Lookup:Photo Challenge 

By the way, I absolutely love these photo challlenges because I absolutely love taking photos. In this photo challenge, we were asked to take a picture of something you see when you look up. Here it is:


I took this picture from my hotel room in Sydney. We were right next to what I like to call it as the ‘Sydney Needle’. It’s sort of an unique picture, I blended the window marks and blurred out the building. What do you think?

Shine: Photo Challenge

For the daily photo challenge, they challenged me to take a photo of something that shines. I didn’t choose this photo just beacause of the sun, I chose this photo because the picture in a whole shines.  

I took this photo in Gili Air, Bali. Btw, all the photo challenge photos are taken by me. What do you think? I love hearing your comments. 

Which Image should be the NYTimes Picture of 2016?

I was looking on the New York Nimes website and I came across an article called Choosing The New York Times Pictures of the Year. I love the articles that are about (something) of the Year.
I challenge you to answers these two questions for y’all.
* Which picture best represents 2016?
* Which is the best photographic image?

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Donald J. Trump at a campaign event at Dubuque Regional Airport in Iowa on Jan. 30

-New York Times

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A young man was fatally wounded on Sept. 21 during protests in Charlotte, N.C., over the police killing of Keith L. Scott.

-New York Times

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Tabwena Kaokatekai, 42, of Burariki, a village in North Tarawa, Kiribati, with her newly planted mangrove trees in March. Erosion along the beach there has toppled dozens of coconut trees into the water.

-New York Times

This picture grabbed my attention right away. The colors are so perfect in the picture, with the blues, the browns, the greens and the whites. I love how this picture like the many other you have seen tell a story. 

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Migrants watch as dozens of fires burned huts and makeshift shops at the camp known as the Jungle in Calais, norther France, on Oct. 26.

-New York Times

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Hillary Clinton opened her arms to supporters at a campaign rally on June 7 at the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

-New York Times


Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna Pedroso of Brazil competing in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving on Aug. 9 at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.

-New York Times

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A family fleeing the fighting as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq, on Nov. 12.

-New York Times
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A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling was detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge, La., Police Department on July 9.

-New York Times
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Catcher Cuts the Road, and Army veteran injured in Falluja, leading a two-mile walk in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota on Sept. 9.

-New York Times


A malnourished man at a camp in Juba, South Sudan, on March 3.

-New York Times

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A Syrian man after a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo on June 5.

-New York Times

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A cholera patient in Rendel, Haiti, was bathed with sopa and water mixed with bleach on Oct. 12.

-New York Times

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Waiting along the road to Santiago de Cuba for Fidel Castro’s caravan at dawn on Dec. 3.
-New York Times
Now, that I have shown you the pictures tell me what you think of them in the comments below.

My favorite phtographic image is the one of the lady planting magroovees in her village. This picture grabs my attention right away. The colors are so perfect in the picture, with the blues, the browns, the greens and the whites. I love how this picture like the many other you have seen tell a story. 

The picture that I think represents 2016 I would probably have to say is the picture of Donald Trump. I would have picked the Aleppo citizen looking at the destruction but that is not unique to 2016, the war has been going on for several years. In 2016, Donald Trump was in the news a lot for controversial comments and his presidency. He was even named Time Person of the Year. 

Where in the World Would You Most Like to Travel?

Recently, the Travel Section published the 52 Places to Go in 2017. From number one to number 52. From Canada to Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

I will take you through a rundown of five of the fifty-two places to go.

#1 Canada

Canada is huge! There’s probably so many places to travel and things to come! I’m putting it first on my own list on places to go! 

  • Canada’s over 200 national parks are free to get into. Let’s go now! Gives national park lovers an excuse to head to Canada. 
  • Plus, the exchange rates mean American travelers get more for their money! Yay! Canadians will probably see a lot of Americans there!

     #2 Atacama Desert, Chile

Judging by the picture, this desert looks like an exotic place to travel. It will definitely go on my list of places to see. The Atacama Desert is know as the world’s highest desert. There is ‘wind-carved duns and kaleidoscopic salt lakes’. Sounds interesting. But there is no way I am going to walk through the whole desert. Haha. I think this desert is pretty exotic and definitely speaks ‘travel’ to me. So for the number two pick, I’ll give you a thumbs up!

Here we go:

#3 Agra, India

That picture is absolutely stunning! It seems like India  is rich in their culture; I can totally see so many elements of culture in this photo. It says ‘2017 also promises new reasons to venture beyond’. What they mean is that in Agra, India there will be more things to see besides the Taj Mahal. Honestly, I was really surprised that they said it. The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. The article states that they have done some remodeling in the surronding areas, a new dinning complex, and better transportation. I want to go!

#4 Zematt, Switzerland

Oops, there is no picture but if you go on the New York Time’s website there’s a 360 degree video that you can watch. I watched the video, it is amazing and totally worth it to watch. Although, sadly it is not the same as being there.Honestly, it is spectacular about all the places we can bring to people through a click of a button. The climate is cold, it would be nice to get out of the humidity of Bangkok for a while. It seems like a great way to spend your time in Switzerland. It says there is ‘a permanent open-air theater’ that has performances of ‘Romeo and Juliet on Gornergrat’. So if you want a break from the heat, this place should be at the top of your list. I agree that Zematt should be at number four.

Last but not least is……………………

#5 Botswana

Wow! You can’t go to Africa without seeing wildlife. So this would be at the top of my places to go in Africa for sure! I would love to go here!

 

As I look down the 52 Places to Go in 2017 List, I found surprising:

  • #7 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

It is on this list because the U.S.’s first solar eclipse in 38 years will happen here and everyone will want to travel to there!

  • #9 Detroit, Michigan

Detroit!! Wow!!

  • #12 Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenville! East coast!!

#26 Kazakhastan

    Interesting choice….

    • #30 Chiang Mai, Thailand

    I’ve been there! At least I’ve been to one of the places on the list! Hahahahahahaha!

    • #31 Napa Valley, California

    I’ve been to California but not Napa Valley. I should go! 

    • #33 Sedona, Arizona

    If your a desert lover, it is perfect for you. But also make sure to check out the Grand Canyon, too. LOL.

    • #38 Antequera, Spain

    Cool!

    • #40 Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

    Again, perfect for national park lovers.

    • #45 Birmingham, Alabama

    Perfect for the beer lovers out there. 

     

    That wraps up my take on the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2017.

    Please comment below I’d love to hear what y’all thought of the 52 places listed.

    In my upcoming blog posts, I will promise to share with you my own Top 10 Places to Travel in 2017. So stay tuned…..

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