Today started off rather suddenly thanks to a radio DJ’s bizarre early morning decision to play Black Sabbath’s Paranoid at the exact moment my clock radio sprang into action. I’m still recovering. It did, however, give me inspiration for this week’s theme. Here are a few metal memories I’ve photographed on my travels.
A rather strange metal palm tree on the beach at Coney Island.
The shiny Spire in the centre of Dublin.
Two of my favourite sculptures in New York’s Union Station.
A glorious sight; railroad tracks unfurling through the high desert of western Washington as the Empire Builder clatters towards Snoqualmie Pass.
If you’re in the mood to put the pedal to the metal and join in this week’s travel theme, here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Metal
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An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards. – John Locke
But the hardest metal yields to sufficient heat. Even so must the hardest heart melt before sufficiency of the heat of non-violence. And there is no limit to the capacity of non-violence to generate heat. – Gandhi
Oh, yes–GOOD MORNING!! Whew! what a wake up call….I am still laughing over that one.
I have never gone from sound asleep to wide awake quite so quickly before. Still feeling a little wobbly! 🙂
Hope the rest of the day went smootly…Nice theme!
Yeah a really ‘strange’ palm tree… 😉
A inspiring post… 😉
Glad you enjoyed it, Drake, yes, that palm tree was a little odd. 🙂
that is funny – as long as loud blasting heavy metal music doesn’t awaken ME from slumber! i’m lucky to awaken to the sound of the water birds in my backyard, um river…
i’ll keep my eyes out for metal as i travel these next two days!
Yes, Z, I would not recommend it as a way to start your day, hee hee! Water birds are definitely to be preferred!
The DJ and Ozzy did you a favour! 😀
Haha, it certainly got my day started early! 🙂
I was headbanging all the way through your article haha Very interesting article and pics – love it!
Glad you enjoyed it, JP, and happy headbanging! 🙂
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Wonderful pictures! As Austria mostly runs on wood, I was surprised to find this hidden in our lane! http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/travel-thememetal/
I wonder what future archaeologists would make of that! 🙂
Love those sculptures too, Ailsa
They’re ridiculously cute, Lynne, they make the subway ride worthwhile. 🙂
Here’s my selection – http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/the-mettle-of-metal/
I’m no sure why so many people found this quirky metal mermaid sculpture so frightening. I think she’s adorable and fun!
How fabulous, Juliann – but I can see why some folks might find her a little creepy – her hands are kind of scary 🙂
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I guess for Coney Island, if you can’t grow them, you can build them! I like the shiny Dublin spire, and the Union Station sculptures are fun. Here’s my entry this week: http://cjvl.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal/
What a wonderful series of metal shots, Carol – but that sign is definitely my favourite, it’s hysterical. 🙂
I did have to laugh….waking up to Paranoid is definitely not a great start to a day! I’m off to hunt out some metal….
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Did you find out if the palm tree was ‘art’ or something else practical?
Thanks for always inspiring us to take better pictures! http://tomboytravels.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal-in-the-sky/
That’s one droll sculptures, Ailsa! A great theme once again. Thank you 🙂
Here’s my contribution: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal/
PS those are TWO droll sculptures of course.
Here is my submission – all metal sculptures from the Island of Lanzarote and made by the artist Manrique.
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Close encounters with New York Harbor metal… http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal/
It could have been ‘Fairies wear boots’….
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Traveled to my kitchen for these shots: http://wp.me/p1tzBV-2k5
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There is just something fun about rail tracks.
Here is my entry for this week. ENJOY!
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Pray tell, Ms Ailsapm… just what is wrong with or bizarre about waking to a tad of the Sabbath’s Paranoid? 😉
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Loved that pic of the sculptures! I love elephants!
Here’s mine: http://angelocrux.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/weekly-photo-challenge-twist/
Have fun everyone! 🙂
Love that column in Dublin! I off to flick through my photos.
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Hi Ailsa, I’ve combined your challenge with the Weekly photo Challenge: http://suejudd.com/2014/05/23/weekly-travel-thememetal-and-weekly-photo-challengetwisted/
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I love the sculptures from Union Station, Ailsa. We’ve found similar creatures by the same artist elsewhere in New York, in Cleveland, in Toronto and even on a cruise ship! We call them ‘Beetle People’ after a geocache associated with the sculpture in Cleveland.
In any case, my metal objects are roller coasters!… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/upside-down-and-turning-blue/
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Love the challenge Ailsa. Here’s mine for this week:
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Ailsa more wonderful photos from you. I hope you enjoy Istanbul and some look at metal. http://traveltalesoflife.com/2014/05/23/travel-theme-metal-of-istanbul/