Travel theme: Metal

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.

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The shiny Spire in the centre of Dublin.

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Two of my favourite sculptures in New York’s Union Station.

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A glorious sight; railroad tracks unfurling through the high desert of western Washington as the Empire Builder clatters towards Snoqualmie Pass.

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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:

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xxx Ailsa

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


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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178 Responses to Travel theme: Metal

  1. loisajay says:

    Oh, yes–GOOD MORNING!! Whew! what a wake up call….I am still laughing over that one.

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Yeah a really ‘strange’ palm tree… 😉

    A inspiring post… 😉

  3. 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!


  4. Mjollnir says:

    The DJ and Ozzy did you a favour! 😀

  5. JP Chartier says:

    I was headbanging all the way through your article haha Very interesting article and pics – love it!

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  7. Wonderful pictures! As Austria mostly runs on wood, I was surprised to find this hidden in our lane!

  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    Love those sculptures too, Ailsa

  9. I’m no sure why so many people found this quirky metal mermaid sculpture so frightening. I think she’s adorable and fun!

    • ailsapm says:

      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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  11. Carol says:

    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:

  12. suej says:

    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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  16. Quan says:

    Did you find out if the palm tree was ‘art’ or something else practical?
    Thanks for always inspiring us to take better pictures!

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  18. That’s one droll sculptures, Ailsa! A great theme once again. Thank you 🙂
    Here’s my contribution:

  19. Tanzalongs says:

    Here is my submission – all metal sculptures from the Island of Lanzarote and made by the artist Manrique.

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  21. It could have been ‘Fairies wear boots’….

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  23. Anne Camille says:

    Traveled to my kitchen for these shots:

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  25. Cee Neuner says:

    There is just something fun about rail tracks.
    Here is my entry for this week. ENJOY!

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  28. aj vosse says:

    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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  31. angelocrux says:

    Loved that pic of the sculptures! I love elephants!
    Here’s mine:
    Have fun everyone! 🙂

  32. Love that column in Dublin! I off to flick through my photos.

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  35. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, I’ve combined your challenge with the Weekly photo Challenge:

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  40. Jaspa says:

    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!…

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  44. Andrew Seal says:

    Love the challenge Ailsa. Here’s mine for this week:

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  46. sueslaght says:

    Ailsa more wonderful photos from you. I hope you enjoy Istanbul and some look at metal.

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