Travel theme: Gleaming

I recently happened upon a vintage car gathering, and the sight of all those shiny, polished, lustrous cars sent me searching through my travel photos for equally glossy, glassy images, and this is what I found. Las Vegas out-gleams any other city I know and really comes into its own at night. Here’s the Bellagio through an abandoned wine glass.

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The gleaming, snow-covered slopes of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics, straight out of a fairy tale.

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Raindrops shattering light in the crinkles of leaves at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.


Finally, one of my all time favourite statues, the wonderful bronze Alice with her Wonderland friends in Central Park. Sadly I only had a dodgy camera phone with me, but it gives me a seriously great reason to go back for a visit, right? Anyway, Alice looks fabulous year round, but catch her on a cloudy, drizzly, overcast day and she gleams like a beacon.

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xxx Ailsa

Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light, adorns and cheers our way; and still, as darker grows the light, emits a brighter ray. – Oliver Goldsmith

We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve-centre from which we quiver forever. – D.H. Lawrence

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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69 Responses to Travel theme: Gleaming

  1. restlessjo says:

    They don’t come any more gleaming than the Bellagio, Ailsa! That’s a great shot 🙂 And I love your raindrops too. Happy weekend!

  2. aj vosse says:

    Shimmer and shine… I’ll have to find something that gleams, won’t I?? 😉

  3. Vegas only gleams at night.
    But nothing can match the sparkle and shine of fresh mountain snow.

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  5. Jaspa says:

    You’re photos inspire a lot of memories this week, Ailsa. Thanks.

    I’ve got a pair of adventures on the Gleaming Niagara River for you…

    • ailsapm says:

      OMG that shot with the rainbow over your heads, that is insane, how much fun! Love it. 🙂

      • Jaspa says:

        I like that one too, Ailsa. Just wish there weren’t any droplets on the lens… although given where we were standing, that would be next to impossible!! 😀

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  8. A fun word for this week, Ailsa. Lots of gleaming shots on our travels. Here are three recent ones:

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  10. Leya says:

    Gleaming they are! my pick is still Alice…she is gleaming inside as well!

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  12. Francesca says:

    Nice gleam in your photos Ailsa. I found it had to catch the golden gleam of the Buddhas in mine, here in Chiang Mai.

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  15. mickscogs says:

    Water droplets fantastic Ailsa. Like my sister, more Chiang Mai

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh cool, I didn’t realize you guys were siblings – thanks you two for the gleaming tour of Thailand, yet another place I have yet to visit. The world is such a big place!

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  17. Tish Farrell says:

    I love the raindrops, too. My gleaming is homemade Strawberry Vodka

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  19. Leya says:

    So…when a sunset is combined with straws…

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  22. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Ailsa, thank you for the lovely inspiration. Here’s my contribution

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  24. Wonderful gleaming images, Ailsa! The first one is especially fabulous. Here are my gleaming ‘gators

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