Travel theme: Branches

It’s that time of year when there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees and I am reminded how fascinating tree branches are to look at once they have dropped their leafy cloaks. I find myself anthropomorphizing unsuspecting groups of trees as I pass by – there are two gnarly sycamores in my neighbourhood that bear an uncanny resemblance to two drunks coming out of the pub at closing time. So this week I went looking through my travel shots for branch-bearing photos, starting off with this shot of Dublin’s Spire flanked by some wintry branches.

The Spire looking south along O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland

The ornate branches of the First Tree sculpture, one of the Witness Trees in Ballard, Seattle.

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The graceful branches of a tree are an unexpected surprise in the middle of a deserted caravanserai courtyard on the road from Cappadocia.

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A baby spider monkey crouches in the crook of a branch high above the pyramids of Tikal in Guatemala.

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Downed branches in a New York park after an unexpected snowfall.

Squirrel on a branch looking slightly startled, high above Snug Harbor on Staten Island.

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On the other side of winter, this flurry of cherry blossom and tree tulips is Seattle at its springtime best.

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❤ Ailsa

Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its source and final principles, vanishes into mystery. – Arthur Machen

To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout. – Umberto Eco

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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68 Responses to Travel theme: Branches

  1. Hey — lovely photos, I especially like the cherry blossoms, so pretty! I think I might just jump in on this Weekly Travel Theme challenge as I need a kick in the butt to actually write more frequently! 🙂

  2. aj vosse says:

    Up the branch without a tree?? Up the tree without a branch!! Whatever!! 😀
    We went down Courtown way on Saturday for a look-see… Ophelia ripped that place up bad… branches denuded, torn off… trees over! Hope you didn’t suffer any damage! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      We were without power for 4 days down this way, but thankfully nothing got damaged. The garden survived, just a couple of flower pots tipped over. It was weird going down to the beach afterwards, though, because huge chunks of sand dunes had been ripped away creating cliffs where before you could walk through the dunes to access the beach. Kinda cool to see the awesome power of Mother Nature unleashed. 🙂

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    An eclectic blend you presented here. Love the squirrel.

  4. ksbeth says:

    very beautiful pics

  5. Sue says:

    Lovely variety of images, Ailsa…. Off to hunt something out

  6. Miriam says:

    What a wonderful theme. And such gorgeous images here.

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  9. DailyMusings says:

    I especially love your last one! here are mine- nothing like a branch with a bird on it!

  10. Robert says:

    It is a wonderful time of the year to capture tree branches. I love to get pictures of squirrels peering down from tree as if they are saying, “Get your own food! This is mine!”

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  13. Gorgeous photos and a great idea for a theme!

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  15. Tish Farrell says:

    Thank you for your splendid arboreal gallery, Ailsa. In return I am bringing you olive branches 🙂

  16. Leya says:

    Love your branches – and the last one is glorious!

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  20. Love the color in that last one. Here most of the leaves are still on the trees, but the colors are getting beautiful and a number are starting their descent. Beautiful time of year.


  21. Rebel Girl says:

    The last picture is so beautiful!

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  26. Cee Neuner says:

    I so adore your branch photos.
    Here is my entry for this week. 😀

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  28. All the photographs are fantastic. My favorite is the courtyard photo.
    Great challenge ….
    Isadora 😎

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  31. lifelessons says:

    What a wonderful variety of branches you have shown. Here are mine:

  32. mukhamani says:

    Trees are always fascinating 😊

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  36. travelrat says:

    I thought I’d look at a different kind of branches

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  44. Olga says:

    Hi Ailsa. I also loved your cherry blossom/tree tulip photo. Here are some of my branches.

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  46. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa I’m back from the brink of blogging and into the WP land again. Thought this post could be appropriate.

    • ailsapm says:

      Yaay, so good to see you back blogging, and look at all those ghost gums, they’re gorgeous. Over here you don’t see so many varieties of eucalyptus. xxx

      • pommepal says:

        I missed all my blogging buddies, but the year seemed to fly by. I’m hooked again now and will be popping over to see what you come up with each week. Hope you are ok after all the bad storms over there.

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