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
  • 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.

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

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Tina, every single one of your photos has filled me with insatiable Wanderlust – good grief, Patagonia is stunning. I adore the quotes you included too, especially the John Muir one! I love that bit where you say if you close your eyes, you can still see the Alps. How wonderful. I loved your post so much I can’t bear it. Mountains are amazing. 🙂

      • Tina Schell says:

        You’re the best Ailsa, thanks so much for the lovely compliment! I don’t know how you find the time between your own terrific blog, your word-a-week, reading others’ blogs and reblogging. You go girl!!!

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  4. K2 in Canada says:

    Challenging theme for me – definitely can’t beat your brilliant pictures!!

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  9. Ben says:

    The contrast of natural vs artificial/spiritual seemed appropriate. Bright colours make it more fun too.

  10. Last week we went to the Botnaical gardens and also saw tulips that had a random colour in the middle. I love your other shots too from your last post. Your gardens were larger than the ones we saw here in Shanghai. Yours look like fileds of tulips!
    Here is my view on contrast from nature…

    • ailsapm says:

      They were actually fields, CTB – miles and miles of tulips as far as the eye could see, it was simply amazing! I love your post, especially that puppy, he reminds me of David Bowie with those eyes. 🙂

      • Ya never thought of that… maybe the dog’s name is Bowie (bow-wow-ie ;))
        I could tell you had fields of tulips… the gardens we saw were much smaller, but still lovely.
        Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful interpretation, Livvy – I especially love the old reflected in the modern, what an unusual and inspiring shot. 🙂

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  13. ideflex says:

    Things that stand out sometimes stop us in our tracks… please have a look at

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  15. cyardin says:

    Tough theme this week, but loved it. Keep them coming Ailsa!

    • ailsapm says:

      Beautiful post, Christopher, that rose at the memorial is truly poignant, and I love the whimsy of that illuminated sail. Fabulous shots – and I’m glad you are enjoying the themes! 🙂

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  17. fabtofat says:

    Great photos. I like your work a lot. thank you for liking my pos.t

  18. Nice tulips, Ailsa! Here’s my contrast:

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  20. Eattravelphotograph says:

    Hi Ailsa, your pictures reminded me of when I visited Keukenhof, lovely experience.

    Here’s my interpretation for this week

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve never been to Keukenhof, but if it’s anything like Skagit Valley, I’m adding it to my list now! 🙂 What a wonderful shot you posted for this challenge – not only the contrast between old and new, which is fantastic, but I love those little wooden huts too – a fabulous contrast between the permanence of the stone structures and the impermanence of those little huts that will be taken down right after the holidays. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh cool, more tulips! 🙂 Lake George looks very dark and stormy! That shot of new and old in Montreal is my favourite, wonderful shot! 🙂

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  24. mpejovic says:

    From flowers, to sea jellies to the moon, here’s my contribution to the contrast theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      These are wonderful, Milka – the flowers are lovely but my favourite are the sea jellies, they’re amazing! 🙂

      • mpejovic says:

        Thank you! And sea jellies are very hard to photograph because they’re constantly moving and the angle you capture may not be very interesting.

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  26. fgassette says:

    Beautiful photos. Here are mine:


    • ailsapm says:

      I love your post, Francine, first off, the sculpture is magnificent, and second, I love your prose and the history behind the sculpture. Really fascinating. xxx Ailsa

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    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Sas, I love your interpretation of contrast – two entirely different photos taken from the exact same spot. Ooh, the RHS flower show – I’ve never been but I’d love to sometime.

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  29. dadirri7 says:

    what a marvellous set of images ailsa, the lone tulip daring to be different … a good lesson for us all 🙂 here is mine, not actually travel, although i took a good long walk to take those photos, and of course all my blogging friends would have to travel quite a way to see this

    • ailsapm says:

      That’s the beauty of travel, Christine – wherever you are, there’s always someone who has never been there, it’s a whole wide world of discovery! 🙂 Wow, that was one crazy storm, your shots are amazing, the light in your third photo is really captivating. Scary, though, I can see why you stood there watching in awe of the elements.

  30. danielfee says:

    The story of David and Goliath is the classic tale of the contrast between the big and powerful against the smaller underdog. Here is my entry for this weeks theme.

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  32. Hi Ailsa,

    Super tulip images! Here’s my contrast image:

    Cheers, Ruth

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  38. A labour of love this week as once again your post has not dropped into my Reader but you cannot get away from me that easily, Ailsa.

  39. Angie says:

    Hi Ailsa! I missed your travel theme. 🙂 Here’s my short interpretation.

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  41. Rosa says:

    Th picture for my participation jumped on me while I was searching for something else

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