We’ve decided to try and be more diligent about sharing pictures of our journey, so from here on out we will have a regular Photo Friday post. We’re starting with a nice little travel meme, “7 Super Shots” started by HostelBookers and passed along to me by Nod ‘n’ Smile travel blog (check it out, they are in the final stages of the planning process and will be heading out soon!). This meme is very straightforward – select 7 photos that fit into 7 categories and then nominate 5 others to share the same.
Since we are on the road, we’ve chosen only from pictures that we’ve taken on this journey.
A photo that…
1) Takes my breath away
We had gotten up long before dawn to make our way up to Macchu Pichu before the sunrise. As day broke, the mist that had settled in the valleys overnight began to shift, rising and flowing up through the Andes. It was a moment of such unexpected beauty that it really did take my breath away.
2) Makes me laugh or smile
I mean, how can you not laugh or smile at this?!?! We were grocery shopping in Bariloche, Argentina when we came across this marketing gem.
3) Makes me dream
I still cannot find the words to describe how incredible Antarctica is. It really is the most beautiful, almost magical place we’ve ever been. We got up at 4am so we could witness the sunrise on our final day of landings. Watching the sun break the horizon that day, I felt like anything was possible.
4) Makes me think
We took this picture on our way to see the salt ponds of Maras, in Peru. The juxtaposition of this woman with the beauty salon advertisement, in the background (notice that the model is a blonde woman) makes me think about what happens when the modern and the new crashes into the traditional.
5) Makes my mouth water
We LOVE local markets. We can spend entire afternoons wandering around and sampling food, eating little bits of everything there is to offer in lieu of a real meal. These olives were so perfect that I can almost taste them as I’m typing this…
6) Tells a story
We were blessed with the chance to attend a local wedding during our stay in Ollantaytambo, Peru. The traditional ceremony was performed by a shaman, and while we couldn’t understand the language much at that point, the beauty and the purpose of the ceremony came through very clearly. At this point, a young girl had just come into the ceremony site with a bag of fresh milk. The bride and groom’s families took turn offering the milk, and some wine, to the four directions, after which the wine was poured by the bride and groom and shared with all in attendance. It was one of the most mystical things we’ve experienced, and we feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.
7) I am most proud of (a ‘National Geographic shot)
It was hard to not choose pictures entirely from Antarctica for this challenge because it’s just so easy to take great photos there! For me, this one just leaps out every time we sift through the tons of images from that trip. Our zodiac cruise around Paradise Bay was one of the highlights of the cruise because we had absolutely perfect weather and, as you can see, totally still waters. As our zodiac made its way closer to this ice hunk, a piece of it collapsed and sent huge chunks of ice crashing into the ocean, a reminder of the ever-changing landscape in Antarctica.
And now…I’d like to see 7 Super Shots from