It’s All in the Detail – Travel Photo Roulette *97

Have you heard of Travel Photo Roulette?

Because we have a new WINNER for this round!
(Scroll down to see the winning entry!)

It’s a friendly fun game between travel bloggers who put up fabulous travel photos over the course of a week, focusing on a theme, where the prize for the winner is to host and select the theme for the following round.

And guess what?

I won the previous Travel Photo Roulette Round #96, hosted on Jess’ site Ice Cream and Perma Frost, with the following photo – where her theme was:

Frozen

“On my recent visit to Scotland we woke on this cold January morning to a crisp white hoar frost coating the hedgerows and the top of our stone wall and gate.”

Hoar frost on the top of a gate in Scptland

 

As the host for round #97, the theme for…

Travel Photo Roulette #97 is…
Detail

You often hear it said – It’s all in the detail!

And to my mind, that is where the true travel story of where you are and what you’re experiencing is being told –
While big open vistas inspire and enthral us with their magnitude, it’s the little details of daily life that form the backbone of cultures and demarcate the charming regional idiosyncrasies we encounter and so form our memories.

By noticing the local craftsmanship of a dry stone wall, the embellishment on a piece of traditional fabric, or quite simply what lays beneath your feet as you walk upon the forest floor…

rainforest seeds

These are the details that enrich our journey

So what intricacies have you observed on your travels?
What little nuances have caught your eye and grabbed your attention that you can show and share with us here?

Whether it be a detail that tells the story to a bigger picture
Or a piece of minutia that drew you in to take a closer look –
How detailed or micro you go is up to you…

Sculpture found on the top of a mountain at Cairnsmore  Yellow desert wildflower on red soil Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia

Fat tire biking at Whitewater  Fern Tree, Australia City Hall, Charters Towers

 I’m so looking forward to seeing your
photographic eye for

Detail

This round is now closed – But what a ride!

I had fourteen entries highlighting holiday details from the USA including Alaska and Hawaii; Canada, Egypt, Italy, Spain, India, Australia, Thailand and four detailing Mexico.
Details of flowers, embroidered fabric, reflections of nature, Mayan monuments, butterfly’s wings in macro, fashion accessories, architectural details of windows, doorways, Thai temples and Totems, which all fulfilled the brief of enriching our life’s journey…

And the Winner is….

3.) Josie ~ House Sitting Travel

Reflections of trees in water

Judge’s Comment:
As my eye skimmed across the painterly surface my focus fell upon fallen floating leaves seemingly suspended by yellow sunshine –
And it was this detail that then quietly and gently drew me in to fathomless depths of timeless tranquillity.
Focusing on Details can transpose you to a state of mindfulness, and this photo certainly took me on that journey.

The Entries

1.) Suzanne ~ Boomeresque

My “Detail” photo is a close up of an orange hibiscus I found along a busy street in the Waikiki section of Honolulu, Hawaii. It was just after a light rain and I loved the way the droplets were like little magnifying glasses

………. ***** ……….

 2.) Juergen ~ Dare2Go

This round’s topic was difficult for me from the point of view that I didn’t really know which direction to take; I have a large number of very detailed nature shots, mostly plants or rocks, but also an equally large number of photos depicting architectural details. In the end I settled for something different: a display of traditional hand-embroidered women’s tops for sale at the annual artisans fair in Uruapan in Mexico. I loved the colours and intricacy of these blouses – each requires countless hours of work. Despite that you see many women going about their daily business in these tops. Read more about Uruapan in Michoacan (not far from Patzcuaro) here

Detail Mexican embroidery

 ………. ***** ……….

3.) Josie ~ House Sitting Travel

Entitled “October Reflections ll,” my detail photo was taken on a still, sunny fall day while hiking on the NCR trail in Maryland, U.S. Here is a list of the details I love about it:

1. The surface of the lazy river was so cooperative and quiet.
2. The deep blue sky shown through the trees making a nice balance of jewel tones, plus an impressionistic wiggly corner.
3. The reds and yellow reflected leaf colors spread around in a pretty collection of real and abstract bunches.
4. Floating colored leaves on the water’s surface pop.
5. Boulders on the river’s bottom glow green.

Reflections of trees in water

………. ***** ……….

 

4.) Bethaney ~ Flashpacker Family

Taking a bite out of Chitchen Itza –
This was taken at Chitchen Itza in Mexico. I came around the corner and was amazed how this shot just lined up perfectly. Like the snake’s head was taking a bite out of the pyramid.

Chitchen Itza in Mexico

 ………. ***** ……….

 5.) Jade ~ Our Oyster

Here is a macro shot of a butterfly’s wing that we took at the Butterfly Conservation House in Niagara Falls, Canada.

[Editor’s Note: You need to click on the image for this one to see its true detail]

IMG_9867

 ………. ***** ……….

 6.) Carole ~ Berkeley and Beyond

On my first visit to Egypt a few years ago, I spotted this woman in a burka and was surprised to see her chic silver high heels and matching purse–not to mention cell phone and bottle of water. She looked just like a lady you’d see on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills except she was wearing a black tent over it all. And it was really hot.

Woman in a burka and high heels, bag and mobile phone

 ………. ***** ……….

 7.) Noel ~  Travel Photo Discovery

I just did a post on doors and portals while exploring the magnificent city of Verona, Italy. I’ll be submitting the 2nd to the last image with the yellow walls and Venetian style windows and a face on top to boot!

Window detail with a face

 ………. ***** ……….

 8.) Rachel ~  Andalucia Explorer

A narrow backstreet in Cordoba, Spain and tucked between some uninspring modern houses was this little nook. I love the detail of this painted bright blue border around the old wrought ironwork and the tiny window that would be almost unnoticeable without its adornments.

Detail of a window above a door

 ………. ***** ……….

9.) Jeremy ~ Living the Dream

When it comes to detail, I can’t think of any place better than the palaces of India. It seems like every room becomes more ornate and intricate than the next and is really quite impressive. One of my favorite details was the Peacock Door at the City Palace in Jaipur. The photo really does not do this one justice!

Peacock Door at the City Palace in Jaipur

 ………. ***** ……….

10.) James ~ The Life Outdoors

Gum-tree moon, Morton National Park [Australia]: As friends and I settled down to enjoy a glass of wine at our campsite after getting the children to bed, a full, yellow moon rose above the horizon. I wandered through the bush and found these leaves silhouetted against its wondrous glow. Through this detail both the moon and the trees appeared in a new light – literally!

Moon and eucalypt leaves silouetted

 ………. ***** ……….

 11.) Irene ~ More Time to Travel

This metal grillwork caught my eye at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya [Mexico] —both for the exquisite craftsmanship but also for the beauty of the sky behind it.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya

 ………. ***** ……….

12.) Donna ~ Nomad Women

This shot is part of the front wall of one section of a colonial hacienda in a neighborhood called Santa Maria del Obraje in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico. I have been parking nose-in in front of this wall twice a week for over a year and I never really looked at it until a few weeks ago. I was staring, kind of mindlessly, out my windshield when this scene just came into focus for the first time. It was just before noon and the bright Mexican sun was casting stark shadows. I love the lines in this, and the slim trail of bougainvillea vine seemed to balance the composition perfectly. Thank God I had my camera with me.

Terra cotta coloured wall in Mexico with a shelf

………. ***** ……….

13.) Brent ~ Brent’s Favorite Photos

I loved the ornate detail and repeating pattern of the temples of Thailand.
[Wat Ratchabophit]

Thailand Wat Ratchabophit detail

………. ***** ……….

14.) Jess ~ Ice Cream and Permafrost

This is a detail from the Raven totem pole at Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska.

I like looking at these poles up close because that lets you see the little bits of craftsmanship that come together to make something magnificent – here there’s the tool marks in the eye, the grain of the wood, and the way the paint is still bright but starting to weather.

Raven totem pole Sitka National Historical Park Alaska

 ………. ***** ……….

 

Travel Photo Roulette Rules/Guidelines

  1. One submission per blog ie sites with 2+ authors get one entry.
  2. Post processing is fine in this round.
  3. Abstract submissions are interesting – As long as I can comprehend the connection.
  4. Keep your images medium-sized eg 800 pixels wide is good.
  5. If you win, you will host the next round (runs for 7 days) and so choose the next theme – Remember to keep phrases general so all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided for open-ended topics like “monuments”, or for a little more focus try “monuments at night”. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’ – Themes can be repeated after a year.
  6. Keep it PG-13 – or at least safe for work
  7. New photos, or old photos from your archives are fine, as long as not previously entered in a TPR round.
  8. ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN
  9. Since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!
  10. And last but not the least, talk about Photo Roulette! and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Stumbleupon…
    Its way too good to keep to ourselves! Oh, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette.

How to Submit a Photo

Just leave a comment with a link to your image below!
And tell me a little about what compelled you to zoom in on this detail ~
If you have a post that elaborates leave that link too so I can include it.

I’ll be adding the submitted pictures into this post throughout the week, so please check back to see them all and tell me which you think has an eye for DETAIL 😉

The contest ran for 7 days,
ending on Sunday March 22nd 2015
When I announced the winner, who hosts the next round

Want to see more awesome photos from previous rounds over the four years travel photo roulette has been running?  Here’s a list of…

Previous winners…

  1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals
  2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
  3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream Street Art
  4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
  5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
  6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back Beaches
  7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits
  8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
  9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond Water
  10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
  11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
  12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
  13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures  Changing Seasons
  14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling
  15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
  16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
  18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
  19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
  20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
  21. Jul 2011 The Unframed World Symmetry
  22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
  23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
  24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
  25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
  26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
  27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
  28. Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com Reflection
  29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing
  30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
  31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music
  32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls Love
  33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor
  34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
  37. Not hosted anymore
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
  40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
  41. Apr 2012 Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
  45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away Smile
  47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
  48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
  49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
  50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
  51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
  52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
  53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
  54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
  55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
  56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
  57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
  58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down
  59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
  60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
  61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
  62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
  63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
  64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
  65. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
  66. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
  67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
  68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
  69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
  70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party
  71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
  72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
  73. Jan 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
  74. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition
  75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
  76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas
  77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
  78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
  79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
  80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
  81. Jun 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
  82. Jul 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
  83. Jul 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
  84. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid
  85. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
  86. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
  87. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet Wild World
  88. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Element
  89. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts Heritage
  90. Oct 2014 Living the Dream Your Grand Adventure
  91. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped Inspire
  92. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ Viewpoint
  93. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan WOW!
  94. Jan 2015  ZigZag On Earth Roads and Tracks
  95. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos? Street Art
  96. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost Frozen
  97. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings Detail
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54 thoughts on “It’s All in the Detail – Travel Photo Roulette *97

  1. Congratulations on winning Round #96. Your photo of the hoar frost is enchanting.

    My “Detail” photo is a close up of an orange hibiscus I found along a busy street in the Waikiki section of Honolulu, Hawaii. It was just after a light rain and I loved the way the droplets were like little magnifying glasses. http://www.boomeresque.com/waikiki-orange-hibiscus/

    (My photo is 500 x 500 pxls. Let me know if you need a different size).
    Suzanne Fluhr recently posted..Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All – a Boomeresque Book ReviewMy Profile

    • Your hibiscus Suzanne, simply burst out of the screen at me and the waft of petrichor under my nose tells me –
      Yes, this detail speaks volumes for Waikiki 😀
      And thanks for the congrats!

  2. Congratulations on your well deserved win in the last round!
    This round’s topic was difficult for me from the point of view that I didn’t really know which direction to take; I have a large number of very detailed nature shots, mostly plants or rocks, but also an equally large number of photos depicting architectural details. In the end I settled for something different: a display of traditional hand-embroidered women’s tops for sale at the annual artisans fair in Uruapan in Mexico. I loved the colours and intricacy of these blouses – each requires countless hours of work. Despite that you see many women going about their daily business in these tops.
    http://www.trover.com/d/q0HG-uruapan-mexico
    This is part of our post from 2007 about Patzcuaro in Michoacan: http://www.dare2go.com/mexico01/mx06-2.shtml
    Juergen | dare2go recently posted..Majestic Araucaria Trees & Magnificent RiversMy Profile

    • This detail totally reflects the culture and colour of Mexico –
      I love that the beauty of their work is worn and enjoyed and on view to enrich their daily toils 🙂

  3. Hi Linda,

    Entitled “October Reflections ll,” my detail photo was taken on a still, sunny fall day while hiking on the NCR trail in Maryland, U.S. Here is a list of the details I love about it:

    1. The surface of the lazy river was so cooperative and quiet.
    2. The deep blue sky shown through the trees making a nice balance of jewel tones, plus an impressionistic wiggly corner.
    3. The reds and yellow reflected leaf colors spread around in a pretty collection of real and abstract bunches.
    4. Floating colored leaves on the water’s surface pop.
    5. Boulders on the river’s bottom glow green.

    http://www.housesittingtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/October-Reflections-ll.jpg

    Love your frost photo! How fun.

    Regards,
    Josie
    Josie recently posted..5 Distilled Travel Tidbits for February, 2015My Profile

    • Wow! You literally do have an eye for detail there! 😉
      When you see a macro shot like that it makes you realise how much we overlook –
      There are worlds coexisting with us that we’re generally oblivious to.

  4. http://berkeleyandbeyond.com/burka.jpg
    On my first visit to Egypt a few years ago, I spotted this woman in a burka and was surprised to see her chic silver high heels and matching purse–not to mention cell phone and bottle of water. She looked just like a lady you’d see on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills except she was wearing a black tent over it all. And it was really hot.
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    • I’m drawn to windows too Noel –
      Shutters and potted plants are all windows into people’s lives and give a hint as to what happens behind these façades…
      But makes me all the more curious as to what really happens here! 🙂

    • Oooooo – This is a detail that makes me beg for more detail! I keep zooming in further and further getting lost in the colours and patterns –
      Yes, quite spectacular 🙂

  5. Gum-tree moon, Morton National Park: As friends and I settled down to enjoy a glass of wine at our campsite after getting the children to bed, a full, yellow moon rose above the horizon. I wandered through the bush and found these leaves silhouetted against its wondrous glow. Through this detail both the moon and the trees appeared in a new light – literally!

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/meaug1wffzgioig/AACo0cict4qLullLIQqAD3uUa/1503-gambells-rest-camp-15.jpg?dl=0

    • What a magical sight –
      Eucalypt leaves are such a beautiful shape, and seeing this silhouetted detail makes me feel as though I’m being drawn into a fairy tale!

    • How funny – Because you’ve given it the same title, and we’re still in the same month the link is identical, so it has magically reappeared!
      Thank you! 🙂

    • This grillwork detail, Irene, is gorgeous – I’m sure it would have caught my eye too!
      The style reminds me of woodcuts, which I love – and with the lovely Mexican iconography of donkeys. horses, cockerels and sombreros… Charming 🙂

  6. You have a true artist’s eye and your lovely photographs and the theme “details” has produced so many interesting responses. I try to remember to look up,up, up when we venture out on walks but your reminder and terrific photos to pay attention to what lies beneath and near my feet is also well heeded!

    • Thank you so much for your compliments!
      Don’t you have a ‘Detail’ photo you’d like to enter here?
      I’m sure you’d have at least one in among your Curacao Carnival shots… if not from elsewhere on your extensive travels! 😉

    • Thank you….
      But I’ve just popped over to your site and see your 365 project in progress….
      There has to be a ‘detail’ shot in there surely that you’d like to add to the party going on over here?! 😉

  7. Linda, your hoar frost photo is simply stellar. No wonder you won the round! Congratulations.

    This shot is part of the front wall of one section of a colonial hacienda in a neighborhood called Santa Maria del Obraje in San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico. I have been parking nose-in in front of this wall twice a week for over a year and I never really looked at it until a few weeks ago. I was staring, kind of mindlessly, out my windshield when this scene just came into focus for the first time. It was just before noon and the bright Mexican sun was casting stark shadows. I love the lines in this, and the slim trail of bougainvillea vine seemed to balance the composition perfectly. Thank God I had my camera with me.

    http://www.nomadwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/santa-maria-del-obraje-san-miguel-de-allende-mexico.jpg
    Donna Meyer recently posted..Company at the Copper CanyonMy Profile

    • Gosh ~ The light must have just been right that day for it to catch your eye after so long –
      Suddenly, with the mid day sun the terracotta wall was vibrantly illuminated casting that stunning angular shadow from the solitary stone shelf down over the organic shape of the cerise bougainvillea –
      Small details, and small moments in time are often the biggest highlights. 😀

    • I love getting up close to details such as this where you can virtually feel a connection to the person’s hand who carved it!
      And there’s something… comforting, about repeating patterns! 🙂

  8. This is a detail from the Raven totem pole at Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska.

    I like looking at these poles up close because that lets you see the little bits of craftsmanship that come together to make something magnificent – here there’s the tool marks in the eye, the grain of the wood, and the way the paint is still bright but starting to weather.

    http://icecreamandpermafrost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SNHP-April-2014-051.jpg
    Jess recently posted..Photos: The Iditarod Dogsled Race, 2015 Ceremonial Start.My Profile

    • I love seeing the hand-crafted details of where the chisel shaped and moulded the wood into its new form –
      These marks transcend time connecting us to the artist’s soul which was so lovingly entwined into it during its creation and now emanates out to touch and communicate with us here in the present –
      While the weathering paint reflects the passing of time 🙂

  9. That frozen photo of yours is fab – congrats on winning and good luck choosing a winner from the entries you receive! Looks a tough job already!! #wkendtravelinspiration

    • It was such a fun round to see what details catch people’s eyes!
      And yes, that vibrant blue from Andalucia certainly vied for my attention too 😀

    • I loved being drawn into everyone’s eye for detail in this round too – And that Alaskan totem certainly possessed that!
      It was an interesting exercise ‘comparing’ images with such a wide variety of approaches to the theme 🙂

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    • Doors and windows are so decorative in Europe –
      Not only with the addition of shutters but they’re always so beautifully adorned with potted plants –
      So welcoming, which is why I think we have the desire to capture them!

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  12. I love Josie’s water reflections and leaves too. Any photo that prompts a feeling of tranquility deserves a prize. I loved the silver shoes under burka too! It pays to have an eye for detail.

    • There’s a mindfullness about noticing the detail – being so present in the moment you spot the little things… like accouterments under a burka 😉

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