Travel theme: Luminous

I didn’t manage to find a firework display to marvel at this Bonfire Night so instead I have gone looking through my travel shots for images that glow and fizz and give off all the luminosity of a good old-fashioned fireworks display, starting with an actual fireworks display, New Year’s Eve at Seattle‘s Space Needle.

seattle washington space needle fireworks new years eve 2013

Staying in the Emerald City, here is the brilliant interactive art installation Sonic Bloom in Seattle Center.

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Fire and water in gorgeous harmony at Eternal Flame Falls in upstate New York.

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The ancient Irish loved their fire festivals – and the modern day Irish appear to love them just as much. This is the fire festival celebrating Beltane on the Hill of Uisneach.

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Ahh sparklers – it wouldn’t be Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night without those fabulous fizzing bursts of light.

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Another Irish Festival – the People’s Procession of Light leading in the New Year through the streets of Dublin.

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Are you ready to shed new light on this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end, – Virginia Woolf

Every phase of our life belongs to us. The moon does not, except in appearance, lose her first thin, luminous curve nor her silvery crescent, in rounding to her full. The woman is still both child and girl, in the completeness of womanly character. – Lucy Larcom

At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear. It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us. You can love completely without complete understanding. – Norman Maclean.

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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93 Responses to Travel theme: Luminous

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  2. Leya says:

    Here’s my entry – from Edinburgh this August

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  5. Jaspa says:

    It might not be the usual definition, but according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Luminous also means “very bright in colour”, which sums up the Church of Spilled Blood in St Petersburg, Russia, perfectly:

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  7. Woolly Muses says:

    I’m so glad you chose Luminous. My first look (at your blog) this morning was your Halloween Scarecrows post and I had no idea how I was going to meet the challenge. 🙂 The day is brighter.

  8. aj vosse says:

    Seeing your photos… I have a great one but I’m a week late!! Our holloween pumpkins looked great!! 😉

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  14. pommepal says:

    After being absent for a couple of weeks it is good to be back with a bang. Thanks for this theme Ailsa.

  15. I hope my moon post is luminous enough! Written previously…but fits your theme this week!

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  18. Alas I missed your post on the Beltane fires on the hill of Uisneach… but now I found it. Goosebumps! Lovely.
    As is your theme of this week, Ailsa. I hope you have an enlightened weekend, dear.

    Here’s my luminous photo:

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  21. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great topic and lovely shots from you Ailsa.
    Here is my bit of luminousness:

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  25. Indira says:

    Hi! Your pictures are very beautiful. I could not find like these.

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  27. cocoaupnorth says:

    Such beautiful and glowing images to light up the season! Here’s my take;

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  30. Light works. Your post such a lovely warm glow

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  35. What a great selection of photos, Ailsa. Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response:

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  40. Pickleope says:

    Beautiful. What makes the Sonic Blooms “sonic”, do they play music or was the pun too juicy to resist? I love fireworks, which is weird considering I’m deathly afraid of Global Warming and what could be more of a wasteful contribution to greenhouse gases than exploding things for funsies?

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