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

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  2. loganbruin says:

    In Chicago they paint the river green on your national day–look for it on the news on Sunday. ;o)
    I feel like Kermit the Frog on this one–you know what I mean–but finally found something.

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I love Kermie, but he’s got it so wrong, it’s oh so easy being green! 😉 How on earth did you get that close aerial shot of the Butchart Gardens? Were you in a chopper? I didn’t think planes passed that low over them.

      • loganbruin says:

        Float plane out of Victoria Harbor, flew all over the island. As long as you don’t crash into the Clipper on takeoff, everything’s peachy. . . unless you’re afraid of heights! ;o)

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  4. Jo Bryant says:

    so many gorgeous images Ailsa…but the statue reminds me of our Barry in town so it is my favourite…here is mine for the challenge. Have a great weekend.

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, what a brilliant combination of the two themes, Jo and boy, it looks mighty tasty too, mmm, asparagus! I love that Patrick’s statue reminds you of someone you know, is Barry a bit of a poet by any chance? 🙂

  5. lylekrahn says:

    You did the colour justice!

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  7. Such stunning photos, Ailsa. And I’ve seen that green man, sitting in Dublin! Awesome 😀
    I immediately thought of another green man, a statue at the cathedral in Canterbury, England, but I didn’t take a photo. Thought it was very creepy. So in stead I chose another one for this week’s challenge

    Have a lovely green weekend

    • ailsapm says:

      I think I know the statue you’re talking about, Marion, if it’s the same one I’m thinking of it was definitely a little sinister-looking, green with a sort of black stain down the centre of his face. I’m so glad you went with something a little more peaceful, what a beautiful shot. xxx

  8. Wow what a pretty green, and my favorite color too.:) I’ll work mine tomorrow.:)

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  12. Positive Thought - Positive Word - For Life says:

    Beautiful photos. Love green. Happy St. Patricks Day.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Elba, Happy St, Patrick’s Day to you too! Are you going to watch the NY parade tomorrow? I was there last year but didn’t stay for the whole parade, it went on for two or three days. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but it was hours. 🙂

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  15. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    ..with help from Mother Nature..:-)
    here’s my post for this week…:-)

    • ailsapm says:

      Mother Nature’s pretty awesome, isn’t she? Wonderful shots, 4otomo, that fern submerged in the stream is fantastic and what a fabulously murky green in the spider photo. xxx

    • ailsapm says:

      Interesting, Nuala, I haven’t been back in Ireland for a Paddy’s Day in forever, so haven’t experienced the travesty of green you allude to in your post, but am very glad you chose some rather more exquisite examples of green – that top shot is divine! 🙂

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  17. Fantastic green on your water pictures, Ailsa! Here are some more, but very different!

    that was amusing – not! It’s the 16th in NZ but my pc is working on Greenwich MT. So here’s my second attempt to post.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh no, how frustrating, but cool too – you wrote your post in the future, proving without a doubt that time travel is possible. 😉 That weather forecast reminds me of a sketch comedy in the UK that parodied foreign tv. The weather forecaster would always fling big yellow suns on the map of a fake country, turn to the camera and say “Scorchio.”

  19. Green with envy over these pictures. Gorgeous! (especially that top one)
    (The subscription thing is driving me crazy, too…not sure my RSS feed working on my blog Aarrrgggg)

  20. restlessjo says:

    That Lake is one of the most beautiful shots I have ever seen, Ailsa! Fabulous.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh wow, thanks Jo. It was pure happenstance that the boat spray shot up while I was shooting, but once it did, I was hooked, shot hundreds of photos trying to capture the ‘perfect’ spray. 🙂

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  23. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, your photo of Dublin’s Grand Canal is gorgeous.
    Here’s my Green contribution for this week – a repost from Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Challenge G is for Greens:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Myra, what a lovely campus over there in Singapore, and you posted one of my all time favourite ee cummings quotes, that part “you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” kills me every time I hear it. 🙂

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  25. Nana Tee says:

    Great and timely theme! I love that third shot with the contrast of the white water against the green calm of the water and mountain. Beautiful. Here are mine.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Robert, catching up on past entries, life’s been hectic recently – this made me giggle, it feels very guerilla street photography, especially the Starbuck’s straw and the car through the subway railings – gritty NYC in all it’s greenery! 🙂

  27. Mariane says:

    Lovely theme and a Happy St.Patrick day back and a lovely weekend… Thanks for hosting this
    My contribution is to find here

    • Mariane says:

      Sorry forgot to say I love your photos especially of the statue sitting at the Irish river?.. Marvellous

      • ailsapm says:

        Hi there Mariane, just now catching up with everyone’s entries – it’s been a busy month! I love your photos, you’ve done Paris proud, beautifully captured. xxx

  28. Gorgeous shades of green. Lovely photos. Thank you for your inspirational posts.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Sheryl, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Just now catching up with everyone’s comments – it’s been a busy month! 🙂 Ailsa

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  30. Anne Camille says:

    Your photos are stunning! I love the color green and am so excited for Spring. I’m about to start placing bets on when the first daffodil will open in my yard. Signs are everywhere that it will be green and flowery here soon. Here is my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Anne, now catching up with everyone’s entries – it’s been a busy month! I adore your post, it made me chuckle, what a lovely wee bit of spring, and I’m impressed you managed to combine 4 challenges into one post, that’s got to be a record! xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Barbara, I’m just now catching up with everyone’s entries – it’s been a busy month! What a fabulous post, I love the idea of you and your sister holidaying with your mum, and what a spectacular location. That shot of the exotic fruit is my favourite, lovely! 🙂 Ailsa

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  33. Great photos!
    I agree, Niagara Falls is an amazing colour of green. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself. Good theme.

  34. here are my green photos, taken in Koh Samui, Thailand
    Carol aka traveller

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Carol, just now catching up with everyone’s entries – it’s been a busy month! Fabulous greens, that bug is fascinating, and wow, the fantail pigeon is rocking the green, what a beauty!

  35. PS I love how you always have a photo of your theme of the week at the top of the screen – how do you do that?

    • ailsapm says:

      Certain WordPress themes have the option to choose a different header for each post. 2010, 2011 and 2012 have it for sure. Click the Add Media button, and in the next screen on the left hand side there’s an option to ‘Set Featured Image’ – click it, choose the photo you want in the header and save. 🙂

  36. Michael Lai says:

    Hi Ailsa, please find my entry:
    Thanks for coming up with this theme.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh I just love everything about this post, that beautiful, gnarled tree and the Blake piece. So gorgeous. Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment, just now catching up with everyone’s entries – it’s been a busy month! Hope you had a wonderful Paddy’s Day too. xxx

      • wildsherkin says:

        Lovely of you to pop by! I had a quick look at your tulip post early this morning before I got up. What a lovely vision to take with me for the day. 🙂

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