Travel theme: Misty

It is the middle of the night as I write this and a thick fog has descended outside, muffling sounds, dimming streetlights to a whisper and smudging the surrounding countryside into dark, indecipherable daubs of smoke. This is my favourite kind of weather, utterly romantic and thrillingly mysterious. Fog-drenched cities transport me to Dickensian London, full of cobblestones and horse-drawn carriages, villains, jovial ne’er-do-wells and the occasional cheeky urchin. In the countryside, the very minute a veil of mist obscures the view, I fancy I hear Cathy’s ghost calling out across the moors for her beloved Heathcliff. Inspired by the great swirling blanket outside my window, I have gone looking for some of my haziest photos.

Arches National Park on a misty day has got to be seen to be believed. Spectacular at any time of year, but during monsoon season it takes on an entirely mystical allure.

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Manhattan in the fog looks like an ocean liner gliding gently down the Hudson River. Even the yellow cabs seem to honk in hushed tones.

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I spotted this baby fawn trying to keep up with its mother on a cloud-covered trek in Mount Rainier National Park.

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A horse and his rider, enveloped in the fog that greeted us as we reached the top of Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala. We didn’t toast marshmallows on the hot lava, but I did get to ash-ski back down the volcano by twilight, which was a ridiculous amount of fun.


I hope this week’s travel theme doesn’t get you lost in the mists of time. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

Play Misty for me.

xxx Ailsa

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail. – Robert Motherwell

…and one of my favourite poems, it never fails to make me laugh…

In the Arms of My Glasses

They can call me softy
as ofty
as they please
but still I’ll stand by these
my little optical accessories
they stop me walking into lampposts
and trees, when it’s foggy
and I’m out walking with my doggie

– John Hegley

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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174 Responses to Travel theme: Misty

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  2. Ese' s Voice says:

    What a beauty, Ailsa! Misty, all of them but bringing along so various mood…and I kept returning to Manhattan in fog…mysteriously! 🙂
    Here’s my entry:

  3. susielindau says:

    Nice Theme! Do you tag your photos after you take them for use like this? I remember seeing tags in my photo-editor.
    Love the photos and your foggy descriptions!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous, Anna, how bizarre to think you’re feeling the effects from halfway across the world! That misty castle is stunning!

  5. Always enjoy your posts, but this one was exceptional. My favorite misty place was Sequoia National Park. The fog rolling in around the giant trees was mystical. Thanks for your beautiful blog.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh Judy, misty sequoias sound wonderfully mystical. Glad you enjoyed this post so much, I’m guessing you’re a fellow foggy weather fan! Just saw your post on Canyonlands, how wonderful. I really tried to fit it into my most recent road trip through Utah but things didn’t pan out. Next time for sure. Arches will knock your socks off, it’s divine! xxx

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  8. Leya says:

    Mist gives such a variety of moods…lovely pictures for an interesting theme! I’m not sure I’ve got anything fo this, but I’ll go searching…

  9. wildsherkin says:

    What a beautiful atmospheric and poetic opening!

  10. mithriluna says:

    Beautiful Ailsa!

  11. I loved that movie and it still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it. Great misty images, Ailsa, especially the beautiful horse. 🙂

  12. suej says:

    Nice one, Ailsa….”utterly romantic and thrillingly mysterious”…. but sadly I have almost no misty images! I’ll hunt out the one or two I have! 🙂

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  15. Jaspa says:

    Last Sunday I experienced a misty sunrise at prehistoric stone circle at Avebury. It really was quite magical –

  16. travtrails says:

    Interesting theme

  17. Jaspa says:

    Misty also reminds me of some of the pictures I used for one of your previous themes, Ailsa… Eerie –

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  22. Lyle Krahn says:

    You definitely have some misty magic going on.

  23. ninano says:

    I enjoy your description of the mood that fog puts you in. Here are some foggy images from my former hometown Göteborg:

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  25. Great photos and challenge. 😀

  26. Dauw says:

    Ow Ailsa, your first picture is the most “misty-cal” one but your last photo ringed a bell.
    I had to dig deep into my photo archive this time, but here’s my contribution to this week’s theme

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  31. Pat says:

    I took some misty photos just this morning so what good timing, Ailsa. Here is mine from the Everglades.

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  33. I’d love to see Arches on a misty morning! Thanks for sharing your photos Alisa. 🙂
    My misty PNW view is here:

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  36. Beautiful submissions. I love the eerie athmosphere mist and fog creates in pictures. 🙂

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