Travel theme: Environment

Today is International Polar Bear Day and Polar Bears International are marking the day with a petition urging world leaders to take decisive action at the UN climate change summit in Paris this December. You can read more about the petition here.

To help spread the word, I’m taking a look through my travel photos for shots that suggest environment in some way. I’m starting with a tree, because trees really are the lungs of our planet. This is not just any old tree; this is a gorgeous, moss-cloaked tree in the depths of a foggy Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Foggy day in the Hall of Mosses

Water is one of our most precious resources and with drought on the rise and big business contaminating groundwater, it is also one of our most endangered. I have long been enchanted with photographing the tiniest of freshly fallen droplets of rain; water in one if its purest stages. This little droplet was photographed on the volcanic slopes of Mount St. Helens.

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Clean air is another resource we need to protect; for me, air always smells cleanest and freshest when a crisp layer of snow cloaks the earth. Snow is also a ridiculous amount of fun and I don’t understand people who complain about how inconvenient it is. Every single snowflake that has ever fallen on our planet is entirely unique. I find that pretty magical and would happily be inconvenienced for something that magical. This squirrel in Central Park agrees with me.

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So what does the environment mean to you? Get your greenest, cleanest, eco-friendly shots at the ready.  If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

In addition, if you like, include in your post the link I gave at the top of the page – to the petition – in your post to help spread the word. This one’s for the polar bears.

xxx Ailsa

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. – David Attenborough

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. – Ansel Adams

 

 

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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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93 Responses to Travel theme: Environment

  1. Those are some wonderful photos.

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  3. Hi Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/making-correct-change/

    • ailsapm says:

      Stunning post, Naomi, it’s poetic. That third photo, the stairway of trees, is divine. I do love New York. 🙂

      • Thank you, Ailsa! Coming from you, that means a lot. I hadn’t been there since I was a college kid, and then I promised my aunt I’d take here there. I was SO glad I did because it ended up being a wonderful surprise over and over again.

  4. Traveliing to WA in September I am looking forward to visit the Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula.
    Cheers Angela

  5. ardysez says:

    It’s hard to choose which photo I love most, the one with the little jewels of water or that gorgeous, mossy tree, so I choose both!! Love the quotes too! Thank you Ailsa.

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  7. Jaspa says:

    That squirrel is adorable, Ailsa!

    I know that jetboats might initially sound like an odd topic for a post about ‘Environment’, but you can’t get much closer to nature than this….

    https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/riding-the-niagara-rapids-in-a-jetboat/

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I loved that squirrel too, he was quite a cheeky chappie. Your Niagara photos were fabulous, I can’t believe you’ve been so many times, that looks like quite a boat ride. 🙂

  8. klara says:

    lovely photos – those droplets are magnificent, and the squirrel is so cute.
    here is my contribution for this week – how to reduce your carbon footprint:

    http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.be/2015/02/travel-theme-environment.html

  9. wow !!!! the second picture is my favorite , the others all come in the second place!!!

  10. Why can’t we come up with a way to save or transport all this snow to reservoirs/cisterns or places that need it…the Romans did. Water is valuable and precious.
    (oh, recent research has proven that snow flakes do repeat crystal shapes and flakes are not completely unique. But they still are pretty magical.)
    As usual your pictures are elegant and outstanding. Had to smile at the squirrel

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  12. The City Hippie says:

    😍😍😍😍😍 BEAUTIFUL post!!

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  14. Francesca says:

    Hello Ailsa, That little squirrel is so cute. Here’s a dose of my favourite environment. F
    https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/50-shades-of-bay-the-environment-of-port-phillip-bay-victoria/

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  17. pommepal says:

    Good theme for today Ailsa I think National Parks are helping save our environment, here is one near me. https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/travel-theme-environment

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  19. Lisa says:

    such pretty photos… ! 🙂

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  21. lvsrao says:

    Great article and photos.

  22. Tish Farrell says:

    Wondrous shots, Ailsa, and especially that squirrel.

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  24. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    wonderful photos, thank you, my aspect of the matter is the contrast of the environment and the will to survive of nature: http://cubusregio.com/2015/02/28/travel-theme-environment-umwelt/

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  27. Tina Schell says:

    Wonderful post Ailsa – love the subject this week. Hope you get tons of responses and increased awareness.

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  29. Girl Gone Expat says:

    I had no idea polar bears had their own day, but why shouldn’t they, they are amazing! 🙂 Beautiful pictures!

  30. kvjinc says:

    Gorgeous photos and important issue. Thanks for posting this.

  31. RMW says:

    Great photos and I’ve been a fan of David Attenborough since my childhood in England.

    • ailsapm says:

      He feels like a grandfather to me, RMW, he’s been such a constant, knowledgeable presence in my life for as long as I can remember. 🙂

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  34. I love the squirrel in the snow. It would be such a shame if scenes such as this were to disappear for ever due to man’s misuse of the planet.
    Here are my photos of the Remerschen gravel pits
    https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/travel-theme-environment/

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  36. mickscogs says:

    That moss covered tree reminds of what we see in Tasmania’s forests. My take is similar to my sister’s.
    https://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/the-end-of-summer-at-port-phillip-bay-victoria/

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  38. Jet Eliot says:

    Lovely and comprehensive post, Ailsa. 🙂

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  43. iuworldtraveler says:

    Nice pics and great post we must as a society protect our most precious commodities.

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  46. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody friends…
    Here my entry. Hope you enjoy !
    Ciao ciao
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