Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

I’m running just a little late, but here’s this week’s challenge. Did you know that March 29th is Smoke and Mirrors Day? The origin of this day, which celebrates all things magical and illusory, is suitably shrouded in mystery, but what a great theme it provides. Here are a few photographs I found that seemed to fit, all taken in the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps; the city where there’s always something fascinating to photograph.

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Buildings that steam all night. Is it just me or does this remind you of a dalek? Yes, I’m a proud Dr Who fan 😉

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Curved glass building makes for an interesting illusion

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Part of the Empire State reflected in the wing mirror of a city cop’s motorbike

Are you ready to work your own magic and pull the wool over my eyes? 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: Smoke and Mirrors
  • 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.

I’m looking forward to your distracting, deceptive, illusory post!

xxx Ailsa

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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174 Responses to Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, how beautiful, where was this taken? Seattle’s getting the heat of summer already, it’s been in the low to mid 60s all week. 🙂

      • ideflex says:

        Right across the water in Victoria! Gotten ccccoold here again, so am thinking about summer plans for the West coast….

        • ailsapm says:

          I’m with you, bring on the summer, thinking of freeway driving with the windows rolled down and the wind in my hair. 🙂

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  6. scsurfbutler says:

    Hi Alisa, Love your photos and thanks for the info. on Smoke and Mirror Day. Here is my entry
    Happy Easter! and safe traveling!

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    • ailsapm says:

      What a wonderful collection of mirrors, Su, that bottom one on the left is my favourite (Smoke and Mirrors 3) – its irregularity is glorious.

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  10. I do love your toppling building reflection in the second photo! Here’s my contribution –

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  12. Wow! This was a tough one for me. I love the illusion of fire you created with that first picture. Here are my attempts.

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  14. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa….Great theme!!!
    My contribution…Magic and reality….
    Hope you like it!

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  16. fotograffer says:

    Here is my take on the Mirror part of “Smoke and Mirrors.”

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  18. My interpretation is a bit off-kilter but I really enjoyed the challenge in this week’s theme!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh I absolutely love your take on the theme and thoroughly enjoyed your prose, wonderfully written! Those knitting needles are fabulous, but the one that really got me was the flower-coated violence, what a powerful piece.

      • Thank you so much! I am really enjoying your travel themes and have started looking forward to your Friday posts as one of the highlights of my week. They allow me to see my own adventures in a completely new light!

  19. Great topic and photos, Ailsa! Here is my effort at showing how my life is like a mirror, reflecting Turkey:

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  23. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, here’s my contribution…
    Took a bit of creative thinking! Enjoyed the prompt…

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  25. Tina Schell says:

    Came up a bit short on mirrors (altho I think the glacial lake might count!) but plenty of smoke (fog/mist but you get the idea!) Check it out at . Thanks for the fun challenge Ailsa!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Tina, what a wonderful post, and wow, what amazing places you’ve seen. That shot of Angkor is unbelievably beautiful, and I adore that quote by Eberhardt. “A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” 🙂

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  28. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    Coloured smoke……no mirrors ..I’m afraid 😦
    heres my post for this week..

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  33. Nice photos! It’s a bit late, but we had an interesting submission today that I think fits well with your challenge. It’s by a man with bipolar disorder, and represents his mania.

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  36. Kavita Joshi says:

    nice to know more about you dear..and nice blog btw…keep blogging..

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