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. Susie C. says:

    Edinburgh Castle! Loved it, loved Scotland. (The squirrel is cute, too). 🙂

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  3. Jo Bryant says:

    Love that last shot Ailsa…I hope mine still relates to UP…

    • ailsapm says:

      It certainly does, Jo – although it doesn’t look likely that the surfer stayed UP for very much longer, that wave looked like it might have got the better of him! 🙂

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  5. Shaanthz says:

    Love the shot of the Space Needle. Here is my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh, good old New York, the Chrysler Building is one of my favourite buildings, along with the Flatiron. What building is that with the green and gold globes? It’s gorgeous!

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  8. fgassette says:

    Hi Ailsa! You have taken another set of amazing photos to inspire us. Here is my, Up In The Air”


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  10. A tale or two to tell..... says:
    • ailsapm says:

      Oh hey Emma, just working through the comments in order, and see you posted your link here – just in case you were thinking it hadn’t worked – there are so many entries for the weekly challenges that the comments are divided up into separate pages, with 50 comments per page. So, when you looked at the comments stream and didn’t see your response, it was because it appeared on the second page of comments – at the top and bottom of the page of comments you’ll see a little link that says “Newer Comments” – if you click on it, it will take you to the next page of comments (that’s where your comment is!) xxx

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  14. livvy30 says:

    Sorry to copy you in one Ailsa, but I love the sky looking up the Space Needle!

  15. Román Emin says:

    Interesting challenge. My entry for this theme is here:

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  17. Cool variety of photos. True looking up can be even more interesting with cool details that may otherwise be missed.
    I need to keep my chin UP this week, so looking at things from a new perspective. UP fits perfectly

  18. Glad to be part of your adventures, thanks for cruising through my blog! :0)

  19. Wow, great shots. Love the squirrel.

  20. petit4chocolatier says:

    Your photos = Stunning. Amazing. Brilliant.

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  22. thephotoseye says:

    Great photos! As there is nothing better than a New York skyscraper to look up at – here is my “up”:

    • ailsapm says:

      Ha, I love it, thephotoseye, you’re so right, New York is all about looking up – I couldn’t stop looking up the entire time I was there – which made crossing the street kind of dangerous, especially with all those yellow cabs! Lovely shot. xxx

    • ailsapm says:

      Wait, what? That’s really cool looking but I have no idea what it is, Ingrid. Looks like it’s made of wood – is it a pergola or something? xxx

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  26. Ailsa, a beautiful choice of photos, wonderful. I especially adore the tree and the moon. And the squirrel. Plus the castle 😉 Hehehe. Have a great UP weekend 🙂

    Here’s my entry:

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  28. Lyle says:

    Loved the pictures, the castle and squirrel are my favorites. On my post I have shared a picture of the space needle as well, hope everyone enjoys my take on UP.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Lyle, Happy New Year to you! The Space Needle is proving very popular this week! I love the shot of the illuminated fountains in Lima and the Nazca lines are amazing, but that little boy looking up at you stole my heart, so cute!

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  30. Reblogged this on jeanne's blog…a nola girl at heart and commented:
    Everday we travel, from here to there and back again. I am grabbing my camera and following Alisa and her traveling backpack.

  31. colormusing says:

    You’re so right about looking up! Especially these days, with all our electronic toys (or maybe we’re just trying to keep the rain out of our eyes). Great perspective, and wonderful photos!

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  33. the squirrel was posing for that picture…really cute; my shot at looking up:

    • ailsapm says:

      He was totally working it, c & c – I just love squirrels, they’re so precocious! Lovely series of ‘up’ photos, I especially love the water tower (it always strikes me as quintessentially American!) and the weather vane 🙂

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  36. loganbruin says:

    I love Edinburgh and that castle so much, and you captured exactly why. Thanks.
    But Seattle is my fave US city, and I think I trumped you with my shot of the “Pin,” as an old lady on a cruise called the Space Needle:

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  38. Nikki says:

    This is my first venture into the world of photo collaborations. I love this theme! Thank you to Ailsa for the wonderful prompt!

    • ailsapm says:

      Welcome aboard, Nikki – stunning photos, Grand Central has a special place in my heart, and I adore those shots of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Freedom Tower! xxx

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  40. Love the picture of the space needle, it looks like a really interesting building.
    I hope you don’t mind my effort, I think it says Up.

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