Travel theme: Pale

Bright and colourful photos can be show stoppers, but sometimes the palest of photographs can capture the imagination. Right now it is cherry blossom season in Seattle and the city is awash with pale pink blooms.

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So I had a look through some of my files for other light, pastel-tinged photographs and here’s what I came up with.

Sea and sky glimmer delicate blue on the shores of Hawaii:

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Dawn burns the palest of pinks through the windows of Amtrak’s Empire Builder cross-country train:

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Dublin’s Four Courts buildings reflect faintly yellow in the River Liffey:

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Fluffy stalks of sugarcane drift before hazy Guatemalan mountains:

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Are you feeling faint yet? 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: Pale
  • 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 hushed tones and softest hues!

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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294 Responses to Travel theme: Pale

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  2. Madoqua says:

    Ailsa, what absolutely beautiful pink blossom you have captured! I like your other photos too, but the first few (including your header) are just exquisite! I have followed on from your floral theme with:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh wow, I’ve never seen a pale pink version of the King Protea before, it’s a showstopper. Amazing pics, Madoqua, and I laughed at your version of bushwalking – it sounds a lot like mine! 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous, Nana Tee, that Grand Canyon shot is marvellous, I love how the colour starts off strong and dissipates as it gets closer to the snow storm. I must visit that area during winter, I bet it’s stunning.

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  6. ehkstream says:

    Thank you for the beautiful blooms of cherry blossoms! Here’s a washed up contribution… 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Oooh, I love ghost ships, ehkstream, and I really want that little seedling Douglas fir to realize its dreams and make it to sea. I am giggling at the thought. 🙂

      • ehkstream says:

        Imagine an albatross family decorating it for Christmas as the boat spins lazily around in the middle of the Pacific…

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  10. Andrea J. says:

    Love the sun out of Amtrak pic. Dreamy!

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  12. A lovely topic for spring, Ailsa! Read about weddings in Turkey and see my post “Pale like Lace”:

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, this is awesome, I love Roman Holiday and those frescoes are amazing. Oh, and I got a good laugh from your inclusion of Pale Rider.:)

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  15. livvy30 says:

    Lovely shots Ailsa. I especially like the blossoms. Here are mine.

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  18. Great theme this week! I love the variety of your “pale” photos and it was fun to look at a few of my pictures in a different light. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh these are gorgeous, look at that beautiful Oregon Coast! My favourite one, though, is the shot of the San Juans, I love that massive expanse of sky and that small strip of dry yellow grass beneath.

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  20. Pat says:

    I liked you selection of photos, Eilsa. Here are mine – a few shells.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Pat, these shell shots are glorious, so soft and delicate and the light is perfect. That second photo is stunning with all those iridescent colours, I love it. xxx

      • Pat says:

        Thanks, Ailsa. I am having a great time experimenting and I’m usually not comfortable with softening the lines. But I also like pushing myself a little out of my comfort zone. This was a good challenge for me. Thanks so much for coming up with it.

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  23. patriciaddrury says:

    Hi Ailsa, pale is a great topic and I love each of your photos for this one! From my desert neighborhood…

    • ailsapm says:

      I love your desert neighbourhood, Patricia, your photos are truly lovely – that raindrop-covered one just made me do a happy dance, it’s glorious.

      • patriciaddrury says:

        Thanks so much, your posts of Seattle remind me of my childhood growing up there and I do my own happy dance 🙂

  24. Hi Ailsa, those cherry blossoms are beautiful, especially that second one with the dark purple petals in the foreground. Gorgeous. I also love the ornamental grasses. Here’s mine for your challenge:

  25. viveka says:

    Very pretty gallery …. love the cherry blossom – my pick must …. be last one. Love the green, beige and blue .. in that photos .. and it’s fresh and delicate.

  26. Cee Neuner says:

    Great topic. Thanks for holding these challenges. I sure enjoy them!
    Here is my topic for this week!

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    Someone is always watching – please have a look at

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  30. Those cherry blossoms are sooo gorgeous! I really liked the theme this week. Here’s my entry:

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  32. Opalla says:

    What a timely theme, Ailsa. I like the dreaminess of Pale. Hope you like my contribution:

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  34. Excellent theme, Ailsa! Loving everyone’s pale images. Have a great week!

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  36. ledrakenoir says:

    Amazing photos, they makes thoughts fly
    – okay nature creates them, but you captured them… 🙂 😉

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  38. I decided for Vanås Castle and its exhibitions!

  39. Where did it go? I’ll try again!

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  41. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa!!! No words, just lovely!!!
    Here is my “pale dream”…

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