Travel theme: Light

After writing about my adventure through the Multiverse, my thoughts turned to all things light. I have a friend who has been living in Lapland for several years, well into the Arctic Circle. His tales of life in a world where there is complete darkness for half the year fill me with awe and wonder. Such extremes fascinate me but I suspect it wouldn’t take too long for me to go a little stir crazy without light, because photographs of the pitch black really aren’t terribly interesting. Mind you, he has seen the Northern Lights on many an occasion, which more than makes up for an absentee sun.

Here are a few images of light sources I have taken over the course of my travels. First up, one of the many, many camp fires I huddled around during my recent road trip around the US.

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The Baily Lighthouse shining brightly along the coast of Howth Head in Dublin, Ireland.

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The illuminated waters of the fountain at Columbus Circle in New York creating great golden arcs of light.

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Elegant light fixtures along the Asbury Park boardwalk in New Jersey, just starting to glow as the sun started to fade.

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Dazzling chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal evoke the glamour of a bygone era.

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Last but not least, my favourite light source of all; the moon. This was taken in midtown Manhattan the night after the Supermoon. On the night of the Supermoon the entire city was engulfed in fog, but the following night the moon managed to push into view.

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Are you ready to trip the light fantastic with your interpretation of this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Light
  • 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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Don’t hide your light under a bushel, join in the fun!



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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224 Responses to Travel theme: Light

  1. travelrat says:

    Great photos, Ailsa!

  2. Love that moon shot Ailsa. The others are beautiful too but that one really ‘speaks’. Kind of expect a werewolf howling somewhere. 😀
    – Suzan –

  3. pollyheath says:

    Love the last picture. Very powerful!

  4. No way to make light of this post – it’s full of wonder! My favorites are the sturdy little lighthouse and the fountains ( you can almost hear them laughing as they dance). The moon of course is in it’s own category.(great book cover or something…at least a story beginning)

    • ailsapm says:

      Those fountains did indeed laugh, Phil, they actually drowned out the surrounding traffic, which is quite a feat when you think of all those honking taxis that whirl around Columbus Circle.

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  6. What great pictures, I love the moon in Manhattan!

  7. Ese' s Voice says:

    Really beautiful captures, Ailsa! My favourites…difficult to choose but the lighthouse and the illuminated waters of the fountain are definitely on the top. Not just literally. 🙂
    Here’s my entry:

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Ese, I love your shots, the top two are enchanting. Where were they taken? xxx Ailsa

      • Ese' s Voice says:

        Thank you, Ailsa! That is a good question 🙂 – France and Portugal – I will put the information in the post. That was the original plan but somehow…slipped my mind. Must be spring… 😀

  8. I really like the “Supermoon”, specially after watching yesterday’s eclipsed full moon rise over the Tejo River at LIsbon’s waterfront. Magnificent! Here’s my contribution to this great theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh my, I bet the lunar eclipse was amazing to watch – we didn’t get to see it over here in the US. Did you manage to get any photos? Tricky thing to shoot, I imagine. I love your tour around Lisbon, I’ve seen far too little of Portugal – only spent a short time in Faro, but I hope to visit Lisbon sometime soon. That alley shot is my favourite, closely followed by the bridge shot. 🙂

      • Sorry for not being able to show you any eclipse pic of the moon – I only had my smart phone with me and the zoom is miserable!!
        Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting 🙂

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  10. Sonel says:

    Absolutely stunning photo’s and theme Ailsa. 🙂 *hugs*

  11. That sounds like fun 🙂 Great photos !
    Cheers Angela 🙂

  12. Marianne says:

    Great photos, Ailsa. I especially love the chandelier in Grand Central Terminal.

    I’ll have a look through my archives and see what I can come up with 🙂

  13. adinparadise says:

    Stunning photos, Ailsa. 🙂

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  15. Love the campfire pic, and I cannot believe how big that moon is! Wow! Here are mine for the week:

  16. elisaruland says:

    Fun travel tales describing absolutely beautiful photographs…love them all!

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  19. fgassette says:

    Wonderful display of light! Here is my:


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  22. paulandjodie says:

    Love the moon photo, especially as I’ve just been enjoying the full moon this evening. Here’s my post: light in fire, ice, water.

  23. lylekrahn says:

    Great idea to theme those photos. I think I liked the moon the best.

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  25. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a great variety of lights. I adore your photos as always!
    Here is my entry for this week! ENJOY!

  26. viveka says:

    Lighthouses … just love them and Howth Head is special to me .. been romancing out there during my year living in Dublin….. what a brilliant shot. Stunning gallery, my pick has to be the last one, with the house and the moon, how did you do that .. so clear when it’s was so dark outside.
    You’re amazing with your camera ..and I think this is one of your best galleries.

  27. OMG, this one was a gift but don’t know that I can top your lighthouse, Ailsa!

  28. museconfuse says:

    Great photos! I am not sure I could live in Lapland for many years…the cold and darkness would drive me batty! Great challenge, I’ll try to join in if I can fins some inspiration. 🙂

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  31. Great gallery and inspiring theme again, Ailsa! That moon is gigantic and I love the Baily lighthouse. But they are all great!

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  33. Sas says:

    The lighthouse looks stunning – yet another place to add to my list when I eventually visit the Republic of Ireland! I love lighthouses, but strangely don’t have any photos of them. Here’s my contribution 🙂

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  35. Nice topic and lovely photos, Ailsa! Come and see how the spring sunlight is shining on Turkish tulips, a duck bathing in a fountain, and my husband and me in a park near Istanbul:

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  38. loganbruin says:

    All you needed was a witch streaking across the moon in that last shot. . . ;o)
    As I link mine I can’t help but think of the Journey song. . . dammit!

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  40. wildsherkin says:

    Beautiful pictures – AS EVER! See my contribution below. 🙂

  41. aj vosse says:

    I was hoping for a more ‘travel-ly’ theme… one with wheels, roads, cars… that kind of thing.

    Why? I had a wee errand to run today… so, I have quite a tale to tell but as Dublin’s weather really played the fool again the thought of showing you different light moods grew as the day wore on…

    I hope you enjoy my take on the light issue tomorrow morning… 😉

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  43. patriciaddrury says:

    Great topic darlin, here are mine…

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