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
  • 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!

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

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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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118 Responses to Travel theme: Grey

  1. tgeriatrix says:

    Our summer is not grey it is HOT, at least the last days! Nevertheless I like your grey selection especially the little racoon.
    I just realized my post for the WP Weekly Photo Challenge is also grey:
    https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/gaudi-fliese/

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  5. lolaWi says:

    great selection of grey, Ailsa! thank you! here’s my entry: https://lolawi.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/travel-theme-grey/

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  9. Leya says:

    I think you make grey very attractive – even beautiful!

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  18. Gorgeous greys, Ailsa! I love the Times Square one. Those gratings really shimmer. 🙂 Here’s my entry: https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/travel-theme-grey-a-storm-brewing/

  19. The dam is pretty! And oh, how I love those animal shots!

  20. Sue says:

    Your greys are nicely varied, mine less so: http://suejudd.com/2015/08/11/mostly-grey/

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  22. Tish Farrell says:

    Your many shades of grey are inspiring, Ailsa – so here are mine – African shades – elephants and coal dust and in much the same place which is probably surprising to most people: http://tishfarrell.com/2015/08/11/many-shades-of-grey-in-africa/

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  24. I enjoy seeing street performers. It’s astonishing how they can keep their faces without any expression. I liked all your photos but that ones is my favorite. Hope you enjoy my tale on your challenge.
    Isadora
    http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/08/11/grey-cocktail-hour/

  25. I had posted my comment but don’t see it. Perhaps, I forgot to click the – post comment.
    I like the street performer very much. They are very enjoyable to watch. It’s astonishing the way they keep their faces so still and expressionless.
    Hope you enjoy my challenge entry. Thanks for hosting.
    Isadora
    http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/08/11/grey-cocktail-hour/

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  27. Love the two animal photos.

  28. I pinned the raccoon photo to my animals board on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/gaylealstrom/animals-domestic-and-wild/. Hope you don’t mind.

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  32. Cee Neuner says:

    Your grey photos are excellent. Especially the raccoon (?) simply precious. I know I’m almost too late this week. Here is my entry. Thanks for hosting this challenge.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/12/travel-theme-grey/

  33. Grey is not my favourite colour too. I love your captures. You have surprised me with how many grey things exists around us, and how nice they could look! Here is my little cute shot of grey: http://cocoaevenings.com/2015/08/12/travel-theme-grey-mudskipper-at-sungei-buloh-wetland-reserve-singapore/

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  35. Nato says:

    What a great selection of pictures!

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  42. Olga says:

    I found powerful greys in majestic trees on a recent road trip. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/travel-theme-grey/

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  44. Grey can be a mood too; even on the brightest vacation, things are bound to hit a dull point . . .

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