Travel theme: Oceans

June 8th is World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated on June 8th since 1992 when Canada proposed the idea at the Earth Summit in Rio, and was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The official website is worldoceansday.org where you can keep up to date on news and events, or you can follow the hashtag #worldoceansday on Twitter.

Here’s my own little tribute to two of my favourite oceans. First, the Atlantic Ocean, which I am most familiar with from school caving expeditions to the west coast of Ireland, although this photo is taken from the east coast of the United States….

world ocean day atlantic

….and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, taken from the Hawaiian islands.

Pacific Ocean World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day not only celebrates the oceans, but also the marine life it sustains, so say hello to these little furry friends off the coast of California.

world ocean day marine life sea otters california

Sea otters playing in the seaweed

I thought this would be the perfect travel challenge this week, because not only would we get to see great photos of oceans around the world, but we would also be spreading awareness of World Oceans Day.

To join in, create your own post about the ocean or marine life between now and next Friday, title it “Travel theme: Oceans” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post.

I’m looking forward to seeing your ocean photos.

Happy World Oceans Day.

xxx Ailsa

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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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198 Responses to Travel theme: Oceans

  1. adinparadise says:

    Thanks for the new theme, Ailsa. I’m sure I can find so many ocean pics amongst my collection. 😉

  2. Macy says:

    Looks like I’ll be chopping up my entries to this challenge. Haha. It’s so much fun! http://islandergirl.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/dive-el-nido-part-2/

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  4. Hi Ailsa! Great theme for a great cause … I’m all about protecting the world’s oceans!!! Here’s my take on the Ocean theme:
    http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/ailsas-photo-challenge-ocean/

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Emma, welcome to the travel theme, lovely shots, particularly the two surfers at dawn, the light in that photo is stunning, it almost glows!

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  8. I was just about to publish this one and thought it might fit in:
    http://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/haifa-seafront/

  9. Gilly Gee says:

    Oh the otters are so cute!

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  11. Hi Ailsa, another great theme as always and I love your photos!! Here’s mine for this week: http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/travel-theme-oceans/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful shots from Oman, catbird. I love that you almost always capture some fabulous architecture in your photos too – I am fascinated by that lovely minaret in the 4th photo with the blue roof. Really beautiful.

      • Thank you Ailsa. I love the architecture. I REALLY love Moorish architecture though and especially look forward to exploring Morocco, Spain and Portugal, sometime soon I hope!

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  14. tms says:

    Thanks for this great post – I felt motivated to try and add my point of view: http://empireoflights.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/from-the-bottom/
    Species come and go, and even the trace of those long gone are part of ocean life (in a groader sense) and well worth preserving.
    Cheers!

    • ailsapm says:

      So glad you joined in the travel theme, Tobias, some lovely black and white shots and yes, I love your sentiment, even the traces of those species long gone are worth preserving.

  15. Just beautiful. Like being in paradise. Ocean brings a certain magic that is hard to resist. Wonderful images, wave after wave. Thanks.

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  17. gingerbreadcafe says:

    Oceans – what a great theme. Here is my contribution, I hope the link works as I have been having some problems this week. http://thegingerbreadcafe.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/travel-theme-oceans/

    • ailsapm says:

      It works, hurrah. Cornwall has got the most dramatic of coastlines, I’ve walked the trails along Land’s End and it transports you back in time to an era of smugglers and shipwrecks and novels by Daphne du Maurier. Love it.

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  24. marina says:

    Great captures: second one is my favorite, but the otters are the cutest 🙂
    here is my contribution
    http://nprimopiano.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/sunday-at-the-beach/

    • ailsapm says:

      Those otters are such show stealers! 🙂 So glad you joined in the travel challenge this week, Marina, with that lovely shot from Norfolk, Virginia. xxx

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  27. Love the otters! I’m a little slow this week, but here’s mine: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/12/travel-theme-oceans/

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    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve spent several glorious weekends on the Oregon coast, the scenery is heavenly. How great that you visited on World Oceans Day without knowing it!

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  31. A great theme for the challenge. Your photo’s are outstanding. I really love the ocean. It’s my favorite place to be. We need to preserve that. The responsibilty belongs to all of us. The massive amount of water can bring out many feelings in us. I posted one from a different prospective of both beauty and of the power of its immense size.
    Thanks,
    Isadora
    http://insidethemindofisadora.com/2012/06/12/ocean-fear-of-absence/

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  33. Great travel theme as always Ailsa and the pictures are superb. This is my ocean submission for this week http://albadrln.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/travel-theme-oceans-pantai-panjang-bengkulu/.

    I am sorry I can’t post a response for your last week theme: Rythm. I don’t have some picture associated to it. I want to make a post about Indonesia street musician (they are everywhere), but I didn’t have time. I went to other city last week so I can’t do blogging properly :D.

    • ailsapm says:

      Really lovely entry, Albadr, and you should definitely do a post about Indonesian street musicians sometime in the future when you have a chance. I’d love to read it. 🙂

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  35. TBM says:

    Wonderful photos. And I love otters. I can watch them for hours. Here is my Ocean Post. I’m loving the weekly inspiration! Thanks.

    http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/travel-theme-oceans/

  36. Here you go. A very random selection through the eyars. Thanks fopr the idea and the reminder about Oceans Day.
    http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2012/06/12/6-12-12-travel-theme-oceans-a-digression/

  37. No comments on the spelling please…I was awake until 3:30 and hear it is only 7:00 😉

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah for you joining in again, Robin, and what a mellifluous entry it is. I’m dancing around my laptop as I type. 🙂

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