Travel theme: Brown

Fresh from a shoe full of slimy mud deep in the Ape Cave, I can’t stop thinking about the colour brown. It’s not always the most attractive of colours; culturally it’s often associated with poverty and plainness, but it’s also the colour of our earth and brings to mind the organic and natural. Here are a few of the more attractive browns I’ve found on my travels. First up, water dyed brown by surrounding bogs in Wicklow, Ireland.

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The brown of a decadent gingerbread castle at last year’s Gingerbread Village in Seattle.

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Brothers Grimm Castle of Fairy Tales

The brown of one of the sweetest dogs I’ve had the honour of travelling with, dear darling Sprocket, star of many of my adventures.

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This cool field spotted from the train window of the Empire Builder as I whizzed across the US – it looks more like modern art than modern farming. 🙂

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And last, but certainly not least, the very faded, rubbed off and well-loved brown of the original, the one and only Winnie-the-Pooh. Yes, the honest-to-goodness Winnie-the-Pooh, who I met not too long ago in New York.

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You’ve got to admit, those are some pretty great browns, right? And I didn’t even include coffee or chocolate! So break out your mahogany, cinnamon, cocoa and hazel; dazzle me with toast, ecru and sepia. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Brown
  • 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

“I cannot pretend to be partial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” – Winston Churchill

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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151 Responses to Travel theme: Brown

  1. Oh goodness, this is going to be a hard one. I hate that colour! 😉

  2. tms says:

    There are so many browns … this is a great theme, Ailsa. And I love your examples here.

    • ailsapm says:

      So true, there are all kinds of wonderful hues – I was just happy I got to include Sprocket and Winnie-the-Pooh in the same post. My favourite browns ever! 🙂

  3. pommepal says:

    Lovely to meet up with Sprocket, your intrepid travel companion, again Ailsa. Well from this sun-burnt country I’m sure I’ll be able to track down some browns.

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  5. Rusha Sams says:

    The third picture looks as if it was taken in The Palouse, an agricultural area in eastern Washington state and part of Idaho. It’s one of my favorite places to visit for those gorgeous contoured fields! You might enjoy my post on Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite at

  6. That is a wonderful photo!

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  8. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful, Ailsa – especially the ripples of water and the shades of brown in the field!
    Here’re some of mine:

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  11. dadirri7 says:

    Your browns are so varied Ailsa, from pastry through animals and scenery … inspiring! The two-tone filed is wonderful, modern art indeed. Here is mine, all recent photos from our travels in Australia, sometimes referred to as the wide brown land 🙂

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  13. Winnie the Pooh is adorable, especially his nose. And your field photo is truly beautiful. Thanks, Ailsa!
    Here’s my take on the theme:

  14. bevchen says:

    Awww, Winnie-the-Pooh!!
    The gingerbread house is amazing, but they always worry me slightly. Do people actually eat them? But how many hands have been all over them?!

    I’ll have to have a think about this theme… can I do it without resorting to chocolate? 😉

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  16. Opalla says:

    The Winnie-the-Pooh steals my heart :). Now I’ll see if I can something brown. Nice theme, Ailsa.

  17. MarkD60 says:

    Great photos/theme. Sprocket is an excellent name for a dog!

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  19. Tahira says:

    I’ve been planning a ‘Coffee Post’ and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase some of my favorite coffee shots!

    And I love your Brown’s, Ailsa. Especially the wheat field. Glorious!

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  21. aj vosse says:

    Aha!! Young Winston’s quote has just given me an idea…
    Wait and see… 😉
    I’ll have a brown tale or two for the!! 😛

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  28. Great browns, Ailsa! How cute is Pooh?!?! (that didn’t sound right.) Nice bear. (There! That’s better.)

  29. DagEnDauw says:

    I sure remember your interesting publication of Winnie The Pooh some time ago, but the two previous pictures definitly are my favorites. What a heartbreaking looks that dog has…
    Sure he’s missing this “brownie” to play with 😉
    Have a great weekend everyone of you

    – Dauw –

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  32. pommepal says:

    So many photos for me to choose from this week. Hope you enjoy the you tube clip.

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  34. Anne Camille says:

    Everything here that isn’t still green is a vibrant shade of yellow or red, a definite un-brown. So I cheated a bit. Not quite a sepia-toned image, but a ruddy brown.

  35. bebs1 says:

    Cee just had that brown challenge not too long ago and just when I thought I’ve ran out of browns, I found more. Here they are:
    Have a nice weekend!

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  42. tms says:

    Hi Ailsa, your theme is fantastic! If it had not been for your challenge, I would not have dreamed of combining these pictures: – So thank you very much indeed! Cheers, Tobias

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