Travel theme: Minimalist

Around this time of year I start looking for ways to simplify and de-clutter everything from what I eat, wear or own to what I photograph. Perhaps it’s a response to the usual excesses of the holiday season or a preparation for the New Year’s resolutions to come, but this week I’ve been leafing through some of the more minimalist of my photos – those with cleaner lines, fewer elements, strong on structure and somehow easier on the eye. My first choice was this partially ploughed field in the Columbia Valley.

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A chink of light through a window on a foggy day in Arches National Park.

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Walking along the rainy streets of West Seattle this flower was a welcoming illumination on an otherwise grey day.

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Watching a glass-blowing demonstration in Tacoma, I was fascinated by the delicate outlines of the glass against the red-hot furnace.

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The top of the spillway at the New Croton Dam in New York; I was mesmerized by the frothiness of the water as it began its descent.

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This cat has got it going on – I felt just like this after Christmas dinner yesterday.

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So if you’re ready to get into a ‘less is more’ mindset, join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome). Here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Minimalist
  • 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
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Happy Holidays!

xxx Ailsa

Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something. – Nicholas Burroughs

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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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92 Responses to Travel theme: Minimalist

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  2. trablog says:

    Great pictures. Loved the Colombian field and the dam more 🙂

  3. Here is my entry for this week’s challenge: http://wp.me/p24idL-2Lj

  4. DagEnDauw says:

    O Ailsa I love that white poppy!
    Concerning my contribution I don’t think I can get any less (or is it more?) minimalistic than this… I’ld like to end the year with the same entrie as I started it and close the circle by pulling the sink stopper out…
    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.be/2014/01/object.html
    Happy holidays everyone! 😉

    – Dauw –

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  8. restlessjo says:

    I was puzzling away at the flower as a header photo. It almost looks embroidered but then it could be a jewelled brooch. It’s a lovely shot, Ailsa. I’m still munching cashews and drinking wine but I expect minimalism will get to me eventually 🙂 All the best fro 2015!

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  10. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, I felt like that cat too. Good theme for post excessive Christmas. https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/travel-theme-minimalist/

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  12. Such beauty in simple scenes. Love this theme, Ailsa!
    Here’s my entry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/travel-theme-minimalist/

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  18. Indira says:

    Your photos are gorgeous dear. I loved the cat. here is my entry- https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/travel-theme-minimalist/

  19. Indira says:

    You enjoyed Christmas holidays a lot it seems. Best wishes for 2015.

  20. poppytump says:

    I’m all blinged out so minimalist is particularly welcome Ailsa ! I love those sweeping linear lines in your landscape scenes like that are great watching cloud shadows chase across such fields too .
    One delightfully relaxed cat … don’t they always find the best places .
    Best wishes for the new year Ailsa !

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  25. Beautiful collection of photos, minimalist and eloquent at the same time!

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  32. Hi Ailsa – you inspired my minimalist challenge to anyone interested in making a difference thru an easy, small action: https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/the-minimalist-challenge/

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  35. Leya says:

    All great, my favourite is the first one and the dam. Here’s my morning walk. http://wp.me/p1hCI2-3Wz
    Happy Holidays!

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  41. I love minimalist photos. Columbia Valley was my top pick today. Check out mine: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/11/07/minimalism-around-the-world/

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  43. Pat says:

    I really like the word your chose this week – and your interpretation. I couldn’t resist participating and did a pingback.

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