Travel theme: Contrast

With my mind’s eye (and my camera’s memory) still full of images from yesterday’s Tulip Festival, I could easily have done a flower theme this week, although I already used that as a theme during Macy’s Flower Show in NYC last year. Instead, as I was flicking through my tulip photos, I found a few shots I’d taken of some sassy tulips that dared to stand out from the crowd. They put me in mind of one of my favourite moments from Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’.

Brian: You’re all individuals!
Crowd: Yes! We’re all individuals!
Brian: You’re all different!
Crowd: Yes, we are all different!
Dennis: I’m not…
Crowd: Shhh!

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Are you ready to break out your inner dissident and celebrate nonconformity? 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: Contrast
  • 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
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Dare to be different!

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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227 Responses to Travel theme: Contrast

  1. johncoyote says:

    All the photos are beautiful. Here in Michigan. First buds of Spring are finally showing. Maybe the flower will be here soon. Thank you form the photo.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya John, here’s hoping you guys get a burst of blossom soon, you’ve had a long, hard winter, I bet you’re ready for springtime. 🙂

  2. Pat says:

    Great photos, Ailsa. I’m going to have to give this some thought and it will be exciting to see what others come up with.

    • ailsapm says:

      Me too, Pat, it can be interpreted so many ways I’m looking forward to seeing all the different takes on this theme. 🙂

  3. Sonel says:

    Lovely travel theme Ailsa. The tulips are just gorgeous! 🙂

  4. aj vosse says:

    Tulips, tulips everywhere!! 😉
    I love it and yes, you’ve given me an idea for tomorrow’s post… I’ll throw in a tulip just for good measure!! 😛

  5. suej says:

    Hmm, this is going to be interesting, not sure about what I can do….Love your tulip images.

  6. Hello Ailsa. these pictures are beautiful. I posted a blog last week on your theme of park benches and I put a link to your blog. Is that all that needs to be done? I just want to be certain I did it right. Thanks

  7. Nice theme, Ailsa! Life is a contrast. I dedicate my Blog to Boston:

  8. Dare to be different! These are fabulously unique. Hoping to return…

  9. I can’t believe you found all these independent, and sassy, tulips! 🙂

  10. patriciaddrury says:

    Brilliant! 🙂 Great topic and I miss the Tulip Festival… thanks for the trip down memory lane…

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  12. travtrails says:

    love the singular contrast

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  15. sharansaikumar says:

    Thought of doing flowers but yours are unmatchable so went the feedbag route

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I’m so glad you went the feedbag route, what a gorgeous pony and that feedbag is a lively pop of colour in the depths of the Himalayan forest. You just made me want to go pony trekking in the mountains. Yaay. 🙂

  16. Trish says:

    I love your odd-man-out tulips. They seem to have snuck out of their own garden and into one of a different colour like very naughty flowers. You take beautiful photos.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Trish, just saw your post, that first shot is great, I love the expression of the Australian soliders at the table. Ireland too was slow to adopt the French culture of tables on the sidewalk – a little too rainy most of the time!

  17. this post makes me smile! ‘Dare to be different!’ – and then there are your amazing examples! – how great! z

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  19. Love those! Ours is not colorful, but it is contrasty black and white for sure if that counts! And involves trees 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Ese, such a lovely post – that Crutcher quote is perfect, I especially love the top white/green shot and the dolphin one, wonderful! 🙂

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  22. Lyle says:

    So Ailsa, how did you manage to find the ‘one’ off colored tulip in each patch? Lovely example of Contrast if I do say, my take is a little different and I hope everyone enjoys mine as much as they do yours.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Lyle, these are wonderful, what a great story about the first little girl, and I just love the candid shots you got of the children away from the tourist paths. That little boy with the lamb stole my heart!

      I’m not sure I found those individual tulips – I suspect they found me – they sort of hopped into focus as I was scanning the vast fields of colour – and I couldn’t resist snapping them in all their unique splendour. 🙂

      • Lyle says:

        The boy was actually walking with a small herd of sheep, down one of the back roads that we like to drive. He picked up the lamb just for the picture, very nice kid.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, what a gorgeous series of shots! The light in that first one is wonderful, and the second one is enchanting – not only the sky but those amazing bursts of water catching the light at the bottom. Ahh, Paris, yes, I agree. Must. Go. Back. 🙂

  24. viveka says:

    brilliant choice … and well spotted – my favorite is the red in with the yellow. A bit like penguins … all the same .. stand in the same direction and then suddenly there is one .. standing the opposite direction. Great … post.

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  26. Contrast, another nice theme, Ailsa! Your tulips are stunning.
    Here’s my contrast:

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  28. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos, really be contrast – great… 😉

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    • ailsapm says:

      That was a really fascinating post, Sharyn – I love your photos and narrative – especially where you mention contrasting objectives of service groups and start thinking about what it means to help. Really enjoyed your post. 🙂

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  34. this was quite a difficult challenge. Here is my miscellany of contrasts

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Sue, what an impossibly beautiful shot – I could stare at it for hours. Excellent capture, my friend. I have a visual of you leaping from your car to take that shot. 🙂

  35. So lovely. I especially like the photo of the field of red tulips and the one lonely yellow one standing proudly in the middle. Rather like a strong confident person taking a risk.

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  37. Rosemarie says:

    Here’s one…

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Rosemarie, the High Line is hands-down my favourite park in New York, thanks for reminding me of this wonderful little park. xxx Ailsa

  38. Lyle says:

    Almost forgot, my favorite is the purple and white.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Lyle, I think it’s my favourite too – the yellow and red are such strong colours, but the purple and white are somehow gentler on the eye.

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  40. paulandjodie says:

    The tulip photos are wonderful!
    Kayaking in Mongolia is already a contrast with the usual tourist activities. Then we had some contrasting weather.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Paul & Jodie, so glad you enjoyed the tulips, it was pretty spectacular to wander through fields full of colour like that! I love your kayaking shots, wow, the before and after is dramatic – I can’t get over how those sparkling turquoise waters turned so muddy. Great shots! 🙂

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  42. Shaanthz says:

    Ailsa, the tulips are beautiful….I feel like reaching out and touching it. No flowers here….

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh I wish you could have been there wandering through those amazing swaying fields of colour, it is truly an experience I will never forget – and yes, I brushed my hand over many of those amazing tulips as I passed by. Very cool shots of the Chrysler Building – that and the Flatiron Building are my two favourite NY high rises. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      There’s something poetic about every one of these images; the light in each of them is stunning. The misty road is gorgeous but wow, that shot of the names on the 9/11 memorial is achingly beautiful. Sublime shot. xxx Ailsa

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    Great theme Ailsa, enjoy ya’ll!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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