The other day, Erin at The World Wanderer tagged me in the HostelBooker’s 7 Super Shots game, so I thought I would join in! Choosing photos for these categories was actually much more difficult than I expected, but fun nonetheless! Without further ado, here are my 7 Super Shots:
A photo that tells a story:
This structure, the Nielsen House, is the last remaining Revolutionary War-era building at Saratoga, where the Battle of Saratoga took place in 1777. It amazed me that this house played a part in the independence of our nation – and in a battle that is considered to be a turning point in the war. I snapped this photo while Brian and I were visiting Saratoga (in upstate New York), and we were the only people there. It was so peaceful and quiet, you could almost picture General Enoch Poor and General Benedict Arnold strategizing their next move against the British forces within the walls of their new headquarters.
A photo that makes me dream:
How could the beaches of Maui not make you dream?! Perfect sand, clear and warm ocean water, and 85 degrees and sunny. Also, add a view of Molokai and Lanai off in the distance and a mai tai . This was taken at the beach near Kaanapali, north of Lahaina during one of our best trips yet.
Takes my breath away:
I took this picture, believe it or not, in my own backyard (in the SF Bay Area) when I was in high school. There was a storm and it was raining as the sun was setting, creating some crazy colors that were reflecting into the pond. I love this picture – it reminds me of home and proves you really can find beauty in your own backyard! Makes me miss Northern CA!
Makes my mouth water:
Ohhh shave ice. I knew I would only be able to have real shave ice in Maui for the short time we were there, so we made it a point to go to Ululani’s in Lahaina almost every day of our trip. My go-to was the Coconut Lover’s – pina colada, coconut, and tiger’s blood. The ice is so finely shaved that it it soft, not crunchy. It absorbs all of the syrup and then there is a straw at the bottom to get the rest!
Makes me think:
We visited Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve in Northern CA to check out the giant redwoods. I had seen these when I was younger, but I don’t think I was old enough to be able to fully appreciate just how old these trees are. While walking around the groves, we came upon Parson Jones, the tallest tree in this area. At 310 feet tall, it is taller than the length of an entire football field. What is even crazier is that this tree is about 1,300 years old. It makes you think how short and insignificant one entire human lifetime really is in the scheme of the history of the world and the rest of the living things on it.
Makes me laugh or smile:
A few photos before this one was taken, there is one of me holding my swimsuit bottoms up with my hands – the dolphins push your feet so suddenly that I thought the force of the water was going to make them fall off! Swimming with dolphins was something that was always on my list, so it makes me smile that not only did I get to swim with them, but that I had a dolphin chariot of sorts!
I am most proud of:
Not only am I proud of the picture, but also of the fact that we woke up basically in the middle of the night in order to see this magnificent sight. It was well worth it! We arrived at the top of Haleakala while it was dark, but the park ranger said it would be a good one because there were some scattered clouds. It was DARK looking down into the crater, but as soon as the sun came up through the clouds, the crater was beautifully illuminated. Find out more here.