Travel theme: Abstract

I went for a walk in the very early morning when a thick layer of frost covered everything and took some shots of gnarled, brown, barely-there leaves given a new lease of beauty by glittering ice crystals.

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frost, leaves, winter, travel, travelogue, ailsa prideaux-mooney

The results struck me as quite abstract, insofar as the subject matter itself played a secondary role to the form, colour and texture of the photograph, so I went shuffling through my travel photos to see if  I could come up with other attempts at abstract. The first shot that came to mind was this one of a vat of white M&Ms in Manhattan.

multiples m&ms new york

A small section of NY’s 9/11 Memorial, picking up clouds from the surrounding blue skies.


Weather-worn rocks in Arches National Park, Utah.

arches national park windows utah us usa america road trip

And back to New York again for a walk through the Highline and Battery Park’s tantalizing grasses…

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battery park, piet oudolf, manhattan, new york, travel, travelogue, photography, ailsa prideaux-mooney

… and Times Square’s neon-lit manhole covers.

rain water manhole cover new york america us usa reflection neon

Are you ready for a little abstraction? If you would like to join in this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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

In every landscape should reside jewels of abstract art waiting to be discovered. – Melissa Brown

Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery, rather than obvious description. – Robert Genn

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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74 Responses to Travel theme: Abstract

  1. Debbie Smyth says:

    What gorgeous shots Ailsa. And some up on Highline which I adore 🙂

  2. Colline says:

    Your shots of the ice are beautiful.

  3. aj vosse says:

    SweeeeT! I think I have a photo or fifty to do a post or twenty! 😉

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  6. Hi Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response:

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  10. cocoaupnorth says:

    Gorgeous and brilliant abstract pictures!
    Here’s my contribution:

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  12. Leya says:

    Beautiful, beautiful…abstract can mean so much. Here’s mine

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  14. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my abstrakt-entry:

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  20. I just love your frost photos!

  21. ledrakenoir says:

    All wonderful captures, each so fascinating… 🙂

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  25. pommepal says:

    You have shown us a lovely variety of abstract shots Ailsa. This theme appeals to the artistic side of me.

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  32. Vicky says:

    Here is my entry, sea-based of course (!) but water makes for wonderful distortion…

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  34. Really beautiful and fascinating abstract images, Ails. 🙂 That last one is fabulous.

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  41. Jill's Scene says:

    Aisle, these photos are beautiful! My very favourite is your very first shot!

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