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

california coast road trip travel us usa america beach ocean sunset

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:

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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. Sas says:

    Great photos Ailsa, I’ve gone for a more cooler approach

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  7. Francesca says:

    A little late this week Ailsa, here’s another energising sunset, taken near Melbourne.

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  9. viaja2 says:

    Esta mi entrada para el reto de ésta semana; aunque he escogido otro tipo de energía un poco más fría.

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  11. P.S. Your sun pictures are epically beautiful, especially that first one.

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  17. Tish Farrell says:

    Here’s my ‘energy’, Ailsa – up at the allotment

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  19. De'Jav says:

    Nice pic of the sun and yes I believe 100% of the energy when the days are longer.

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  22. Nato says:

    Love your images, stories and quotes. I am always inspired:) As I was going through the week, I kept thinking of one of travel that took a lot of energy, but gave back even more. So here is my contribution:

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  24. Shira says:

    Wow, those sparks are so WOW!

  25. 100% truth… I always claimed winter to be my favourite season though when it finally cames, i just cant help the sadness caused by the lack of sun!

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