Here are our super shots for each category. You may recognize these from our Best Travel Photos from 2011 post.
1. A photo that takes my breath away
Havasu Falls in Arizona was one of the few places that have literally taken my breath away. I couldn’t believe a place like this existed and that we were seeing it with our own eyes. It’s like something out of a fairytale and I wouldn’t expect it to be only a short 8-hour drive away from San Diego. It’s not too often we find a destination that we would be happy to visit again and again.
2. A photo that makes me laugh or smile
I’m still shocked that I was able to capture this shot at the San Diego Safari Park. We were mesmerized by the Colobus Monkeys jumping from tree to tree with their long hair flowing all around them. I always imagine this little guy as praying to the monkey gods after a satisfying scratch.
3. A photo that makes me dream
If this steamy solitude photo doesn’t make you dream, then I don’t know what will. We took this at Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park. I made Scott stand in the middle of the sulfur smelling steam for about five minutes while I obsessed over getting the perfect photo that represents solitude.
4. A photo that makes me think
I was blown away when Scott showed me this shot. I didn’t even realize he was photographing me at the Yuma Prison. I love the harsh light, which I think gives this photo an erie, yet contemplative feeling. He’s really good at capturing those spontaneous photos that make you think.
5. A photo that makes my mouth water
Our trip to San Antonio was full of gluttony. Before our visit, I had no idea San Antonio had so many tasty restaurants to choose from. This breakfast dish was one of our favorites from the Liberty Bar Restaurant. We are in the process of putting together a post of our favorite places to eat in this intriguing city.
6. A photo that tells a story
I was surprised at how many hilarious captions this photo evoked when we posted it as a photo of the week. I think it’s one of those photos where you really wonder what these two ladies are thinking. I certainly wonder what they must have been thinking of the crazy lady who was willing to pay them to take their photo.
7. A photo that I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
This was a hard one to choose. When I think of National Geographic, I think of great portraits taken in far away lands. I almost chose our Sadhu in Kathmandu photo, but I think this one has more charisma since the subject is not looking straight into the camera.
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