During my recent road trip, I travelled through Utah and visited Arches National Park. It was the height of monsoon season, so instead of glowing red rocks against bright blue skies, I was greeted with dark red on an eerie foggy backdrop. As I was revelling in the grandeur of Arches, a solitary girl caught my eye. She was hiding from the rain under an umbrella, gazing out into the mist and rain that surrounded us. She created such a striking figure against hazy skies and flushed rock, I simply couldn’t resist the photo opportunity.

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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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70 Responses to Solitary

  1. Excellent photos for the challenge, Ailsa! Very cool. Was she aware you were taking pictures of her?

  2. frontrangescribbles says:

    Great shots

  3. Sunshine says:

    Fantastic entry for the challenge…love it!! 🙂

  4. Suzanne says:

    great photos.

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  6. Madhu says:

    What a perfect set of photos for the challenge!
    Strange choice of footwear for that terrain 🙂

  7. Max510 says:

    Very nice shots Ailsa. !
    Congratulatios. Perfect choice.

  8. poppytump says:

    Quite a different perspective of such a place – I love it Ailsa 🙂
    I admire the young girls confidence in the ‘grip’ of her flip flops !

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks poppytump, glad you liked my shots. Yes, her flip flops were an unusual choice – I had my jungle boots on that have crazy good grips on them, but she was flitting around in just those flip flops like it was a day at the beach. 🙂

  9. hungryheart62 says:

    wow this could be my eldest daughter!! (It’s the legs!) Great photos!

  10. adinparadise says:

    Love these solitary shots, Ailsa. I concur with other bloggers who have remarked on her inappropriate footwear, but if it worked for her, who am I to judge? 🙂 Now I’d like to see behind that umbrella. Is her face as beautiful as her legs. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, good question, ad, and yes, her face was just as beautiful as her legs. I got a few photos of her turned towards the camera, but didn’t publish them because I didn’t have a chance to ask her permission, she disappeared into the mist before I could talk to her.

  11. Jo Bryant says:

    these are all great Ailsa but for some reason I reall love the last one

  12. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful shots, and just right for the theme… 😉

  13. viveka says:

    Top of the world … and contemplation – the last one my favorite – there is also safeness in the shot (umbrella)

  14. Great pictures. I feel like they should be in a magazine or something.

  15. trishworth says:

    Great catch! The last one is my favourite, too.

  16. rfljenksy says:

    LOVE IT.. I would love to think these were posed but I have some from Korea where they totally looked posed but were absolutely not.. great challenge.. can’t wait to see the direction other’s take on this theme.. love the color of the rocks.. and glad i’m not the only one who wears flip flops on crazy terrain..

  17. Hitesh Patel says:

    Very apt for the challenge. Well done.

  18. what great shots! like it was planned. Nice job!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Gemma, I couldn’t believe when she just popped out of the fog like a model ready for her photo shoot. So glad I had my camera with me. 🙂

  19. dipitblack says:

    Nice pictures! Especially because ypu said she wasnt aware of you taking pictures of her!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, dipitblack, I was just taking photos of Arches in the mist and caught sight of her in the distance. It was such a wonderful photo opportunity. x

  20. Angelia Sims says:

    Love the last two images. Really illustrates the mood.

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  22. Imelda says:

    These are striking images. Ailsa. 🙂

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  24. Coreen says:

    Awesome photo’s Ailsa. 😉

  25. The Arches is my favourite USA National Park (of the few I’ve visited), and I love the girl with the umbrella agaisnt the red rock. Great shots.

  26. cindyknoke says:

    Love these photos! They tell such a story! I am traveling and blogging now in Utah, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Zion. Great time of year to go!

  27. toemailer says:

    We would love to post the top photo at toemail if you do not mind?

  28. toemailer says:

    It’s posted now. Thanks so much, we really appreciate it!

  29. Indira says:

    Excellent photographs.

  30. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

  31. Ziggy says:

    Lovely. Hoping to visit the Utah parks soon. Loved Page and Sedona in AZ

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Ziggy, Utah is stunning, I haven’t been to AZ yet though, next time! So many places to see! xxx

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