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
  • 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. 

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 - 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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151 Responses to Travel theme: Brown

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  2. Rusha Sams says:

    Thanks for posting this challenge right after our trip to the Inland Northwest where brown is ever-present in the hills, already-harvested fields, and barns. This is my first travel challenge, but maybe not my last! Thanks! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2013/10/18/travel-theme-brown/

  3. Gorgeous brown from you, Ailsa! When I was young I really loved this colour and all my clothes were in hues of brown. I love it because it’s the colour of earth, it’s where we come from, what we live from and where we will go in the end.

  4. Indira says:

    Hi Ailsa, loved the dog photograph. I have run out of brown. Loved your photos and theme.

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  7. tgeriatrix says:

    Even it is not my favorite color but there are so many beautiful shades of brown specially at this time of the year: http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/

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  9. Lots of brown out in the world to enjoy! Thanks for the theme, Ailsa! http://beyondpaisley.net/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/

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  11. Cee Neuner says:

    I forgot to mention, I love the wheat fields best of all!!

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  14. Love the photos, here is my entry : http://publictransituser.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/ (this was harder than I thought it would be)

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  16. K2 in Canada says:

    Nice collections. Here is mine: http://k2incanada.wordpress.com/. Almost too tough to choose. Brown dominates the nature lover’s pictures 🙂

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  19. Your Winnie The Pooh and field shots are wonderful Alisa! My brown themed post can be read here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/

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  21. Love that field, Ailsa! I couldn’t use mine – yours is much more beautiful… Here’s my entry, without field!
    http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/

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  25. restlessjo says:

    Ailsa, as usual, you run a masterclass 🙂

  26. Lynne Ayers says:

    I particularly like that sculpted landscape. Here’s my post on brown – http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/brown-in-art/

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  32. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    So many browns, so little time…
    What at first seemed a little bit beige as an idea, soon became a brown wonderland of life’s interesting moments.
    regards Peet
    http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/brown-a-travel-theme-challenge/

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  34. mpejovic says:

    Nature sure knows how to add interesting patterns to brown to make it beautiful.
    http://milkapejovic.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown/

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  37. freebutfun says:

    I like your themes but thought this one would be too hard for me to join in. But then it actually made me look at the surrounding in a different light. Nice! So to see travel theme brown in Helsinki, take a look here: http://freebutfun.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/travel-theme-brown-and-tali-family-trail/

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  42. suej says:

    Great images, Ailsa, love the diversity of the browns! Just sorting mine out

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