Travel theme: Subtle

I was up before sunrise this morning, and as the sun slipped over the horizon and chased away the grey blue of night, there was a wonderful moment when the countryside was bathed in the softest of light. It was as if all the colours held their breath for a single moment, blending together in muted harmony. As the bright colours of full daylight returned, I shot indoors to find some photos that might suggest the subtleness of that dawn moment. Some grasses from the High Line Park in New York, masterfully planted by Piet Oudolf.

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Dew-laden fungi clinging to trees in the North Cascades.

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And more wonderful grasses from Piet Oudolf, this time in New York‘s Battery Park.

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Can you find a photo that feels understated, suggestive, subtle in its use of colour? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. – Alfred Stieglitz

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. – Agnes Martin

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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80 Responses to Travel theme: Subtle

  1. DailyMusings says:

    your photos are so beautiful in their subtlety- breathtaking really.

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  4. “as if all the colours held their breath for a single moment, blending together in muted harmony” That’s exactly how it feels. (lovely to gaze at these pictures, too)

  5. Heyjude says:

    Love the dew drops!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Jude, I am fascinated with dew drop photography, haven’t done much of it but could spend hours looking at others dew drop shots. xxx

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  7. aj vosse says:

    Not sure if I could do subtle… I’m more of a barn door tramper-downer! 🙄

  8. Sue says:

    Beautiful images, Ailsa….shall have to see if I can manage subtle!!

  9. The Poetry Channel says:

    Love this one, deliciously unexpected.

  10. Such beautiful photos. I will have to see what I come up with.

  11. klara says:

    those shots are just wonderful! to your flora I add fauna:

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  13. Subtle sunrise, Australia’s Gold Coast, two days ago…couldn’t go past it. Of course, once it was above the clouds all subtlety was gone!

    • ailsapm says:

      Stunning, those palm trees silhouetted against that amazing sky, and then seeing the sun come up over the ocean – what a fantastic way to start the day! Thanks for sharing that, I sort of felt like I was there watching it too. 🙂

      • Yes, it was about 6am, just starting to show some light when I got to the beach and wonderful to see the changing light. Of course, the clouds make it…

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  21. leannenz says:

    Thank you for a lovely idea. Am enjoying all the other posts!

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  23. Beautiful and soft colors, Ailsa. Another sweet photo theme.
    Here’s my entry, freshly arrived from Tuscany:

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  25. dimlamp says:

    Well done, I especially like your second photo. My entry:

  26. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Alisa,
    I really enjoyed your photos this week. Here is my attempt at subtle. ENJOY!

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