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I have really enjoyed seeing the HostelBookers “7 Super Shots” meme going around the travel blogging community. It really shows off what great photographers these bloggers are as well! Even though I haven’t been nominated, the meme got me thinking. What photos did I have that would match each of the categories? This got me delving into my back-catalog of photos, many of which I haven’t fully sorted so they’ve just been eaten up by the black hole that is my hard drive…and I’m very glad I did, because I relived some memories and found some photos I’d completely forgotten about. Here are the chosen seven.
When I was in New Zealand, I spent nearly 3 weeks hiking on various trails around the South Island. The Milford Track was the most hyped (and the most difficult to get onto — I booked almost 6 months in advance), but wow, did it live up to the hype. I managed to pick the most perfect 4 days possible, so I didn’t have to deal with the notorious rain/snow/inclement weather. Instead, I got to hike through the valleys and over stunning Mackinnon Pass in weather like this. It seemed like everywhere I turned there was amazing scenery that just kept getting better.
An interesting fact: not far from where I took this shot is the “loo with the best view in Fiordland.” It’s sitting at the very top of the pass looking down the Clinton Valley and has a one-way window so you can admire the view…which you really want to do, because it’s a longdrop toilet that’s turned into a rather shortdrop!
Yes, I know this isn’t the photo that I originally marked as the photo that makes me laugh. However, when I remembered about it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it, so I had to switch it in! It still makes me giggle just looking at it.
I took this photo in Deer Park Heights in Queenstown, NZ. It used to be a great little wildlife park with stunning views, but it was unfortunately closed down by the owners in 2009. The donkeys were so desperate to us to feed them that they were physically straining for it! They were certainly very well fed donkeys because people couldn’t help but laugh and give them most of their $2 feed packets.
This is the church village/shantytown/bonnstan that I was lucky enough to stumble upon while working in Skellefteå. Had I visited on my own, I’m sure I would have missed it because it was a good 2km walk from my hotel (and I wasn’t walking too far on my own because of a bum knee). However, the guys I was working with said it was one of the most interesting parts of town and I was sold. It felt dreamy just being there — possibly because I’ve never truly lived anywhere cold or with snow — and looking at this photo brings back that feeling. I can hear the crunch of snow under my boots as I wandered slowly amongst the wooden buildings and I can almost taste the hot chocolate waiting for me back at the hotel…
Any Anzac memorial in Australia or New Zealand is a somber place, often with only a few visitors who softly whisper about relatives or family friends that were a part of the conflicts in the early- and mid-1900s. What really makes me think about the inside of the Sydney Anzac Memorial is the ceiling. At first, it just looks like an odd pattern of dots…but on closer look, you can see that it’s actually a constellation of 120,000 stars, one for each New South Welshman in WWI.
Just looking at this dish makes me want to have dessert, no matter what time of day it is! This shot is quite special to me because the dessert was part of my grandfather’s 90th birthday dinner last May. My entire family came together from all over the world (Cleethorpes, Texas, Singapore, and Brisbane) to celebrate both of my grandparents hitting the 90 milestone. We had a lovely meal and a very memorable two weeks visiting with them.
I captured this image on the morning of the flood peak in Brisbane (January 13, 2011). I hadn’t slept well the previous night because I was worrying about how high the flood peak was going to get and how badly affected people would be. I finally gave up trying to sleep at 5am, so I grabbed my camera and went the back way to the University of Queensland, which had the river almost flowing through it. This photo was taken a few streets away from the university as the flood began to abate slightly. No one was around when I found this chair, and it really made me wonder — was someone sitting and watching the floods rise, wondering if their home was going to be high enough to stay dry?
This one was a shoe-in to the 7 Super Shots, because it’s the photo that was chosen for National Geographic’s Photo of the Day early last year. I couldn’t believe it when someone found me and tweeted that my photo was on the National Geographic website!
As I described on the National Geographic page, I wasn’t even supposed to get this photo. I was on a photo tour of San Francisco and the Marin Headlands that was supposed to end in a viewpoint near the Golden Gate Bridge where we could get photos of the bridge with the city in the background. However, the Golden Gate Bridge was completely obscured by fog so we were taken to the Embarcadero instead (where we had also been the night before). The conditions were so much better this time around, with just a little bit of fog to add some atmosphere.
These are a few people I’d like to see 7 Super Shots from:
Seeing as this has spread like wildfire, I thought I’d post a few links to 7 of my favourite super shots posts along with nominating:
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