Travel Theme – Sunset

Travel Theme – Sunset

Ailsa from Where’s my Backpack? and host of the Travel Theme has chosen ‘Sunset’ as this weeks subject. I first saw it on Mahdu’s sunset post from The Urge to Wander and a comment struck a chord with me – no matter where in the world we might be we all watch the same sun as it sets.  It’s inspired me to join in this weeks theme with some sunset shots from my own travels.

I find it hypnotic to watch as the sun dips beneath the horizon and will never tire of a beautiful sunset; a time to pause and reflect on the beauty of our world.  Here are some of my favourite shots which I hope capture that magical moment.

A beautiful golden sunset in Mauritius and then  afterwards (below) as the deeper pinks colour the ocean against the moody clouds.

The sunset (below) was in Sorrento this year – we stopped by a small bar overlooking the sea where a crowd of regulars gathered each evening to watch the spectacle.  This deep red sunset was stunning.

The setting sun reflected on rocks near Sossusvlei, Namibia – not strictly a sunset but I loved the way the rocks took on the deep orange and russet hues of the sinking sun.

And finally a sunset from home taken in May this year.  It’s a bit grainy as it was taken on a compact and I’ve zoomed in and cropped hard but I like the misty feel of it – for some reason the sun was enormous that evening.

Seven Super Shots

Seven Super Shots

There’s an interesting photography post doing the rounds at the moment called ’7 Super Shots’. HostelBookers.com put out the call to select 7 of your favourite photographs, one each for the following categories, then tag 5 bloggers that you would like to take part.  I was really pleased but slightly nervous when Travel with Kat nominated me – she sets the bar high!  I’m still very much a beginner having made the jump to DSLR last year so most of my photographs below are taken on a point and click, one on the DSLR and one on a mobile phone – any ideas which one – you might be surprised…

1. A photo that…takes my breath away

Just outside Poitier, France in July are field upon field of sunflowers and we arrived when they were at their most stunning.  Not only did they take my breath away they made me smile too.   I  was captivated and took loads of shots but I like this one from a less obvious perspective.

2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Smiling’s infectious don’t you think?

3. A photo that…makes me dream

I dream of being able to keep up with the others!  I was a late starter to skiing and it still slightly terrifies me – in an exhilarating sort of way!  We’d stopped for a vin chaud when I noticed the bright colours and lines of the skis against the backdrop of the mountains.  Taken in the Alps on the French, Swiss border.

4. A photo that…makes me think

This old woman was selling clay whistles in Hoi An, Vietnam.  I was quite intrigued by her. She didn’t let anything on about herself.  She didn’t speak and her expression barely changed with just a vague smile playing about her lips; I’m really not sure what she was thinking.  She didn’t seem to mind me snapping away and if you’re wondering, yes, I did buy a whistle…

5. A photo that…makes my mouth water

My favourite fruit is raspberries and I have a bit of a penchant for puddings so this summer-fruit cheesecake is right up there in the mouth-watering stakes.  It tasted as good as it looked. Thanks Beccy!

6. A photo that…tells a story

Technically this is just a snapshot but I like this photo because there’s so much going on; The woman selling trinkets, the colourful saris but my favourite part is the monk taking a peek at the young women…

7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

I have a few favourites but I keep coming back to this one.  I think it’s the bird’s nest that does it – the fact that there’s a chance for new life in the middle of all that dust, sand and heat.  I like the tones of the sky too – no idea how that happened!

Thanks again Kat for nominating me; I thoroughly enjoyed going through my photos and I hope my five nominees below enjoy compiling their ’7 Super Shots’ just as much.

Dave, Dave’s Photo Musings

Lucy, On the Luce

Ana, 1001Scribbles

Steve, Steve Barnes

Elena, Ms Elena on Travelling

My A to Z of Travel

There have been a few A to Zs doing the rounds recently so when I was tagged by Lucy from On The Luce to take part in the ‘My A to Z of Travel’ meme I got stuck in.  I didn’t realise how much pleasure it would bring and had a lovely time going through photographs and pondering travels trips past….

Angkor Thom, Cambodia

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Namibia – The Wildlife and the Wilderness

Namibia – The Wildlife and the Wilderness

The Desert Express

The Desert Express is a brilliant way to travel from Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, to Swakopmund on the coast, without missing out on any of the wildlife or scenery

As the blue, lumbering Desert Express trundled through the surprisingly lush landscape outside Windhoek, we spent the journey eagerly searching out cleverly camouflaged wildlife through the train’s large pictures windows.  It took a while to ‘get our eye in’ but once we did there was so much to see – strikingly marked Oryx grazed, bounding herds of Springbok were spotted and a flock of Ostrich raced headlong through the Savannah. (more…)

Friday Photo – The Dead Vlei, Namibia

Friday Photo – The Dead Vlei, Namibia

A dessicated tree in the Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia

The Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia is one of the most incredible and memorable landscapes I’ve ever encountered.  The Dead Vlei is a dried out clay pan where the parched earth resembles bleached cobblestones worn shiny by the blistering heat and the sand-filled shoes of tourists.  Emerging from the cracked earth the scorched black skeletons of 900 year old camel thorn trees are sillhouetted against a horseshoe of rich rust dunes – the tallest in the world.  What I love about this photo is the nest as a symbol of life against a backrop of  bone dry dust and heat.