7 Super Shots…and what I think about them

Dear Gilly at Lucid Gypsy was having a ‘not so lucid’ moment a while ago. You see she got challenged to “choose 7 of your own photos for HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.”

You have to pick 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)

Fine so far…but here is where her lucidity come in to question…Gilly picked me as one of the 5 bloggers to pass it on to. So now – ‘I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.

But being a stubborn female and always one to TRY to answer a challenge – well here goes.

I am wondering as I post this…will some of these pass the bar ?

Will some of these surprise you ??

I recently ticked something off a list I have had ever since I broke my back the first time. To make it to the top of Mt Maunganui again. It is not high (232 metres -761 ft), especially when you think I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro…but it seemed an impossible feat while I was making my recovery and could barely walk to the letterbox. So it was a goal I set myself. On the 14th of this month I took this photo from the top…and in everyway possible, both when I took it and now when I look at it it is an image that takes my breath away. It reminds me that all is possible.

Mt Maunganui

I’m a lucky woman. Luckier than most. This photo reminds me of that. And because it does, it always makes me smile if not laugh out loud with joy…for this view is what greets me in the morning. When I get up and about early that is. And when it is not raining in this land I now call my home.

Sunrises don’t get much better than this now then do they ?


Number three was so easy. What do I dream about ? Many, many things…including Brad Pitt’s arse. Did you check out the link ? I just know you wanted to !!!! One dream never changes though. To one day see this from my back yard…to walk out my gate and sink in to the soft sand with my toes. To hear the waves lull me to sleep and wake me in the morning. So this is the one that makes me dream about what is still to come in my life.


Oh – I can’t wait for your reactions to this one !!! A photo that makes me think just had to be this one. You see it reminds me what life is all about. The colours and reflections that are our lives. Mine has had so many. From the burning reds of Australia, the baked browns of the Serengeti plains, the icy white of The Netherlands in mid winter, to the overwhelming greens of New Zealand. But nothing is ever concrete. A change in light, a slight breeze and the colours change and mix and become a kaleidescope of all that we have been and all that we are still to become.

disco ball

After tomatoes there is one food that – well eating it takes me to that place. Seafood !!! Oh how I love seafood. It comes from growing up in Australia where the seafood just tastes better than anywhere else. You know the stories – the tales fishermen tell of the one that got away. Thing is – they rarely get away in Australia. And they are big and tasty and quite frankly…usually more satisfying than sex. And of all the seafood, well these guys are what makes my mouth water.

food, prawns

I love faces. They are – after animals – one of my favourite things to try to capture. Especially in moments when people are unguarded. When their stories play with you. Draw you in and make you want to know more. This is one of those faces. I was fascinated with this man from the moment I met him. His face told not just one but a myriad of stories…with my camera I tried to catch a moment that tells a story.

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So here we are. One to go…the photo I am most proud of. In 1984 I went in search of the Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga National Park in Rwanda. We tramped for hours to find them. Other than the birth of my children…no other moment has come close to how I felt spending time with these guys. If you want to know more about that adventure click here and have a read. This photo has never lost its magic for me. It was taken with a Pentax K1000 film camera with a standard 50mm lens. Their expressions always hold my gaze whenever I look at this image. The little guy on top of his mother later played with my hair.

mountain gorillas

So – that’s me I guess.

Now for the five bloggers.

Well, seeing as I am a pirate and don’t play by the rules anymore I am simply going to throw this open to anyone who wants to take it up.


  1. Wow, Jo! Congrats on reaching your mountain-top goal. 😀 Yes, I checked the link (we’re definitely in agreement on Brad’s butt – although I would love to see Sam’s and even Dean’s, for that matter!) Your pictures are just perfect. I love how you explain why for each one, but really, they are good enough to stand on their own merit. My fav of these is the sunrise, and probably that neat old gentleman whose face you captured. I didn’t know you liked crawdads!! Do you suck their heads for the spicy flavors? <—I love crawdads, but never could bring myself to suck on their brains…ugh *shudder*. 🙂 thanks for sharing with us. If I had a better camera than the one on my phone or the 35mm that it seems like I can't find film for anymore without breaking the bank, I might accept the challenge, but have to pass for now.


      1. Oh…MY….*delighted squeal* EEEEeeeeeeee! 😀 THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! You made my night! lol Must be sure to save these yummeh…oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!! XoXoX


        1. Oh did I just find something kewl for you !!!!!!!!!!!
          Follow the link by clicking on this image…please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          I dare you not to hoot and holler !!!!!!!!

          Oh and Big Daddy John Winchester has a mighty fine arse too !!!!

          Don’t you think ????


  2. Good lord, all those gorgeous man shots as I came to comment have made me totally forget what I came to say…. Pulling myself together! Great shots and yes I did check on Brad’s bum. My pick was the old man’s face – just a spectacular photo. Can’t say I’ll take on the challenge though, am just getting back to some regular posts on my blog. Cheers!


  3. Ok, i totaly agree with Cheryl…. I was about to tell you how amazing your shots are and how breathtaking the view from the mountain is and all of a sudden….. what was i thinking? o.O
    You shouldn’t have done that………..
    To sum up, your post makes me dream! (in every possible way 😉 )


  4. super shots jo, i could not pull myself away for a moment … except for the men, they dont interest me at all!!! those mountain gorillas are totally amazing, to imagine you were right there!! love your words, the colours, the mountain climbing, the face, and the sunrise, just superb 🙂


    1. Of course those beautiful men don’t interest you at all Christine…I would NEVER think otherwise.
      Thanks for all the lovely things you said about the rest of the shots though…hehehe


  5. Goodness me, Jo!! Your 7 super shots are wonderful Love them all and especially that last one. How clever of you to put that elderly man’s face as the one that “tells a story.” Brilliant. I’m not going to comment on all those male bods, just in case my hubby reads your post. 😀


    1. Hey Cathy,
      Glad to hear that you liked them. Sunrises are hard…but New Zealand just keeps putting on great ones lately for me. As for TBS…well who could not enjoy them…hehehehe


  6. How very lucky you are to have seen the moutnain gorillas face-to-face, Jo. Your shots are wonderful. (P.S. Forget Brad Pitt, go and see ‘Magic Mike’ – Matthew McConaughey puts BP to shame!)


    1. I was very lucky !!!! So glad you liked the photos BB !! MM is a honey…but The Pitt is closer to my age so it doesn’t feel quite so – unseemly – hehehehehehe.


  7. Great shots Jo, I really love when you share your photos. Great images for each topic by the way. Enjoy all the sea food you can Jo, since I never touch the nasty stuff, I leave it all to you. 😉


    1. Awwwwwww – thanks Cap’n.
      What do you mean you never touch seafood. You’re a pirate for goodness sake !!!!!!!!

      Though that does leave more for me I guess.


  8. I was so captivated by the gorillas, and reading your words that came with the photos, and then I had to scroll down, and now….like a few others, I’ve forgotten what I was going to say!


    1. Hahahahahahaha…The Boys do have that effect on some.
      So did you click on the link to the ‘something kewl’ in the comments. I can’t stop singing the song…or smacking it.


  9. I wouldn’t mind dreaming the same dream you have listed but not with you in it, LOLOL
    Great list …. the seafood looks yummy. I love seafood, too. Will have to make to Austrailia to taste the best. Nice photo’s and answers.


  10. Absolutely LOVE your selection of super shots Jo, all of them, and the dream beach and the gorilla’s even more, if that were possible!! But, including a reference to Brad’s butt in the same post was a HUGE mistake. Now I can’t get that out of my head 😀


    1. You should NEVER get Brad’s butt out of your head…its toooooooooooooo pretty Madhu. Way to pretty.
      Brad Pitt's butt
      Of course he does have other pretty bits as well…
      Brad Pitt naked


  11. He certainly has long liquid limbs, Jo, the kind of body profile to make a girl forget herself, certainly to blush … Your shots are super, of course, what we’ve come to expect, but it was your thinking in response to prompts that I enjoyed the most – thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂


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