Travel theme: Beaches

Temperatures soared here in Seattle this week and I headed for Alki Beach Park to beat the startling heat. I was not alone; it seemed that half the population of Seattle descended upon this 2.5 mile stretch of park, beach and pebbles. There was barely a square inch of sand showing between the beach towels and umbrellas. I did manage, however, to get a few shots of sunbather-free pebble beach, looking across the water to the Space Needle.

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Here are a few quieter beaches I’ve found on my travels. A lazy hazy summer evening on the beach overlooking Kailua Bay in Hawaii…

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…stunning black sands along California’s Lost Coast…

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…and last but not least, a beach I had all to myself for a glorious afternoon in New York’s Far Rockaways – I just adore the name, it sounds like something straight out of Peter Pan.

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Now I know I’m not the only pebble on the beach – no one can resist taking seaside photos! If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Beaches
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
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Let’s have a beach party!



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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  3. Ailsa, I love your idea of a beach party! Let’s do it! I love your photo of the beach with Seattle’s Space Needle and your black sand beach in California. There’s a beautiful black sand beach on The Big Island in Hawaii as well. Too bad I don’t have a digital photo of it. 🙂

    Here’s mine for this week:

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  5. restlessjo says:

    I never associate Seattle with intense heat, Ailsa, so had to come take a look. I can feel the warmth from here. 🙂

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  10. Strange, for someone who’s spent so much time at the beach, how few shots I have of beaches! I suppose salt water, sand and unwatched cameras don’t go together! That shot of the black sand beach you saw on the Lost Coast (did you swim, or was it still too cold?) is terrific – how the black accentuates the aqua tones of the water. There’re some black sand beaches on the north shore of Bali and I always felt very strange swimming there, I have to admit – something just wasn’t quite right!

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  13. Jayde-Ashe says:

    Awesome challenge, awesome theme! Glad I discovered it, can’t wait to look through everybody else’s. Here are my beaches…

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  16. Tish Farrell says:

    Lovely photos Ailsa, and thanks for this theme. Here’s my favourite beach in all the world:

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  21. livvy30 says:

    Oh Ailsa how I love you and this theme! Lovely beach shots. i can’t wait to get to California in July. Here’s mine for this week.

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  26. Tina Schell says:

    OK Ailsa, I warned you there’s be LOTS of beaches out there :0) Here’s my shot at showing some favorites including our little piece of heaven here on Kiawah.

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  28. Indira says:

    Beautiful photographs Alisa. You are right, no one can resist taking seaside photos.Now sea beaches are my favorite subject. Thanks for the theme, here is my post-

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  31. bebs1 says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. Now I could look forward to a beach destination. Here’s my beaches:

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  33. Beautiful photos Alisa!
    I finally narrowed my choices down to just a few beaches. 🙂

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  35. Hello Ailsa, I like the rolling wave in the first picture!
    Here’s an asian beach:

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  38. ideflex says:

    Can hardly wait to get to the beach – Please have a look at

  39. danielfee says:

    Another great travel theme. I have so many great beach photos it is difficult to choose. So I decided to split them up into two posts. This post includes my top ten beach photos from the Galapagos Islands. As you can tell it is not just people who enjoy a day at the beach. The next post will be of beaches from around the world. But first enjoy the Galapagos Islands beach photos.

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