The other day Pola, of Jetting Around, tagged me in the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots game, and I was immediately excited to participate. It was a great way to go through a few of my old pictures and relive some memories.
Here is a photo that…
1) … takes my breath away.
This picture of the sunset in Aruba makes me realize just how incredible the world we live in is. I don’t often have time to stop and watch the sunset, but when I do, it’s hard not to be grateful for each and every moment we have on earth. It’s all the small things we miss on a daily basis that make it such a special place.
2) … makes me laugh or smile.
After off-roading in the mountains of Chiang Rai in Thailand, we stopped off in a village for lunch, and these children were waiting for our arrival. They immediately came to greet us, and were laughing and smiling when we came to say hello. While they were all adorable, the little boy in this picture was trying to win us over by making us laugh. He took the cookies we gave him and held them up to his ear pretending they were a cell phone. When I look at this picture, I can still hear him saying, “Hello? Hello?,” and I can’t help but laugh and smile each time I see these little faces.
3) … makes me dream.
The town of Lubenice in Croatia is not one that is easy to get to, but once you are there it is like sitting up in the heavens looking down at the world below. Situated on a cliff, isolated from the rest of the world and overlooking the Adriatic, it holds one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Here, it’s hard for anyone not to become a dreamer.
4) …makes me think.
Almost six years ago, my family visited Germany for a few days on our way to Croatia, and we decided that we had to visit a concentration camp during our short stay. Since we were staying in Munich, we decided to visit Dachau, which was a short drive away. The experience was one that I will never forget, as it truly brought to life all that I learned about the Holocaust while in school.
Feeling that the ground was too holy, I didn’t take many pictures during my visit. I felt that Dachau was a place that needed to be felt, not photographed. However, I did decide to photograph this statue because I felt that it embodied exactly why we need to remember what happened between 1933 and 1945. Below, the inscription reads, “To honor the dead and warn the living.”
5) …makes my mouth water.
I don’t photograph food too often, even though I have had many amazing meals throughout my journeys. But, the one snack I cannot resist anytime I’m in Ireland or Scotland is curry chips. There is absolutely nothing that will warm you up better than crisp chips covered in curry sauce. This picture was taken right after touring Edinburgh the week between Christmas and New Years, and it was the perfect meal to get me and my friend, Lara, going for the rest of the day. Each and every time I look at this picture, I am reminded of the taste of curry and long to be back at a Christmas market enjoying my favorite meal.
6) …tells a story.
While we were in a village in Fiji, a few miles inland, off the Sigatoka River, I was able to capture one of my favorite pictures. It was here, that we spent the day with the villagers – drinking kava, learning customs, touring the village, eating lunch together, and learning traditional Fijian songs and dances. In short, it was the perfect day.
When it was time to say good-bye, we took pictures with many of the villagers, and that’s when these two little boys came out from their hiding places. My cousin, Michelle, asked the boys if she could take their picture, and after she did, she bent down to show them what it looked like on the screen. They were amazed by what they saw, and even though they couldn’t communicate with her, she still built a connection with them. It was truly an unforgettable moment.
7) …I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot).
I took this shot the morning we were leaving Taupo in New Zealand. Michelle and I were headed south to Wellington, but the view outside our hotel caught my eye. It perfectly summed up everything I loved about New Zealand – the interesting landscapes that were unlike anywhere in the world. I loved the tree here, along with the picture-perfect view of Lake Taupo and the volcanoes, volcanoes of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro, in the background. Photography isn’t a skill that I excel at, but this still remains one of the pictures I am most proud of.
Now it’s my turn to tag!