Travel theme: Industry

Whew, it’s been a busy week and I have failed miserably to keep up with the goals I set for myself. In the words of the late, great Douglas Adams… I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. To compensate, let’s play with industry for this week’s travel theme. First up, a funky homage to farm equipment just outside of Vega, Texas along Route 66.

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Next, sunset in the heart of Californian oil fields.

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Giant silos and a town called Concrete might offer clues as to the main industry round these parts.

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Hopefully I have stirred you up into a hive of industry. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

I’m going to pop off for now as I have several more deadlines to miss. Looking forward to seeing what industry means to you.

xxx Ailsa

There exist limitless opportunities within every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. – Charles F. Kettering

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been the enemy of the desire to create. – Raoul Vaneigem

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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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94 Responses to Travel theme: Industry

  1. aj vosse says:

    As I’ve often been known to utter… I shall endeavour to endeavour… industriously! 😉

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  3. trablog says:

    The silhouette is simply amazing. Love the golden hours!

  4. Those silos a wild but that sunset is fabulous!!!

  5. Hi Ailsa, thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/the-art-of-work/

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous post, Naomi, your sister’s painting is really beautiful, and that gravestone celebrating the art of the farmer was so touching. xxx

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  7. The first one looks hauntingly like skeletons ready to move

    • ailsapm says:

      Now you mention it, phil… Actually, it was quite spooky to see all those old pieces of machinery just lying around, almost as if they were waiting for something. It felt a little like a graveyard.

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  9. Heyjude says:

    Love the oil fields photo! Great capture Ailsa. Mine is a little closer to home: http://wp.me/pL5Ms-2g4

  10. suej says:

    Like you, I love that quote! I had it on my desk at work for a while….but, contrary to Mr Adams, I did stick to deadlines. Not so successful these days anyway, I’m off to search out some industry!

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  13. That’s an impressive concrete building, Ailsa, wow! Again an interesting and challenging theme. Great, like your photos. The evening sky picture is gorgeous.
    Here’s my take on industry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/travel-theme-industry/

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  15. Raconteur says:

    Oh, wonderful theme. Here is my entry from oil industry. I hope you will like it.
    https://rapuran.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/travel-theme-industry/

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  17. Jaspa says:

    Love the photo of the oilfields, Ailsa. My industrial theme is also of a liquid nature… rum!

    https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/yo-ho-ho-and-a-bottle-of-caribbean-rum/

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  19. mickscogs says:

    Old farm equipment; originally discarded junk transformed to absolute treasure. Here is mine contribution for the week
    https://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/travel-theme-industry/

  20. Great captures. 😀

  21. dyule2014 says:

    Thank you Klara for your backpack

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  24. Smoke stacks seem a common theme here – and I’ve used one too, but hopefully added a little something in the form of a cane train hauling through the main street of a Queensland town. And couldn’t leave out my visit to a Thai rubber “factory”. This was an interesting challenge, Ailsa. http://aglasshalf-full.com/2015/01/24/travel-theme-industry/

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  26. tiffany267 says:

    I love relics of industrial history 🙂 It is fascinating imagining the daily lives of the workers. I also like thinking about how profoundly their productive efforts changed the face of American culture.

    You may like the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The now revitalized urban decay has a strong appeal for anyone with a love for the history of American industry.

    Here’s some info from their website:

    SteelStacks is a ten-acre campus dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun. Once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel manufacturer in the nation, the site has been reborn through music and art, offering more than 1,000 concerts and eight different festivals annually.

    When guests visit the SteelStacks campus, the first thing they usually notice are the towering ‘stacks’ after which the campus is named. What many people may not realize is that these iconic structures are actually a series of five blast furnaces that were used in the iron making process at Bethlehem Steel for decades.

    For nearly a century, the Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem served as the economic lifeblood of the community, employing tens of thousands of people while producing the steel that built our nation’s skyscrapers, bridges and even the U.S. Navy, helping win two World Wars in the process. In 1995, however, after a nearly 120-year history of steel production on the site, the plant closed its doors forever, leaving the region with a void that seemed impossible to fill.

    Rather than demolish the historic mill or walk away and let it fall apart, the community rallied around the iconic plant, working hard to bring new life to the former industrial giant… the City of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, local public television station PBS 39 and Sands BethWorks Retail LLC, which donated the land for the project, plans were put in place to transform the site into an arts and entertainment district that would showcase music, art, festivals, educational programming and more throughout the year… Today, the former steel plant is once again thriving, this time as one of the premier destinations in the Northeast for music, art and entertainment. Since its opening in spring 2011, more than one million people have visited SteelStacks to enjoy 1,750-plus musical performances, films, community celebrations and festivals including Musikfest, the largest free music festival in the nation!

    Linking to your blog post over at mine 🙂

  27. London has to be my favorite place but I would have loved to have seen Chernobyl. and the surrounding properties that tick like a bomb with radiation. A death wish perhaps but in the words of ‘vonnegut;, ‘so it goes”.

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  29. Rajiv says:

    Excellent series of pictures

  30. Hi Ailsa, I’m a new follower 🙂 I live rurally 90 minutes north of Toronto, Canada. Silos, barns and old plows are very much part of my landscape. I’m so not a country girl! And the landscape and industrial equipment and relics really don’t do anything for me. In the spring, the farm house is going on the market. Give me water and sea breezes and I’m a happy camper. You do take on a challenging subject. Good job with your pics. 🙂

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  33. Francesca says:

    Thanks Ailsa, always an inspiring choice. Here’s a look at Myanmar.
    https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/travel-theme-industry-in-myanmar/

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  40. Leya says:

    Interesting theme. My entry is not something we humans should be proud of.
    http://wp.me/p1hCI2-42K

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