Travel Photo Roulette Round #62: Mountains

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I was absolutely thrilled to learn that my photo of a vibrant flower market in Bangalore, India had been selected as the winner of Travel Photo Roulette Round #61: Colorful. Wow!

As the winner of the last round, I have the honor of hosting this round, including the chance to pick a theme and judge the entries.

Travel Photo Roulette was started by Jeremy at Living the Dream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their photos from around this world. Since its founding in 2010, hundreds of awesome and inspiring photos have been submitted, each under a unique theme.

A colorful flower market in Bangalore, India

My winning entry for Travel Photo Roulette Round #61: Colorful. A flower market in Bangalore, India.

Lots of great themes have already been chosen, but there was one I was surprised to find not on the list. The theme for Round #62 of Travel Photo Roulette is:

Mountains

I love outdoor settings of all types, but mountains will always hold a special place in my heart. Some of my favorite travel memories involve exploring the world’s great mountain ranges, from the South American Andes to New Zealand’s Southern Alps, to the Himalayas – the rooftop of the world.

Here are some examples:

Hiking the final stretch to a snow-covered Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.

Hiking the final stretch to a snow-covered Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.

Mountains meet the ocean in the Errera Channel off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Mountains meet the ocean in the Errera Channel off the Antarctic Peninsula.

A milky glacial lake near Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.

A milky glacial lake near Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

And don’t forget volcanoes – they’re mountains, too!

Sunrise over a trio of volcanoes in the Tengger Caldera, Java, Indonesia.

Sunrise over a trio of volcanoes in the Tengger Caldera, Java, Indonesia.

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme, a generic keyword or phrase and players submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments or the #PhotoRoulette hash-tag on Twitter – the author can accept or ignore any lobby as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.

Entry Guidelines

  • One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. Photoshopping) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (around 600px).
  • If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme:
    • Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’.
    • Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
    • After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason. Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, ALL PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to Submit Your Photos

To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) and we will upload it to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission date being August 14th to August 21st, 2013. (Wednesday through Wednesday). The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #63.

Past Photo Roulette Winners and Hosts

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!

1. Nov 4–10, 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
2. Nov 17–24, 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 – Dream a Little Dream– “Street Art”
4. Dec 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam– “Friday Night”
12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
14. Apr 4–10, 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
15. Apr 13–21, 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
20. Jun 21-28, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com – “Reflections”
29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart – “Framing”
30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
36. Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
38. March 7 – March 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
39. March 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
40. April 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41. April 23 – April 30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
46. August 10 – August 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
47. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe”
48. Sept 8 – Sept 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
49. Oct 22 – Oct 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
50. Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
51. Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship”
52. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
53. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”
54. Feb 1-8, 2013 – Travel Transmissions – “Lost in Thought”
55. Feb 15-22, 2013 – Wanderlusters – “The Natural World”
56. Mar 17-24, 2013 – Travel Junkies – “Patterns”
57. April 25-May 3rd, 2013 – Living the Dream – “Your First Time”
58. May12-19th, 2013 – Getting Stamped – “As The Sun Goes Down”
59. June 6-13th, 2013 – The GypsyNester – “Cheesy Tourist Diversions”
60. June 27-July 4, 2013 – Boomeresque – “Revolution”
61. July 18-July 25,2013 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Colorful”
62. August 14-August 21, 2013 – Around This World – “Mountains”

Spread the word! Tweet using the hashtag #PhotoRoulette and share this page with your friends. The more the merrier.

And remember, submit your entries by August 21, 2013.

Entries

#1 submitted by Charli of Wanderlusters

Mount Cook glacial lake by Charli of Wanderlusters

This shot is of one of the icebergs floating in the terminal lake. Surrounded by Mount Cook and the Southern Alps it was quite the frigid wonderland. I love this shot because I think the berg mirrors the jagged mountains in the distance.

#2 submitted by Food Travel Bliss

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia by Food Travel Bliss

To this day nothing has come close to these mountains around Lake Bohinj in Slovenia which we visited a couple of years ago. One of our favourite places in the world.

#3 submitted by Bianca of nomadbiba

Fitz Roy at sunrise by Bianca of noadbiba

This is Fitz Roy at sunrise in Argentina, one of the best moments of my trip in South America. I just loved to see the first rays of the sun give this beautiful mountain an orange hue for just a few minutes. It was well worth the hike!

#4 submitted by James of Fly, Icarus, Fly

Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam by James of Fly, Icarus, Fly

Mountains as seen from Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam). I was at a secluded resort accessible only by speedboat overlooking an abandoned lobster shack. It was the perfect afternoon watching the sun set, casting a bluish glow causing water, mountains and sky to become one.

#5 submitted by Lina of Divergent Travelers

Clouds over Machu Picchu by Lina of Divergent Travelers

This was taken while at Machu Picchu. When the cloud cover is low and it’s foggy, most people stand on the watch tour straining their eyes for their first glimpses of the ruined city. I’ll admit it, we were there, HOWEVER taking a glance around I found several amazing views of the mountains around this site. The photo I am submitting is one taken just as the cloud cover started lifting. Hope you enjoy it!

#6 submitted by Stuart of Am I Nearly There Yet?

Ki Monastery high in the Indian Himalaya by Stuart of Am I Nearly There Yet?

This was taken at Ki Monastery high in the Indian Himalaya in the extremely rugged Spiti valley. It was truly breathtaking up here, the fact that it’s up at 4000+ metres doesn’t help! We we lucky enough to stay night in a small guesthouse nearby as there wasn’t any transport out for a couple of days!

#7 submitted by Jeremy of Living the Dream

Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland by Jeremy of Living The Dream

I rarely go back to the same destination twice, but Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is one that I’ll go back to again and again. It is a gorgeous alpine paradise with the crown jewel being Jungfrau. We got some amazing photos on top of Jungfrau, but nothing says “mountains” to me like this view from inside a customized telescope from on top of the Schilthorn nearby.

#8 submitted by kle of Keep Calm And Travel

Indonesian volcano by kle of Keep Calm and Travel

My submission for mountains is actually a Volcano in Indonesia. I loved the shot as the silhouettes are so small compared to the huge volcano in front. It makes perfectly clear who dictate the law between Men and Nature. Mountains gives me this feeling: I truly understand how small we are compared to mother nature.

#9 submitted by Daniël of Globe Trekking

Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina by Daniël of Globe Trekking

The gorgeous Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina.

#10 submitted by Beyond my Front Door

Mt. Sinai by Beyond My Front Door

Mt. Sinai, Egypt submitted by Beyond My Front Door.

#11 submitted bu Andalucia Explorer

Sierra Pandera mountain range in Jaen, Spain by Andalucia Explorer

My entry is the Sierra Pandera mountain range in Jaen, Spain with the aquamarine waters of the Embalse de Queibrajano.

#12 submitted by Suzanne of Boomeresque

Sunrise on the Andes by Boomeresque

My photo is of the rising sun painting the snow capped Andes pink at a vineyard outside Mendoza, Argentina. I admit that I don’t see too many sunrises in my real life, but we were up early for a flight from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile, which went up and through more than over, those mountains.

#13 submitted by Jennifer of Jennywise Arcade

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada by Jennywise Arcade

This is my submission for this round in Mountains. This photo was taken at dusk in Jasper National park in Alberta Canada. The orange hued snow caps are reflecting on the magical Medicine Lake.

#14 submitted by Passports & Pampelmousse

Sunset on Mt. Rigi by Passports & Pampelmousse

Having lived near, and travelled many of the world’s mountains, there is one photo that I will never forget. I snapped it while waiting for the cable car to take us back into town. The colors of the sunset where like nothing I have ever seen before, and we were literally above the clouds, at Mt. Rigi – the right place to the right time!

#15 submitted by Kris of The World is Our District

Lake in The Grand Tetons by The World is Our District

The Grand Tetons are one of my happy places…and this shot does nothing close to bringing justice to the place. But I enjoy this picture because it shows the crystal clear waters of the lake exposing the pebbles and stones below the surface with the jagged Tetons cutting the horizon. Eventually, even those massive peaks will end up as rocks in the bottom of this pond.

August 22, 2013 – Competition Now Closed – Thanks for your entries!

44 thoughts on “Travel Photo Roulette Round #62: Mountains

  1. Charli | Wanderlusters

    A super early entry as we’ll be offline over the nest 5 days! Great theme! Can’t wait to take a tour of some of the mountainous regions of our earth.

    We recently visited Mount Cook and the awe inspiring Tasman Glacier – loved your post from your visit!! This shot is of one of the icebergs floating in the terminal lake. Surrounded by Mount Cook and the Southern Alps it was quite the frigid wonderland. I love this shot because I think the berg mirrors the jagged mountains in the distance.

    http://wanderlusters.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/new-zealand/tasman-glacier-11.jpg

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  2. Erik Post author

    Awesome way to get this round kicked off! Thanks for this great photo from one of my favorite mountains in the world, Charli. Did you take this from a boat? It looks like you were pretty close to that berg!

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    1. Erik Post author

      Wow! What a great shot…we visited Fitz Roy / El Chalten but didn’t get such a clear view. Thanks for this beautiful entry!

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  3. James

    Congrats on your win! Here’s my entry:

    http://on.fb.me/17NIFv4

    Mountains as seen from Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam). I was at a secluded resort accessible only by speedboat overlooking an abandoned lobster shack. It was the perfect afternoon watching the sun set, casting a bluish glow causing water, mountains and sky to become one.

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  4. Lina

    Great photo you submitted to Round #61!!
    Here is my entry for your round:
    http://www.divergenttravelers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Machu-Picchu2.jpg

    This was taken while at Machu Picchu. When the cloud cover is low and it’s foggy, most people stand on the watch tour straining their eyes for their first glimpses of the ruined city. I’ll admit it, we were there, HOWEVER taking a glance around I found several amazing views of the mountains around this site. The photo I am submitting is one taken just as the cloud cover started lifting. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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    1. Erik Post author

      Thanks for this great submission, Lina! We had a lot of morning clouds when we visited MP – it was really awesome to see it emerge from the clouds, but you are right, the surrounding natural scenery is just as stunning!

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  5. Stuart Edwards @ Am I Nearly There Yet?

    Hey Erik! Congrats on winning round #61!

    This is the fist time we’ve entered the Travel Photo Roulette, excited to be part of the movement :)

    Here is our effort: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stu_edwards/9519146683/

    This was taken at Ki Monastery high in the Indian Himalaya in the extremely rugged Spiti valley. It was truly breathtaking up here, the fact that it’s up at 4000+ metres doesn’t help! We we lucky enough to stay night in a small guesthouse nearby as there wasn’t any transport out for a couple of days!

    I think the colours are stunning in this shot – I used a graduated ND filter to darken the sky but that’s pretty much it!

    Good luck everyone :)

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        1. Erik Post author

          Whoops – fixed your link. Thanks for the heads up! I was in Northern India in December and was afraid it would be too cold up North. Next time I’ll visit at a more appropriate time of year :)

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  6. Jeremy

    I rarely go back to the same destination twice, but Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is one that I’ll go back to again and again. It is a gorgeous alpine paradise with the crown jewel being Jungfrau. We got some amazing photos on top of Jungfrau, but nothing says “mountains” to me like this view from inside a customized telescope from on top of the Schilthorn nearby.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1009763_10100230867307080_900326513_n.jpg

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  7. kle

    Hey Erik! congratulations for your great picture!:)
    My submission for mountains is actually a Volcano in Indonesia. I loved the shot as the silhouettes are so small compared to the huge volcano in front. It makes perfectly clear who dictate the law between Men and Nature. Mountains gives me this feeling: I truly understand how small we are compared to mother nature.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/klelietta/9523481481/

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      1. kle

        Yes it is!:) i love Indonesia! Such a shame i have all my pictures of the alps at home! I lived in northern italy for a while and the scenery on some part of the Alps is breath taking!

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    1. Erik Post author

      Thanks, Daniël! It’s no coincidence Fitz Roy has already been submitted twice – it’s a gorgeous mountain and this is a fantastic picture!

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  8. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)

    Congrats on having your colorful photo picked and thanks for hosting this round of Travel Photo Roulette.
    My photo is of the rising sun painting the snow capped Andes pink at a vineyard outside Mendoza, Argentina. I admit that I don’t see too many sunrises in my real life, but we were up early for a flight from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile, which went up and through more than over, those mountains.

    http://www.boomeresque.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Sunrise-on-the-Andes-e1376885124876.jpg

    I reduced the photo to a 550 width. If you would prefer a larger size, I can resend.

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    1. Erik Post author

      If every sunrise looked like this, I’d way up a lot earlier! Awesome photo, Suzanne. Thanks! Was that taken in the winter – it looks like there are not grapes on the vines and the mountains have snow?

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  9. Jennifer O'Leary

    Your photo for the last round was absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your win, it was well deserved. This is my submission for this round in Mountains. This photo was taken at dusk in Jasper National park in Alberta Canada. The orange hued snow caps are reflecting on the magical Medicine Lake. I’ve left my submission on my Blog’s Facebook Page- Jennywise Arcade
    Thanks so much – Jennifer
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennywise-Arcade/559427494091551?ref=hll

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    1. Erik Post author

      Wow! You could have entered this in the last round (colorful) – I love the warm, glowing orange reflecting off the snow-covered parts of these mountains!

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  10. foodtravelbliss

    I am loving some of the entries in this round, what a great shot by Jeremy through the telescope. Lauterbrunnen is definitely one of those places you could never tire of visiting.

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  11. Kris

    The Grand Tetons are one of my happy places…and this shot does nothing close to bringing justice to the place.
    But I enjoy this picture b/c it shows the crystal clear waters of the lake exposing the pebbles and stones below the surface with the jagged Tetons cutting the horizon. Eventually, even those massive peaks will end up as rocks in the bottom of this pond.

    http://i0.wp.com/theworldisourdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Grand-Teton-Lake.jpg

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    1. Erik Post author

      Fabulous photo, Kris – great way to close out this competition. Thanks for your breathtaking entry – I love how you can see both under the crystal clear water up close as well as the perfectly blue sky reflected off the ripples.

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    1. Erik Post author

      Hey Tom! Awesome pic – sorry you missed Travel Photo Roulette this time around…hopefully the timing works out better on the next one!

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