My 7 Super Shots


No, not that kind of shot. Silly. What were you thinking?

When Erik over at the travel blog On My Feet or In My Mind invited me to participate in a photography project sponsored by Hostelbookers, I was nonplussed. I am so totally NOT a photographer. Photos in this blog are just decoration, colorful bread crumbs that lead you from one paragraph to the next.

But Erik has been so supportive over the months, what with all the retweeting of my blog posts (every stinking one) and nice comments, that I swallowed my dignity and agreed. (Really, thanks, Erik. You make me feel like one of the cool group, like I’m sitting at the cheerleaders’ lunch table or something. Go team!)

I had to choose seven photos from seven prompts with a description of each. Then I nominate five other bloggers. Oh, and I have to say “I am taking part in Hostelbooker’s 7 Super Shots.” So I just did.

Note: Click on any photo and you’ll get a slide show of them all with a nice lightbox effect, compliments of my IT guru Harmonie Ponder.

1. Photo that takes my breath away. Literally.

This is one of the signature hikes in Zion National Park. Eight miles. 2100 feet elevation gain. Sheer, precipitous drops. (I didn’t look.) You think you’re going to die, then you get to the top and here’s what you see! I’d do it all over again.

Observation Point-Zion National Park--8 miles; 2100 feet elevation gain


Photo that makes me laugh.

I laugh every time I think of Harry, camped at the top of a 750-foot sand dune in the middle of the Mojave Desert hoping to catch a ride to San Diego. I can’t explain it all here; you gotta read the story of Harry.


Harry, camped at the top of the Kelso Dunes


Photo that makes me dream.

Wherever I wander, there’s no place like home.

This is it–Sleeping Bear Dunes on Michigan’s west coast. No place like it on earth. I love Michigan (even Detroit), and I love the lakes–great and small. This is quintessential West Michigan.

view of Sleeping Bear Dunes


Photo that makes me think.

One of the first things I did upon arriving in New York City last November was to visit Occupy Wall Street because I felt it was historic, and because I felt an affinity for the group’s basic message. A few days after I visited, police cleared the occupiers and chased, arrested, and harassed them throughout the city. While my mature adult mind understands the problems with permanent squatters…still…I feel that these folks were standing there for me. Here’s my post on the camp. I’ll also be adding an OWS album to my wanderingnotlost FB page. (And while you’re at it, “like” the page so you can stay up-to-date on my posts.)

Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park before the raid


Photo that makes my mouth water.

I haven’t really been a huge foodie since I started traveling, but this meal was as good as it looks, and the ambiance at the Pink Store was pretty special, too.

enchildadas at the Pink Store, Columbus, New Mexico


Photo that tells a story

Slab City was another of those weird, intense experiences on the road. For a week, these guys were my “neighbors” as I parked in the desert on the outskirts of this squatter’s camp. I got to know them and became embroiled in their dramas. You can read part of it here. (Be forewarned; Slab City is a series of six posts.)

Photo that I’m most proud of. (aka: Nat Geo-worthy)

Well, dang. Don’t have one of those. But I LIKE this photo a lot. Stumbled over this delicate beauty on a hike through Fish Creek in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in southern California. (Yes. I know it’s overexposed.) Also have an album on my FB page that’s worth a look.

(Yeah, ok. It’s not Nat Geo-worthy. But I still like it.)

Now–my five, er, four nominees:


Here’s the link; and here’s the rules:

Choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away
  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
  • A photo that…makes me dream
  • A photo that…makes me think
  • A photo that…makes my mouth water
  • A photo that…tells a story
  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

2. Write a short description for each image.
3. Write somewhere in your blog post: I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.
4. Tell us you have participated and tweet the hashtag #7SuperShots
5. Nominate 5 other bloggers by including a link to their blog in your post.

We will be retweeting and sharing the best posts from participating bloggers.

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6 Responses to My 7 Super Shots

  1. Vi 24 June, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Nice shots. Here is my 7 photos

  2. Cary Carlson 17 March, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Very interesting stuff you bloggers do. Got to put in a word for the food foto, since Ed and I just returned from that borderland. The Pink Store had a rough couple of years but things are picking up and it is thriving. It is one block over the border into Mexico from New Mexico (town is Palomas), walk over, walk back after that mouth watering lunch, enhanced by margaritas and mariachies, and Mexican handicrafts. (We get our dental work done, too.) Cary

    • Kate 17 March, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Absolutely! Walk in; walk back. No border hassles. Great food; great Mexican handicrafts at good prices.

      And you COULD get your dental work done.

      All in Palomas at the Pink Store. (On the main drag; can’t miss it)

      Thanks for putting in the word, Cary.

  3. Victoria Philpott 16 March, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Zion National Park looks incredible – love the photos! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Erik 15 March, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I think you did pretty darn well. You underestimate your photos. The top one could also double as your National Geographic shot, too. Great job capturing the majesty of Zion.

  5. Lois 14 March, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    You make me smile. Your photos are so much more than colorful breadcrumbs. If you want to come back down to earth, stop going to such interesting places.