The challenge is to choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories:
- A photo that…takes my breath away
- A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
- A photo that…makes me dream
- A photo that…makes me think
- A photo that…makes my mouth water
- A photo that…tells a story
- A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
Now, those of you who really know me would be confused at this because I’m married to “the real photographer” (who is also participating in this challenge). This indeed was a test for me and a good one…forcing me to view my own travel photos and think about them in a more focused manner.
The one I chose that takes my breath away was taken in Bali on a clear day. It was overlooking the rice fields at Jatiluwih in the central mountains. Jatiluwih translates as “truly marvelous” and I couldn’t agree more. The emerald greens and lushness of this valley indeed showcased these centuries old rice fields. Thank goodness we didn’t have a driver who pushed us to keep on a serious schedule. He “enjoyed our joy” at the beauty of his country, an area worthy of being nominated as a Unesco site.
This photo makes me smile, laugh, chuckle…all those words, which requires explanation. In April, 2008, my husband and I were part of a mission team (NGO) working in Les Cayes, Haiti. Protesting the exorbitant cost of rice and cement, violence broke out that was serious enough to keep us sequestered for two extra days. We could not safely make it back to Port au Prince and had to charter a plane to get us out. Aboard the derelict, ancient Russian, diesel smelling airplane, Karen, a team member and nurse, deathly allergic to these fumes, pulled out her mask and put it on. It was the comic relief this whole group needed during a tense experience. Thanks Karen!
A photo that makes me dream was taken from an airplane going from Puerto Rico back to Miami. I couldn’t take my eyes off the blues and grabbed my camera. It was dream like and when we suddenly were over deep water, I knew the dream was over.
Any time I am in a place of worship, be it church, temple, monastery, I am quiet and reflective. This photo of the Buddha was taken at a seldom visited site along the Mekong River in Luang Prubang, Laos. Yes, it makes me think. Being afternoon, the monks were resting. It was peaceful and hush-hush quiet as I walked around the tiny garden, praying and giving thanks for my blessings. I reflected on how religions of the world are unique and different, but how similar we are. It made me think of how much I don’t know.
This does make my mouth water. After long days touring Ankor Wat and surrounding temples we wanted to indulge in amoc, the national dish of Cambodia. We settled on a sampler of chicken, shrimp, beef, pork, and fish each with curry sauce. Delicious and exotically presented. We dined at the Amok Restaurant located in The Passageway at The Market.
This photo tells a story and related to the one posted under laugh. Again, this is Haiti, a week before the riots broke out. My husband, Ron is a magnet for kids. They love him and his camera. We never did learn the name of the little boy in a sea of yellow check and girly ribbons, so we just refer to him as “hat boy”. We had been working on the construction of a clinic located next to the school where we donated supplies. Many of these children recognized us from the previous year working on the same clinic and welcomed us with open arms. Since there were three Ron’s in our small group, my husband was called Camera Ron.
I am most proud of this photo. It was quite late in the afternoon when we stopped at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple). It has become one of the iconic images of Bali. Depending on the tide and from certain angles, it gives the illusion that it is actually floating on the water. Lovely way to end the day.
I’m to nominate 5 other bloggers to come up with their 7 Super Shots. Here’s who I nominate:
I look forward to seeing their 7 Super Shots.