Travel theme: Still

The solstice is almost upon us and I for one am looking forward to the nights getting shorter. The word solstice comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) referring to the point at which the sun pauses on its seasonal path (as viewed from Earth) before reversing direction.  In anticipation of the upcoming solstice, I’ve collected a few photos illustrating variations of the word still.

First up, not content with a solitary living statue, here’s five of them. Plus a dog. And a pint of Guinness. Only in Dublin!

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Still going strong after all these years, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park erupting on schedule.

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A rare moment of stillness in the heart of Manhattan; I took this photo just after the all-clear was given after Hurricane Irene passed close to the city. The silence was extraordinary with not a single car on the road.

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Now I’m going to hold still and let you take over with your own interpretation of this week’s 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: Still
  • 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

xxx Ailsa

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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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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171 Responses to Travel theme: Still

  1. lanceleuven says:

    That first one looks like The Matrix reunion!

  2. ilargia64 says:

    Love the first one…They are funny…And they have got a Border Collie!!! 🙂

  3. Indira says:

    Nice photographs and quotes.

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  5. ilargia64 says:

    Hi again Ailsa!
    Here is my entry!
    http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/stillness/
    Hope you like it!

  6. suej says:

    Great images, Ailsa! I’m off for a hunt!

  7. Lovely. The silence of a city after a hurricane is eerie, yet a reminder of what life once was – and perhaps should be occassionally. Great quotes!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks phil, yes, it was such a bizarre moment to experience. I rushed out right after that photo and went walking the streets just to soak up the atmosphere of NY like a sleeping giant. It didn’t take too long for the streets to fill back up again, but while it lasted, the silence was amazing.

  8. Leya says:

    Great set for this theme, Ailsa! I love the first one…immensely. I’ll be back…

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  15. markd60 says:

    Deserted NYC is my favorite.

  16. ninano says:

    A wall and a shadow, what I see in the morning:
    http://vackrare.com/2013/12/13/travel-theme-still

  17. Amy says:

    I like the first one, too! Great challenge theme for this week. Thanks, Ailsa!

  18. poppytump says:

    Hi Ailsa … perhaps that dog would have been lying VERY still if he’d tackled all that pint of Guinness !
    Loved your other Old Faithful 😉 surely one for my list to do’s
    My *Still is here
    http://poppytump.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/travel-theme-still/
    Thanks Ailsa !

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  20. restlessjo says:

    Still crazy after all these years occurs to me, Ailsa. 🙂 Sorry, hon- I never did find those symbols!

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  25. aj vosse says:

    I’m still trying… still waiting for the light bulb moment… still… still… what? 😉

  26. Here’s my respond! A bit macabre, but that’s what came in my mind..

  27. ailsapm says:

    Oops you didn’t include your link, so I’m putting it in my response for others to follow http://travelicius.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/travel-theme-still/
    It’s funny, I find cemeteries to be very peaceful places too, I forget about the macabre side of them. I love all those great trees in the Barcelona one. xxx

  28. Ailsa, that first photo! I know exactly where you took it… for I have the same 😀 Once again a great theme. Here’s my entry: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/travel-theme-still/
    Have a still weekend.

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  33. pommepal says:

    Great theme Ailsa, it brings back memories of the beauty of nature.
    http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/travel-theme-still

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  36. I love your Dublin 5! Good thinking to take a photo right after Irene passed too, that must have been one of the stillest moments ever in NYC. My “still” post is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/12/13/travel-theme-still/

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