Travel theme: Up

It’s mid-January and overcast here in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday a friend told me she was suffering from the January doldrums; that blue feeling when the holidays are over,  New Year’s resolutions are broken and you’re faced with the long haul until summer. I’ve always enjoyed January; especially with later winters giving rise to surprise snowfalls, but in order to lift our spirits a little, I’m looking up, literally, this week.

Looking up at Seattle’s Space Needle – even on an overcast day it’s pretty spectacular.

seattle space needle washington

One of my favourite things to look up at – a beautiful moonlit night along the Oregon coast.

moon oregon

I’m not sure who was more startled; me or this little squirrel at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden on Staten Island.

squirrel snug harbor staten island  botanical garden

On the subject of squirrels, how about taking a photo from a squirrel’s point of view? Autumn leaves at High Rock Park in New York.

autumn leaves high rock park staten island new york

The Scots found an almost perfect spot to build Edinburgh Castle. When you see it towering impossibly far up on Castle Rock, its defensive advantage becomes all too apparent.

edinburgh castle rock scotland

When I was in Edinburgh I spent an awful lot of time looking up, because the Old Town streets are crammed with the most delightful rooftops I have ever seen, with turrets, chimneys and spires all jostling for attention.

edinburgh old town rooftopsIt always surprises me to see people rushing around, especially in big cities, with their eyes firmly fixed on the ground. There’s an awful lot of stuff happening above your head, if you take the time to look. So now over to you for your interpretation of Up. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Up
  • 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. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Things are looking up already!



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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355 Responses to Travel theme: Up

  1. Yup, I know that feeling well. Here’s one looking out from a boat with crazy stormy clouds up above.

  2. markd60 says:

    How did you teach that squirrel to work your camera? 🙂
    Great photos!

  3. patriciaddrury says:

    Being from Seattle, my daddy, who has passed helped build the Space Needle… thanks for the memories!

  4. viveka says:

    That photo of the moon is so amazingly clear … I have a very week spot for moon picture. The squirrel photo is brilliant too. You and your camera is a fantastic team .. maybe said that before to you.

  5. patriciaddrury says:
    Looking up in the Southern California desert…

  6. nuvofelt says:

    We know Edinburgh very well, my husband was christened in the castle chapel

    • ailsapm says:

      I fell in love with Edinburgh, nuvofelt, didn’t spend half enough time there and must go back someday. The surrounding countryside is utterly breathtaking too!

  7. ideflex says:

    18 days in and the NY’s resolutions are broken, hm? Love the shots and thank goodness for an inspiring challenge…

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  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You miss so much if you don’t look up!

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  11. I had a little fun with this one… 🙂 It has been awhile since we have participated, this is a fun one to start up with again.

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  13. muZer says:

    Great shots, Ailsa.. My fav is the Space Needle pic. Interesting theme to post on. Will try! 🙂

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  16. A great theme – again! I will go for a look…

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  18. Suzanne says:

    A fun challenge. Here’s my response –

    • ailsapm says:

      I love it, Suzanne, those balloons in Cappadocia are glorious – and way up on my list of things to do – and that shot of the birds is fabulous! xxx

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  20. Sallyann says:

    Great squirrel shot. 🙂

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  22. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful shots… 🙂

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  25. cinova says:

    Hey Ailsa, great photos, I especially love the squirrel and the tree. My contribution features trees and lighthouses:

  26. says:

    Love the header and your ⬆

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  28. A great post, and some beautiful photos!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ahh, aren’t clouds wonderful? I’m particularly intrigued by that last photo , Vlad, the light is so unusual, it sort of reminds me of a modern day version of the Seurat painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” – that lady with the hat is awesome! 🙂

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  31. Great photos, Ailsa! I love the tower – and the squirrel of course! Here’s my entry!

    • ailsapm says:

      That squirrel is proving very popular, he’s such a show-stealer 🙂 Gorgeous shots, that stained glass ceiling in Madrid is breathtaking! xxx

  32. I’ve posted ours on Wind Against Current, but am completely unable to leave a link here—trying a comment without a link…

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hi SC, lovely shots, Lake Tahoe looks beautiful – I was almost going to visit during a recent road trip but we got sidetracked at the last minute. Gives me a good reason to return! xxx

  34. A tale or two to tell..... says:

    That squirrel is amazing !!!!!!

  35. Hi kids!!! Here’s my take on this week’s Up Challenge, and thanks Ailsa for another good one!

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  37. Anne Camille says:

    Here is the link to my contribution: Looking Up!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Anne, I love that first shot, you’re absolutely right, the angle makes for a much more interesting shot than the traditional one. What a pity the wildlife refuge was closed, I was getting ready to ask you about your visit. $6 is a bit cheeky for one bridge!

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  40. The squirrel! What a trip! Great shots, Ailsa.

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  42. pdjpix says:

    Here’s my “Up” photo challenge. Thanks for the inspiration Ailsa.
    Regards Peet

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