Travel theme: Height

Fresh from tackling the slightly nerve-wracking and extremely high trail around Devil’s Elbow, I can think of no better theme for this week’s challenge than height. The first thing that springs to mind when I think of height are the towering redwoods of Northern California.

humboldt forest state park redwoods california

Then there’s the man-made height of New York’s Empire State Building, as viewed from the equally impressive Top of the Rock.

Looking south from the Top of the Rock - towards the Empire State Building

Looking south from the Top of the Rock – towards the Empire State Building

Sticking with the man-made, I’ve got to give a shout out to Seattle’s very own Space Needle. Here’s a very sparkly shot I took last New Year’s Eve.

seattle washington space needle fireworks new years eve 2013

And back to nature for the final photo, a giant Ceiba tree aka The Tree of Life in the heart of Tikal’s jungle in northern Guatemala. This tree was so tall I couldn’t get far enough away to fit it all in the frame.

Impossibly tall Tree of LIfe, one of the most impressive trees I've seen to date

Now it’s high time I handed it over to you for your take on this week’s theme. If you would like to join in the weekly travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: High
  • 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.

So swing into high gear and show me your highest highs!

xxx Ailsa

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammaraskjold

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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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160 Responses to Travel theme: Height

  1. Cool Deb says:

    always enjoy reading your posts. Your photography is quite amazing as well. Well done, bravo.

    • ailsapm says:

      Yaay, thank you so much for your kind words, Deb. Just read your post about the Outer Sands – gorgeous, and Bo looks pretty happy too! 🙂

  2. The Seattle Needle shot is awesome ! Also, love the redwoods 🙂

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  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    The Space Needle is stunning but so are the trees 🙂
    Here’re mine…from a distance: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/travel-theme-height/

  5. aj vosse says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    You could not have known how apt your challenge for this week is for a few of us here in the good old Green country! I’m taking the liberty of including a my charity link!
    Tomorrow our boss is being thrown for a height!! So Apt!! For the kids of the Make a Wish Foundation. We’ve almost reached the target…
    http://www.mycharity.ie/event/dps_toss_the_boss_-_niall_dillon/

  6. dalecooper57 says:

    Beautiful shot of the ceiba tree.

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  9. restlessjo says:

    I’m tall! Will that do? 🙂
    LOVE the Seattle needle shot.

  10. Ceiba. I can’t get enough of looking at those! Do you follow Lisa in Equador? She is an amazing artist/person and draws some very funky trees likes that. Link if you like (unless you already know her) in which case, sorry for my redundancy.
    You won’t be disappointed.
    http://playamart.wordpress.com

  11. Beachbums1 says:

    Beautiful photos, especially the one of the Space Needle.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Beachbums1, we found a sneakily brilliant spot to view the fireworks and were all alone, the crowds down at Seattle Center would have been hard pushed to get a better view. 🙂

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  13. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, like these shots. Here’s mine, just a single image of a guy very high up on scaffolding, leaves me weak at the knees: http://suejudd.com/2013/10/04/weekly-travel-theme-height/

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  15. Ciao Ailsa, here’s my interpretation – http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/travel-theme-height/

    Love the Space Needle shot!

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    • ailsapm says:

      These are brilliant, Janet, I love the one of what I will always think of as the ‘mashed potato mountain’ from Close Encounters. I almost got to see it on a recent road trip but we changed our route at the last minute. Gives me another good reason to do another road trip! 🙂

  19. Lovely choices, Ailsa. My favorite is the sparkly Space Needle shot.

    janet

  20. LavendarLadi says:

    I have loved watching the inspiration of your challenges. Thank you!

  21. DagEnDauw says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    Great shots from the trees, especially the first one! They look so mighty strong and yet they are so vulnerable.
    I follow your example by posting an oldie from my previous blog on this theme…
    Here’ s my entry.
    Have a great weekend!
    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.com/2013/10/height.html

    • ailsapm says:

      I love it, Dauw, I remember this photo from before, it’s gorgeous. How did you manage to get that aerial shot? Were you on a balcony or walkway above the tables? xxx

      • DagEnDauw says:

        I took this picture from a terras on the market place of Doornik (BE), at the tower of the cathedral, Ailsa.
        Great view I had from there =] and as the tables and chairs reminded me of little white flowers, the passengers were easily changed into humming beings …
        Great to have had you visiting my blog. Thanks for the comment!

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  25. Cee Neuner says:

    You’ve got some great heights.
    Here is my entry for this week! ENJOY!
    http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/10/04/travel-theme-height/

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, what a great shot of Mount Hood, Cee, I’ve only seen it from much further away, I’d love to explore it up close sometime. And those pumpkins look great, I love this time of year. xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Robert, yes, that Ceiba was pretty impressive, it towered above everything else for miles. Looks like you’re having fun with that Olympus, the colours in that first shot are terrific. xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Empress, what a wonderful photo, that shot tower and flanking building are really impressive, I love seeing old buildings being restored and repurposed.

      • Yes, me too. There are quite a few old warehouses that have been turned into apartment buildings too. My brother used to rent an apartment in an old converted newspaper office. Very cool.

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  29. We were just in Hong Kong and Macau, so I couldn’t resist posting the skyline with its tall buildings reaching high into the sky and from the height of the Peak looking back down across the city and harbour.
    http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/rain-height-weekly-photo-challenges/

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, what a great rain-splotched shot of Macau, but my favourite is the skyline at Victoria Harbour with those rays of light. Really gorgeous, CTB. xxx Aisa

      • Thanks. That was part of the laser light show that is each night. I am glad I got some good shots despite forgetting to bring my mini tripod. I am posting more shots of Hong Kong as I post about our mini trip there.
        Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. tgeriatrix says:

    Love your sparkling needle! Here’s a picture from our recent trip to the mountains: http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/travel-themeheight/

  33. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa and friends.
    Have a nice weekend !
    Today I’m not growing in height but in age… 😉 (10/05 or 05/10 in europe)
    However, here my choice
    http://max510.com/2013/10/05/weekly-travel-theme-height/

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  35. Kongo says:

    Ailsa, great theme and sorry for stealing one of your ideas but I was at the Top of the Rock last night and couldn’t resist! http://travel-monkey.me/2013/10/05/ailsas-travel-theme-height/

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  40. I love the California Redwoods too!! The Space Needle is in our cue of places to visit! Super Fun theme! Here is my post: http://wifewithbaggage.com/2013/10/05/travel-theme-post-height/

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  43. loganbruin says:

    I’ll see your space needle and raise it. . . so to speak.
    https://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/10/04/travel-theme-height/

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