Travel theme: Intense

Did anyone catch the lunar eclipse this week? I stayed up almost all night to watch the supermoon turn the most deliciously intense shade of blood red. I decided to see if I could match the intensity with some shots from past travels, like the intense colours on display in Yellowstone Park

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… the intense pressure of competing in the Sheep Olympics

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,,, and the intense beauty of a jade flower in Guatemala.

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Then there was a very different kind of intense, a scary standoff in Vatican City where two men threatened to set themselves on fire …

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… the intense heat of the Mojave Desert in August (my flip flops nearly melted) …

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… the intense concentration of a sweet old dog learning to swim

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… and this mama elk desperately trying to save her little elk baby from drowning on the American River. I’m getting all shaky just remembering the terror in her eyes.

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Are you ready for the intensity to keep on building? If you would like to join in and create your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. – Oscar Wilde

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning. – J0han Huizinga

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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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73 Responses to Travel theme: Intense

  1. Jaspa says:

    Argggh! Completely forgot the eclipse! Did you try to photograph it, Ailsa?

  2. Totally missed the eclipse due to the rainy weather, but saw absolutely gorgeous pics of it. BTW, your jade flower is my favorite. I’ve never seen it before but it is entirely enchanting…now I’ll have to look for it 🙂

  3. Heyjude says:

    I have seen the jade flower in Kew, quite impressive, but your intense moments seem very scary! I shall have to have a think about this one Ailsa 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Jude, I just saw your Berrington Hall post, how absolutely divine, all those fiery reds and yellows, don’t you just adore autumn? xxx

      • Heyjude says:

        There does seem to be a lot of brightness around this year, lots of vibrant planting, the trees are only just starting to turn. I love autumn shades 🙂

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  5. Francesca says:

    https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/intense/

    A hard one to look at, but it is still fresh in my mind. Thanks Ailsa.

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, Francesca, a very moving post. Such devastation and yet those photos of the burnt forest and the ‘false autumn’ are strangely beautiful too.

  6. treerabold says:

    I really need to know if the elk saved her baby??

    Great photos

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  8. Beautiful photos, Ailsa. Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/baffled/

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  10. Love this theme and the pictures in this post, so I had to join in! 🙂 Here’s what I immediately thought of https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/travel-theme-intense/

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  14. Here’s my “intense” for the week! Always a great time with the photo challenges. http://beyondpaisley.net/2015/10/03/travel-theme-intense/

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  17. cocoaupnorth says:

    Great depiction of intense! Thank you for the inspiration and here’s my contribution https://cocoaupnorth.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/intense/

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  24. travelrat says:

    My eclipse photos were a dismal failure …. I got up too late, and my tripod was fifty miles away! 😦 But, here’s my contribution https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/travel-theme-intense/

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  27. Helloe Ailsa and fellow Travel Themers. Here’s my down home take on this week’s Intense challenge:
    https://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/ailsas-travel-theme-intense/

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  33. Leya says:

    All intense – my favourite is the jade flower – incredible!
    http://wp.me/p1hCI2-4Ob

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  40. lifelessons says:

    I love the jade flower. Is it really a flower or are these leaves, as in the showy bougainvillea? Whichever, I’m crazy about this plant! Here are my intense shots: Travel Theme: Intense | lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

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