My 7 Super Shots From 7 Continents

I am taking part in Hostelbookers 7 Super Shots. The idea is to pick one photograph from each of seven categories. I was nominated by Jaime at Breakaway Backpacker and Erik at On My Feet or In My Mind to participate, and I love photography, so I thought this might be fun. (Be sure to click those links to see Jaime’s and Erik’s great pictures.) I have so many pictures I really like that it was hard to pick just seven. I also decided to use one from each continent. I’m supposed to nominate five more bloggers, so I choose:

Grounded Traveler

Katie Aune

Val Bromann

The Shirt Off My Backpack

Homeless and Confused

Here’s are the photos I finally decided on:

1. A photo that…takes my breath away (Asia)

Angkor Wat in Cambodia was one of the places I was looking forward to the most on my round the world trip. The temples were all amazing, but waking up early enough to see the sunrise overΒ Angkor Wat left me speechless. Not much can compare to this.

2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile (Oceania)

This is Andy pretending to be a monkey at Monkey Creek on our way to Milford Sound in New Zealand. It makes me smile and laugh because it reminds me how wonderful he is, and I love that he makes me laugh every single day. I might have the silliest husband out there.

3. A photo that…makes me dream (Europe)

Santorini is such a magical island. The whitewashed buildings with the blue roofs all clinging to the side of a cliff are like no other place. I spent four nights there and spent each one watching the famous sunset. Sometimes if I just need a quick relaxer, I close my eyes and imagine myself there again.

4. A photo that…makes me think (South America)

I was in Easter IslandΒ  in January, and there’s a great place to watch the sunset behind some Moai statues. Amanda, Jenny (who I met through Twitter at the last minute, and she just happens to be from Atlanta!) and I were wandering around taking pictures when we noticed this man running across the field in a grass skirt. I focused my camera on him and clicked. It all happened so quickly I’m amazed it didn’t come out blurry, and I was surprised at how much I love this photo. What was he doing there? Why was he running across a field towards the water in a very revealing grass skirt? I also considered using this photo for #7 below.

5. A photo that…makes my mouth water (North America)

I’ve had a lot of great food throughout my travels, but I miss good Mexican food. This is salsa from an amazing restaurant in Atlanta called Nuevo Laredo, and if I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it might be this salsa. I’ve decided I’m going to have to make my own salsa here in Germany because Germans aren’t so great at making Mexican food, and this is what I’m hoping to recreate. If only I could somehow get my hands on the recipe.

6. A photo that…tells a story (Africa)

Almost 12 years ago, when I still had a film camera, I ended up on this extremely cheesy and overly touristy tour of Tangier, Morocco. Among other things, we we promised a ride on a camel. That “ride” turned out to be just long enough to have my picture taken by my friend. When I look at this picture, I remember the whole day and how even when I was 20 and fairly inexperienced at traveling, I was still shocked at the hilarity of this tour.

7. A photo that…I am most proud of (a.k.a. my worthy of National Geographic shot) (Antarctica)

This is Paradise Bay in Antarctica. We were so lucky to have a sunny day there, it made the water sparkle. We had just spent some time on land taking pictures of all the cute penguins. On our way back to the ship, a minke whale swam under our zodiac. After getting back on the ship, I was relaxed enough to take pictures of the scenery, something I was too excited to do much of earlier in the day. This is one of my most favorite photos I’ve ever taken.

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