Travel theme: Graceful

If you’ve read any of my travel tales, you’ve probably got a fairly good idea of my level of gracefulness. If you haven’t, let me just say I have descended the snowy slopes of Mount Rainier with the agility of a gazelle on crutches, flounced alongside sequinned and tuxedo-clad clientele whilst sporting a rumpled shirt with a hole in the elbow in Vegas and almost knocked myself unconscious with a tent in Moab. My score of absolute zero on the scale of gracefulness might explain why I am so attracted to displays of it in others, so here is a selection of graceful photos I’ve taken on my travels. First up, the most elegant of swans, gracefully preening on the waters of the village pond in East Hampton.

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Walking along the Seattle waterfront, I followed the strains of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” and discovered these two fabulous dancers weaving a tango in a secret spot along the shoreline.

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Still in Seattle, this patch of glowing, singing flowers, aka the art installation Sonic Bloom, is strangely graceful.

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High up on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains, this deer tried to steal my sandwich, and even though she proved to be the most heinous of thieves, she still maintained an air of dignified grace.

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Are you ready to drift gracefully into the spotlight with 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: Graceful
  • 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

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. – Auguste Rodin

Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its own strange and graceful legend attached to it. – Douglas Hyde


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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95 Responses to Travel theme: Graceful

  1. aj vosse says:

    I shall gracefully accept your gracious challenge, or shall I gracelessly decline? One of life’s mysteries? 😉

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  3. That swan is beautiful, Ailsa, as is the couple. And I love the graceful deer!
    Here’s my choice for this week:

  4. klara says:

    such a nice selection, Ailsa. gracefully adding my contribution:
    have a nice weekend.

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  7. I gracefully accept your graceful challenge. Will post tomorrow. Great selection of photos.

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  9. viveka says:

    Love the topic … and your images … the swan especially.

  10. Debbie says:

    love the swan…

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  13. Tvor says:

    Probably one of many swan posts, but i think, just a bit different.

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  16. taylorjewel says:

    Wonderful interpretation of natural grace, Ailsa.
    Here’s mine if interested – it was great fun to respond to this prompt, keep it up!!

  17. slpvacation says:

    Love the blog! Your ability to paint a picture with words is clearly a gift & we are enticed! You should travel to come see us one day! We’ll be keeping up with your journey’s!

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  20. suej says:

    Oh my, a gazelle on crutches!! Anyways, loved the swan and I’ll see what I can find…

  21. Anabel Marsh says:

    The swan is beautiful and so are the dancers. I also approve of their choice of music wholeheartedly!

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  23. Pickleope says:

    I’m not part of the challenge, not because I’m against it, far from it, but because I’m not really a person who writes well off of prompts. It’s my own mania.
    You have to be fairly graceful to lure a deer that close to you. That’s amazing. And that swan photo is really astoundingly beautiful.

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  27. cocoaupnorth says:

    The swan wins hands down. But I think the crane deserves a spotlight too:-)

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  30. Leya says:

    Oh, I love that dancing couple! But, I just had to have a swan as well!

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  34. Pat says:

    I can relate to having a lack of grace. Responding to this was fun.

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  39. Razel says:

    I almost did a swan too, but I decided to feature instead my favorite sea creatures: jellyfish! Thanks for this theme; I’ve been following for a while, but haven’t been able to participate in one. Couldn’t resist this week’s theme though!

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  41. Kat says:

    Reblogging a post which I featured on my blog last year for the theme Graceful 🙂

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