my seven super shots challenge with @Hostelbookers.
I like to think I’m a photographer.
But Cheri Lucas (who blogs at Writing through the Fog) made me stop and think the other day, saying she doesn’t consider herself a photographer, but rather “a writer who always carries her camera.” Maybe that better describes me, I thought.
No matter the title, the truth is that when I travel, my camera is never far from my side. A few weeks ago, Zak Erving of Sparkpunk tagged me as part of Hostelbookers’ Seven Super Shots Challenge (I also just realized how link-ridden this intro has been so far…moving swiftly on!).
The challenge is simple: Choose a photo for each of the following seven categories, and then nominate 5 more bloggers to participate.
So here goes…
a photo that takes my breath away:
Think serious rain. Think heavy mist. Think exploring the US’s only tropical rainforest with your sister. When I recall our hike through El Yunque National Park in Puerto Rico, it was this hallowed sense of walking on almost primeval landscapes that remains with me the most.
a photo that makes me smile:
I still smile thinking of this troupe of young guys in Marrakech, even after our so-complicated-it-was-comical exchange (I asked to take their picture, they wanted baksheesh (tip), I refused, they did their tricks anyway, I handed them baksheesh anyway, they refused to accept it…oy vey!).
a photo that makes me dream:
While hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail through northwest Spain this April, we awoke on Easter morning to a layer of ethereal mist cloaking the entire valley below us. Although it later disappeared, the otherworldly haze made for a beautiful start to that day’s walk.
a photo that makes me think:
In the Kasbah district of Marrakech, I nearly walked by these men, tucked away from the street as they were against a crumbling wall. Expressions of faith in other cultures always make me think, not only about the beliefs they hold, but to reflect on my own as well.
a photo that makes my mouth water:
When my friend Jen came to Spain in April, our weekend adventures in Alcalá de Henares quickly became centered around where we could find tapas. I can almost still taste my two favorite Spanish drinks: clara con limon (like a Shandy) and tinto de verano (red wine mixed with Sprite-like casera soda).
a photo that tells a story:
My final morning in Morocco’s Valley of Roses began innocently enough: with a walk through the verdant riverbed. But a woman washing her lentils in the river then invited me into her home, where I spent the morning drinking tea and making faces with her ridiculously cute daughter, Miriam.
a photo that i’m most proud of (aka, my National Geographic shot):
In India last year, I was grateful for the opportunity to visit several projects funded by the UK-based NGO, Jeevika Trust. Here on the island village of Mahinsa, I loved meeting Basanti, a 43-year-old woman involved in crab cultivation projects. She said: “When the NGO came, we got financial support and now we are self-dependent because we are earning. We are free from the four walls of the house.”
Tag, you’re it! Next up for the My Seven Super Shots challenge:
Big thanks to Zak for tagging me. Now it’s my turn to do the same:
- Nellie of WildJunket
- Erin of La Tortuga Viajera
- Dylan of The Travelling Editor
- Nicole of Bitten by the Travel Bug
- Jen of She Went Away