Travel theme: Energy

This last week has brought a marked difference to the light levels in my current corner of the northern hemisphere. It is getting brighter earlier and evenings are beginning to linger in the most delightful way. I never realize exactly how much the lack of light during winter affects me until this time of year rolls around and I experience what can only be described as a kind of quickening. The sap is rising and energizing everything and everyone in its wake, so this week’s theme is a tribute to the energy that is starting to seep back into the world.

The king of energy, at least from our perspective down here on the blue planet, would have to be the sun in all its glory.

Empire Builder, Amtrak, train journey, travel, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

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Close behind the sun comes man’s burning discovery, fire. We use it for heat and light, we cook with it, and occasionally, we play with it, like this fire eater in Guatemala.

fire eater, guatemala, antigua, festival, street performer, travel, ailsa prideaux-mooney

In a similar vein, our love affair with fire has given us the almighty firework display, which never fails to instill childlike energy into even the most serious of onlookers. Here is a very sparkly Space Needle from a New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Seattle.

seattle washington space needle fireworks new years eve 2013

I hope the preceding photos have sparked your imagination and filled you with the energy to create your interpretation of 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: Energy
  • 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!

xxx Ailsa

I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of the place, could be photographed. – Annie Leibovitz

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. – Aristotle

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt.

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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97 Responses to Travel theme: Energy

  1. Mary says:

    Love the sun shots. I am always so very glad when the days start to get longer.

  2. Incredible pictures. Very cool. Glad I found your blog. Thanks!

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  4. suej says:

    This is a challenge, Ailsa!

  5. aj vosse says:

    Power… to the people!! 😉

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  7. Ese' s Voice says:

    This is a very energizing post of yours, Ailsa! Lovely choices but I am the most drawn to the fireworks…probably because there’ s always something magical for me in those…bursts of energy. 🙂
    This is what I came up with:

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  10. Lovely theme, especially since the sun is shining today and for the foreseeable (or at least weather-predictable) future here in Vancouver. So it’s time for me to get out and admire the spring flowers. In the meantime, here is the ‘Sun Prince’ of Udaipur…

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  12. Ailsa, that second photo is stunning, the sun is kind of liquid. I love all of them!
    Here’s my energy:

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  14. ilargia64 says:

    I think this can go with the idea of Universal energy…Is there, but we do not see it…May be we can feel it, somehow…
    Happy weekend!

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  16. Leya says:

    This is some challenge…You have shown us magnificent pictures of the top sources we have got…My choices are smaller scale choices, but important ones, from Tibet.

  17. Pickleope says:

    Magnificent photos. I’d participate in the challenge, but I just found your blog and I’m completely confused by what’s going on. I’ll get my bearing and figure things out soon enough..

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Pickleope, so glad you found me! I post a new theme every Friday and then ask you to create your own post on the same theme. When you write your post, include a link to the challenge page (this week you would include a link to this page – next week you would include a link to whatever page and topic I post next week). Then check out other people’s posts for the theme too, and you can leave comments for them in the comment stream below too. It’s a great way of getting to know amazing people from all over the world. Welcome to the fun. xxx Ailsa

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  19. Sabina Ayne says:

    The fire-eater is my favorite! Here’s my energy post. Thanks for the fun challenge!
    I copied your logo (the lips) to my post -I hope you don’t mind!

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  23. pommepal says:

    It’s cooling down a bit over here and that always boosts my energy levels Ailsa

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  26. My energy levels seem to be flagging, even though it’s only the start of the year! Maybe it’s because we are heading out of summer, as you head into it. Here’s my effort for the week

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  30. Definitely noticing the more sun this year than in past years. Great photos. Longer days ahead!

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  39. cocoaupnorth says:

    Thanks for an energizing theme, and here’s my take

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