Travel theme: Dark

Far up here in the northern hemisphere the nights are drawing in so quickly that you could almost go for a sunset stroll on your lunch break. There are many things I love about winter, but the lack of light is not one. In the city it doesn’t impinge upon life quite so much, but in the depths of the countryside where streetlights are something you read about in books, once the sun goes down you’re pretty much condemned to being stuffed away indoors, not the happiest state of affairs for someone (mildly) outdoorsy like me. And so here I am, stuffed away indoors at a ridiculously early hour, commiserating with a few deeply dark travel shots I’ve taken around the world. First up, some sparkly ornaments shine through the dark on Seattle’s Candy Cane Lane.

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A solitary street lamp glitters at night in Rome‘s Piazza Navona

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An illuminated Arco de Santa Catalina shines out of Guatemalan darkness in Antigua.

Arco de Santa Catalina by night, Guatemala, travel, travelogue, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

Almost night at the Temple of Apollo in Turkey.

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A little night fishing off a New York pier, beside the Intrepid aircraft carrier.

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Still in New York, a rather spooky night-after-the-Supermoon emerges from inky shadows.

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I hope you’re not afraid of the dark, and are ready with your own version of 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: Dark
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  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

I want to have an epic life. I want to tell my life with big adjectives. I want to forget all the grays in between, and remember the highlights and the dark moments. – Isabel Allende

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

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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58 Responses to Travel theme: Dark

  1. aj vosse says:

    Dark… makes me SADS!! o_O

  2. I always think that if there were more light in winter, more people would enjoy it. When it’s dark, it feels colder, even if it’s the same temperature as during the day.


  3. ralietravels says:

    “Fall back” tonight for at least an hour’s relief in the afternoon.

  4. Miriam says:

    Your photos are beautiful Ailsa, as dark as they are they’ve brightened up my morning. Look forward to posting in this theme.

  5. I love winter, the smell of people lighting their fires, the crisp air and the beautiful stars that you only get to see when you don’t have any lights 🙂 Plus if you are lucky you get to see the Aurora.

    • ailsapm says:

      I do love the roaring fire part of winter, Claire, and boy, how exciting it would be to see the Northern Lights, haven’t managed that one yet, but it’s wayyyyyy high on my list of must dos. 🙂

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  7. DailyMusings says:

    your photos are all so beautiful- especially the moon!!

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  11. We need the dark to show us the light… I LOVE your photo of the supermoon, Ailsa. And the first is subdued, yet so festive. Have a great Sunday, and thank you for another great challenge, dear.

    Here’s my choice:

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  14. Sue says:

    This theme fits with some of my recent images, Ailsa!

  15. carol1945 says:

    Yes, all of a sudden it was DARK. It feels so weird, like it just snuck up on me when I was not looking. However, I live in San Francisco, and the weather in the day is absolutely balmy. That somehow does not feel right for November. And we need rain. Desperately.

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  17. Leya says:

    I agree on being stuffed away indoors… November – Mars. But you manage to give us a little light in the darkness as well! Here is mine

  18. munchkinontheroad says:

    Stunning Photography!

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  21. Lynne Ayers says:

    Good choice for your theme, Ailsa. I particularly like the Rome shot and that glorious reflection in the puddle.

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  23. This theme fits with my current mood very well.. As much as I love winter lights and Christmas decorations, I do not enjoy not having sunshine 😦 You said a sunset stroll during lunch break, I’ll take that over more than a month of absolutely no sun here in Lodz, Poland! 😦

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  26. travtrails says:

    Reconnecting after a short break from blogging..Like your pictures.

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  30. munchkinontheroad says:

    I just nominated your blog for the Mystery Blogger Award❣️

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  37. Debbie Smyth says:

    I hate the lack of light too. But it does mean that dawn and sunset photography don’t require very early starts and late finishes 🙂

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  42. Loved your photos, especially the one of the moon (something I just can’t seem to photograph well)! Here’s my take from a late-night stroll in Salt Lake City, Utah:

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  45. prior.. says:

    well I am in this week ( and hope you do not mind me combing challenges in a post… also – love the way you noted ” snow in the moonlight” – 🙂

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