Travel theme: Early

It’s early in the wee small hours and the coming dawn is filled with birdsong as I write this. That first peep of daylight is something magical, although I’m not often up early enough to see the dawn, so I thought I’d dedicate this week’s theme to all things early, starting with a photo that captures two of my favourite things; the dawn of a new day and the beginning of a new adventure – daybreak from an airplane window.

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Early signs of life, fossils etched in stone – in this instance a close up of the Witness Trees in Seattle.

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Early birds claiming the best seats for New York’s St. Patrick’s’ Day Parade. The parade wasn’t due to start for hours, I hope they brought coffee.

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Some of the earliest signs of springtime in the Irish countryside, clumps of barely yellow wild primroses.

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And another early harbinger of spring, delicate snowdrops from the Snowdrop Festival in Carlow’s Altamont Gardens

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Over to you for an early start on this week’s travel theme. If you would like to join in this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. – William Feather

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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48 Responses to Travel theme: Early

  1. aj vosse says:

    If you’d posted this any earlier it would have been midnight!! Good one… I’ll have to go find that early bird looking for the worm! 😉

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  5. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa, I got in early with my photo series. A beautiful time of day early in the morning when all is still and barely moving. Regards Peet

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  7. Early in the morning, the world seems so fresh and new. I love the morning light, Ailsa. And your pretty photos!
    Here is mine:
    Have a wonderful weekend

  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    This one will be difficult for me, Ailsa. I’m rarely up ‘early’. Love that first shot – nothing like the sun sparkle off a wing tip to signal new adventure. And Wow on the witness trees. I’d love to see a long shot of them. Are they still standing? Can’t be.

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  16. sonyavdg says:

    I love the colors on the one from the plane. – great shot

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  20. travelrat says:

    I forgot to add … if you get up early while travelling, you’re usually first at the breakfast buffet! 😀 This week’c contribution at

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  25. 2far2shout says:

    Wow,what freshness, what newness, what innocence…

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  27. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, a little late is my early-entry:

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  29. Majka says:

    Hi Ailsa! This is a very nice theme. I love the fossils. Here is my entry

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  34. I’m not an early riser generally, but when I travel I often try to get up for sunrise, and it’s nearly always worth it. This one, from a couple of weeks ago, in the fabulous Solomon Islands. Nothing quite like a Pacific island dawn.

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  38. goannasnake says:

    Hi Ailsa. I love that enthusiastic couple waiting for the parade. Here’s my entry for this week.

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