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
  • 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!

Happy Holidays!

xxx Ailsa

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

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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  5. Gorgeous images for your theme, Ailsa. I also felt like that relaxed cat after my Christmas lunch. 🙂 Here’s my entry: https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/travel-theme-im-a-minimalist-at-the-beach/

  6. Stunning photos – The close up of the flower’s striking colours is just wonderful.
    Emma 🙂

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    Here is my attempt at minimalist with my new camera in hand.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2014/12/29/travel-theme-minimalist/

  9. Yes, that cat’s got the right idea (if only the sea fog would leave…please…so gray…zzzzz)
    Love the plowed field and the dam.
    Hope the new year brings much wonder, and adventures!

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  11. Sigoese says:

    Hi Alisa… here my contribution…
    http://aanprihandaya.com/2014/12/30/minimalist/

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  14. Madoqua says:

    Mud, glorious mud – in minimal amounts of course! A great theme!
    http://madoqua.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/mud-glorious-mud/

  15. Love your pictures! Great post.

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  17. What luck! We were traveling down the coast of Georgia when we saw your Travel Theme for this week. Here’s our entry: http://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2014/12/30/travel-theme-minimalist/

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  24. shirlld says:

    I just found this blog so this is my first attempt. http://noncitygirl.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/travel-theme-minimalist/

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  27. samselim says:

    Happy new year! Here is my entry on minimalist 🙂 http://selimfamily.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

  28. pdjpix says:

    Loved this theme.Usually prefer minimalist architecture but discovered a bunch of other possibilities. Thanks Ailsa. Regards Peet
    http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/minimalist-a-travel-theme/

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  31. smkelly8 says:

    Getting this in just under the wire. Happy New Year!

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