Travel Theme: Through

I’m working my way through all the photographs I took on my road trip earlier this year to visit some of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanoes, and there’s one I keep coming back to, a glimpse of light breaking through the darkness of a lava tube on the south side of Mount St Helens.

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So I went looking for some other photos that fit with this week’s theme, like the Camden horse tunnels in London…

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…and the huge arched windows carved in the side of a tunnel running through Zion National Park that gave a brief glimpse of the stunning view awaiting you at the end of the tunnel.

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Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? As I was trying to dodge the driving rain and get back to the car at Mount Rainier, I looked up to see this little beauty on a hill overlooking the parking lot. She was peeping through the trees, watching every soggy move I made with great interest.

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Now that I’m through, it’s over to you for your interpretation of this week’s theme. 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: Through
  • 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 reading through your posts (I’m playing catch up on the last few weeks; being on the road I’ve fallen a little behind in reading everyone’s entries – I’m still in travel mode but will be back in one place by early October and will get caught up, I promise!).

xxx Ailsa

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

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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165 Responses to Travel Theme: Through

  1. kirkistan says:

    I enjoy your posts and your photos immensely. I wonder if you could say a few words about the lava tube photo and the through-the-arch photo? I struggle to get vivid color when I have a strong dark or even black perimeter and the center is well-lit. Can you say where you focused, if you used HDR/auto HDR? Anything about focal length. I’m a novice photo-taker and I really like what you produce. Thanks!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Kirk, you’re right, those can be tricky shots. Bracketing is a good way to deal with dramatic contrasts between dark and light, basically taking the same shot with different exposures and seeing which works best. If you’re lucky you’ll get a shot that works as is, but if not, you can stack different exposures and tweak them to get the right amount of exposure on each area of the shot. The shot of the cave I have in this post is an ‘as is’ photo with no stacking, because I like the ultra dark frame of the cave interior – but if I stacked multiple exposures I could show more detail on the interior of the cave. Hope that helps. xxx

  2. Heyjude says:

    interesting horse tunnel – what’s that all about?
    I think this week’s challenge is going to take some thinking about – see ya later Ailsa 🙂
    Jude xx

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Jude,
      The tunnels are located in Stables Market, which is part of Camden Market. The Stables Market occupies a site that used to be a stables and horse hospital. The horses used to pull delivery wagons and barges for Pickfords delivery service. Nowadays, the stables have been converted into market stalls and brass horses adorn walls and tunnels all along the cobblestone alleys.

  3. mvschulze says:

    Interesting, as I recently posted a photo looking out the Zion window during our 1967 cross country trip. I wish I had the photography skills you have, back then! M

    • ailsapm says:

      Squeak, I just popped over to your site to check it out, what amazing shots – I just adore that photo of the blue car in the desert with the door open. Can’t wait to read the entire trip! 🙂

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  5. Debbie says:

    Great theme. Needs a bit of thought. I’ll be back soon.

  6. Ben says:

    Very fun one. I immediately though of the Soo Locks, the gateway to and from Lake Superior for the shadowy freighters I watched the silhouettes of in the Great Lakes for so many years.

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  8. bevchen says:

    Fabulous photos as always. I absolutely LOVE the last one. So cute!!

    I can already think of one photo I have that’s perfect for this theme.

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  10. masadiso79 says:

    This is a great theme and a great collection of photographs! Here’s my entry:

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  12. suej says:

    Oh, brilliant theme Ailsa – I’ll be back later with my answer to the challenge! Love your shots.

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  14. ibuseno says:

    Great theme… I like horse tunel..I’l be back with other through 🙂

  15. chrisstov says:

    Lovely colour the lighting in the horse tunnel and a great picture of the deer.

  16. May entry with a wink:

    Thanks once again for your challenging photo themes, Ailsa. As always your photos are gorgeous.

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  21. Ese' s Voice says:

    Gorgeous photos, Ailsa – especially the one from the Zion National Park. What a view!
    Here’s my way of getting through this time 🙂 :

  22. Shards Of DuBois says:

    just great photos, I’m so jealous, I was supposed to go camping at St. Helens this summer, but had to work instead. I have seen volcanic tubes in Hawaii tho. and that beautiful dear looks rather pregnant! kind of hope so! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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  25. Dauw says:

    Hi Ailsa and traveling friends,
    The first picture immediately inspired me for my entry on this weeks theme. It reminded me of one I took a month ago in Breizh.
    Unfortunately today I had some problems with Blogger for linking to your site, but I’ll try again tomorrow, that’s a promis.
    Here’s my contribution to “through”. Hope you ‘ll like it.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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  29. dadirri7 says:

    Hi Ailsa … mine is of our lagoon breaking through to the sea … love your photo of the horse tunnels 🙂

  30. Cool theme! Here’s my contribution for this week, hope ya’ll enjoy!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest,

  31. bebs1 says:

    Here is my entry for this week’s Through challenge:

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