Travel theme: Transformation

Friday 13th is a day that can strike terror into the hearts of superstitious folk, but seeing as we have not one but three of them in 2015 (February, March and November) perhaps it is time to embrace a more positive side of the day. While theories abound as to why people believe it to be unlucky, none of them are conclusive and there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. In the Hebrides off the coast of Scotland, Friday is considered the luckiest day to sow seeds and in ancient Egypt the number 13 symbolized change and transformation. So to honour the day in a less than usual way, here are a few photos I have taken on my travels that suggest transformation or change of some sort. First up, a dashingly yellow butterfly, the ex-caterpillar epitome of transformation, in the jungles of Tikal.

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Staying in Tikal, I was struck by the transformative power of nature and the passage of time. Once a thriving, ancient metropolis; all that remains now are a few scattered temple tops peeping out above the jungle canopy. I wonder how long it will take for our modern skyscraper-filled cities to be consumed by nature when we finally succeed in making our planet uninhabitable.

tikal national park

One of my favourite transformations of all takes place each year when winter comes around and soft white snow coats the countryside, making everything sparkle and glow. The last two winters have been tragically snow free and I must be honest, I feel a little cheated. I had to rummage back through three winters of photos to find this snowy shot of Big Four Mountains in the North Cascades.

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I hope you’ll join me in saying good luck to unlucky Friday 13th and ushering in change with your own interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso

Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure. – Irving Wallace


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 - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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85 Responses to Travel theme: Transformation

  1. Great theme, Ailsa. I’ll let it percolate for a while and see what I can come up with…

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  3. Ailsa, you’ve inspired me to come up with all the transformations involved in just putting together a daily meal:

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh what a wonderful pictorial journey! I adore the look of fresh green paddy fields, but my favourite photo is that very first one, full of mud. Fabulous!

  4. The haze and fog can be a tremendous backdrop to about anything, and the snow untouched and the slushy water… gorgeous…..

  5. suej says:

    Interesting theme, Ailsa! Time for a bit of a think…. And on the subject of nature transforming, just look at Pripyat, didn’t take long for the area to be transformed there (I’ve never been, but seen plenty of photos )

  6. lolaWi says:

    beautiful pictures of the theme, Ailsa!

  7. Ailsa, your wonderful positive energy, imagination and spectacular photography are nothing if not transforming! Wishing you the best “luck of the Irish” on this beautiful day!

  8. The reclaimed by nature – and the speed that it happens is fascinating.
    gorgeous butterfly pix – we saw our first yellow on this week. Enjoy the weekend!

  9. klara says:

    nice and various photos you have Ailsa. here is my take on the topic:

  10. Great theme this week.

  11. ladyredspecs says:

    I was born on Friday 13th is IMHO, it’s an auspicious date!

    • viaja2 says:

      My mother and granddaughter also born on February 13 , and both are wonderful , so I agree with you that a propitious date . Greetings .

  12. Ana Perry says:

    The photo of Tikal reminds me of the final scene in Star Wars: A new hope.
    So I just looked it up. It is the same place. So very cool

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  14. Sabina Ayne says:

    I love your second picture – the one where nature takes over! I give our cities 10 years before they are completely taken over by nature! Of course, Chernobyl is the perfect example of this since than region has been vacated for a while now. Anyway, here is my entry for Transformation. Thanks for the challenge!

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  19. pommepal says:

    Well this theme is very appropriate for me this week Ailsa. Look what I found…

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  22. Your butterfly photos are spectacular! Several years ago I went to Tikal and remember that same view. It seemed the jungle went on forever with only those lonely towers keeping watch . I like your comment about us making our planet uninhabitable – it’s happening at a pretty clip.

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  24. smkelly8 says:

    Tricky. You’re making me think.

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  30. I stuck with butterflies – having had a recent chance to see them up close and personally.

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