Travel Photo Roulette #83: Summer!

Galeston Pier

This summer’s start has been a hectic one! We’re currently on a six-month work contract that has us on a US Roadtrip, working at festivals and events across the country. Late spring saw us in the northeast, culminating with a Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia. Next, we learned we were nominated among a great group of bloggers for the USA Today/10-Best Couples Travel Bloggers (shameless plug: you can still vote for TurtlesTravel daily). We’ve continued to head south, and the weather is turning hot, hot, hot.

Tuning in to the last Travel Photo Roulette round, we were excited to see that our friends at Two for the Road chose a theme of “Into the Wild.” Since getting out into nature is such a big part of our travels too, we were especially excited to find a photo that captured that idea. The long-running Travel Photo Roulette series themes have varied from “Landmarks” to “People Sleeping,” and it’s always fascinating to see different interpretations. We were honored that our photo of Donny leaving the trail on a path in the countryside outside Yangshou, China was chosen for this round. Be sure to check out the other great entries, and read on for info on how to participate in Round 83 of Travel Photo Roulette.

***And the winner is…***

Adventures Around Asia!

After much debate (there are two of us) as well as consulting with friends and family, including some summer-loving kids, we’ve come to a decision.  All the entries were awesome, making it tough to choose just one.  While we were really loved some of the landscapes and scenic shots, what ended up clinching it was how Richelle’s photo included not only an idyllic beach with beautiful blues but also beach-goers enjoying sun, surf and sand. For us, she really captured, “Summer!” We look forward to seeing what the next Round’s theme will be. Thanks so much to all who participated. Please scroll down and take a look at all of the other fantastic entries. Link on over to participants’ blogs as well. Photo Roulette is a great resource for discovering some wonderful travel and photo blogs!

When I think of summer, I imagine a beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves and having fun in the sun. This photo is of a perfect beach on Grand Turk island in the Turks and Caicos. Some enjoy the water, while others rest in the shade enjoying the sea breeze.

When I think of summer, I imagine a beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves and having fun in the sun. This photo is of a perfect beach on Grand Turk island in the Turks and Caicos. Some enjoy the water, while others rest in the shade enjoying the sea breeze.

Travel Photo Roulette #83’s Theme: Summer!

In honor of this lovely time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, we have chosen “Summer!” as the subject for Travel Photo Roulette #83. Whether your idea of summer is getting out to the beach, cranking up the heat on your grill or cooling off with a frozen treat, we each have our own favorite things about summer. We can’t wait to see what it brings to mind for all of you! We love to hear a bit of the story behind the photo, too, so be sure to include some background on why your photo really embodies summer for you. To get you started, we’ve included some of our own Summer! shots.

Submissions for this round will be open from Sunday, July 27 through Sunday, August 3.

To enter the Travel Photo Roulette leave a comment below in the comments section with a link to the photo you’d like to submit. All photos will be included in this post. After the submission period, the post will be updated to announce the winner, who will host the next round.

Bahamas Beach

The incredible Caribbean blues on Paradise Island, Bahamas

Grilling Lamb Chops and Asparagus

Grilling Lamb Chops and Asparagus

Canoeing in Florida

Canoeing with an eye out for alligators in Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Medellin Raspado

Raspado (shave ice with condensed milk) in Medellin, Colombia

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so 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 people 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 favourite 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 sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author can ignore comments 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.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest. Make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette.

Guidelines

– One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
– Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) 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.
– 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!

Previous Winners

This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

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 Reflections

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

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. June 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation

82July 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild

83. July 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!

The Entries

Getting Stamped

Getting Stamped

This is one of my favorite photos taken high above the islands of Fiji where it’s always summer! Boating always reminds me of summer, every year we would spend weekends on the lakes in northern Wisconsin (where it’s almost never summer). I would love to be in one of those boats right about now!

Street Food World Tour

Street Food WT

Taken on the beaches of Bali, Indonesia this shot reminds me of summer. You have the beach, sun, and sports. Every night as the sun went down local kids gathered to play football on the famous Kuta beach.

 Travel Past 50

Lake Travel Past 50

The Iowa Riviera, Lake Okoboji. I’ve gone there for a week every July for as long as I can remember. Here’s the essence right here. It’s usually damn hot here in July, so what can you do but dive in the lake?

Till The Money Runs Out

Till The Money Runs Out

This picture was taken on one of the small islands in Palawan, Philippines during an amazing boat trip that stopped to camp on a different island each night. You never knew what you were going to find and the only thing that was certain was there there was going to be some type of volleyball net rigged up at each stop. It doesn’t get more “summer” than playing volleyball on a beach across a fishing net strung between two palm trees!

ZigZag On Earth

ZigZag On Earth

This took place in Freudenstadt in the German Black Forest. At their famous square place there is a large fountain where kids can play. My niece had an awesome time. Every time I see that photo I tell myself: ‘next time forget what other people think and go play with her!’

Jennywise Arcade

Jennywise Arcade

This photo is of a whale watch off of Provincetown, Cape Cod last summer.

Peanuts or Pretzels

Peanuts or Pretzels

When we think of summer we think of the hot sun on South Beach and of course Mojitos.

Brents Favorite Photos

Brents Favorite Photos

Nothing screams summer like a beautiful beach, beautiful water and travel to a fun location. This is the Phra Nang Beach, a short boat ride from Krabi, Thailand.

Living The Dream RTW

Whenever I think of summer, I think of the beach. Out of the ones we’ve visited recently, the beaches on St Mary’s Island outside of Udupi, India were by far the most beautiful.

Whenever I think of summer, I think of the beach. Out of the ones we’ve visited recently, the beaches on St Mary’s Island outside of Udupi, India were by far the most beautiful.

Adventures Around Asia

When I think of summer, I imagine a beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves and having fun in the sun. This photo is of a perfect beach on Grand Turk island in the Turks and Caicos. Some enjoy the water, while others rest in the shade enjoying the sea breeze.

When I think of summer, I imagine a beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves and having fun in the sun. This photo is of a perfect beach on Grand Turk island in the Turks and Caicos. Some enjoy the water, while others rest in the shade enjoying the sea breeze.

Travel Addicts

While there’s something to be said for the relaxation of sitting on a beach with a fruity beverage, we also enjoy our more active excursions. In this shot, you can just feel the heat and humidity of the jungle being washed away as you plunge into the cool river waters of Belize.

While there’s something to be said for the relaxation of sitting on a beach with a fruity beverage, we also enjoy our more active excursions. In this shot, you can just feel the heat and humidity of the jungle being washed away as you plunge into the cool river waters of Belize.

Dare2 go

Summer to me means that the landscape is turning green with many colourful dots here and there. Like when you’re driving along a country road and the hills are dotted with bright yellow fields of canola plants.

Summer to me means that the landscape is turning green with many colourful dots here and there. Like when you’re driving along a country road and the hills are dotted with bright yellow fields of canola plants.

Elena’s Travelgram

Taken last summer near the Togean Islands, Indonesia – probably the most unique and remote destination I’ve ever visited! Turquoise water, virgin and moisture jungles and around 98% of world coral reef species to be found around!

Taken last summer near the Togean Islands, Indonesia – probably the most unique and remote destination I’ve ever visited! Turquoise water, virgin and moisture jungles and around 98% of world coral reef species to be found around!

Travel Transmissions

I moved to a gorgeous little island named Vieques, part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, about 5 months ago to train and begin working as a Divemaster. As I stood on the edge of the island snapping a sunset, I knew I’d captured the eternal essence of summer sunshine that the Caribbean is famous for.

I moved to a gorgeous little island named Vieques, part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, about 5 months ago to train and begin working as a Divemaster. As I stood on the edge of the island snapping a sunset, I knew I’d captured the eternal essence of summer sunshine that the Caribbean is famous for.

The Travel Bunny

Summer in France and fields full of beaming sunflowers – just screams summer to me…

Summer in France and fields full of beaming sunflowers – just screams summer to me…

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  1. Far out, your day job sounds amazing. :) Love the pics you submitted too. Totally and absolutely jealous of the warmth and sunshine you are experiencing. Shared over on Twitter. Happy Tuesday to you. Cheers, Anna

  2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomkrones/11352495505/sizes/l

    This picture was taken on one of the small islands in Palawan, Philippines during an amazing boat trip that stopped to camp on a different island each night. You never knew what you were going to find and the only thing that was certain was there there was going to be some type of volleyball net rigged up at each stop. It doesn’t get more “summer” than playing volleyball on a beach across a fishing net strung between two palm trees!

  3. I hope I’m not too late. This photo is of a whale watch off of Provincetown, Cape Cod last summer. I’ve put the photo on my facebook page!! Lots of great entries so far!!!

    • In 2012 we spent about 6 weeks in India but never got to the coast. Thanks for sharing this beach photo, it will give us some inspiration to make use of our 10 yr visa and get back over there!

  4. When I think of summer, I imagine a beautiful beach full of people enjoying themselves and having fun in the sun. This photo is of a perfect beach on Grand Turk island in the Turks and Caicos. Some enjoy the water, while others rest in the shade enjoying the sea breeze.

    http://www.trover.com/d/cXko

    • Thanks for stopping by and participating in Travel Photo Roulette! Very cool you use Trover, we’ve gotten into that as well. I followed you!

      • Thanks Donny, I’ll be sure to follow you too! I’ve found it’s perfect for stuff like this when I don’t already have the photo in a post on my blog.

  5. Hope the completion’s still running :)

    Here’s my photo: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IbEDTKTB-84/U2tCJDqsQQI/AAAAAAAAD3E/xjQSvDRF-eI/s1600/boat.jpg

    Taken last summer near the Togean Islands, Indonesia – probably the most unique and remote destination I’ve ever visited! Turquoise water, virgin and moisture jungles and around 98% of world coral reef species to be found around!

    On the picture, I’m heading for a snorkeling trip in the open sea :)

    • So pretty, look at those blues! We really loved the time we spent in Indonesia. Looks like next time the Togean Islands should be on our list. Thanks for sharing. Safe travels

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