Travel theme: Close-up

After my literary close-up of Rome I started looking at a few photos that might match the theme.  First up, a water drop-covered mushroom in the North Cascades.

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A close-up of peeling birch at the Bloedel Reserve.

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Getting close to a mound of white M&Ms at the New York M&M World’s Wall of Chocolate.   multiples m&ms new york

Last, but certainly not least, a close-up of the original Piglet of Winnie the Pooh fame. I had to get close, he’s only 3 inches tall.

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Are you ready for your close-up? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Close-up
  • 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

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. – Charlie Chaplin

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. – Chuck Palahniuk

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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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192 Responses to Travel theme: Close-up

  1. suej says:

    Love the water droplets and that peeling bark on the birch! Not sure what I’ve got, probably need to take some new shots….

  2. Hello! I’m back from outer space… 🙂 I’m now living in Victoria, Canada and here’s my new blog and new entry for this week’s theme: http://victoriaology.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up-in-victoria-canada/

    • ailsapm says:

      Welcome back, Jennifer, and what a gorgeous part of the world you are living in now! I love Victoria. Oh and that tree is insane, great shot! 🙂

      • Thank you! I surely miss Sardinia but with the unemployment the way it is there we just had to make a decision to move. It’s nice to be back. 🙂 You’ve been to Victoria I take it?

        • ailsapm says:

          Yes, I lived in Seattle and used to make a run for the border every so often – Vancouver and Victoria are just down the road.

  3. livvy30 says:

    Love the top photo Ailsa…and the M&Ms of course!

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  6. Ese' s Voice says:

    Those droplets are fabulous, Ailsa!
    Here’s as close as I could get this time: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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  8. loganbruin says:

    Thoroughly expecting a Cecil B. DeMille mention here! ;o)

    http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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  11. What a piglet – a Ferkel in German! Here’s something old to look at closeup! http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-themeclose-up/

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  13. angelocrux says:

    I love the second quote which makes absolute sense since it’s from my second favorite novel by Chuck Palahniuk – next to Fight Club, of course 😛
    I also love that first photo. I think I have one like that hidden somewhere. I’ll have to dig deep for some good (or passable) close-up shots. 🙂 Thanks for this challenge Ailsa. 🙂

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  16. DagEnDauw says:

    Ailsa your first picture is amazing. The freshness is almost touchable. And the white M&M’s sure are more healthy like this, without the colorcoats. I’ve never seen them in the shop. Do you think they’re available somewhere? I like them, basic, like this.
    For this weeks theme … It’s my favorite way of photographing!
    There are so many close ups on this computer that there ‘s no beginning in making a choice so here ‘s the first I came across in my files…
    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.be/2014/05/nieuw-leven.html
    Hope you like the surprise =]

    • ailsapm says:

      How much fun, Dauw, I love it! 🙂

      • ailsapm says:

        Oh and about the M&M’s – I’ve never seen them over here – that’s why you get oodles of tourists coming out of M&M world with bags and bags of M&Ms in bizarre colours – they’ve got them in black, grey, pastels, neons, every colour under the sun!

  17. aj vosse says:

    Close up? I wonder if there are any other participants in this week’s challenge that may be closer up to you than I am? 😉 But then, as you’ve said before… ships in the night! Maybe it’s high time we meet up… then we can share some closer up encounters of a different type! 😛

  18. Debbie says:

    I just love Piglet!

  19. Jo Bryant says:

    I love the water drop covered mushroom Ailsa…wow…a mini Piglet…how cute is he if a little battered. Where was he ???

  20. Great close-ups. The albino M&Ms are a bit freaky.

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  23. Jaspa says:

    Love the picture of Piglet, Ailsa!

    My ‘Close-up’ tell the story (in more ways than one) of the time I went flightseeing to see wild bears fishing for salmon in Alaska… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/close-encounter-with-an-alaskan-bear-2/

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  32. Quan says:

    Alisa – yet again another good challenge! Here’s mine! http://tomboytravels.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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  35. Oh, now I want some white M&M’s of my own! Great shots today, Alisa. 🙂 My close-up from a visit to Seattle Center is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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  37. Pat says:

    Great choices for this theme, Ailsa. I hope mine brings you a smile.
    http://imissmetoo.me/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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  40. i love the water drops! And as for Piglet, aaaawwwww LOVE!

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  42. Very good theme! I love your photos, especially the water drops. Here’s my entry for this week: http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

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