Travel theme: Paths

There’s nothing quite so beckoning or mysterious as a path that winds out of view. It always makes me wonder – where does it go? What’s at the end of that path?

Or as Disney’s Pocahontas would say-

What’s around the river bend!
Waiting just around the river bend!

Sorry, I’ve been on a Disney movie kick recently!

Anyway, the meandering nature of paths has always fascinated me and therefore I have too many pictures to choose from! So I decided to narrow it down to a trip I made a few years back to the Lake District in England, a gorgeously verdant area with so much natural beauty you can almost become immune to it… almost. Here there were paths galore, surrounded by some of the most beautiful nature as well!

DSC03472This path was marked with the cutest wooden sign that designated it as a public footpath. It cut through several meadows dotted with fluffy white sheep and their adorable lambs actually frolicking next to them. It was the literal embodiment of pastoral tranquility and melted my cynical city girl’s heart.

DSC03506This gloriously wooded road lead to an amazing waterfall! I’m glad that I got a chance to walk along this road and savor it, rather than drive through it in a hurry.

DSC03556The park with the waterfall afforded us more lovely paths. What’s better than a meandering path? A meandering path with steps!

DSC03883This was the road leading from the Honister Slate Mine, so dramatically cutting through the hills!DSC03981I forget what this road was called, but the bus driver I believe claimed it was the narrowest and most rambly road in the Lake District? It doesn’t look too bad but he did make a big deal out of it, hehe. I do like the way it cuts through the green!

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Travel theme: Turquoise

Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, as well as its close cousin aqua. In fact, it was one of my wedding colors! So I had a great time going through my photos and finding different shades of turquoise to share!

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I loved my friend’s turquoise nails as she made her french press coffee! Yes, I am that annoying person at brunch who is always taking pictures…!

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Just looking at these clear turquoise waters brings me back to vacation! Check out my matching toenails also!

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This very cool street art in Brick Lane in London really caught my eye. Her turquoise skin an piercing eyes are so striking!

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It’s tea time at the Orangery at the Kensingon Palace in London. These lovely, floral-festooned turquoise teacups were almost too pretty to drink tea out of!

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One of my favorite parks near us has a beautiful turquoise lake- in fact, it’s famous for these vibrantly colored waters. The lake is meromictic, meaning the layers of the lake don’t mix and therefore it retains this amazing color!

 

Travel theme: Luminous

ˈlo͞omənəs/
adjective
  1. full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark.

Hmm… especially in the dark huh? This was a hard one for me because I have terrible camera shake and that does not bode well for photo-taking at nighttime. However, I tried to find some pictures that would reflect this week’s challenge!

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Sparklers at a wedding are magical! Especially if you didn’t set your ISO correctly and you get trails of blazing light!

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Nothing more luminous than a city at nighttime – especially the city that never sleeps, NYC!

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Finally, a fireworks display so luminous it’s dazzles the eye! The fireworks displays at Disney are awe-inspiring and enough to turn any adult into a kid again!

Travel theme: Frame

I love using framing to compose a shot; it adds another layer of depth to a photo that can really draw ones eye. Here are some framed shots!

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Here cherry blossoms form a natural frame for the Jefferson Memorial. It was a gorgeous day to see the cherry blossoms, sunny and warm!

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My alma mater, Cornell! Here Mcgraw Tower is framed by the trees leading up to Ho Plaza.

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Another view from Cornell, this time from the A.D White room in Uris Library. Just look at that view of Cayuga Lake… it would be hard for me to study here, I’d be so distracted by the lookout!

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Lastly, a shot from the top of Mount Tai. If you reached the top, that means you climbed up 5,000 feet! Or, if you’re like us, you took a bus to the halfway point and then climbed up those stairs. Or, if you’re really smart, you took the cable car to the top and enjoyed the views there… phew!

Travel theme: Below

These days when I peek down below, I get a view a bit like this:

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Usually, I’ll look down below and discover she’s pulled apart a magazine, or is busily ripping apart paper towels, or maybe is trying to squirt shampoo into her mouth… But it’s a pretty good view, nonetheless.

Some “low” shots!

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I like how taking this picture from below made the cross seem more imposing and spookier than it otherwise would seem. I love the look of moss creeping across stone…

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View from the top of Libe Slope at Cornell, looking down at West Campus and beyoooonnndddd… I remember trekking up this hill back in the day. My quads were awesome!

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Lastly, a shot of my friend Jess hanging out at a playground in London! Look out below! And check out her new blog too 🙂

Travel theme: Energy

Living in a smaller city now has made me appreciate even more the city of my birth – New York City! There’s a wonderful zest and energy that the city has that, to me at least, is inimitable. On any given day there’s tons of stuff going on – concerts, festivals, museum exhibits, shows, etc. And of course, it’s a given that you’ll find awesome food if you know where to look. Even now, there’s a hot chocolate festival going on! Le sigh…

Anyway, I may be extremely biased, but I do believe that NYC is a great city full of energy!

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A accordion player during the festival of San Gennaro in Little Italy.

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Setting off fireworks (illegally, I must add!!) in the streets of Coney Island during July 4th.

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Although it’s pretty much a tourist trap, it’s a must-do for out-of-towners – Times Square! Stay for the lights and the bustling crowds, maybe get some cheap Broadway tickets at the TKTS booth… but do not eat here. It’s all crap chain stuff.

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One of my favorite places in NYC – Grand Central Terminal! Probably because I’ve never had to actually take a train here, but just to admire the architecture and maybe charge my iPhone at the Apple store heh. There’s definitely a lot of energy at this transportation hub. One of my favorite parts is the constellations picked out on the ceiling.

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Another ubiquitous scene in NYC. If you’ve taken the subway or strolled through an open touristy area, you will have seen these Showtime kids – they blast music, hype up the crowd, and do a lot of impressive acrobatics and gymnastics. It’s pretty cool when they do it on the subway with the poles. After a while though, you do become a bit jaded about seeing them ^_^;;

Travel theme: Transformation

<cue computer voice>

Transformers – robots in disguise!

I couldn’t help it, this week’s travel theme by Ailsa reminded me of them! Here’s a quick shot of Megatron, the transformer baddie.

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Anyway, on to the more “serious” photos for this week’s theme! I’m always impressed by people’s artistic skill, and their ability to transform a blank canvas into something that captivates people and expresses their emotions. An artist can be anyone who creates, in my opinion – the traditional artist with pencil and sketchbook, a sculptor who finds vision in clay or stone, and even the sometimes vilified graffiti artist.

DSC02671I took this photo on a trip to London, around the Brick Lane area where there are many colorful graffiti artworks. This one is in the process, but even in the early stages it is quite beautiful!

Another example of artistic transformation, showing that anyone can be (sort of) an artist with enough guidance!

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the beginning!

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the finished painting!

While this isn’t going to fool any Van Gogh fans, I was pretty pleased by how it turned out and how fun it is to create something! If you haven’t tried one of these painting classes, you should check them out – even the artistically impaired like me come out looking good!