I know that the Seven Super Shots were like, so 10 months ago, but I am an official travel blogger now (kind of) so here are mine. It seems I really enjoy contributing to internet memes in a belated fashion, like when I did my ABCs of Travel this September. Without further ado, my seven super shots!
1. A photo that takes my breath away.
There was something about standing over the green, wild and windblown cliffs of the Dingle Peninsula that (literally) blew me away. While in my case Rick Steves' recommendations generally don't work out (I will never forget that horrible fado bar in Lisbon… ever), Dingle was one place I would recommend to anyone; the people, live Irish music, Guinness and nature fit so well together.
2. A photo that makes me laugh.
I bet you weren't expecting a photo of me in here, right?
I think if this photo had a title, it would be, “What happens when you spend too much time with a 12-year old.” My preteen sister styled this photo, and when I huffed something about how I have some dignity I need to maintain, she retorted, “Um, Ashley, I have an Instagram account I need to maintain.”
3. A photo that makes me dream.
I took this shot while gazing out the window of an antique wooden train on the Spanish island of Mallorca. I couldn't stop snapping photos of the dreamy, uniquely Spanish scenery… until my camera died midway through the trip, of course!
4. A photo that makes me think.
While Chile is by far the most industrialized South American country I have been to, there is a rampant problem with stray dogs in Santiago and beyond. It always broke my heart to see visibly miserable dogs following people around for a scrap of food.
5. A photo that makes my mouth water.
This may come as a huge surprise to you, but I really love food. Especially French food. I struggled with choosing a photo for this category – only one picture?
Well it turns out that the food is just as good north of the border; this hot-off-the-griddle, smothered-in-whipped-cream Belgian waffle was the first thing I tasted in Brussels and it was delicious.
6. A photo that tells a story.
This is a shot of my dad driving our family's 1957 Chris Craft on Lake Huron, where we have our family cottage. The boat has been in the family for generations and is named “Sweet William” in honor of my grandpa Bill. It's a very special heirloom to all of us; I hope it stays in the family for many generations to come.
7. The photo that I am most proud of ( my National Geographic photo.
I worked really hard to get this shot, after hiking (or should I say crawling?) to the top of the gorse-covered Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. I honestly have no idea how the photo came out like this, with the mountain bathed in sunlight and the background black and white – I swear I didn't edit it to look like that! It amazed me to find a park like this in the middle of a big city; the Edinburghians are a lucky bunch.