Travel Theme: Stone Horizons

Travel and photography. The two go together like… well… two things that really go together. Unsurprisingly then, there are several travel blogs out there that include regular photo challenges. Two of my favourite challenges are on Where’s My Backpack? and The Daily Post. (OK, so the latter isn’t really a travel blog, but go with me!)

The photo challenge theme on Where’s My Backpack? this week is Stone, while The Daily Post’s theme is Horizon. So, speaking of things going together, I thought it might be fun to see if I had any photos that combined both themes. Here’s what I came up with…

Carcassonne, southern France

Looking out from the medieval stone walls of the Citadel.

Looking out from the medieval stone walls of the Citadel.

The Alps, northern Italy

I figure mountains count as stone!

This view was taken from the back part of Venice, where most tourists don’t venture. The arches are the causeway that connects the city to the mainland.

This view was taken from the back part of Venice, where most tourists don’t venture. The arches are the causeway that connects the city to the mainland.

The Giza Pyramids, Egypt

On the horizon, Cairo hides among the pollution

On the horizon, Cairo hides among the pollution

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida

Strictly speaking, Fort Jefferson is made of bricks. But bricks are made from clay, which is simply eroded bits of stone.

The sight of Fort Jefferson rising out of the sea 70 miles west of Key West as you approach by boat is one I’ll never forget.

The sight of Fort Jefferson rising out of the sea 70 miles west of Key West as you approach by boat is one I’ll never forget.

 

Burgtonna, Germany

Hopefully you’re aware that as well as being a blogger, tweeter etc., I’m also the star of the Jaspa’s Journey adventure books (which have a strong travel theme to them, by the way).  But did you know that Rich, the guy behind everything written by and about me, used to be an environmental research scientist in a previous career?

Burgtonna is one of the many fossil sites Rich worked on. Each layer in this photo represents a different stage in the accumulation of these deposits. One scientific term for such a geological layer is a horizon, which is why the photo really does fit both themes, Stone and Horizon.

These horizons from Burgtonna are roughly 120,000 years old!

These horizons from Burgtonna are roughly 120,000 years old!

Grand Canyon, Arizona

This is a two-for-one as far as the horizon theme goes – the actual horizon plus the different coloured horizons of the sandstone rocks into which the Grand Canyon has been etched.

Desert View Watchtower, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Desert View Watchtower, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Mount Blackburn, Wrangell & Elias National Park, Alaska

Taken through a window frame in the abandoned Kennecott Copper Mill, which will feature in Jaspa’s Journey 4: The Hermit of Kennecott.

Mount Blackburn and the Kennicott Glacier

Mount Blackburn and the Kennicott Glacier

Monument Valley, Utah

The perfect sunrise at Monument Valley.

That’s me waving, on the far right!

That’s me waving, on the far right!

Taku Glacier, Juneau Icefield, Alaska

At nearly 5000 feet thick, the Taku is the thickest glacier in the world. It’s located just outside the Alaskan capital of Juneau.

We were actually on our way to go hiking on the smaller Hole in the Wall glacier, when this photo was taken.

We were actually on our way to go hiking on the smaller Hole in the Wall glacier, which also features in
The Hermit of Kennecott

Devil’s Golf Course, Death Valley, California

Death Valley is spectacular, with the heaved surface of the salt pan known as the Devil’s Golf Course being one of the many highlights.

This is what Death Valley looks like from my perspective

This is what Death Valley looks like from my perspective

Greenland

The mountains of southern Greenland, taken on a flight from Helsinki, Finland, to Toronto, Canada.

I'd really love to see the view from down there on the ground one day

I’d really love to see the view from down there on the ground one day

Stonehenge, England

A place that needs no introduction.

This photo was actually taken in the pre-digital age, or at least before Rich had a digital camera, back in 2005

This photo was actually taken in the pre-digital age, or at least before Rich had a digital camera, back in 2005

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About Jaspa

Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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21 Responses to Travel Theme: Stone Horizons

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  2. Deepali says:

    Spectacular pics, Jaspa. Particularly loved the Taku Glacier and Stonehedge ones. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jaspa says:

    Thanks, Deepali. I enjoyed your photos too. So much so, I clicked ‘follow’ on your blog! Looking forward to your future posts.

  4. Great shots! These two challenges fit well together.

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  6. Amy says:

    Spectacular post! Taku Glacier is breathtaking! Thank you for the grand tour.

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  9. Bams Triwoko says:

    Superb photos, Jaspa… I wish I would be there, someday.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad to connect and interact with you… 😀

  10. Great pics. Compliments to the photographer! I felt the same as you flying over Greenland – just wanted to get down there.

  11. Jaspa, Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog about Pompeii. Your photos here are stunning and I can see that you love travel. You have been to quite a few places!!! Awesome!!

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  13. cyardin says:

    Jaspa has been on a huge journey and given us some wonderful photos. Thanks for the post – the multiple desert shots are amazing.

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  15. Sartenada says:

    White mountains of Greenland are gorgeous.

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