While my lack of photographic expertise makes me feel unworthy, I'm ecstatic to be taking part in the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots challenge courtesy of Courtney of Haunt Jaunts fame who was kind enough to tag me in her 7 Super Shots post! Thanx Courtney!!
The 7 Super Shots challenge really IS challenging! To help me choose just seven photos – one for each of the seven categories below – from my vast archive, I narrowed it down by going the more off-beat All-Australian travel shots! As you will see ...
A photo that … takes my breath away:
|Amethystine Python, Lake Eacham, Atherton Tablelands|
I'm so brave with 3+ tonnes of steel (ie 'car') between me and this harmless (read 'non-venomous') 3 metre amethystine python heading AWAY from me … but that didn't stop the involuntary gasp that took my breath away when we swerved to avoid it!
Although living with snakes is normal downunder – walk through long grass at your peril – I'll NEVER get used to them. Nine of the world's ten deadliest snakes are found in Australia so whether dangerous or not, an unexpected snake sighting ALWAYS takes my breath away …
A photo that … makes me laugh or smile:
|Elvis Campsite, Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory|
The Northern Territory's Wycliffe Well claims to be Australia's UFO capital, and has newpaper clippings of dozens of 'confirmed' sightings, along with an eclectic array of random statues – think the Hulk and the Phantom – to prove it. Eating in the Galaxy Auditorium will top off your otherworldly experience!
But what have UFOs got to do with Elvis? You tell me! Not that it mattered - we immediately nabbed the Elvis campsite on our first visit because we could! Just as well, because it's been taken on all subsequent visits …
A photo that … makes me dream
|Log-chopping at the 2011 Bedourie Camel Races|
Imagine, if you can, a row of the Aussie Outback's finest competing against each other in a log chopping competition specifically designed, I'm sure, to showcase what life on the world's largest cattle stations can do to a man. And also to show that surfing isn't the only sport worth a look downunder!!
Luckily for me, I don't have to imagine – I've seen it for myself at the 2011 Bedourie Camel races. Will I ever see that sight again? Sure I will! In my dreams …
A photo that … makes me think:
|Mezze platter, Cafe Y Barossa Valley South Australia|
I can't look at this photo of the FAAAABULOUSmezze platter from Café Y in South Australia's Barossa Valley without thinking several thoughts:
- how good it's going to taste;
- how long since our last visit; and
- how soon I can get there again!
Many other photos will trigger more earth-shattering, challenging, life changing and even worthy thoughts – but sometimes a little sensory indulgence can sharpen awareness and prepare us for the more serious side of life.
A photo that … makes my mouth water:
|Salt Inception Scheme outlet, Stockyard Plains via Waikerie, South Australia|
The largest salt inception scheme in the world means flooding an arid landscape with the saline water from Australia's largest river system then letting nature take its course as the water filters back through the water table leaving the salt behind.
It also leaves behind a landscape with magnificent photographic opportunities at every turn – but the excess salt visible in the ground and round the rocks leaves one with an overriding desire to quench ones thirst!A photo that … tells a story:
|Isisford, Outback Queensland|
It's my contention that EVERY photo tells a story – it's just that some stories are WAAAY more interesting than others. So while I could have chosen many shots for this category, the story behind this sign at the western entrance to tiny Queensland town of Isisford is one of the more intriguing!
No, the sign is NOT a joke!! If I'm right and the story DOES intrigue you - read about it HERE!
The photo that ... I am most proud of (ie my 'worthy of National Geographic' shot):
Photographers like me are unaccustomed to thinking of their 'work' in conjunction with National Geographic. There's no way I'd describe myself as a photographer – as some of you will now agree – so being an each-way-bet kind of girl, I'm going to cheat and show you my three finalists and you can tell ME which one (if any!) is most worthy.
And if they look pretty ordinary to your more trained photographer's eye, bear in mind that I'm proud of them because I'm NOT a photographer – but for a brief and wonderful moment or two, I can look at these shots and make believe that I am …
|Menindee Lakes Sunset|
This Menindee Lakes sunset was one of the last photos taken with my non-digital camera before it gave up the ghost in late 2011. Technique? What technique?? I just pointed it at the sky and clicked!
|Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales|
I've written many times about the staggeringly perfect Lord Howe Island - the good thing about this shot is it really DOES look like this!
|Cawnpore Lookout, Outback Queensland|
And finally, the amazing formations of Cawnpore Lookout epitomises travel in the Australian Outback. Against the red rocks and stark blue sky, our rig shrank into the landscape - and we didn't want to leave!
And now that my work is done, I get to choose five
victims new participants for the 7 Super
Shots challenge! Here they are (in no particular order):