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UPDATE // Thank you to all those who’ve participated in a fabulous round of Travel Photo Roulette. The competition is now closed and the winner will be announced on Saturday 2nd March. We’re having a hard time choosing a clear winner so we’d like to invite you to leave a comment detailing your favourite photo and why you think it should win.

To see the winning entry visit the Travel Photo Roulette Results.

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We are a new addition to the travel blogging community so we’d like to start by saying hello.

We’re Charli & Ben and we’ve been nomadic for the past two years. Our insatiable wanderlust has taken us on an adventure through six countries where we’ve looked after eleven incredible properties. We’re slow paced travellers who utilise house sitting to submerse ourselves in local culture.

While you’re here we invite you to have a look round our website and see what we’ve been up to. From volunteering in Costa Rica to scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef we are sure you’ll find something to ignite the desire for adventure.

The previous round of Travel Photo Roulette was hosted by Dave from Travel Transmissions and he kindly selected our photo of a young Nicaraguan girl ‘Lost In Thought’ as the winning entry.

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#55 THE NATURAL WORLD

Our chosen theme for the next round of Photo Roulette is The Natural World.

Over thousands of years the human race has colonised our beautiful planet discovering its wealth of natural resources and staking claim to its continents and oceans. Throughout history countless explorers have set off in search of exotic new lands to feed our ever growing wanderlust.

It is for precisely this reason that so many of us have chosen to leave the confines of modern society and immerse ourselves in all that mother earth has to offer.

Our adventures have so far taken us from the fruit laden hedgerows of the UK to the volcanic heart of Central America, through snow capped mountains in British Colombia, to the sandy shores of Hawaii. Our eleven month road trip around Australia provided insight into just how diverse the wildlife and natural environment of one continent can be.

In round #55 of Travel Photo Roulette we’re looking for images of the Natural World that inspire wanderlust and a longing for exploration and adventure. Your submission could be of a starry night like this photo of the milky way taken in Australia…

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Or of some unusual flora and fauna, like this photo of an Iguana taken in Costa Rica…

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Take us to distant frozen lands…

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And warm tropical waters…

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We invite you to take us on a journey of discovery through the Natural World.

This round will run for seven days Friday 15th to Friday 22nd February 2013. For those new to the concept Travel Photo Roulette is a rotating contest with participation open to travel and photography bloggers.

However if you’re currently bloggless we’d love to hear which entry is your favourite so do join in and leave us a comment below.

CONTEST OVERVIEW

The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme, a generic keyword or phrase and players submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favourite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments – the author can accept or ignore any lobby as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.

GUIDELINES

  • One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. Photoshopping) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (around 800px).
  • If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme:
    • Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’.
    • Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
  • After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

HOW TO ENTER

To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) so it can be uploaded to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening. Alternatively send your submission to the email listed in the top right corner of the website.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission dates being February 15th to February 22nd (Friday to Friday). The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #56.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!

  1. Nov 4–10, 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
  2. Nov 17–24, 2010 – Skinny Backpacker - “Road Signs”
  3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 – Dream a Little Dream - “Street Art”
  4. Dec 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
  5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
  6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
  7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
  8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
  9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
  10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
  11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam - “Friday Night”
  12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
  13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
  14. Apr 4–10, 2011 - Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
  15. Apr 13–21, 2011 - 10 Times One - “Piousness”
  16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
  17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
  18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
  19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
  20. Jun 21-28, 2011 - Vagabond Quest - “Clothes”
  21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
  22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
  23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
  24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader - “Darkness”
  25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
  26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
  27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
  28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com - “Reflections”
  29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart - ”Framing”
  30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest - “Silhouettes”
  31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
  32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
  33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
  34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
  35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
  36. Feb 6 – 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
  37. Mar 7 – 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
  38. Mar 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
  39. Apr 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
  40. Apr 23 –30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
  41. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
  42. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
  43. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
  44. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
  45. Aug 10 – 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
  46. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Splendour of the Universe”
  47. Sept 8 –  15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
  48. Oct 22 – 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
  49. Nov 12 – 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
  50. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
  51. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”
  52. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
  53. Feb 15-22 – Wanderlusters  – “The Natural World”

THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSIONS

Let’s begin shall we?! And the first entry is…

ENTRY ONE

Greg from Adventures of a GoodMan

After driving up up and up for nearly 30 minutes, I arrived at Glacier Point to find a wall of white fog instead of a sweeping vista. I stood there for what felt like hours, hoping that something would materialize.

What I finally saw was a lesson in why I should be more patient in life. For one brief moment, the clouds parted in front of Nevada Falls to give me this once-in-a-lifetime shot of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfall.

Travel Photo Roulette nevadafalls-adventuresofagoodman.com

ENTRY TWO

David & Veronica from The GypsyNester

A male frigate doing his version of the Galapagos singles bar scene. What girl could resist a bright red inflated gular sac like that?

Travel Photo Roulette frigate-gular-sac-gypsynesters

ENTRY THREE

Dave from Travel Transmissions

South China’s Yunnan Province is home to the world famous Stone Forest, where protruding limestone takes the shape of a petrified forest. Unfortunately this picture isn’t too unique as the Stone Forest covers a total area of 140 square miles.

Travel Photo Roulette Stone Forest Yunnan Province China

ENTRY FOUR

Daniël from Globe Trekking

Las Torres, the climax to any journey through Parque Nacional Torres del Paine…

Travel Photo Roulette Torres del Paine Chilean Patagonia Globetrekking

ENTRY FIVE

Craig & John from Flashpack At Forty

We were on our New Zealand campervan trip when we made it to Curio Bay on the south island. On the beach next to the campsite were some penguin nests and we sat out in the rain and cold for three hours waiting for the parents to return to feed the young.

We were rewarded with this shot of the young penguin being fed by the parent – mouth to mouth fish food. It was well worth the wait. The areas are roped off so that us pesky tourists don’t get to close and frighten the returning penguins so the shot was taken with a very long lens and a not so steady hand.

Travel Photo Roulette yellow-eye-penguins-feeding-flashpackatforty

ENTRY SIX

Jessica from missjessrose

We arrived at Karekare beach in Piha, New Zealand, just in time to see the sun bleeding through the clouds. Waves rolled in, white and foamy, reflecting the soft dazzling rays of sunlight as the clouds diffused their shine.

This is the beach where ‘The Piano’ was filmed, and amidst the overpowering beauty of the Earth’s elements, there was also a moody feeling of both romance and the gentle but constant reminder of Mother Nature’s power.

Travel Photo Roulette Karekare Beach New Zealand - missjessrose

ENTRY SEVEN

Laura from Traveling Jersey Girl

This is one of my favourite images from Grindelwald, Switzerland. I took the 17 minute gondola ride up to Jungfraujoch known as the ‘top of Europe’. On the way up you could hear cowbells from the cows on the hills below, it was gorgeous. The photo was taken at the top, I stayed for a long time just in awe of how beautiful it was.

Travel Photo Roulette Serene Mountains - travelling jersey girl

ENTRY EIGHT

Jeremy from Living The Dream

Quite possibly one of my favourite natural scenes is that of Yangshuo, China as the sun goes down. Can’t get enough of those peaks!

Travel Photo Roulette Yangshuo China -  Living The Dream

ENTRY NINE

Jason from Travel Junkies

We came across this perfect reflection of a blue heron in an inner city park in Portland, Oregon. This goes to show that natural beauty can be found anywhere if only you take the time to look.

Travel Photo Roulette Heron Trave Junkies

ENTRY TEN

Dani & Jess from GlobetrotterGirls

We took this shot during out trip to Monterey, California. There were hundreds of elephant seals hanging out in the harbour area and we loved watching them in their natural environment. They didn’t even care about the onlookers, and this little guy seemed to actually enjoy the attention and posed for my camera.

Travel Photo Roulette Sea Lion California Globetrottergirls

ENTRY ELEVEN

Forest for Everyday Nomad

While visiting friends just outside of Nelson in New Zealand a magnificent lightening storm brewed as the sun set and I managed to capture some very dramatic skies.

Travel Photo Roulette Storm Over Nelson Everyday Nomad

ENTRY TWELVE

Cam & Nicole from Traveling Canucks

The giant sand dunes of Huacachina on the coast of Peru are truly out of this world. The last place we ever thought we’d find a massive desert landscape was in Peru. This photo is proof that Mother Nature does great work!

Travel Photo Roulette giant-sand-dunes-Huacachina-Peru-traveling-canucks

ENTRY THIRTEEN

James from Fly Icarus Fly

One of my most lasting “natural world” memories is sitting on a ledge overlooking the verdant Blyde Canyon in South Africa. It had such a primitive, other-worldly feel to it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a pterodactyl flew by or King Kong came barrelling through. It felt like the cradle of mankind!

Travel Photo Roulette South Africa Blyde Canyon Fly Icarus Fly

ENTRY FOURTEEN

Cole & Adela from Four Jandals

Any time I think of the Natural World I always think of home. And what better representation than my favourite place in the world – Clark Island, Whangamata. Clark Island has so many family memories and it is one place I will always return to when I get back home from travelling.

Travel Photo Roulette Clark-Island-Whangamata - Four Jandals

ENTRY FIFTEEN

Suzanne from The Travel Bunny

Africa is a Mecca for wildlife and these two white rhinoceros in Namibia were more than happy to queue up for a photo…

Travel Photo Roulette White Rhinoceros in Namibia - The Travel Bunny

ENTRY SIXTEEN

Emma from Gotta Keep Movin’

I was watching the sun rise at 6am over the salt flats in Bolivia, and turned around to see the hills turning this gorgeous orange colour. This part of the flats have a thin layer of water over them, so the scenery is reflected perfectly on the ground. Not only that, but a rainbow had been painted in the sky to add to one of the most beautiful natural wonders I had ever seen.

Travel Photo Roulette Sunrise Over the Salt Flats in Bolivia - Gotta Keep Movin

ENTRY SEVENTEEN

Ellen from La Viajera

One of the best things I’ve ever spent my money on while travelling was to splurge on a ten-minute helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls in Brazil. Here is one of the photos from that trip.

Travel Photo Roulette Iguazu Falls Brazil - La Viajera

ENTRY EIGHTEEN

Bethaney from Flashpacker Family

One of my favourite places to experience the world in it’s most natural form is on the West Coast of New Zealand where I’m originally from. It’s very wild and rugged and nowhere more so than at the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki.

Travel Photo Roulette Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki - Flashpacker Family

ENTRY NINETEEN

Lucy from On the Luce

I’ve gone for sunset on the island of Gili Trawangan off the coast of Lombok – I loved the pastel colours reflected in the calm waters and the weird looking rock formations poking through the surface.

Travel Photo Roulette Sunset on Gili Trawangan in Lombok - On the Luce

ENTRY TWENTY

Giulia from Travel Reportage

I’ve been to Iceland recently and I am still in shock (in a good way!) after I saw the Northern Lights for the first time… it was incredible!

That night, I reached this spot in Reykjavik, and a friend who was already there told me I just missed the show. No way! I waited for almost 4 more hours, and I was finally rewarded with this fantastic Aurora… a private show as everybody else left in the meantime! It was past 4am but totally worth the wait.

Now I want to see more!

Travel Photo Roulette Northern Lights in Reykjavi Iceland - Travel Reportage

ENTRY TWENTY ONE

Melissa from Suitcase and Heels

Between driving on the left, sheep grazing on the side of the road and this landscape I had one of those “Oh my God, I’m actually in Ireland!” moments.

Travel Photo Roulette Kerry Mountain Ireland -Suitcase and Heels

ENTRY TWENTY TWO

Jade from Our Oyster

At first I was going to select an interesting animal photo or beautiful landscape photo, but then I thought – that’s what everyone else will be submitting! Instead I have selected this photos of a tree root enveloping the head of a Buddha statue.

Although this photo was taken with a non DSLR and may be technically less quality than some of my other nature photography – I liked the way it shows the way that nature will always rise up over man made structures. No matter what, nature will always find a way to survive. But that doesn’t mean we have to fight nature, I think the photo shows that nature and the human world can become something even more beautiful when combined together.

Travel Photo Roulette Tree Root Enveloping the Buddha - Our Oyster

ENTRY TWENTY THREE

Nisa from cookiesound

Arriving on Dazhai village was like being back in time. It was so peaceful and calm, with fresh air and a stunning view. Dazhai is framed by world famous rice terraces that rise up to 1.200 meters: The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces of Longsheng County. I felt right at home since it was not that different from little villages in the Alps of Austria.

These rice terraces are the most well-known in China and were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago but construction actually began in the Yuan Dynasty (over 700 years ago).

Travel Photo Roulette Longji Rice Terraces Dazhai China - cookiesound

ENTRY TWENTY FOUR

Neil from Backpacks and Bunkbeds

I only took a day trip down the Great Ocean Road in Oz, but capturing this scene of the 12 Apostles was easily the highlight.

Travel Photo Roulette The Twelve Apostles - Backpacks and Bunkbeds

ENTRY TWENTY FIVE

Ellen & Justin from The Time-Crunched Traveler

We took this photo along the Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains (USA), just before we moved from our home in New England to China. For us, this photo is a great reminder that although we have travelled all over the world and seen such amazing natural beauty, some of the most stunning landscapes are found in our own backyard.

Travel Photo Roulette Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains USA - The Time-Crunched Traveler

ENTRY TWENTY SIX

Kate from 30 Traveler

The photo is of my favourite New Zealand beach, Punakaiki on the South Island’s West Coast. It’s not far from the famous pancake rocks. If you time your visit just right you can capture some amazing sunsets at this location too.

Travel Photo Roulette Powerful Waves - 30traveler

ENTRY TWENTY SEVEN

Andrew from Ctrl-Alt-Travel

The valleys of Cappadocia are some great views of nature doing some wonderfully beautiful stuff. This photo is of Rose Valley and was taken from a balloon. The white and red striations in the rock are really neat. For perspective, the purple blobs are full size bushes, so that cliff is pretty big.

Travel Photo Roulette Rose Valley in Turkey - Ctrl-Alt-Travel

ENTRY TWENTY EIGHT

Bianca from nomadbiba

Here’s a sloth I photographed in Costa Rica. It was slowly making its way from tree to tree, but I guess it was kind of slippery since it had been raining; so it suddenly slipped and fell to the ground! Couldn’t see it land but I’ve heard sloths are quite sturdy and rarely die from falling to the ground.

Travel Photo Roulette A Sloth in Costa Rica - nomadbiba

ENTRY TWENTY NINE

Sam & Sarah from Food Travel Bliss

Our shot is one we took when we were hiking up Mt Etna in Sicily. The mountainside was so barren with hot black volcanic rock as far as you can see. Even though volcanic rock can be quite fertile we were still surprised to see huge clusters of these beetles everywhere. They stood out and were so bright in contrast to the rock.

Travel Photo Roulette Ladybirds on Mt Etna Sicily - Food Travel Bliss

ENTRY THIRTY

Dan & Allisa from This World Rocks

We just returned from a week on the island of Ambrym, where we stayed with a local village and trekked to Mt. Marum, one of their two active volcanoes. The afternoon after our trek, I was standing by the village church, staring in awe at the skyline filled with blue sky, black ash, and the fiery orange reflection of lava. I was most amazed at how this phased not one of the village children, as they continued about their day without a worry in the world.

Travel Photo Roulette A Village Beneath Mt. Marum on Ambrym - This World Rocks

ENTRY THIRTY ONE

Beth & Gaz from Enjoy The Journey

Diving off of Little Corn, Nicaragua in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea we thought it was too good an opportunity to not equip ourselves with an underwater camera and strobe light.

The water was teeming with life and at ‘Jake’s Place’ a turtle swam out in front of our face heading to the surface for air. I took several photos and was lucky enough to capture this beauty!

Travel Photo Roulette Green Turtle at Jake's Place - Enjoy The Journey

ENTRY THIRTY TWO

Bret & Mary from Green Global Travel

We were blessed with an incredibly rare sighting at the end of our visit to Antarctica’s Ardley Island. This mama Gentoo Penguin had two baby chicks (usually only one survives).

After waiting more than half an hour in the freezing snow and watching as they slept, we were greeted by the sight of the twins waking up and begging to be fed.

Travel Photo Roulette Gentoo Penguins on Ardley Island Antarctica - Green Global Travel

ENTRY THIRTY THREE

Ali from Ali’s Adventures

Antarctica was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever been to. Even the air felt peaceful. Of course, getting to see so many penguins up close was an amazing experience!

tTavel Photo Roulette Penguins at Dusk in Antarctica - Ali's Adventures

ENTRY THIRTY FOUR

Vanessa from Turnipseed Travel

This photo is more than just a young calf against a fascinating landscape – he’s become a bit of a mascot, my favicon, my favourite travel photo ever.

This photo came after a day of fantastic photo ops driving Maui’s famed Hana Highway. We decided to keep going past Hana, around the south-east tip of Maui and back up the other side. It turns out that this drive is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. Little more than a single lane, unpaved track, there were sharp cliffs going up to our right and in some places, an ever sharper drop to our left, straight down to the ocean.

As we tackled one particularly horrific section – up a dramatic steep incline and around a sharp turn, my husband remarked that we’d be okay as long as it didn’t rain. Seconds later, the skies unexpectedly opened up, turning the narrow, rutted road into a swampy mess.

So what can top this crazy, wild ride? The spontaneous presence of herd of semi-wild cattle. No humble farm beasts these, they seemed to delight in challenging our jeep, running beside us, cutting us off, kicking out wildly. I stopped my hysterical sobbing long enough to snap this shot of a jaunty youngster with the gorgeous, remote, stark landscape of Maui in the background.

Travel Photo Roulette A Young Calf On Maui - Turnipseed Travel

ENTRY THIRTY FIVE

Cosmo from Ferreting Out The Fun

I have just returned from my first trip to Cambodia where I spent several days touring the temples of Angkor. My favourite was actually not among those of the main site; I preferred crumbling Beng Mealea some 40 kilometres away.

Man cleared the land to build grand temples and palaces which the jungle is now reclaiming. Mother Nature always wins.

Travel Photo Roulette Beng Mealea Cambodia - Ferreting Out The Fun

ENTRY THIRTY SIX

Budget Jan from Budget Travel Talk

We parked our R.V. overnight at the nearby campground so that we could be at Emerald Lake early the next morning. Our plan worked and we had the lake walk to ourselves. A detour from the Banff to Jasper section of our 3 week R.V. trip around B.C. and the Rockies.

Travel Photo Roulette Emerald Lake BC Canada - Budget Travel Talk

ENTRY THIRTY SEVEN

Peg & Brian from A Kilt and a Camera

Brian and I had a calm, clear day to explore the rocks near St. Mary’s lighthouse on the east coast of England. Brian climbed down into the cracks since it was low tide and the waves were calm, and caught this small colourful cave with the sunlight streaming through.

Travel Photo Roulette Exploring the Rocks Near St. Mary’s Lighthouse England - A Kilt And A Camera

ENTRY THIRTY EIGHT

Corey from Where’s Waldner

This was taken during a trip in the Southern Carpathian mountain ranges of Romania. I needed to get away from European cities for a bit so a week in a rustic hostel, miles from anywhere, was what I needed. This photo is just above the village of Măgura where I was staying. In the background you can see the main ridge of the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

Travel Photo Roulette Piatra Craiului Mountains Romania - Where's Waldner

ENTRY THRITY NINE

Adam & Hannah from Getting Stamped

A mother and her baby, taken in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. This was one of my favourites I took that day, they both seem to be so at peace.

Travel Photo Roulette A Mother and Baby in Ubud Bali Indonesia - Getting Stamped

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    • Wanderlusters

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bob. Those two little chaps are just so cute! We’ve not got long to decide now. Stay tuned we’re announcing the winner tomorrow!

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    • Wanderlusters

      No 32 is such a brilliant image. It really ignites the desire to visit these amazing animals ourselves! Thanks for your comment Bianca :)

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  1. Suzanne ⎜ Travelbunny

    Amazing images – I don’t envy you having to choose and congrats on getting so many entries – is that a record?

    My favourite is pic No 9 – Jason from Travel Junkies. This shot just jumps out. I love the colours, the horizontal and vertical lines throughout, the symmetry and reflections. I just keep being drawn back to this particular image.
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    • Wanderlusters

      Thanks for dropping by Suzanne. No. 9 is definitely a contender for the title! I agree with your summery of the composition. It’s just stunning.

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  2. Wanderlusters

    Thanks for wishing us luck! I think we’ll need it!

    We’ve fallen in love with your entry. These two are just adorable. I think the way you’ve cropped the image works really well. Showing such an intimate moment up close makes us feel like we’re right there.

    Thanks for dropping by guys :)

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  3. Corey W.

    http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff256/pangaeanshift/IMG_2548_stitch_zps373c0670.jpg

    This was taken during a trip in the Southern Carpathian mountain ranges of Romania. I needed to get away from European cities for a bit so a week in a rustic hostel, miles from anywhere, was what I needed. This photo is just above the village of Măgura where I was staying. In the background you can see the main ridge of the Piatra Craiului Mountains
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    • Wanderlusters

      Hey Corey, thanks for stopping by. I sympathise with your desire to escape the concrete jungle environment. There is something very refreshing about venturing out into the wilderness. Soul cleansing almost, and what a reward! Another spectacular view of the natural world.

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    • Wanderlusters

      Hi Jan,

      What a picture postcard shot. Just looking at those fresh glacial colours make me want to grab my hiking boots and explore. You’ve got great balance in the composition.

      We took a road trip from Vancouver over to Banff during January last year and while it was just stunning we’d love to visit during the summer months and explore the area on foot.

      What a fantastic trip to do in an RV. More bucket list fodder, thanks!

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  4. Cosmo Hallitan

    I have just returned from my first trip to Cambodia where I spent several days touring the temples of Angkor. My favorite was actually not among those of the main site; I preferred crumbling Beng Mealea some 40 kilometers away. Man cleared the land to build grand temples and palaces which the jungle is now reclaiming. Mother Nature always wins.

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    • Wanderlusters

      Mother Nature always wins. I hope you’re right Cosmo. We’ve really ruined a lot of her hard work.

      This really illustrates the powerful forces at work in the natural world. it appears as though the roots are pulling the structure into the tree trunk. Mother Nature’s had enough and is reclaiming her land.

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  5. Vanessa Chiasson

    Thanks so much for inviting me to take part – I had a great time looking through some cherished photos.

    This photo is more than just a young calf against a fascinating landscape – he’s become a bit of a mascot, my favicon, my favourite travel photo ever.

    This photo came after a day of fantastic photo ops driving Maui’s famed Hana Highway. We decided to keep going past Hana, around the south-east tip of Maui and back up the other side. It turns out that this drive is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. Little more than a single lane, unpaved track, there were sharp cliffs going up to our right and in some places, an ever sharper drop to our left, straight down to the ocean. As we tackled one particularly horrific section – up a dramatic steep incline and around a sharp turn, my husband remarked that we’d be okay as long as it didn’t rain. Seconds later, the skies unexpectedly opened up, turning the narrow, rutted road into a swampy mess.

    So what can top this crazy, wild ride? The spontaneous presence of herd of semi-wild cattle. No humble farm beasts these, they seemed to delight in challenging our jeep, running beside us, cutting us off, kicking out wildly. I stopped my hysterical sobbing long enough to snap this shot of a jaunty youngster with the gorgeous, remote, stark landscape of Maui in the background.

    http://www.turnipseedtravel.com/1/post/2013/02/the-turnipseed-travel-favicon.html

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    • Wanderlusters

      Hi Vanessa, thanks for joining us here at Photo Roulette. I love the story surrounding this image. I read it before looking at your submission and could see you as you took this shot.

      It’s really quite beautiful. You’ve captured the innocence of the calf and I think it mirrors the vulnerability you felt while perched on the side of the mountain road. Perhaps that’s why you relate to the image so well.

      Thank you for sharing this intimate moment.

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    • Wanderlusters

      I really get a feeling for just how extreme the Antarctic environment is when looking at your shot Ali. Those little guys look as though they’re preparing for some nasty weather! The glaciers in the distance highlight your subjects brilliantly.

      You and Bret have definitely inspired another addition to our bucket list!

      #45 – see penguins in Antarctica

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  6. Bret ⎜ Green Global Travel

    We were blessed with an incredibly rare sighting at the end of our visit to Antarctica’s Ardley Island. This mama Gentoo Penguin had two baby chicks (usually only one survives). After waiting more than half an hour in the freezing snow and watching as they slept, we were greeted by the sight of the twins waking up and begging to be fed.

    (Note: If for some reason the link doesn’t work, it’s the second to last picture on the post.)

    http://greenglobaltravel.com/2013/01/25/penguins-of-antarctica-photo-gallery/img_5123/

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    • Wanderlusters

      Another heart warming penguin picture!

      There is great depth of focus to this shot. We love how the little chick is looking directly into the lens! The stark white snowy background highlights the contrast incredibly well.

      Thanks for stopping by Bret. I know this theme is right up your street!

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    • Wanderlusters

      You’ve captured some really stunning detail here Beth. We know it’s hard to get a good balance of light to illuminate your subjects when you’re underwater. So to snap this chap as he swam by must have involved some seriously speedy coordination!

      Thanks for submitting our first natural underwater world entry!

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  7. Dan Monfre

    We just returned from a week on the island of Ambrym, where we stayed with a local village and trekked to Mt. Marum, one of their two active volcanos. The afternoon after our trek, I was standing by the village church, staring in awe at the skyline filled with blue sky, black ash, and the fiery orange reflection of lava. I was most amazed at how this phased not one of the village children, as they continued about their day without a worry in the world.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alissamonfre/8493341525/in/photostream/

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    • Wanderlusters

      There is an eerie feel to this photo. The brooding sky encroaching over the children who stand unaware of the potential power it yields is quite a powerful metaphor!

      Thanks for adding another brilliant photo to the epic submissions for this round of photo roulette :)

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  8. Sam

    Hey guys, great theme! So many gorgeous photos. I love Ellen’s shot over Iguazu Falls as well as Bianca’s sloth photo. They really are such strange looking animals.
    Our shot is one I took when we were hiking up Mt Etna in Sicily. The mountainside was so barren with hot black volcanic rock as far as you can see. Even though volcanic rock can be quite fertile we were still surprised to see huge clusters of these beetles everywhere. They stood out and were so bright in contrast to the rock.

    http://foodtravelbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/P1150241_1.jpg
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    • Wanderlusters

      Thanks Sam. We’re just overwhelmed by the quality of every entry. It’s going to be tough to choose a winner.

      You’ve made our decision even more difficult to make! I agree with your comment about the contrasting colours. The dark volcanic rock makes the red of the beetles pop out of the image.

      It’s amazing where life can flourish, even in the most arid of environments the natural world still finds a way to thrive.

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  9. Bianca ⎜ nomadbiba

    Thanks again for reminding me about the Roulette, it’s been a while for me :)

    http://smu.gs/YnuXJV

    Here’s a sloth I photographed in Costa Rica. It was slowly making its way from tree to tree, but I guess it was kind of slippery since it had been raining; so it suddenly slipped and fell to the ground! Couldn’t see it land but I’ve heard sloths are quite sturdy and rarely die from falling to the ground.
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    • Wanderlusters

      I love this little guy Bianca. We spent six months living in Costa Rica in 2011 and fell in love with the chilled out vibe of the sloth who lived in our backyard.

      It’s a brilliant composition. I particularly like how you’ve captured the sloth leaning out towards the pink flower. The diagonal line is very easy on the eye.

      There is some great detail visible on the sloth. His soggy state really defines his form and the tone of his fur.

      Glad you stopped by, thanks for sharing!

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    • Wanderlusters

      Andrew what a superb shot. My eyes are constantly moving, drawn to the purple heathers and along the various shapes in the formation of the valley wall.

      The scale is just incredible, at first glance I thought perhaps it was a close up. A macro shot even. I love how the image kept me guessing.

      You’ve got the balance between the pink band of mineral running through the rock and the purple hues of the heather just right.

      Another cracker, how are we going to choose a winner?!

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    • Wanderlusters

      Hi Kate, what a beautiful secluded spot. The band of fluffy surge adds a great texture to the image and serves to highlight the rugged nature of the landscape.

      I’d love to know more about where you took this shot. If you could send me a sentence to display with the photo that would be brill.

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  10. Ellen | The Time-Crunched Traveler

    Hey, great topic choice! I’d like to submit this photo we took along the Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains (USA), just before we moved from our home in New England to China. For us, this photo is a great reminder that although we have traveled all over the world and seen such amazing natural beauty, some of the most stunning landscapes are found in our own backyard.

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/563856_10100998629156051_303290222_n.jpg
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    • Wanderlusters

      Hi Ellen, thanks for playing!

      The sepia tones in your photo make me feel as though I’m glancing back in time. I really like the depth of field, my eye was immediately drawn along the rugged path and back across the silhouetted mountains on the horizon.

      I think it’s great you’ve chosen to submit an image from an area that you’ve lived in. So often we are too captivated with exotic lands. It is easy to overlook the natural beauty of our own surroundings.

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  11. Nisa Maier

    Arriving on Dazhai village was like being back in time. It was so peaceful and calm, with fresh air and a stunning view. Dazhai is framed by world famous rice terraces that rise up to 1.200 meters: The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces of Longsheng County. I felt right at home since it was not that different from little villages in the Alps of Austria.

    These rice terraces are the most well-known in China and were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago but construction actually began in the Yuan Dynasty (over 700 years ago).

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookiesound/7849659514/
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    • Wanderlusters

      Hi Nisa, thanks for your submission. I’ve just sent you a tweet as I can’t download your photo from flikr. I think you must have some security settings enabled.

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    • Wanderlusters

      This is rather an iconic silhouette. The muted hue of the sky and the deep colour of the water really highlight it well. The Twelve Apostles are a great example of the forces at play in the natural world.

      Another great submission, this competition is going to be tough to call!

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  12. Jade Johnston | OurOyster.com

    At first I was going to select an interesting animal photo or beautiful landscape photo, but then I thought – that’s what everyone else will be submitting! Instead I have selected this photos of a tree root enveloping the head of a Buddha statue. Although this photo was taken with a non DSLR and may be technically less quality than some of my other nature photography – I liked the way it shows the way that nature will always rise up over man made structures. No matter what, nature will always find a way to survive. But that doesn’t mean we have to fight nature, I think the photo shows that nature and the human world can become something even more beautiful when combined together.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/71590703@N06/6597525599/in/set-72157628632130221
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    • Wanderlusters

      A great interpretation of the theme Jade. This photo really gives a clear insight into the power of Mother Nature and her ability to endure our habitual destruction of her earth. I was almost sure the head had grown from the tree, they are both such a similar colour.

      It’s very thought provoking, thanks providing a different perspective on the theme.

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    • Wanderlusters

      Melissa, this reminds me of the North Yorkshire Moors where I spent time as a child. I really love how the hazy light picks out the colours of the heather. The rugged rocks protruding from the earth and the broken fence make me think the location is very remote. It’s a really beautiful image.

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  13. Giulia

    Great submissions so far, and I love this week’s subject! Nature is what I always look for on my travels:)

    My submission has to be this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=524858820887636&set=a.522166244490227.123058.126375184069337&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-ash3%2F563051_524858820887636_1445611770_n.jpg&size=960%2C636

    I’ve been to Iceland recently and I am still in shock (in a good way!) after I saw the Northern Lights for the first time… it was incredible!

    That night, I reached this spot in Reykjavik, and a friend who was already there told me I just missed the show. No way! I waited for almost 4 more hours, and I was finally rewarded with this fantastic Aurora… a private show as everybody else left in the meantime! It was past 4am but totally worth the wait.

    Now I want to see more!
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    • Wanderlusters

      Without doubt one of the most alluring natural wonders of our world. I’m so envious of your private display! You’ve captured them perfectly. There is great depth to the photo which allows us to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this phenomenon.

      Wanderlust inducing image alert!

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    • Wanderlusters

      What a picture perfect moment. The best travel memories are made of images like this. What would we have done without the invention of the camera?!

      The serene beauty has us lost for words. The line of fluffy cloud hanging on the horizon balances the shot really well.

      Were you on land when you took this? We’re imagining you alone with your camera in a little row boat!

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  14. Bethaney | Flashpacker Family

    Since I’m running with a New Zealand theme this month I’ll stick with a picture from Aotearoa. Seems like a lot of bloggers feel the same!

    One of my favourite places to experience the world in it’s most natural form is on the West Coast of New Zealand where I’m originally from. It’s very wild and rugged and nowhere more so than at the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki.

    http://flashpackerfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/IMG_1408-e1361316639200.jpg
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    • Wanderlusters

      It’s evident where they got their name! The weathering on the rocks is so intricate it could have been carved! Mother Nature showcasing her artesian skills again!

      This just reaffirms our desire to get out an explore the New Zealand coastline. Thanks for sharing your wanderlust Bethaney :)

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  15. emma | gottakeepmovin

    Hi guys! Here’s my entry for this week.

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17177581/DSC04659.JPG

    I was watching the sun rise at 6am over the salt flats in Bolivia, and turned around to see the hills turning this gorgeous orange colour. This part of the flats have a thin layer of water over them, so the scenery is reflected perfectly on the ground. Not only that, but a rainbow had been painted in the sky to add to one of the most beautiful natural wonders I had ever seen.
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    • Wanderlusters

      This inspires some serious wanderlust Emma.

      What a magical moment you’ve caught on film. The colours are just divine. My favourite element is the crystal clear reflection in the still waters on the plain. The area highlighted by the sun breaking through the clouds serves to really accentuate the brooding sky and majestic landscape.

      Thank you for sharing this, we’re off to book flights to Bolivia!

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    • Wanderlusters

      These two look quite content posing for you Suzanne! You’ve really captured some great detail here. Every line and whisker is well defined. It’s great to see them out in their natural environment. It must have been quite something to be so close to them!

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    • Wanderlusters

      Thank you for your entry Cole. We’re house sitting in West Auckland at the moment and this image has got us itching to visit the Coromandel Peninsula! It looks idyllic, the warm tones of the turquoise water and clear sky are so inviting. We’re about to get our bathers and jump into the car! Thanks for inspiring our wanderlust!

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    • Wanderlusters

      James, you’re so brave. I’m not sure you’d get me out on that ledge!

      I love how this showcases the awe inspiring scale of the canyon. If we added a pterodactyl and turned you into King Kong I could be convinced this was a still from a Jurassic Park King Kong cinematic collaboration!

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    • Wanderlusters

      That’s a huge expanse of sand! The truck in the foreground really highlights the scale of the surrounding desert. A brilliant reminder of the diverse environments we are blessed to have on our earth. Mother Nature really knows how to inspire!

      I fear this may be another addition to our bucket list! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    • Wanderlusters

      The dark silhouette of the coastline and the rolling storm clouds really accentuate the burst of sunlight streaming through the clouds. It appears as though the storm clouds are eating up the sunlight and reminds us just how powerful mother nature can be.

      A worth entry Forest thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Dani | Globetrottergirls

    Great theme! I actually had a hard time choosing a photo because I have so many that fit ‘Natural World’! I finally decided to submit this one from our trip to Monterey, California. There were hundreds of elephant seals hanging out in the harbor area and we loved watching them in their natural environment. They didn’t even care about the onlookers, and this little guy seemed to actually enjoy the attention and posed for my camera :-)

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    • Wanderlusters

      What a cute little fellow. The muted colour of the water and foreground focus work to highlight the sea lion incredibly well. You’ve captured so much detail I feel as though I could almost reach out and touch him. It’s a great shot Dani thanks for entering.

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    • Wanderlusters

      Jason, what a great composition. The lime green colours and vertical forms of the water grasses highlight the blue heron perfectly. The pastel tones and still reflection remind me of Monet’s Water Lilies. It’s such a beautiful image. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Wanderlusters

      Jeremy, thanks for your submission. What a silhouette! Our eyes were immediately drawn to the warm light of perfectly spherical sun and then back along the peaks. That hazy sky really highlights the curved forms of the rock. It’s a really well balanced photo :)

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  17. Jessica

    We arrived at Karekare beach in Piha, New Zealand, just in time to see the sun bleeding through the clouds. Waves rolled in, white and foamy, reflecting the soft dazzling rays of sunlight as the clouds diffused their shine. This is the beach where The Piano was filmed, and amidst the overpowering beauty of the Earth’s elements, there was also a moody feeling of both romance and the gentle but constant reminder of Mother Nature’s power.

    http://missjessrose.com/blog/22313263521

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    • Wanderlusters

      Jessica, wow what a sublime snapshot. Those god rays are just magical and the muted tones really highlight the organic form of the clouds. We’re house sitting not far from Phia and are about to embark on our own Kiwi road trip. This has served as excellent wanderlust fodder for our preparations! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Craig

    We were on our New Zealand campervan trip when we made it to Curio Bay on the south island. On the beach next to the campsite were some penguin nests and we sat out in the rain and cold for three hours waiting for the parents to return to feed the young. We were rewarded with this shot of the young penguin being fed bay the parent – mouth to mouth fish food. It was well worth the wait. The areas are roped off so that us pesky tourists don’t get to close and frighten the returning penguins so the shot was taken with a very long lens and a not so steady hand.

    http://flashpackatforty.com/wp-content/gallery/curio-bay-nature/yelow-eye-penguins-feeding.jpg
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    • Wanderlusters

      Craig, this image tugs at our heart strings! What a privilege to be witness to such an intimate moment, and to catch it on film also! We very much like the perspective you have with the two penguins in full view, the shot is well framed and the colours well balanced.

      The fluffy chick also adds a little awwww factor!

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    • Wanderlusters

      Thanks Daniël. Love your submission. You’ve really captured the rugged majesty of this remote spot. The granite shards that protrude from the earth have been referred to as Cleopatra’s Needles and we can see why. They have an austere beauty that is quite alluring.

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  19. Dave | Travel Transmissions

    Nice work Ben & Charli, this theme’s sure to bring out all the semi-professional NatGeo photos out there. Should be fun.

    South China’s Yunnan Province is home to the world famous Stone Forest, where protruding limestone takes the shape of a petrified forest. Unfortunately this picture isn’t too unique as the Stone Forest covers a total area of 140 square miles.
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    • Wanderlusters

      This little guy is certainly strutting his stuff! We love how his vivid red gular sac is highlighted by the contrasting colours of his black plumage and the green undergrowth. A worthy submission, thanks for sharing.

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  20. Greg Goodman

    What a fun theme! You’re going to get so many incredible photographs, my only hope to compete is to have mine up at the top so you see it so many times that it sticks in your head. That, plus the daily air hugs and good vibes I’ll be sending you two from across the world :)

    My entry is from Yosemite National Park in the USA.

    After driving up up and up for nearly 30 minutes, I arrived at Glacier Point to find a wall of white fog instead of a sweeping vista. I stood there for what felt like hours, hoping that something would materialize.

    What I finally saw was a lesson in why I should be more patient in life. For one brief moment, the clouds parted in front of Nevada Falls to give me this once-in-a-lifetime shot of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfall.

    http://www.adventuresofagoodman.com/nevadafalls-adventuresofagoodman.com.jpg

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    • Wanderlusters

      Patience truly is a virtue, and what a reward. Thanks for your entry Greg.

      We love how the viewer has a celestial perspective of the falls. The black and white tones highlight the volume of water rushing down into the valley below beautifully.

      If every submission is as awe inspiring as this I fear it is going to be tough to choose a winner!

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