Travel theme: Dry

It just won’t stop raining and I’m beginning to reach maximum saturation. In an attempt to manipulate the weather gods, I’m channeling all things dry for this week’s travel theme. First up, the dry and dusty Mojave Desert.

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My favourite time of year in any Piet Oudolf designed garden is winter, after all the leaves have gone and all that is left are the architectural elements, like this flurry of dried seed heads in New York’s Battery Park.

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An ex-pond in Wisconsin at the height of summer when drought was taking its toll.

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Coffee beans laid out to dry on a plantation in Guatemala. Mmm, I’m just going to make myself a cuppa… be right back!

Coffee beans drying in the sun.

I can’t resist leaving you with one more shot from Battery Park during winter, It really is the most beautiful place to wander through on a cold winter’s day.

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Now that I’ve given this week’s theme a dry run, it’s over to you for your interpretation. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Dry
  • 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!

Don’t leave me high and dry, get busy with this week’s challenge!

xxx Ailsa

“I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.” – Adeline Knapp

“Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears
Moist it again, and frame some feeling line
That may discover such integrity.”
– Shakespeare

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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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146 Responses to Travel theme: Dry

  1. aj vosse says:

    Nothing as dry as the end of a bottle of good red… 😉

  2. Ailsa, I’m in love with your second and last photo. Such beauty, stunning! Thank you for another photo theme.
    Here’s my dry entry: https://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/31/travel-theme-dry/

    • ailsapm says:

      Every time I visit a garden by Piet Oudolf, I bring extra batteries for my camera, Marion! Absolutely stunning photo, looks like we share the same love of the off-season. 🙂

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  4. Jaspa says:

    Fantastic photos Ailsa. I love it out in the desert, and my initial thought was to use some shots of Death Valley for your challenge this week. But in the end, I decided to go with something a little different, from my last trip:
    http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/maui-pineapple-tour-is-golden/

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, very dry and dusty, lovely shot, Ann-Christine, and I adore the header shot too, those dried out seedheads with little beads of water. Beautiful. xxx

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  7. sueslaght says:

    Awesome photos as always Ailsa. Get your hiking shoes . We are off to the Grand Canyon for my take on dry http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/01/31/travel-theme-dry/

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Sue, that looks like it was an amazing trip. Love the desert bighorn and the pretty flowering cacti, but that Western Chuckwalla wedged between the rocks is my favourite. How on earth did you manage to spot him? Brilliant shot. 🙂

      • sueslaght says:

        Ailsa thank you for your generous comment. We were with a guide and he pointed out the wee fellow. I honestly don’t think I would have noticed him. That photo is one of my faves from the trip. Again my gratitude for your feedback.

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  9. DagEnDauw says:

    Lovely pictures Ailsa, in such soft tones.
    Here is my first entry on the theme

    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.be/2014/02/droog.html
    Have a great weekend

    – Dauw –

  10. Lyle Krahn says:

    The second and last photos are my favorite and very dry.

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  13. DagEnDauw says:

    Obviously I’ve planted the seeds of my second contribution by mistake on a more humide part of your blog 😉
    Thanks Ailsa, for letting me try another time here…
    http://dauwpics.blogspot.com/2014/02/all-for-price-of-one.html

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  18. Thanks for the change of scenery Alisa, the gloomy wet was really getting to me! My interpretation of dry is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/01/31/travel-theme-dry/

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  20. upsidediy says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  24. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful, Ailsa – I love the Mojave Desert photo the most!
    Here’s my entry: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/travel-theme-dry/

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  26. Sas says:

    Believe it or not, it’s raining here in Wales too 🙂 http://sasieology.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/travel-theme-dry/

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  30. ninano says:

    Withering and dry, the flowers in my different homes…
    http://vackrare.com/2014/02/01/dry

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  35. cocoaupnorth says:

    Beautiful images, especially the second and last. Hope the weather gods give in to your manipulation;-)

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  37. Hello Ailsa, and fellow Travel Themers! Here’s my take on this week’s Dry Challenge:
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