Travel theme: Near

Is Tuesday too late for a travel theme? My weekend turned into something unexpectedly tumultuous and I’ve just come up for air. I know next weekend is drawing near (not near enough for all those Monday to Friday-ers) but perhaps there is still time to fit in a travel theme, so here are a few of my attempts to get as near as possible to the subject matter, starting with a closeup of some frosted leaves in the dead of winter.

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And at the opposite side of the seasonal circle, a burst of summery yellow.

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A fresh splash of springtime lilac…

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…and a steamy look at fungi growing on a tree in a very humid part of the Cascades.

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Teeny tiny plant raindrop holders on top of Mount St Helens

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…a freak hailstorm in Seattle

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…some leafy raindrops at the Bloedel Reserve

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…bu my favourite close encounter was with this lovely creature up on top of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics – she came so near I could smell her musky scent, she was beautiful.

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OK, I’m nearly ready to offer up this near miss of a travel theme for your interpretation. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Near
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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❤ Ailsa

Life’s enchanted cup sparkles near the brim. – Lord Byron

We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming. – Novalis

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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45 Responses to Travel theme: Near

  1. ksbeth says:

    these are lovely –

  2. DailyMusings says:

    Oh that deer surprised me- how beautiful!!

  3. Sue says:

    Great images, Ailsa – I shall hunt out some ‘near’ later….

  4. aj vosse says:

    From near and far… they’ll all take part in your challenge, whatever day of the week you post it!! 😉 I understand your plight… we had a nearly near perfect weekend… NOT! Minding grand-kids is hard work… leaving grandparents in a state of near exhaustion! 😉

  5. 76sanfermo says:

    Enchanting images, really!

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  7. Leya says:

    All nearly too lovely…lovely! I’ll see what I can come up with…

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  9. Leya says:

    Uh…nearly did not find it…but finally – here they are! Love your Mt St Helen’s tiny one!

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  16. Lynne Ayers says:

    It’s never too late, Ailsa 🙂 I particularly like the Mount St Helen’s shot.

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  19. The last photo is so wonderful, Ailsa. I love the deer! And your close-ups of the flowers and plants are gorgeous.
    Here’s my take on ‘near’:

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  22. Cee Neuner says:

    Gorgeous close ups this week.
    Here is my entry.

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  28. Raj says:

    Wow! great closeups… Like the clarity and sharpness..
    Here is my contribution…
    Thank you for the opportunity Ailsa!

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