Why not unearth my favourite travel photos from the depths of the external hard drive and have others join the photographic journey?
So I was asked to contribute one photo each for seven categories – see below. I had to discipline myself first though, before diving into all my favourite photographs from all over the world. In the interest of time, I decided to focus on pictures from New Zealand, Japan, and China. Otherwise, it would have taken ages. Special thanks to New Zealand – you really do make it easy to provide great scenes for photography. So easy in fact that it is very difficult to choose.
Here is my contribution. Let me know what you think in the comments section! Enjoy the photographic journey.
A photo that…takes my breath away
I could stand there all day, pondering whether the view from the cruise boat is more magnificent than from the shore. Of course, the views of Mitre Peak when you’re on a cruise in Milford Sound are just as spectacular. You just don’t want to turn away. Fjordland is stunning!
A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
How could you not smile at the sight of this woman’s kind face? This picture was taken a few years ago when I was working in Nanjing, China. Her stand was on my regular route to work. Still makes me smile and reminisce today.
A photo that…makes me dream
Those fluffy white clouds were quite a sight. I took the photo at Moke Lake in Otago, New Zealand, and they looked quite… alien! Moke Lake is part of the Department of Conservation campsites and a fantastic place to picnic, camp or hike. It is just 6km from Queenstown.
A photo that…makes me think
I absolutely adore Lake Tekapo. The incredibly blue lake, the snow-capped mountains in the background, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and the observatory on Mount John nearby. I could sit there all day thinking about everything and nothing.
A photo that…makes my mouth water
When I was in Kyoto, I went to this small sushi bar that was recommended in my Lonely Planet. It was in the middle of nowhere and really hard to find, but the search definitely paid off. We had a great experience and absolutely delicious sushi. And sake.
A photo that…tells a story
Now, that is really something I should have included in my article on all things odd in New Zealand. Located in a corner on New Zealand’s North Island that is often overlooked by visitors, Whangamomona is a tiny settlement that declared itself a republic in 1989 as a form of protest when the village became part of a different district. Residents and thousands of visitors celebrate Republic Day biannually in January and commemorate their independence day with hilarious activities such as gumboot throwing, gutbuster races, and whip cracking! Next time you’re in New Zealand, just drive the Forgotten World Highway, and you can stop in Whangamomona on your way to Taranaki’s surf beaches.
A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
I really like this shot. I spent way too little time on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Everything is so wild there – the rainforest, the glaciers, the vast stoney beaches, and the thundering waves. A very isolated region, and such a rewarding drive.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. And now, let’s pass on the baton to a few other travel bloggers!