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
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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

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

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  2. Jo Bryant says:

    great theme again Ailsa…love the Dublin 5 !!!
    Charlie is the focus of my thoughts on still this week…he does it sooooo well

    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/travel-theme-still/

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  5. babsje says:

    Ailsa, that statue is fabulous, but your photo with the Border Collie and Guiness takes it to a whole new level.

    Here’s my submission involving stillness:

    Great Blue Heron’s Grand Fish Adventure

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/great-blue-herons-grand-fish-adventure/

    Here’s the link to part 1 of this story in case you missed it:

    Great Blue Heron’s Jaw-Dropping Day with a Fisherman

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/great-blue-herons-jaw-dropping-day-with-a-fisherman/

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  7. Hi Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/still/

  8. Deepali says:

    Loved your theme and the second pic of Old Faithful is my fav. Here’s mine:
    http://deetoursbydeepali.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/here-comes-the-sun/

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  11. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, Here’s my interpretations of “Still”
    regards Peet
    http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/still-a-travel-theme/

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  22. Lynne Ayers says:

    Love that quintet of living statues, Ailsa. Here’s my contribution to stillness – http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/all-lies-in-stillness/

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  28. spnphoto says:

    Really interesting challenge and excellent photos!

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  30. Archita says:

    Great pictures . Thank you for this beautiful prompt. Here’s my entry : http://architar.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/still/#more-3303

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  34. suej says:

    Here’s mine, a very still heron waiting for his lunch: http://suejudd.com/2013/12/15/dont-frighten-the-fish/

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