Travel theme: Grey

Grey is the only way to describe the summer we’ve been having in this corner of the planet. It has never ranked as one of my favourite colours, so I expected that finding photographs to represent it might prove a bit of a challenge, but I was wrong. Here are some greys (and grays seeing as all of these shots are US based) that I found. First, one of the mightiest hewn-stone constructions of the western world, the New Croton Dam north of New York City.

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A grey river of volcanic debris at Mount St Helens in southern Washington.

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A pushy grey squirrel in New York’s Battery Park took up camp right next to me on a bench.

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A Boston street performer in silvery grey.

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A feisty raccoon acting all cutesy in Central Park.

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The grey sidewalks and metal gratings of Times Square are a perfect contrast to the neon overhead, and they hide a secret sound installation for those who know where to find it.

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Well, I have a whole new appreciation for the colour now that I’ve actually started looking more closely at it. If you would like to get your grey matter working and join in this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Grey
  • 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

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries grey and poverty unbearable. – Albert Camus

We grow grey in our spirit long before we grow grey in our hair. – Charles Lamb

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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118 Responses to Travel theme: Grey

  1. aj vosse says:

    Grey summer?? That’s the euphemism of the year!! If this wasn’t an all ages blog I’m sure we could come up with a few suitable expletives to add flavour to the grey!!!!!!!!!! 😉

    However… wherever you go… take your own sunshine!! It may help!! 😛

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  4. Ow Ailsa, I adore that squirrel and the raccoon! The street performer is also very charming. Grey is actually quite nice.
    Here’s my take on this week’s challenge:
    Have a colorful weekend, dear x

  5. Sue says:

    Great selection of grey, some of which isn’t dull! Love the cheeky raccoon…

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  8. Heyjude says:

    Been pretty grey over here in the Shires too 😦 Becoming very tired of it…
    I’ll have to have a look and see if I have anything grey (other than my hair).
    Wishing you (and me) some sunny days 🙂

  9. travelrat says:

    It was a pretty grey day when I took this video. I rather think the conditions actually improved it; made it more moody.

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  11. klara says:

    if it is not weather, I like grey. ohhhh, the squirrel and raccoon – how cute they are. nice and various selection.

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  13. At the moment, I’m longing for some grey weather myself …

    Here are some lovely greys for everyone, including Oregon, Iceland, and Germany. 🙂

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  19. Great theme! Thank you Ailsa. My contribution are some grey roofs in Shanxi Province, China:

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  25. GF-Chopstix says:

    Great shots of the little critters 🙂 Here is my selection of grey:

  26. Pickleope says:

    There’s no surprise that you found a quote about grey from Camus. If ever there was a dude who personified grey, it was the guy who wrote The Stranger.
    I’ve never seen that dam, it’s amazing. The bridge and the cascading water, just astounding. Also, I love me a raccoon. Squirrel, not so much, the destructive lil’ buggers, but racoons, besides their carrying disease, are kind of cute.

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  32. smkelly8 says:

    I look forward to your quotes as much as your photos each week.

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  34. You make grey look so attractive, Ailsa. 🙂

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  37. pommepal says:

    I thought grey would be difficult, but looking around it is subtly everywhere. I’ve gone back into pioneer history for my fix of grey.

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  40. Great idea for a travel theme, and we definitely have something to share: a mistake that taught us a good lesson!

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  43. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Ailsa! Stunning shots, the first one is a winner. Here’s my take

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