Travel theme: Stone

After following Lava Canyon‘s geologic history along a rocky trail, I went looking for other stony encounters I’ve unearthed on my travels. Here’s what I came up with – ancient stone temples in Guatemala.

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The impressive and unexpectedly beautiful hand-hewn New Croton Dam, which supplies New York with much of its water.

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A little touch of Irish romance off the coast of the Pacific Northwest; a gravestone on Whidbey Island.

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Great stony windows in Utah’s glorious Arches National Park.

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Are you ready to rock this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Stone
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
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xxx Ailsa

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” – Tennessee Williams

“Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairytale, by love.” – Ben Okri


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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175 Responses to Travel theme: Stone

  1. awesome photo! Would love to visit this place 🙂

  2. Ben says:

    A wild goose chase on my hunt for lost cities . . .

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, lovely shot, Ben, I haven’t been to Phrae but now I know about it I’m putting it on my list. 🙂

    • I tried to leave a comment telling you that I liked the colors in your photo, but your site apparently thinks I’m a spambot (which sounds like something from a Monty Phython sketch!)


      • Ben says:

        You are correct, that was active for some reason. Thanks for pointing it out.

        And also thanks for looking. I appreciate the compliment.

  3. livvy30 says:

    Lovely shots Ailsa!

  4. Max510 says:

    How have fun with stones… not like that… no words.

  5. loganbruin says:

    Did you actually go to Tikal or is that a screengrab from Star Wars? ;o)
    Used so many of the good ones before, so made do with some offshoots. . .

  6. Sindhu Shivprasad says:

    lovely choice for a theme, Ailsa. 🙂 this is my take on it: Temple of Hercules in Jordan.

  7. Ese' s Voice says:

    All of them are simply gorgeous, Ailsa – not fair to pick out just one to be my favourite 🙂
    Here’re mine:

  8. Kate says:

    Love your pic of our beautiful Utah! You were lucky to get to visit Arches on a rainy day. That is when the park is most spectacular.

    • ailsapm says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Kate – I’ve seen many photos of Arches with bright blue skies, but somehow that park comes alive in the swirling mists, it was all kinds of magical. xxx

  9. DagEnDauw says:

    Such great landscapes you show here Ailsa.
    Wonderful theme too, I’m crazy about all kind of stones but more than that, for three months now I’m filling the pages of my fotoblog with very special stones which I visited in Bretagne last summer.
    I’m overwhelmed with inspiration, so to speak.
    Here’s my entry on stones
    For people who are also fascinated by megalits there is still much more to see on

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  10. Heyjude says:

    An interesting selection Ailsa: my stones are of the grey variety
    Jude xx

  11. aj vosse says:

    Now you’ve got me between a rock and a stony place… 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh those cormorants are marvellous. I never made it to the north shore of Long Island, it looks gorgeous. I love those huge stones trailing out to sea. Really wonderful photos, Vlad.

  12. Indira says:

    Very beautiful photographs Ailsa, last one is stunning.

  13. I remember seeing arches like those when my parents dragged us all around parks…in extreme heat. Really think I need a road trip now! ( and in cooler weather!)

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, we are birds of a feather, phil, I am much happier travelling in cooler weather, the heat just saps my energy, especially humid heat. Gulp.

  14. Suzanne says:

    I love the photo of the ancient temples. Here’s my contribution to the challenge.

    • ailsapm says:

      The temples were pretty awe-inspiring, Suzanne, it was amazing to wander through thick jungle and then suddenly happen across a massive temple in the middle of nowhere. Love your photo, it’s like a watery Zen garden. Where was it taken? xxx Ailsa

  15. Love this theme. Your photos are wonderful

  16. Rusha Sams says:

    Love the headstone! And I also like to roam through graveyards even when it’s not Halloween!

  17. Janice Heck says:

    I love seeing all of these fascinating entries on the topic of stones. Here’s my little collection: Thanks, Ailsa, for organizing this photo challenge.

    • ailsapm says:

      There have been some incredible entries on this week’s theme, Janice, so glad you are enjoying the photo challenge. I love your post, boy there are some gorgeous places in California, I haven’t visited any of the places in your photos but I’m feeling the urge to drop everything and make a trip to Tahquitz Canyon right now! 🙂 Ailsa

  18. Praveena says:

    Great shots as usual !Happy weekend !!!

  19. Who knew that so many people would take so many photos of rocks? Fantastic! Here are mine:

  20. Jaspa says:

    I hope you don’t mind, but I combined your Stone theme with the this week’s Daily Post theme of Horizon, to give Stone Horizons:

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, Jaspa, is there a place on this planet you haven’t visited? They’re all stunning, but your shots of the Pyramids and Taku Glacier have given me the most dreadful case of Wanderlust. Amazing! xxx Ailsa

      • Jaspa says:

        Thanks Ailsa. Sadly, there are many, many places I haven’t visited. I always say I’ll need about seven and a half lifetimes to see and do all the things I want to. Having said that, I will tick off state #50 at the end of this month… not bad for someone who’s 3½ inches tall not even American!

        • Jaspa says:

          Reading that back, perhaps it should be ‘happily there are many, many places I haven’t been’. After all, it means there’s still always somewhere new to dream about going!

  21. This theme really inspired me. Maybe because all we talk about at work these days are our 5 Big Rocks. So I wrote a blog post about 5 Big Rocks I’ve Visited and how they stack up.

  22. Great theme – as always! Your shots are also great, and if I must choose a favourite, it’s the last one, from the national park. Here’s mine – and I love stone (s).Have a great weekend!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Leya, we are kindred spirits, I’m such a fan of national parks. Boy oh boy, your photos from New Zealand are spectacular, I long to visit myself some day. xxx Ailsa

  23. says:

    These just are incredible!

  24. Cee Neuner says:

    Marvelous theme this week. I didn’t think of headstones!! Great photos!!
    Here is my entry.

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous photos (as usual) Cee – that shot of the moss covered rock surrounded by water is utterly mesmerizing, I could stare at it for hours. xxx Ailsa

    • ailsapm says:

      These are awesome, Stefano. Also, I keep meaning to ask you about the photo you use in your header. I’m so intrigued by it, where did you take it? It’s gorgeous. xxx Ailsa

      • I’m glad you like them, Ailsa.
        The header shot is from Danakil, in northeastern Ethiopia; it’s the infinite line of camel caravans carrying salt blocks. Believe me, it’s an amazing view!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oooh, lovely. Myself and a friend were planning to travel through the Smokies this summer on our road trip, but we re-routed at the last minute and missed them. Next time for sure! xxx Ailsa

    • ailsapm says:

      Well welcome back, stranger! You’ve been busy, those shots from Japan are so cool, I do love that country, it’s an assault on all the senses and a photographer’s dream! xxx Ailsa

      • Hi Ailsa … it’s good to be back. I’ve got to double everything you said about Japan … kick in all that awesome food as well and it’s quite an experience. I can’t wait to go back next year!

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely photos, Danny, I am fascinated with all things Egyptian so am partial to those shots, but the New Mexico ones are wonderful too!

  25. K2 in Canada says:

    Great selection – how do you always manage to narrow it down? I can’t – here is mine:

  26. This was a lot of fun to play with, throwing stones around, so to speak:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh so many beautiful photos I don’t know where to start, and I love the variety, from that incredible landscape shot of the painted desert (wow) to that closeup of the rock detail in Scotland.

  27. cocoaupnorth says:

    Lovely photos Alisa, more especially the stony window – it’s magical. I couldn’t help but be inspired, thank you for the great theme.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Ingrid, this is a lovely shot, the light is so gentle and the stones are really beautiful. It feels very peaceful indeed. xxx Ailsa

    • ailsapm says:

      Woah, this is a stunning shot, Miguel, the light is gorgeous, the mist is divine and I just love that cheeky angle, it really works so well with this photo. Love it!

  28. As I keep saying I must get to those Arches but in the mean time here’s some Californian rockage

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, what rockage you found, Mrs C, that second shot’s a cracker. Oh, and yes, get thee to Arches soon, I guarantee you Utah will blow your mind, I have never seen anywhere quite like it. xxx Ailsa

  29. Tina Schell says:

    well done Ailsa – love your stones and amazed at the level of response to this one!

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