Lens Artist Challenge #157 – Getting Away

Rusha and Bert at Oh, the Places We See are hosting for us this week, and they say… ”whether you head to a favorite place each year, or you like to travel to destinations far and wide, show us what “getting away” means to you.”

I started traveling, together with my boyfriend, in 1975. The first trip was by car to Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Lichtenstein and the Netherlands. The next year we went by car again, for 5 weeks through France. After that, we went outside Europe too. One of the first getaways was Nepal, where we biked in the Kathmandu valley and hiked around the Anapurna, and also got a glimpse of Mount Everest. We continued traveling for 44 years. Then came the pandemic.

You can never really get away you can only take yourself somewhere else.

– Charles M. Schwab

I don’t know how to explain what made me travel from the start. I guess that was a youngster’s ”getting away” in the sense of experiencing new cultures and places dreamed of as a child. And, my boyfriend had a car! What were we waiting for?

A major getaway was going via China and the train on permafrost to Tibet. A childhood dream come true.

But my getaways can also be hiking – preferably in hidden areas – this time in Spain. This was a hidden valley for a long time, which had kept its flora and fauna spectacular with many endemic species.

Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.

– Arthur Brisbane

I walked alone on my track, and my husband walked another track. Important criteria for getting away – being alone to really savour it all.

Another excellent means of getting away is reading. Or finding the inspirational places used by famous authors! This little picture shows the path over the moor to the farm in Wuthering Heights. Who doesn’t love Emily Brontë’s story of Heathcliff and Catherine…?

I’d like to get away from earth awhile. And then come back to it and begin over.

– Robert Frost
The ordinary getting away plan used to include a flight. I loved flying – the feeling of adventure imminent…but now I am not so sure about that anymore.

No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. – Haruki Murakami
Art is another means of getting away – and it makes it easier to stay close to my home. Interesting exhibitions – or just painting, drawing, singing…

In fact I have found that the tiny worlds around me are my everyday getting away…and I love photographing them. Marvelling at their beauty and complexity.

Thanks again to Anne for the marvelous B&W theme, and to Rusha for #157: Getting Away. Please go to her site for inspiration, and if you join us, please include a link to her original post and use the Lens-Artists tag.

We invite you to join us again next week when Beth Smith of Wandering Dawgs leads Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #158. Her theme is “Along Back Country Roads.” Until then, stay well and safe and be kind.

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    • You are so kind, Manja. I have never regretted my path really…I am very grateful for my life. I always try to think, that should it end here…I must be content and happy with what I have experienced. Most people (all of us…) want to live longer, just a bit more…don’t we. I am working on being satisfied and content. It might end tomorrow.

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  2. This was beautiful, and loved all the different ways yo took us. And like you and your husband, it is so important to take time away for soul searching ourselves. We are different in what we look for on our getaways and the same in what we love to do together. Brilliant photos. Donna

  3. Beautiful photos and thoughts. When I was a child my family moved every 3 or 4 years, dad getting a new, better job in another town or state. When my parents stopped moving, I kept going, thus ‘wanderlust’. So it goes, so it goes.

  4. What a marvelous collection of photos you’ve shared for this theme. I’m especially fond of the shot of the moor from Wuthering Heights since I’m an old high school English teacher! The quote from Charles Schwab is also poignant, and we need to take ourselves somewhere else more often. We would learn more about ourselves as well as the places we see. Thanks for being ”right on” with the challenge this week!

  5. Beautiful photos, Ann-Christine. I love that ”fashion photo” with the shoes and the sketch, but that butterfly hiding in plain sight is my favorite.

    I am hopeful that travel will again be ”normal”, though it will probably never be the same again. I used to wonder about people on airplanes who wore masks prior to the pandemic. Now I wonder no more. Even after the restrictions are but a memory, I have good reason to continue to wear a mask in close quarters.

  6. Dear Ann-Christine,
    although a guy, for me travelling started similar, first Europe and the great adventure to Cape North, then Marocco and Niger, afterwards Nepal and India. One just did this in my generation, it was fashionable like kajal and smoking dope. We didn’t think much about it, just living this `on the road´- feeling. After I have had to travel for years, I don’t like to travel anymore. Long-distance travel has lost its magic, it’s uncomfortable and unsustainable. I suppose the time of travel has come to an end – at least for me.
    Amazing how travelling has changed. My first big journey was with my grandparents to India when I was 6 years old. In these times travelling was special, exciting for me. But today the fascination has gone. But I have to admit that I took part in expeditions to NE Greenland and other places in the high Arctic.
    If one asks ”why travelling?” one usually gets the standard answers like ‘widening the horizon’ etc. That was surely right in former times, but today?
    Anyway, thanks for asking the question of why we want to get away.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you for the story of your early travels, Klausbernd. I must agree – it was the way to do and to go in those days. For us, the big traveling days are gone too. Not sustainable and not the adventure it once was.
      And the theme was sent by Rusha sams.
      Many warm winds over to you in Cley! ♥♥♥♥

  7. A beautiful post Ann-Christine – loved how you included getting away without traveling. This past year many of us have gotten away without leaving home through reading, meditation, walking in nature, or just revisiting photos of the places we’ve been and memories of the travels we managed before the pandemic. Like you, we’ve been blessed to see much of this beautiful world. Then again, there is much still to see! Here’s hoping the world opens for us all again soon. Your images are stunning as always – the last 2 stole my heart ❤️

  8. You’ve included a view I know well – West Yorkshire of course – and one I don’t, from a part of the world I thought I was getting to know well – Catalunya. But other arresting images too. That first shot is so evocative!

  9. A road trip to central Europe is one of my dreams and I agree with you, getting away is sometimes in the mind too. Wonderful photos, as always.

  10. Marvellous! I love this post…travels distant and near, travels through reading, and travels in the botanic world close to home….. Great images too, and your path to Top Withens makes it look less forbidding than the usual images!

  11. You and I were both incredibly lucky to find soulmates early in our lives to share the wonder of ‘differences’ in many parts of the world. Love your photos but almost love your choice of quotes more – being a more-than-enthusiastic Gemini most of the time I so relate to Arthur Brisbane’s words as stealing yourself ‘away’ from the madding crowd oft is the most delicious time of all . . .

  12. A stunning opening shot, Ann-Christine! And that delicate beauty to close. I agree about going separate ways to find the peace of your surrounds. Finding my way back again is sometimes an issue… smiling!

  13. Nice pictures that perfectly match the ”getting away” challenge. I also hope to travel again soon after corona, but I don’t know it will be this year…

  14. Unlike you, I started travelling later in life, as was expected from individuals coming from a third world country. So I definitely wanted to catch up with lost time…but then the pandemic came along and destroyed all plans.
    Wonderful images Ann-Christine.

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