Travel theme: Details

I love taking great, dramatic, sweeping photos but sometimes you can tell more from just one little detail than from a great panorama. When I was photographing the Witness Trees in Seattle, although the photos of the full artworks were great for telling the story, the shots focusing on the details were infinitely more appealing to me, perhaps because they showed the intricacy that is easy to miss from a distance. Here are some details from the Clam Tree and the Fossil Tree.

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This delicate swathe of slightly scorched-looking flowers growing against a wooden fence will always remind me of late summer in drought-ravaged Wisconsin.

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This next photo encapsulates for me the sense of wonder I felt when I first set eyes on Lava Canyon on the south side of Mount St Helens. The remnants of a scorched tree bear witness to the 1980 volcanic eruption that obliterated everything in its wake, but it has been overtaken by this incredible surge of regeneration. Fresh, lime green conifers no taller than waist height dotted around a carpet of purple flowers, bright green mosses and silvery grey foliage. To give a sense of scale, a tiny ground squirrel obligingly stopped right in the centre of my frame for a photo opp. One tiny moment filled with so many details.

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Are you ready to get down to details for 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: Details
  • 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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xxx Ailsa

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does. – Jorge Luis Borges

Every man’s life ends the same way. It’s only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. – Ernest Hemingway

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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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134 Responses to Travel theme: Details

  1. Oh…that’s a tough one. Loving these challenges!

  2. aj vosse says:

    The detail’s in the devil? Must be!! 😉

  3. Great prompt this week. Love your photos.

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  5. Love the clam and fossil trees, Ailsa! And thank you, I just love participating in your challenge.
    Here are my details: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/travel-theme-details/
    Have a wonderful weekend x

  6. ardysez says:

    Going to Seattle soon… have you been reading our itinerary? First Dublin, now Seattle! Will the Witness Trees be easy to find or can you give me a hint?? Love detail photos, too. For years I wondered why my holiday photos weren’t as descriptive as I wanted them to be, and then I realised, it was because I was seeing the details, but no photographing them. Makes a huge difference. Thank you.

  7. Stacked, Solid, Soft, and Colorful. It’s all here. (enjoyed the Lava Canyon tale)

    • ailsapm says:

      I love how that sounds, phil – if I ever do a photo exhibition, I am tempted to use those four shots and give it your title. Stacked, Solid, Soft and Colorful. 🙂

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  11. Love all of these. In fact, I really, really like detailed pictures. Thanks for this challenge.

  12. Jessi says:

    Your photos are amazing! I love very detailed pictures – and your photo with the squirrel in the center is perfect. 🙂

  13. smkelly8 says:

    I love your photos and the challenge. Here’s mine http://smkelly8.com/2015/02/06/travel-theme-details/

  14. Agreed about going in for close detail – great images.

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  17. Leya says:

    great theme – again, Ailsa! Just love that one with the squirrel, because it makes you look at the photo several times to find the little one! http://wp.me/p1hCI2-45L

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  19. Ese' s Voice says:

    All of your choices are beautiful, Ailsa, but the Fossil Tree and the tiny squirrel at the end are fantastic! Must admit I hardly noticed the squirrel among the flowers… 🙂
    Here’ s my entry this week: https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

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  21. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, I’ve gone back to the beach here in sunny Australia to look at some details on the coast.
    Regards Peet https://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/detail-at-the-beach/

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  24. Tina Schell says:

    What beautiful shots Ailsa! And the last one is priceless 🙂 Thought I’d join the fun this week – thanks for the interesting challenge! https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/weekly-photo-challenge-scale-travel-theme-details/

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  26. I look forward to this every week. Thanks for the challenge! http://beyondpaisley.net/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

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  30. suzette67 says:

    Thank you for the challenge. Here are some winter details! https://thesweetandthebitter.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

  31. misshouse219 says:

    great challenge. Here are some pictures of the flora and fauna found whilst travelling in New Zealand.
    https://adventuresofmisshouse.wordpress.com/category/photography/

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  39. rjbailey says:

    Cool pics! Loved the squirrel. 🙂
    Oh, yeah, submission up!
    https://rjbailey.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/travel-theme-details/

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  42. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for the inspiration!

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