Travel Theme: Night

Ailsa at wheresmyback posted her Travel theme for this week: Night.

I love night shots – and I’m not sure why I don’t take more of them.  This photo was taken from one of the piers west of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, looking back at the city. The lit spire is Ghirardelli Square, and to its left a bit you may faintly make out the pale silhouette of Coit Tower.

There’s something peaceful and hypnotizing about nightscapes.

Aside from the man-made glows that light up our nights, nature contributes her share of “nightlights” as well.

I recently shared this one in my “Parks” post as well – it’s the glow of lava on steam at the Halema’uma’u Crater of Kiluaea on Hawaii.  During the day, the steam appears mostly white. At night, it comes alive with color.

This was my iffy attempt to capture a haloed winter moon above the trees in our front yard last year. It reminded me of the poem The Highwayman, “The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas…”

No doubt about it, the night can be a magical time.  To see Night posts by other bloggers, click here.

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35 Responses to Travel Theme: Night

  1. bluebee says:

    Night shots can be magical – I love your shot of the lava! Have never seen an active volcano but would absolutely love to.


  2. Madhu says:

    The ghostly galleon it is! And that Lava shot is a close second.


  3. love the moon shot and the volcano!


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  5. Inge says:

    Great shots! My favorite one is the second one. Love its contrast! 🙂


  6. Jo Bryant says:

    Oh how right you are about that last image…I love that poem…
    “The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    And the highwayman came riding—
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.”

    Just love it


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  8. cocoaupnorth says:

    Beautiful pics and the lava glow is outstanding.


  9. livvy30 says:

    Lovely moon shot!


  10. elentari86 says:

    I love night photos too but they are hard to do well!

    I’d be interested to hear your views of San Francisco – some friends and I are planning a California road trip next year and are looking to spend 3 or 4 days there.


    • We lived in the SF Bay Area for four years, and there is lots to see – all in what your interests are. Things most visitors wanted to see were: Cable cars, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park (and there are fabulous botanical gardens), Lombard Street (the little winding one), and the bridges. Sausalito (across the GG bridge) has a lot to offer also, and there is a SF theatre district. The food is generally wonderful. Make sure you get a AAA or Fodors-type guide and go through it so you don’t miss out on any hidden gems when you’re planning your trip – there are so many – Have a wonderful visit!


  11. You captured the mystery, excitement and beauty of the night. I remember Fisherman’s Wharf. Such a fun place to be. Thanks.


  12. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful night pics. It’s hard to choose, but I’ll go for the “ghostly galleon.” 😉


  13. Ouw … you have a fantastic night photos collection 😛 Beautiful, especially Krater of Kiluaea


  14. ailsapm says:

    So many things to love about this post! Lovely shot of San Fran at night and thank you for reminding me how much I love The Highwayman. I had almost forgotten about it. 🙂


  15. All cool, but the moon shot’s my favorite. Moon, seascapes, flowers, sunsets. Can’t go wrong.


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