blue, all quite nice!

  42. Imelda says:

    Fabulous blues! This is a gorgeous collection, Ailsapm. 🙂

  43. Your blue collection does double duty as a travel log.
    Stunning photography! I am mesmerized!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, Annie, I’m a bit of a nomad – like yourself (just read your about section!) – and have been lucky enough to have seen blues from all around the world. Glad you popped over for a look! xxx

  44. scottrandall says:

    Ailsa – great shots! I appreciate many of them because we’ve been lucky enough to have been there. Your hummingbird is spectacular. Sorry I didn’t get a reflection entry in as we were out of town and without connectivity.

    • ailsapm says:

      Aha, a kindred traveller, Scott, wonderful, still thinking about your Galapagos shots, so lovely. No worries about reflections entry, there were some seriously wonderful entries, though, don’t know if you had a chance to peek at any of them, but find frizztext’s and ‘a word in your ear’s entries in the comments stream if you haven’t already, just an example of the many wonderful photos in the challenge. xxx

  45. SanVar says:

    Oh My Gosh…they all are so gorgeous ! Can’t even say which i like better !!! But love the humming bird,the beach one and the steel blue performance art the best !!! What a collection !!!

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, thanks SanVar, so glad you enjoyed them, I love them all in different ways because they bring back so many great travel memories, but aesthetically I really love the steel blue performance art, the colours all work so well together and she was captivating. xxx

  46. eof737 says:

    Excellent selection and that last one of the humming bird was amazing. 😉

  47. Witrian How says:

    LOVE your BLUEs
    That bird was cool!

  48. Mystiic says:

    WOW!!! Each picture left me… Speechless and BLUE!! 😉 I have to get a backpack… and starting clicking…. travel clicking!! Don’t do that too often!! I think it would be fair to suggest… that you put each of your pictures in a different post… will do justice to each of your models 😉 !! (((hugs)))

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, thanks Mystiic, if I’ve given you the urge to travel I feel like I’ve done my job. Thanks so much for your compliments. xxx

  49. Pseu says:

    very impressive range of photos!

    I’m fascinated by your avatar as I can’t work out what it is. Please could you enlighten me?

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Pseu, glad you liked my photos. You know, you’re the first person to ask me about my avatar. It’s my shadow, at least a shadow of my legs and part of the skirt I was wearing. The little bit of white at the bottom of the photograph is the hem of my skirt 🙂

  50. Arindam says:

    Beautiful collection of pictures. The second one is my favorite.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, Arindam, Lake Atitlán is absolutely breathtaking, surrounded by all those volcanoes, hope you get to see it for yourself. I was taking a boat across the lake and shooting photos when the spray from the boat suddenly popped into frame, and created that wonderful spray at the bottom of the picture. xxx

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