Travel theme: Green

Well, spring is breaking out all over the Emerald City of Seattle and for some reason I am feeling a green theme might be in order this week (I wonder why?) Here are a few green sights I’ve spotted on my travels.

Along the road leading from Arches National Park to Escalante, I spotted a dazzling burst of green streaking through hulking black rock.

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I’m still surprised at the colour of the water that flowed over Niagara Falls; I never expected it to be so vivid.

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One of my all-time favourite statues (and all-time favourite poets) is positively a study in green. Here is the wonderful bronze of Patrick Kavanagh along the banks of Dublin’s Grand Canal.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the glassy, sometimes-green, sometimes-blue water of Lake Atitlan that took my breath away during my all-too-brief visit and left me longing to return.

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Last but by no means least, I ventured out to the Hamptons over July 4th weekend a couple of years ago and had a perfectly lovely time exploring the quaint and oh-so-trendy village of East Hampton. Only one thing troubled me. Right in the middle of the village lies the Town Pond (why they don’t call it the Village Pond is a mystery to me). It is home to all kinds of birds and they were bobbing around merrily, but I couldn’t tear my gaze away from the water which glowed a bizarrely luminous green. I couldn’t figure out why the good villagers of East Hampton would dye their water such a ghastly green; it seemed so out of keeping with the aesthetics of the village and terribly unfair to the wildlife.

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It quite honestly almost put me off the Hamptons altogether, until I discovered, months later, that it had only turned green sometime during the night before I arrived and returned to normal the day after I left. Investigations ruled out algae and anti-freeze and concluded that it was a prank by person or persons unknown. I seem to have an odd knack of arriving in places shortly after something unusual has gone down. I swear I had nothing to do with it!

If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Green
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Looking forward to your green-themed post. 🙂

An important note for my WordPress pals -there are still ongoing issues with delayed and missing posts if you’re following through the WP reader. The tech team still haven’t found a fix, so I’m looking at switching to email/RSS subscription in the near future. If you have a chance, visit when you’re not logged into WordPress and sign up via the email subscription box in the sidebar on the upper right or RSS. Or you can wait until I make the switch and sign up then. It won’t be for a couple of weeks. xxx

Just one more thing… Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



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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362 Responses to Travel theme: Green

  1. aj vosse says:

    Green for Paddy’s Day!! I’m going to give you GREEN!! Wait and see! 😛

  2. Chas Spain says:

    Hi Ailsa – Go Green – excellent – met some lovely people from Dublin yesterday so will definitely give the lovely statue a salute.

    • ailsapm says:

      Good stuff, Chas. What’s Paddy’s Day like all the way over your side of the planet?

      • Chas Spain says:

        Most of Ireland has actually translocated to Melbourne over the last few years so I’ve no doubt this year’s St Pat’s day will continue to be wild and good fun. And there’s a new Pope! – even more reason to party. If I get some pics I will post them up 🙂

        • ailsapm says:

          Yeah, I was thinking there’d be quite an Irish contingency over there, Chas. Looking forward to your photos, if you get any 🙂

  3. You showed up in my reader 20 minutes ago, so I guess they have ironed out the problem? I recall you showing up for me last time too. Nice photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hey Jennifer, thanks for letting me know it showed up this week, I had several people miss it last week, it’s dropping out every second or third post for some reason, and it’s happening to other people too. Glad to hear this post reached the reader quickly. xxx

  4. Daniel says:

    Lovely photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Daniel, join in if you like, with all those places checked off your bucket list I bet you’ve seen some amazing greens! 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    Happy St Pat.’s to you too Ailsa. We celebrate Tiggi’s birthday on this day every year. We know she was born in March, but not when and since she came from Ireland, it seemed appropriate. Of course our surname is Irish too but the origin of why that ended up in North Wales is lost in the mists of time! Cheers!

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  7. museconfuse says:

    Happy St Patrick’s day to you too!! I love emerald green but it’s a funny story about the hamptons! Yikes, who would think of playing a prank like that?

    • ailsapm says:

      I don’t know, but the local papers were saying if the culprit was discovered they would have to pay a hefty fine. Thankfully the dye didn’t have any adverse effects on the birds.

  8. Love the East Hampton tale. Very funny. I ran the Hamptons Marathon there in September and did a blog post on it. Great place. Love your green theme.

  9. Ben says:

    The green of the water of some of those pictures is surprising.

    My entry was just kind of an interesting fluke of color while resting in Isan.

    • ailsapm says:

      How wonderful, Ben, a little green oasis on the way to the Lost Cities. Perfect post, and boy, you got that response in with lightning speed! 🙂

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Hi Ailsa, I’m getting your posts regularly. please don’t go to email! I am having continuing problems with Cee Neuer’s sites since she did that!! Much less friendly!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that, Tina, what problems are you finding with Cee’s site?

      • Tina Schell says:

        I don’t get her posts tho I’ve signed up twice. I can’t click on her site when I get a “like” in my inbox from her. It’s very annoying 😦

        • ailsapm says:

          I feel your frustration, Tina, when you signed up, did Cee’s confirmation email go to you inbox for you to click a link or did it end up in your spam folder? That’s one of the reasons I’m hoping my WP buddies sign up before the move to make for a smoother transition.

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  12. LyndaMichele says:

    All of those greens are really making me impatient for Spring!! Beautiful!

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  15. patriciaddrury says:

    Green, green love this color and having being named after St. Patrick, St. P’s Day had to be included 🙂

  16. DagEnDauw says:

    Unbelievable how green can give an injection of energy, don’t you think so too Ailsa?
    Lively pictures you ‘ve posted again. They’re all great in their way…

    Here ‘s my interpretation of this weeks theme :
    Enjoy the weekend!
    Hug to you all from

    – Dauw –

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh it’s wonderful, Dauw, and I love the titles ‘Hope’ and ‘The Promise’ – there’s always something so hopeful about spring. xxx

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  18. nuvofelt says:

    Slowly getting back into routine, here’s my entry for the challenge. Not quite as varied as yours, but they are all from a place that involved travel! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      What a lovely array of greens, welcome back! The light through those palm fronds is gorgeous. Here’s hoping spring really is just around the corner! xxx

  19. Trish says:

    The green in your first few photos is awesome, and it’s a similar shade in totally different settings.

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ll never forget the colour of Lake Atitlan, Trish, it was honestly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I loved your parrot post, that first parrot is very grand looking, but that poor scraggly parrot on the trampoline made me laugh out loud. 🙂

      • Trish says:

        I suppose they’re a bit like humans, some grand and posing for the camera, others so busy making a big mess that they’ve no time to do their hair.

  20. Colline says:

    I have been to Niagara Falls a few times and never seen that shimmer of green – must have been the time of year you visited – or the way the light shone on the falls. Absolutely beautiful.

    • ailsapm says:

      It was the height of summer, Colline, the first week of August so I guess the waters must have been quite warm to be so startlingly green. It was genuinely breathtaking. xxx

      • Colline says:

        That explains it – never been there at that time of year. Winter and the end of Summer, yes. The colour of the water was different both times.

  21. Whoa the theme is super early today! Love it! 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, I’m ahead of the game for a change, but then ‘green’ was a particularly easy theme for me to write about and find photos. 😉

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  23. Love the green water in East Hampton – it’s really an alarming color! Here are mine for the week:

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, it was pretty alarming, I laughed when I heard it had only materialized during my visit, almost like it was welcoming me. 🙂 Loved your post, those horse legwarmers are terrific – and I think you’re going to have to make green mac ‘n cheese this year and post a photo, it sounds terrifying! 🙂

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  25. Deborah says:

    Happy St Patricks Weekend Ailsa 🙂

  26. Lyle says:

    Great theme as always Ailsa, missed the last few travel themes but I have returned. You can see my contributions here.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, welcome back Lyle, hope you had a good trip! Love your greens, especially the close up of the cactus, what a beautiful part of the world you live in. xxx

      • Lyle says:

        Thanks Ailsa, we do love it here, not only is it beautiful, but relaxing as well. After being gone for a month, it is sure nice to be home.

  27. markd60 says:

    I will never forget, diving the wreck of the San Diego off of Long island, the water was a perfectly clear emerald green. It was like Caribbean blue only green.
    Then when you got 10 feet from the bottom, it was like an airplane flying into clouds. Zero visibility.

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, sounds like an amazing experience, Mark, although I have to admit losing visibility in the depths of the ocean sounds a little unnerving!

  28. kz says:

    my goodness look at those falls!! ^^ love that last photo too. sure you had nothing to do with it? lol ^^

  29. ledrakenoir says:

    Amazing photos, Ailsa… 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Drake, I just saw your Viking post, how perfect for this week’s theme. Boy, -4 this morning? That’s dedication to your photography. Where did you take that shot of the burial mound? xxx

      • ledrakenoir says:

        These days I’m back visiting the little tiny danish island called Samsø where I was born (my old mum had birthday yesterday – this morning I went for a walk and took this photo – there’re many burial mound around the island from the viking age – it was clear sky and a bit cold… 🙂

  30. viveka says:

    beautiful green .. shots – one of my favorite colors … Patrick Kavanagh photo is my favorite … but it’s Paddy’s day soon too. Have a good one.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks viveka, I love Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry, my favourite one is written about the canal his statue now watches over, I included it in the post I linked to. Every time I hear it, it fills me with joy. xxx

      • viveka says:

        I stayed once at the Hilton hotel … just by the canal and then I saw the statue – Dublin is a very specieal place in over all … but Belfast is a little bit dear to me. Not so many people and not so dirty.

  31. fredonnezmoi says:

    Thank you for all these beautiful green pictures. Cheers, Michel

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oooh Angie, these are delightful. That door in Jodhpur is the happiest green I’ve ever seen, and those posts in Penang are beautiful, but wow, my fave is definitely the tea plantation in Munnar, I have always wanted to visit a plantation like that and your photos really bring it to life. xxx

      • Angie says:

        Thanks, Ailsa! Your theme makes me relive those moments by remembering them and posting the pics too. It is indeed a great experience to be at a tea plantation. 🙂

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  37. Nikki says:

    Love it! Crazy stuff about the (ugly) green water you happened to see in the Hamptons! And I have never heard of Lake Atitlan until now – GORGEOUS!!
    Here’s my take on green:

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, loved your post, Nikki, Hoppy St Patrick’s Day right back atcha. Wow, the colour of the water in your Hawaii shot is amazing. Lake Atitlan is quite possibly the most beautiful place I’ve visited to date, if you ever have a chance to visit, do! xxx

  38. I love green! The bronze is my favorite!

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  40. Thanks for the WP update. These greens are gorgeous. Love the falls. Be back soon I hope. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  41. Beautiful photos, Ailsa – as well as the theme. Happy St Patrick’s day!
    My green moments are here:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful green moments, Ese, that shot of Norway is stunning and I love that de la Barca quote. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you too! xxx

  42. Great green pics! Love the first three.
    Here are some buffalo surrounded by green…

  43. Well chosen theme Ailsa with St. Pat’s Day on Sunday and first day of spring this coming week. I’ve enjoyed all the shades of green in your photos from around the globe. I’ll be back with a post and pics on Sunday. 🙂

  44. Pamela says:

    Dublin went green yesterday Ailsa so….have a great St Patrick’s week!

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  46. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa, how are you ?
    Here my green entries

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Max, I’m doing great, thanks. I just read your post, what a treasury of green you have, so many wonderful places. The Garden of “forgotten herbs” is amazing and the Furka Pass shot, wow, I can’t stop staring at it. I can smell the Alpine air now. Checked out your earlier green post too, those giant lily pads are insane. 🙂

  47. Absolutely beautiful photos! And I love this idea. This was my first time participating and it was fun!

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