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

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  2. Indira says:

    Leaves or no leaves, trees always look beautiful. Lovely pictures, especially the one with the squirrel.

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  4. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great branches for us – thanks Ailsa.
    Given our current beautiful autumn weather I had to head out for some new shots for this week’s challenge – my fingers struggled with the cold but the light was wonderful today

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  11. Rebel Guy says:

    The cherry blossom is so colourful.
    Here is my contribution.

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  13. Love your photos, especially that squirrel in the branches! 🙂 Here’s my contribution:

  14. Oh wow! When your page first loaded, for whatever reason the close-up of the squirrel on the brand popped up in my face and gave me a fright lol. These are great pictures, I like the branch theme you went with:)

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