Outstanding Travel Photos

July 31, 2005

Sunset Fishing

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Sunset Fishing, originally uploaded by irishman_lost_in.

shot in Brazil

July 30, 2005

Young Woman

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Young Woman, originally uploaded by Zzilazz.

The photographer writes on Flickr:
“This is what she wears if shes gonna marry
The Himba of Namibia
The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kunene Region in northwestern Namibia. Unlike many indigenous groups in Africa, the Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, perhaps owing to the fact that the land they occupy is so harsh and unyielding that that it has been rarely coveted by the colonialists and commercial farmers that have affected so many other regions of the continent.
The Himba (together with the Herero) moved into present-day Namibia and Botswana as part of a larger migration of Bantu-speaking peoples from east Africa several hundred years ago. About 150 years ago, the group began to split and a large group that we know today as the Herero moved southward, while the ancestors of the present-day Himba remained.
Today, the Himba live as they have for centuries and manage to eke out an existence by following their herds of goats and cattle to new grazing areas and waterholes as existing areas become depleted. They live in small villages or family groups throughout the Kunene Region (the area known as Kaokoland while Namibia was under South African control prior to independence in 1990). The village had been in place for about three years because those years had brought higher than usual amounts of rain and allowed the nearby land to support growing herds of livestock without moving. During 1980’s, however, this same area experienced a severe drought and many livestock were lost and people went hungry. The fortunes of the Himba are still very much tied to the earth and its weather.
Himba women have a particularly distinctive appearance. Each morning, they cover themselves with a mixture of butter fat, red ochre and local herbs that both gives their body the smooth, reddish appearance the Himba find attractive, plus offers some protection against the desert sun. Married women wear a small headpiece made of soft skin on top of their braided and ochred hair. In addition, they often wear a heavy ornament around their necks that includes a conch shell that hangs between their breasts in the front and a metal-studded leather plate that hangs down the center of their back. They also wear heavy metal rings around their ankles as well as other jewelry made of copper, ostrich shells or woven reeds.
The men of the village were less distinctive in their dress and some had taken to wearing western-style trousers and T-shirts. Some men leave the village to find work in other areas of the country and thus become more exposed to outside influences.”

Bagan - sunrise temples

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Bagan - sunrise temples, originally uploaded by awfulsara.

The photographer: “I could get drunk on these. Bagan is a fairytale from above, and sometimes painfully real down below.”

July 29, 2005

Tourist silhouettes

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Tourist silhouettes, originally uploaded by lil.

Tourists give directions to each other as they pose in front of Tanah Lot temple (while others wait for their turn to pose in the prized phototaking spot)

Angkor - Parallax Shot

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Angkor - Parallax Shot, originally uploaded by HRKVC.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

July 28, 2005

Morning on the beach

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Morning on the beach, originally uploaded by craig_352.

A beach in Huatulco, Mexico.

July 27, 2005

Rakiura and Foveaux Strait from Bluff Hill

The photographer: “Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island, the ‘third island’ of New Zealand. This summer view is taken from the summit of Bluff Hill, on the far southern tip of the South Island. Foveaux Strait is right in the middle of the Roaring Forties, and is very rarely this calm.”

July 26, 2005

Zimbabwe Sunset

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Zimbabwe Sunset, originally uploaded by babasteve.

Zimbabwe Sunset

Low tide

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Low tide, originally uploaded by lil.

The Photographer: “A young boy plays with his own shadow as he bathes in the glow of a magnificent sunset at a small beach north of Sengiggi.
Lombok, Indonesia, 2004″

July 25, 2005

dayly talk



dayly talk, originally uploaded by Koffiemetkoek.

“Lady’s on the way home, in Morocco”

Stony Creek Town Dock, #1 [Large version]

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The photographer: No Photoshopping: This (as well as the other Stony Creek night photos, and ‘Getty’ and ‘Ghost Parking Lot’) was shot with Fuji Provia 100F (35mm). With the smoothed water that comes with a long exposure and the presence of a mix of artificial light types (each with a distinct color cast), the effect is amazing. The slides I got back look exactly like these posted images!”

July 24, 2005

Charles de Gaulle, Terminal E

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charles de gaulle terminal e, originally uploaded by razorbern.

This architecture certianly makes the wait a bit more pleasent…

veiled

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veiled, originally uploaded by tamjpn.

Taipei

July 23, 2005

Lisboa, Portugal, March 2005

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Lisbao, Portugal, March 2005, originally uploaded by MagicWorld.

Lisbon, Portugal, March 2005

Istlikal Cad. Istanbul, Turkey

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Istlikal Cad. Istanbul, Turkey, originally uploaded by Damiel.

The photographer: “The story behind the picture is that in this street there is an old tram running. On this tram there were always small boys trying to get a free ride. I was standing on the rear platform and watched this boy fall off the tram, which runs in just walking speed, and the picture was taken while he were trying to catch up on the tram. Nothing is planned on the picture, just point and click, and try to avoid the direct sun. But it is one of my own favourites…”

Bridge mesh

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Bridge mesh, originally uploaded by Tampen.

The photographer: “Golden Gate, California, Day 7. My favourite bridge shot.”

July 22, 2005

Bangladesh Water Lily

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Bangladesh Water Lily, originally uploaded by babasteve.

“Outside of the hustle and bustle of Dakha - Bangladesh lies a quiet park were people can walk, sit, and reflect on the beauty of creation around them. One afternoon as I was sitting in the grass, I was struck by the awesome beauty of these water-lilies floating in the lake beside me. A perfect moment to capture…!

Nikon FM2 / 200mm Nikon lens”

Misty-Morning-9

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Misty-Morning-9, originally uploaded by Kevin Day.

“The early morning mist, glowing in the sunlight, moves across the lake at Langley Country Park, Slough”

July 21, 2005

Mont St. Michel - Reflecting Tides

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The photographer: “The tides roll in here like thunder - it’s quite magical.”

eiffel tower 2



eiffel tower 2, originally uploaded by John Gusky.

An unusual perspective for Paris’ most famous monument.

July 20, 2005

Yarra River at night, Melbourne

The photographer: “The Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Shot from Princes Bridge. Flinders Street Station is on the right; Southgate and the Southbank Promenade are to the immediate left.”

July 19, 2005

Malawi n5

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Malawi n5, originally uploaded by babasteve.

Photographer’s comment: “It was before sunrise on Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest freshwater lake. It runs deep - part of the Rift Vally fault. The pre-sunrise sky reflected blood red on the crystal waters of the lake. Villagers were already up, starting their daily chores. Here one woman helps her friend raise a bucket of water drawn from the lake. What a photogrpaher’s dream come true!”

July 18, 2005

Two women, Sam Sand Dunes

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Two women, Sam Sand Dunes, originally uploaded by since1968.

The photographer writes:
“Women walking on Sam sand dunes outside Jaisalmer, India.
You never know when you’ll get a good picture. We were tired: tired of the sand, tired of the sun, tired of riding camels, and I was tired of taking pictures. Walking back to our tent I wanted to get one last look at a big sand dune. I turned around and these women were beautifully framed in the sky and the sand.
Part of the work is already done for you when you travel to Sam. People tend to walk along the ridges of the sand dunes because the sand is more tightly packed there than on the sides.”

July 17, 2005

Infinity pool and beyond (only 3)

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Infinity pool and beyond (only 3), originally uploaded by lil.

Tokyo Sea Life Park, Tokyo, 2004

Bagan - foggy sunrise through palms

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The photographer: “My favorite morning in Bagan, eery foggy light for just a few minutes before the sun broke through. Alone with my bicycle, it was a good day.”

July 16, 2005

Lotus Leaf

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Lotus Leaf, originally uploaded by laurenz.

This photo was taken at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China on a rainy day.

Elements of Nature



Elements of Nature, originally uploaded by jeffclow.

Jeff says: “Grand Tetons, Wyoming, U.S.A. - Moulton Barn - July, 2003…the clouds parted just as I snapped the shot and I was pleasantly surprised to see the end result. Cloud movement is all luck….and I got lucky.
The “most favorited” photo in my Flickr photostream….and yes - those are bison.”

July 15, 2005

Parque de la Espaņa industrial 2

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Parque de la Espaņa industrial 2, originally uploaded by xip.

Park of industrial Spain.
Near the station of train of Sants.Barcelona).

Yale University

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, originally uploaded by bokeh.

Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

Paddle (reprise)

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Paddle (reprise), originally uploaded by Tampen.

Indian idyll. Kashmir.

July 14, 2005

Highway 101 Oregon



Highway 101 Oregon, originally uploaded by reddirtrose.

Red state

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Red state, originally uploaded by chishikilauren.

Garden umbrella outside Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. Hiroshima. Japan.

Lost Icon



Lost Icon, originally uploaded by alteredNate.

There had been a religious icon at the end of this columnade… however it was removed for unknown reasons.

This was taken in the Cathedral of Chartres, about an hour west of Paris.

July 13, 2005

Ethiopian Priest

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Ethiopia 4, originally uploaded by babasteve.

Ethiopian Orthodox priest.
Nikon FM2 / 85mm Nikon lens

Bodie sunrise



Bodie sunrise, originally uploaded by awfulsara.

The photographer comments: “Ahhh Bodie. What a PLAYGROUND! Amazing sunrise, blended exposure. Yum.”

July 12, 2005

Misty-Morning-5



Misty-Morning-5, originally uploaded by Kevin Day.

2 dead trees reflecting in Langley Park lake Slough at sunrise



    

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