Travel theme: Shine

It is hot, hot, hot and with the summer solstice just around the corner in the northern hemisphere, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are truly here. The sun is shining and so is this week’s theme. To start off, here are some giant shiny Christmas ornaments in midtown Manhattan.

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Railroad tracks shining in the sunset during a quick break on the Empire Builder.

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Check out the gleam of that paint finish. A rare sighting of a rare beauty; there are only 150 ‘Kissel Kars’ known to exist today. I spotted this one getting ready to hit the road in a vintage car rally in Wisconsin.

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Hidden in a Seattle neighbourhood, there’s a rather special tree called the Holiday Tree which changes not just with the season but with the holiday. Here it is shining out in all its Valentine’s Day glory.

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High noon over one of my favourite places on the planet, the awe-inspiring Zion National Park.

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I hope you take a shine to this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

Shine on!

xxx Ailsa

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. – Elizabeth Kubler Ross

An age is called ‘dark’ not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it. – James Michener

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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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129 Responses to Travel theme: Shine

  1. suej says:

    Have to get trawling through the archive for this one, I think! Like your take on Zion National Park….

  2. Cindy Hess says:

    Oh, I love the tree. I want one exactly like it in my garden. Though I am wondering if that might increase my electricity bill a bit too much.

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  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful gallery, Ailsa, but the shine of that Kissel Kar…alluring! 🙂
    Here’s what I came up with this time: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/travel-theme-shine/

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  6. angelocrux says:

    Beautiful photos as always! 🙂

  7. That last shot is incredible!

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  10. suej says:

    Here goes, my response to your Travel Theme plus the WordPress Photo Challenge: http://suejudd.com/2014/06/20/weekly-photo-challenge-between-travel-theme-shine/

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, Sue, what a great way to combine two challenges into one. I love watching glassblowers at work.

      • suej says:

        Thanks Ailsa! I agree, it’s great watching them at work. Years ago in Alsace I watched the craftsman, then bought some hand blown wine glasses from him, each one just slightly different so you know they are not mass-produced…

  11. loisajay says:

    I loved your header and then saw it was the Holiday Tree. What a beauty!

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  13. Jaspa says:

    More great photographs, as I’ve come to expect, Ailsa. My favourite of this weeks collection is the sunshine on the railway lines. And as it would have it, my contribution also comes from sunset…. https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/sunshine-in-between/

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  19. Alisa, your train and Zion shots are my favorites today. Fantastic work! My shiny evening by the water is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/06/20/travel-theme-shine/

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  22. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody.
    Here a night ride under the shine of the full moon…
    http://max510.com/2014/06/21/weekly-travel-theme-shine/

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  25. Sas says:

    I’m so glad that I’ve got time to join in with the travel theme again this week:
    https://sasieology.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/travel-theme-shine/

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  27. Those railroad tracks make a great shot, Ailsa!
    Here’s my sacred shining picture: http://wp.me/p16tta-yX

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  29. Awesome photos! I especially love the one of high noon at the Zion National Park. Here’s my entry for this week: http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/travel-theme-shine/

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  31. aj vosse says:

    Shine on … you crazy diamond!! Sorry Floyd, I had to nick their line! 😉

  32. Beautiful photos, Ailsa. The light in the deserts is unique.

    Here’s my take on the theme: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/travel-theme-shine/

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  34. katieprior says:

    Gorgeous photos, love the sun shining on the rail tracks. 🙂

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