Travel theme: Big

My recent visit to the extremely large and slightly menacing Fremont Troll got me thinking about other big sights I’ve encountered on my travels. Journeying along Washington State’s North Cascades Highway, Liberty Bell Mountain will stop you in your tracks with its scale and beauty.

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I can still hear the whirring of the white windmills covering Tehachapi Pass; the biggest wind farm I’ve ever seen.

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After driving through the desert and reaching Las Vegas just as night fell, it was pretty startling to see a fifty foot tall Gordon Ramsay glaring at us from the side of a mini Arc de Triomphe.

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But the one sight that will remain emblazoned upon my mind’s eye forever is my very first sight of Montana‘s big skies.

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Are you ready to live large and join in this week’s travel photo theme? Everyone’s welcome, so if you want to join in, here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Big
  • 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 – I’m in the process of changing over to a new website host but will give you all a heads up when the changeover happens. If you’re following via email there won’t be a change but if you’re following via WordPress you will need to sign up for email or RSS.

Looking forward to seeing the big picture or pictures you come up with for this week’s challenge.

xxx Ailsa

“You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.” – Robert Anton Wilson

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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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171 Responses to Travel theme: Big

  1. suzie81 says:

    Love it – I’ll get right on it!!

  2. Trish says:

    Hmm… What I allow to annoy me. Good thought. I’ll work on being bigger than I am.

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  4. Ben says:

    A big monument nearby; the Phra Pathom Chedi, the modern legacy of the first Buddhist people in South East Asia. Said to be the biggest stupa in the world.

    http://pathsunwritten.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

  5. Anne Camille says:

    This will be fun. I bet I come across something that fits the theme in my travels today!

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  7. !That quote at the end is really good! Great post!

  8. Amy says:

    This is an inspiring theme! Love these shots, the Liberty Bell Mountain is majestic!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh boy, Amy, I nearly fell out of the car seat when we rounded the bend and I saw it peeping over the trees, it’s such a spectacular mountain. xxx

  9. really dislike wind farms but you make them look so fine. From the sublime to the impossible
    http://mrscarmichael.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, I always worry about the poor birds that get caught in the sails, it’s pretty scary. Love your photo, mind you, the speedos are definitely not that big 😉

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  11. Ese' s Voice says:

    Those beautiful windmills…and being a fan of Gordon Ramsay fan, I like that one, too! 🙂
    Here’ s my entry: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

    • ailsapm says:

      These are gorgeous, Ese, that pot under the arch is magical, and yes, echoing Mrs C, I’d love to know what that bear is thinking! 🙂

  12. Love the quote. Food for thought!

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  14. Kongo says:

    This was a big challenge. Literally. So many great ideas. Settled on this.
    http://travel-monkey.me/2013/08/16/ailsas-travel-theme-big/

  15. John says:

    Those wind farms are awful, an eyesore on the landscape.

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  17. aj vosse says:

    Sorry… nothing big in Ireland… apart from egos and hangovers!! How do I show you that?? 😉

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  20. loganbruin says:

    Those mountains remind me of Torres del Paine in Chile. And it’s said that windmills are put in landscapes that aren’t worth looking at anyway. ;o)
    For once I took your challegen literally. . .
    http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

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  22. Big *hugs* Big – YES, you gave me the perfect opportunity to post a photo of something I admire with all of my heart.
    Here’s my entry for this week: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

    Thanks for giving us an example each week, I love your photography. Have a lovely and big weekend.
    ~Mar

  23. Inspiring as usual! Demands some thinking…your photos are chosen from inspiringly different angles, so to speak…I’ll be back!

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  25. Amy says:

    Here is my entry: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/
    Thank you for hosting the Wekkly Travel theme!

  26. It will be a few days before I have time to post my entry but I just wanted to say…Mountains were my first thought, I’ll see what I can come up with. And those windmills…how close did you get? I drove by a windmill farm in Indiana last week (yeah, Indiana, who would have thought), I was able to be about 50 feet from them. WOW, they are huge!!

  27. Amy says:

    The Bon Jovi car is amazing!

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  30. Great pixs. WInd farms are loud! And like giant toys left behind

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  34. Cedar R. says:

    Indeed, great quote! I purposefully overcomplicated this one, and tried to find pictures for many different meanings of the word “big” –> http://roadsiroam.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

    Thanks for the weekly inspiration!

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  36. Big, beautiful and very cold. Glencoe in Scotland. http://wp.me/p3zU3Q-bk

  37. Interesting theme and beautiful photos! Here’s my entry: http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/travel-theme-big/

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  44. Pamela says:

    From an army of windmills to Gordon Ramsey…hmm….Quixotic, what?
    Love the road to the big blue yonder.

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