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
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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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. Tvor says:

    Wonderful s hots! And I’ve nominated you as Versatile Blogger. You don’t have to play it forward if you don’t want.

  2. That Utah photo looks so like the Kimberley region of Western Australia. An American friend who has been to both places said they are amazingly similar.

  3. Such a great variety of photos Alisa! My stone photos from a hike by Mt. Baker are here:

  4. mariadesuede says:

    G’day… No, I’m not in Australia, but I moved… I put some photos from my new hometown Mauléon and two others places not so far from me, La Rochelle and Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, la Vendée… Enjoy the French countryside and the historical city La Rochelle…

  5. travtrails says:

    Stunning images. Really liked ur post and pictures of Croton Dam. I wish I had known about it earlier

  6. Anne Camille says:

    Here is my response to this week’s prompt: Stone Walls.

  7. Maria M says:

    Love the pictures but the one of the dam was very impressive, am following you but won’t have time to do your challenge as I’m winding up my creative side for the nanowrimo challenge. (thank you for visiting my blog.)

  8. bevchen says:

    That stone window is fantastic!

    Here’s my effort… I’ve gone with a single place this time:

  9. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, liked your stone images…especially the Guatamalan temples, where the colours in the sky chimed in with the stone. Just one image of a stone circle in Scotland from me:

  10. wildsherkin says:

    Hi Ailsa, That Whidbey Island post was so interesting, and the headstone a lovely reminder of it. See my contribution to this week’s theme here:

  11. wildsherkin says:

    Hi Ailsa, I may be going straight into your Spam folder as my comments don’t seem to appear… Second time lucky! Love your theme. 🙂 Here is my contribution:

  12. adinparadise says:

    Great theme, Ailsa, and I love Utah’s stony windows. Here’s my contribution:

  13. Stone really is everywhere, isn’t it? You have such wonderful pictures, Ailsa!
    My contribution this week –

  14. babsje says:

    Wow, Ailsa, I want to see them all in person.

    Here’s one I did see in person. I always wonder how they can perch on solidly on stones
    Iike this.

    More than Eye Candy

  15. Su Leslie says:

    Great photos; and a really serendipitous theme for me.

  16. Bastet says:

    Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library and commented:
    This weeks Where’s my Backpack challenge is Stone!

  17. Choosing photos and looking at those of others makes me want to do some traveling. 🙂 Here are my final choices:


  18. sued51 says:

    One of these days I’ll get to Utah…beautiful!
    Interesting challenge…I love gravestones so I like that interpretation…

  19. mpejovic says:

    Great selection of photos for this week’s theme!
    Here’s my contribution, including stones with a hidden message and one not so hidden, stepping stones, and stones used as a background to display raindrops on spider webs.

  20. Tish Farrell says:

    Here are my stones, Ailsa – Old Stone of Much Wenlock – repurposing the Silurian Sea: Thanks for the challenge.

  21. I love this prompt, and took a bit of liberty with it, I hope you don’t mind:

  22. Elisa says:

    Good Morning! I was doing my morning reading, on my reader and one of the blogs that I follow did an excellent rock outcropping image that just caught the breath in my chest! I rarely do the theme type things, but the idea had me thinking of some images that I have taken and I decided to work one up and to include the muse. It is called Courting a Crevice.

  23. cyardin says:

    Really late this week. Utah is such a naturally beautiful state. Love the stone arch. The first shot looks eerily like the location they chose for the first Star Wars movie. Here is my post for this week.

  24. Hi Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge. Here is a link to “Stories Written in Stone”:

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