Travel theme: Bright

After last week’s darkly spooky nod to Hallowe’en, I think we need to brighten things up a little, so here are a few photos I found to get things rolling.

First up, some cheeky hummingbirds at a vivid red and yellow bird feeder in Utah. The feeder, however, cannot compete with the hummingbird’s shiny little eye and iridescent green feathers.

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A burst of purple and yellow pansies at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is guaranteed to brighten your day.

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My favourite neon in New York is to be found on South Street, at the corner of Old Slip along the East River.

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Quite possibly the brightest city in the world – you’ve guessed it – Las Vegas. It’s brash and tawdry and oh so bright.

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Finally, one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen, in a little market in Santiago on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The yellow almost glows. Oh, how I wish I had bought it. I may have to return to try and find it.

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So what bright delights have caught your eye? If you’d like to join in this week’s travel theme, here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel Theme: Bright
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes

Show me your brilliant brights.



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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278 Responses to Travel theme: Bright

  1. bulldogsturf says:

    Now those where a real good pick-me-up set of photos…. lovely…

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurray, glad you enjoyed them, bulldogsturf. I had a lot of fun picking them out – it’s astonishing how looking at some cheery photos can really brighten your mood.

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    nice thought after halloween!

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  4. Jeanette says:

    Lovely shots!! In my hometown, we had pansies like those in your photo. The were called “Johnny Jump Ups” and were used to make a delicious (and beautiful) jelly. Thanks for the memories:-)

  5. masadiso79 says:

    Here’s my entry for this week’s travel theme: bright:

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely brights, Doris; the vintage jewellery and your grandmother’s chandelier are fantastic – but that bright smile beats them all 🙂

      • masadiso79 says:

        Ailsa, thanks a lot! I’m very happy that you like my entries and grateful for you holding this challenge every week. I’m already looking forward to next week’s theme!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. What a positively charged theme you have picked this week, Ailsa! My absolute favourites are flowers and the bird :).
    And here is a bit of the brightness I have seen around:

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  9. Kimberly says:

    BEAUTIFUL! And also, I love the word “tawdry.” Nicely done.

  10. Madoqua says:

    The hummingbird is my favourite photo, but the pansies are lovely too.

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  12. Max510 says:

    Great theme and wonderful shots Ailsa… 😉

  13. Tina Schell says:

    Love the theme and your shots! Will be working on mine this week!

  14. The hummingbird photo reminds me of our Mimosa Tree when I was growing up. The birds loved to visited that tree.

  15. Angeline M says:

    Great, bright colors! The pansies are lovely!

  16. says:

    Simply great- what kind of camera do you use please?

  17. Wow – your photo of the hummingbird is stunning!

  18. kz says:

    i love this^^the colors are so refreshing ^^

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  20. As the sun rises in the sky, its bright light begins to filter through the forest…:

  21. Hi Ailsa: I’m really enjoying your themes! Looking forward to bright…

  22. adinparadise says:

    What gorgeous bright images, Ailsa. I’ll see what I can find. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  23. sheladyanne says:

    here is my entry for this week’s challenge: Bright

    Thanks and great theme.

  24. A Table in the Sun says:

    All of this brightness brought a smile to my face. Happy Friday!

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  27. Beautiful pictures, Ailsa, especially the bird and the flowers. I’ve really enjoyed digging out the photos for this weeks’ theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      Fabulous series of photos, Julie, that staircase is wonderful, but my absolute favourite is the grass and olive trees. xxx

      • Thanks, Ailsa. When I saw what was happening from my kitchen window, I rushed outside with my camera and managed to grab a few quick shots before the clouds gobbled up the sun again.

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  29. Brightness from summer and something from a Luddite technophobe!

  30. restlessjo says:

    Thanks for brightening us up, Ailsa. I’m feeling dull as ditchwater! Love the neon on South St.

  31. ocelot81 says:

    Cool, I love the humming bird , I guess that’s why the old Peruvians put it into the Nazca lines

  32. frizztext says:

    I like the nightly South Street architecture, at the corner of Old Slip along the East River…

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  34. Lucid Gypsy says:

    There are things I wished I’d bought on my travels and in future I intend to only buy one really special item instead of lots of bits and pieces! I love your New York neon shot too.

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  36. colormusing says:

    I especially love the pansies. So happy!

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  40. patriciaddrury says:

    Love this topic… BRIGHT!!!
    Lot’s to choose from:

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  42. Great photos of the hummingbird and flowers! For my entry, I used the setting sun to brighten the scenery under the Granville Bridge:

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, excellent, beyondpaisley, I believe everyone should have a theme tune – and a band that follows them around playing it! 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, those are some impressive brights, Jenn. The roller coaster is spectacular, and I love the violas, but that quirky little cassowary won my heart. 🙂

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  45. Reblogged this on 3rdculturechildren and commented:
    We all are in very much need of some brightness in our lives…. Hoping November will bring it!

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