Travel theme: Pathways

After winding a path through the blue trees of Seattle earlier this week, I started thinking about other paths I have travelled down; here are a few of my favourites. First, a moss-flanked pathway into thick forest at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

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“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” – Anatole France

Next, a sandy trail through Angel Canyon in the heart of Utah.

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“When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place.” – Hakim Sanai

Finally, a dark and mysterious path through an unexpected bamboo forest in Rye, New York.

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“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.” – Rebecca Solnit

This is where our paths cross because now it’s your turn. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Pathways
  • 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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Lead me up the garden path!

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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220 Responses to Travel theme: Pathways

  1. aj vosse says:

    Yep… you got me there… there I was expecting multicoloured trees! 😉

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  4. A pathway through a bamboo forest will do it for me every time Ailsa – even if it’s in Rye, NY 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Me too! It’s impossible for me to walk through a bamboo forest without imagining myself in a scene from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 🙂

  5. Ese' s Voice says:

    Wonderful theme, Ailsa! And that trail through the Angel Canyon is definitely my favourite 🙂
    The pathways I have walked have now have lead to a post:

  6. Shards Of DuBois says:

    that last shot of trees is gorgeous!!!!!

  7. My big toe, right foot is getting better so many pathways to tread….

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  9. This theme is as lovely as they come – but paths lie close to my heart…I will have to think and work on this…
    Your paths are lovely, and my absolute favourite is the bamboo mystery one! It really makes me want to see what’s at the other end of it…

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  11. ideflex says:

    Serendipity at work – snapped this 2 days ago – Please have a look at

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurray, glad you enjoyed the theme, yerpirate. I didn’t find a link to your post, did you do one this week? I checked your site and couldn’t find a pathways post. xxx Ailsa

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  13. That last photo is stunning, Ailsa!

    Here’s mine:

    Have a lovely weekend x

  14. pfstare says:

    I like the first one. Hobbit country 🙂

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  16. Love this theme! Here are pathways in England’s Lake District…

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous, atmospheric post Melanie, I love the Lake District, it’s been too long since I visited. Rose Castle Cottage looks like an idyllic retreat and I love your prose, thanks for taking me on a journey!

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  19. Here are our pathways (possibly a bit different from those you had in mind):

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  21. twoscamps says:

    This is a good one, Ailsa! I enjoyed your series of photographs. Your challenge brought back a happy memory for me:

  22. danielfee says:

    Another great travel theme. Since I like to hike when we travel I have a lot of photos of pathways. Here are a few of my favorites.

    • ailsapm says:

      What a wonderful collection of international pathways, Daniel. Those switchbacks in Capri make me dizzy just looking at them! 🙂

  23. Is the pathway leading to or from … one is often unsure …

    I should have called this post of mine “Pathways” but had posted before I saw your challenge.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, paths with mountain goats are the best! I love your first shot too, with the bikes and the misty background, and that wonderful Thoreau quote. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      How beautiful, Sas, I haven’t spent enough time exploring Wales but I love love love your photos. Career changes can be tough but rewarding if you find a career path that you love!

  29. Love that first image, can’t help but wonder where it will take me 🙂

  30. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    A vintage take on your pathways theme. These are selected from childhood slides from 1962-1973. All pathways. All original. Thank you mum and dad.
    Regards Peet

    I have also posted other original “slide” shows at

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    • ailsapm says:

      What a fabulous series of pathways from all over the world, Livvy – that one of Achill Island is breathtaking, the colours pop right off the screen, I feel like I’m right there. xxx

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  35. Do you take the well travelled path or try and create your own? See my examples caught on film here 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh boy, I think it’s much more fun to create your own path, don’t you? How exciting that you’re going to begin a whole new adventure in the near future, can’t wait to hear where you decide to go next! I love your shot of autumn in Shanghai and that Roman pathway looks terribly inviting, I want to see what’s around the next bend! 🙂

      • Thanks Ailsa for the kind compliments 🙂 blush…
        Yes we have decided next year is our last in Shanghai and we will return home for a bit… few years? forever??? We are not sure, but travel is in our blood so there always will be adventure!

  36. I finished my new eBook “Walk with Me in Turkey.” Take the first step here:

    • ailsapm says:

      Woohoo, major congrats on finishing the book, Lonna, hope a publisher snaps it up soon! I love the glimpse of Alanya Castle.

  37. One of my favorite things, pathways that take you who knows where… 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Fabulous shots, and oh, I don’t think there is such a thing as an overly-developed sense of romanticism – the world can never have enough romance! 🙂

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  40. fgassette says:

    WONDERFUL PATHWAYS! Here is mine


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  43. cyardin says:

    I love this theme Ailsa, and your last photo is stunning and enticing. It makes you think where does this path lead you.
    Here is my crack at this week’s theme.

    • ailsapm says:

      Oooh, a gorgeous collection of global pathways, Chris, and more places for me to visit. Your shot of Mykonos brought back some really fun memories of island-hopping during the summer holidays!

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, these are gorgeous, I just love all those different shades of green and the flowers bursting out of everywhere! Stunning.

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