7 Super Shots!

James of Plus Ultra nominated me for the Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots, more than two months ago, and I know now what he meant by “choosing your best photos is like choosing your favourite children“! It was hard selecting 7 images from the hundreds in my archives, but fun as well, trying to remember exactly how I felt and what I was thinking when I clicked those shots

And here they are……my final seven:

A shot that……takes my breath away

Shot from the Brazilian national park across the river, this panoramic view of the Iguassu falls was nothing short of breathtaking! We had never seen such an awesome array of cascades – over 275 in all – any where else.

A photo that……makes me smile

On our way down from the Pisac ruins, this little Quechua girl befriended us and I doubt I will ever forget that gorgeous face or that enchanting smile 🙂

A photo that……makes me dream

What can be more dreamy and romantic than floating down the Nile in your private felucca? This image is evocative of the burnished hues of the Nubian landscape and the glorious Aswan sunsets.

A photo that……makes me think

This is the ancient theatre of Pergamom in Turkey and I find it very disappointing that my experience of a great archaeological site like this is left wanting, because most of the important artifacts excavated before 1936, lie elsewhere. The best…..in the Pergamom museum in Berlin. Makes me think how much nicer it would be, from a traveller’s perspective, to have all related antiquities housed in museums built alongside these sites. Wishful thinking perhaps.

A photo that……makes my mouth water

We have had some great meals during our travels, some fancy, and most in small local eateries. But the best by far was our al fresco lunch on a boat anchored in a waterway of the river Tigre, near Buenos Aires. A delectable spread consisting of crudites with delicious dips, meat and cheese empanadas, curried butternut squash tarts and freshly grilled (on the boat!) veal and chicken! And a refreshing fruit mousse for dessert! Bliss!

A photo that……tells a story

Most early civilizations used their art to record their mythology and history and no one did it better than the ancient Egyptians. This wall relief in Abydos depicts the Pharoah Seti I making an offering to the holy trinity of Osiris, Isis and their son, the falcon headed Horus.

A photo that……I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

A classic postcard shot of the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. We had despaired of the sun stopping its hide and seek, when suddenly, without warning, the whole place lit up like someone had turned on a light above! Gives me goosebumps thinking about it!


Until next time…happy travels, no matter where life takes you!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

122 thoughts on “7 Super Shots!

  1. I not only like the photos you selected, but I find your descriptions with how they affected you…dream, think, smile, etc.added authenticity to your final seven. Thank you for sharing and congratulations.

  2. Hi,
    Fantastic photos, you did a good job of choosing these. Of course I like the photos of the ancient sites the best, but I also love the photo of the felucca on the Nile very nice. 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Madhu! Great post, best of the best for the”7 Best Shots”!
    I’m flattered and honored. Thank you!

  4. Dear Madhu, your photos are absolutely breathtaking! I thank you for nominating me for this–it is an honor. I don’t know how you could choose! I have to say that the trip down the Nile is my favorite–so magnificent it’s otherworldly!

      1. I can come up with my favorite hundred or so, but it is really going to be tough to choose seven. I’ll do my best though, probably in the coming week or two. Thanks again for thinking of me.

  5. Congratulations on the award, and what a super selection of photos…that must have been difficult, your photos are all so beautiful.

  6. as you take me places I have never been
    I have to smile at the beauty you capture through your lens
    rainbows smile across waterfalls
    beautiful little girls with smiles making one feel ten feet tall
    solitude in floating down the magickal and enchanting Nile
    ancient voices must whisper throughout the ruins where pieces of their history is away many miles ( sad..I agree….they need to be to enjoy the energy of where they came from not enclosed in a faraway land )
    delectable delights of aromas from food that make one hungry
    to carved pictures of ancient ways of life that surround me in mystery
    to be in awe of the magickal and spiritual realms of Peru
    I love the magick, the smiles in the wandering you do!

    This is incredible…Thank you for the trip!
    Take Care….

    1. Oh my God Maryrose, that is the sweetest (and longest :-)) comment anyone has ever left on my blog! Thank you ever so much 🙂

  7. All wonderful images, Madhu, but my favorites are definitely the Nile River cruise, the colorful feast, and the adorable Quechua girl. Such adventures you’ve had!

  8. Madhu no one who has even for once seen the smiling Quechua gir will be able to forget that beautiful face ever…
    And i was hoping you will include that last shot….
    beautiful selection…

  9. What a wonderful collection! That little girl made me smile too, she’s gorgeous and the lunch on the boat sounds and looks wonderful. The feluca shot is lovely and the lost city…. wow!

  10. Absolutely Brilliant Madhu! Loved all of your picture. What a great collection of pictures! Let me tell you that photo made me dream too. 🙂 One of my fav post in your blog.

  11. What gorgeous choices Madhu, I love every single one! I can just imagine the food shot being featured in a cookbook… the vibrant colours and play of light almost seem to jump out of the screen!

  12. I like the one with the boat most… and the one with the lovely food, you can always get me with that.

  13. Sorry to be so late responding, i’ve been away. Well,what an awesome collection, I’ll try to get some together but they won’t be of your standard. Thanks for choosing me, it’s a brilliant challenge! 🙂

  14. WOW to all 7 of them…. if I close my eyes, trying to remember them in my mind’s eye are the one of the little girl and the Nile 🙂

      1. It is my pleasure Madhu… I did not mean to tell you, but on the right of my blog you can see your name among blogs that inspire me ;), and you know that I am not a suck-up or asking for attention 😉

  15. Excellent photos and the accompanying write it was excellent too. The story of the last shot is what makes those captured moments special. 🙂

  16. I can’t imagine how you chose just seven, but you did an all-inclusive portfolio of thoughtful photographs. The little girl and the barren ruins of Pergamon stick in my head. I felt precisely as you did looking at these photographs. Such haunting beauty there is in the world. It must be a bittersweet experience to visit and re-visit these places knowing what has been before and understanding what humans took away. But, the little girl makes us happy again! 🙂

  17. A visual treat… All the photographs and its vivid description are really catchy!
    I loved your blog, and it makes me feel so light and gives me this instinct to just pack my bags and catch a flight to explore the world!

  18. I already know most of these pictures. I haven’t seen the dream photo. It does look so unbelievably dream-like. What a way to recall your travel moments. Now, who wants to nominate me for this? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    1. You have seen only three out of the seven, and the dream photo IS one of them!
      I hereby nominate you…Sir Rommel! Look forward to seeing your super 7 🙂

  19. They are all beautiful photos, Madhu. The falls are fantastic, the boat picture is introspective, the Lost City is magnificent. But the little girl connects and for that reason, hers is my favorite photo. 🙂

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