Travel theme: Simplicity

Busy photographs can be an awful lot of fun to look at, and even more fun to take, but sometimes less is more. I’m still thinking of the clean lines of the reflecting pool I just wrote about at the Bloedel Reserve, so I’ve been looking through my images for some shots that speak to me of simplicity.

Walking through the Seattle neighbourhood of Ballard, my eye was caught by a drift of clematis scrambling over a wooden fence. Against the overcast skies it struck me as an interestingly simple colour study.

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I love sudden weather outbursts when I have my camera to hand; there’s usually something wonderfully unexpected to photograph. This shot was taken after a massive hailstorm in Seattle earlier this year. I like the simplicity of the two contrasting elements; soft green moss and huge white hailstones. I also liked the fact that the moss was located close to a doorway I could duck into after I took the shot because those hailstones hurt!

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When there’s a whirl of colour and activity going on all around you, sometimes it can be more interesting to focus on just one element of the big picture. This is one of my favourite photos of the Holi Festival of Colour I attended in Maple Valley earlier this year. I was watching a group of teenagers helping each other to get ready, sharing bags of coloured powder. At one point I noticed all their hands were upturned in a circle and took this shot. While other shots I took captured other aspects of the festival, this shot for me revealed something beautiful about the essence of community at the event.

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So now it’s your turn to revel in the uncomplicated. 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: Simplicity
  • 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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xxx Ailsa

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein


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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190 Responses to Travel theme: Simplicity

  1. aj vosse says:

    Aha!! We’ve had summer for a whole week now!! Maybe my simplicity will be a pic of a big yellow ball in the sky!! 😉

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  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    Those white flowers are fabulous in their simplicity!
    And this is me…being simple 🙂 :

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  5. Why on earth is my ‘reply’ not appearing? This is was too hard for a mannequin!

  6. Here’s my amazing story and photo about me simply trying to sleep in Russia:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, that’s quite a story, Lonna, especially the part leading up to your sleepless night. Love that shot of the airport too, it really matches your description. xxx

  7. Praveena says:

    So beautiful for the theme 🙂

  8. Super theme – only wish my ‘reply’ would appear.

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  10. markd60 says:

    I like the hands picture and the quotes at the end.

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  12. cocoaupnorth says:

    Beautiful pics and great theme. Love the quotes too.

  13. Mama Zen says:

    I love that festival shot. Gorgeous!

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  16. fgassette says:

    LOVE THE COLORFUL HANDS: Here is my entry.


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  21. Strangely, the simple can be a challenge. 🙂 Another fine theme!

  22. Jo Bryant says:

    what a terrific theme Ailsa…i really love the shot of the hands.

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  25. Great theme! Sometimes in nature the simplest things can highlight their pure beauty better than anything else!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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  27. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa!
    Lovely challenge….And I love the Leonardo´s quote!
    Here is my contribution!
    Hugs from Spain!

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  30. Another lovely theme, Ailsa! And that clematis picture really is simplicity in its most beautiful sense. I love the others too, but that first one is wonderful Here’s mine:

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  32. ninano says:

    I really liked your white flower-photo, but the theme was quite difficult. However, I chose the simplest version of myself. My shadow:

  33. says:

    I certainly wish everything was so simple! Great idea for a challenge!

  34. Super post. Love the hands. Simply lovely ;-).

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  36. Alien Shores says:
  37. the flowers are very zen-like. Makes a distinctive header. Love the quote. (interesting that the very young prefer simple visuals – less confusing and distracting – and many older people often prefer simple things – it says it all with little distraction – sophistication.)

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