Her Favorite Photos of 2012

Her Favorite Photos of 2012

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Be sure to check out thinkCHUA’s Favorite Photos of 2012 to witness how two people, traveling together, see and experience the world differently.  The photos on this page and thinkCHUAs, along with my Favorite Photos of 2011, can be seen in a larger size by clicking on the image.  Feel free to download them for desktop images.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, than I would sum up this past year in a concise 10,000 words.  The more I travel the more I realize that my vocabulary, writing prowess and articulation are severely lacking when it comes to describing the things I’ve seen and done.  Rather than bore you with my attempts at describing it all I will show you in ten photos.  Of course choosing these ten photos is no less agonizing for me as trying to describe these places at a loss of adjectives.  However, I love reviewing our year in photos to choose my highlights it reminds me how lucky we are to be on this journey and have the opportunity to see all the amazing things we’ve seen.

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We started our year in Australia and my parents came to visit, it was the first time I had seen them in over a year making our reunion all the sweeter.  While it was hard to pick a picture from our time together I went with this photo of sunset on the Great Ocean Road.  Not only did I enjoy reminiscing about childhood road trips my parents were very patient as they waited for us to get the perfect shot of the 12 Apostles.  I think the shot turned out perfectly, thanks Mom and Dad for a great trip and as always for your patience!  To see more photos of the most stunning coast drive in the world, click here.

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Another gem from Australia, this sunset picture from our road trip through Tasmania was taken in Strahan.  The incredible sky and the reflection in the mirror-like-water made for a magical evening. We chased the light around the city trying to catch a glimpse of the sunset from every angle we could, but this photo is still my favorite.  It reminds me why I fell so hard for Tasmania, it was the first place on the trip I really wanted to move to.  To see photos from the diverse island of Tasmania from their off-the-wall modern art museum to their quaint homes and gardens, click here.

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From Australia we headed to New Zealand another visual stunner, there was no doubt while I was there that it would be a country well represented in our best photos of the year.  This photo from Wellington just makes me smile, it captures the laid back nature of New Zealand, the people take advantage of good weather whenever it comes there way as these kids did on a hot day at the Wellington Harbor.  To get a glimpse of what makes New Zealand the perfect backdrop for the Lord of the Rings movies, click here.

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Among the highlights of this past year, hiking the Great Walks in New Zealand stands out.  It was very hard to pick a favorite photo amongst Abel Tasman, Milford Track and Routeburn Track.  However, I had to go with this shot from Mackenzie Hut where we started the second day of our hike on the Routeburn Track, which could be the single best day of hiking I have experienced in my life.  The weather was perfect and the views were jaw-droppingly-gorgeous.  To take in the scenery that made for the best hiking of my life and find out what it takes for you to do Routeburn yourself, click here.

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From New Zealand we headed to India, there was no culture shock at all (can you hear the sarcasm), where we spent nearly five months.  India is a country that I’m still trying to process nearly three months later.  The complexities and contradictions that make India unlike any other place I’ve ever been not only taught me a lot, but so did the people.  The versatility, curiosity and humility of Indian people was amazing and no where was that more evident then at the Golden Temple in Amritsar with their community dining room.  This sikh man was one of the volunteers at the dining room and even though we didn’t share a common language his eyes said it all as he smiled and welcomed me to enjoy a free meal of course when I asked to take his picture he was all business.  To see more of India’s brilliant colors and spiritual sites, click here.

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India is known for it’s vibrant colors and spirituality, both of which are captured in this image of a snake charmer in Jaipur.  Hinduism has long held snakes to be sacred, many gods are pictured under the protection of the cobra.  Thus snake charmers are considered to be holy men that are influenced by the gods. This is just one photo of India’s colorful culture and diverse population, click here to see more portraits from India.

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From India we headed to Sri Lanka, equally spiritual and colorful but much more laid back. Visiting the Buddhist Caves at Dambulla was a highlight of our stop on the small island of Sri Lanka.  The silence within the caves and the monk performing prayers created a spiritual atmosphere and reminded me of these caves higher purpose.  Sri Lanka was one of the most beautiful countries we’ve visited and the cheapest, find out more by clicking here.

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From the island of Sri Lanka we headed to the Middle East and visited one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World Petra, Jordan.  The site itself wasn’t a highlight, but the approach from the Siq and the first glimpses of the Treasury are unforgettable.  To see more photos of Jordan’s Roman ruins and world wonders, click here.

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The Middle East taught me that I love Islamic architecture, the mosques are stunning!  I love the domed roofs and minarets, the structures are so dramatic and beautiful.  This photo was taken of the Abu al-Abbas Mosque in Alexandria after an old man saw me curiously walking around the mosque taking photos and beckoned me over to where he was standing and I got this shot.  Click here to see more of Egypt’s one-of-a-kind historical sights.

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One of my favorites of my favorites is this photo of the Himalayas in Nepal, it was hard to pick just one photo but I knew it had to have prayer flags in it.  Traditionally prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom, which I love on it’s own but it gets even better.  These flags don’t carry prayers to the gods as is a common misconception, but rather the Tibetans believe that by hanging the flags in high places the Lung Ta (the “wind horses” pictured on the flags) will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings, so everyone benefits from these prayer flags. As the images on the flags fade from exposure to the elements the prayers become a permanent part of the universe and Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually flying new flags alongside the old ones.  It is such a beautiful and symbolic tradition that I fell in love with the prayer flags adorning all the high passes of the Himalayan Region.  Click here to see more photos of Nepal’s stunning scenery and beautiful culture.

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What’s my single favorite photo of 2012?  It’s even better than these.  Come back on January 2 to find out!

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Be sure to check out thinkCHUA’s Favorite Photos of 2012 to witness how two people, traveling together, see and experience the world differently.  Also compare these to my Favorite Photos of 2011.  All of these photos can be seen in a larger size by clicking on the image.  Feel free to download them for desktop images.

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» Kate Cunha :
Dec 31, 2012

You and Matt have both improved your photo skills so much since those first few months! Your photos are simply beautiful (yours too Matt, I did read your post as well!). You guys are going to have amazing photo books of this trip some day. Definitely consider publishing a coffee table book for the rest of us to enjoy ;-)

LOCAVORista @ LivingIF Reply:

Thanks Kate! A coffee book might be in our future, thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year

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