Travel Photo Roulette 109: Home

And the winner is…Micki of The Barefoot Nomad

As she said: “I was born on the prairies, and nothing brings me back home more than watching a thunderstorm roll in over the wheat fields.”

I chose this photo because it illustrates so beautifully what life on the plains is like. Vast open land and sky, punctuated only sporadically by evidence of human activity. The people who live in relative isolation on the plains, both now and in the past, were real pioneers and put down deep roots, both literally and figuratively. That’s home.

Thanks to all who entered, and check out The Barefoot Nomad for the next Travel Photo Roulette.

The Contest

Every two or three weeks, travel bloggers from all over the world participate in what is called Travel Photo Roulette. It’s an ongoing contest that allows travel bloggers to feature their best photos in a wide range of categories. I’ve entered the contest a number of times, and I’m excited to say that last week I won for the second time! Winning the contest means you get to host the next round. That’s why you’re seeing this post on Travel Past 50. Even if you aren’t going to enter, you can certainly stop back here now and then to see the entries.

Last week, Jürgen Klein of Dare2Go hosted the 108th round of the competition with the theme “Dry”. Below is my winning photograph of ancient mud dwellings from the Atacama Desert in Chile-the driest place on Earth.

atacama desert ancient dwellings chile

So now it’s time for round #109!

Round #109: Home

A photograph of home, to me, can be anything that conveys a sense of place that you have a connection to. It could be a photo of a landmark in your home country. It could be one of people in their homes anywhere in the world. It could be a knick-knack on your shelf. I’m more looking for something that conveys a feeling of connection to a place. But, of course, the theme is completely open to interpretation. So, no matter how tenuous, if you have a photo with a connection to the theme, please submit it.

Here are a few examples from my portfolio. All of these happen to be photos of the USA, because that’s my home country. But, that’s not a requirement. Photos can be of anyone’s home–or anyone’s idea of home.

mountain overlook new mexico forbesThis is my friend Forbes and a couple of other friends from college looking over the view from the mesa at Forbes’s ranch in New Mexico.

western kansas prairieI’m from the midwestern United States, which, in a lot of places, is pretty damn flat. This is a view of Kansas, which is just about as flat as it gets.

war memorial council bluffs IowaAnd this is the war memorial in Council Bluffs, Iowa, my actual home town.

About Travel Photo Roulette:

Travel Photo Roulette is a competition started by Jeremy at Living the Dream way back in November 2010 as away for travel bloggers to connect and share their photos.

The Contest

The contest is pretty straightforward. The winner of the previous round chooses a new theme and hosts the competition on their blog, inviting others to share their photos over the course of a week or two. As the end of the contest period, the host selects a winner and the process repeats itself.

The Rules

1. One submission per blog please, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
2. You will need a personal blog or website to participate (so you can host if you win!)
3. Post processing, cropping, correcting for red eyes and other flaws is fine.
4. Abstract submissions are welcome. But if you want to win, it’s probably best that the judge understands your interpretation
5. Hosts should keep themes general so all bloggers can participate. Avoid specifics like ‘Eiffel Tower’; instead choose a more open theme, like ‘monuments’ or ‘monuments at night’
6. Abstract themes can be fun, as long as everyone can understand. ‘Overlooking creation’ is good, ‘Kafkaesque’ is not
7. No obscene photos or themes allowed. Suggestive themes and photography might be accepted, but be careful. Remember, the host is all-powerful
8. Themes may be reused after a period of time; however new photos must be submitted. Keep it fresh!
9. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
10. Most important: ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
11. Please spread the word about Travel Photo Roulette via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and any other means you can think of and use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette
12. It’s a game, so have fun with it.

How to Enter

To enter, simply leave a comment below with a link to your photo and it will be added to the post. (Or, you send us an email using the “Contact” tab above.) A brief description of the picture is always welcome to provide some background and context. Also, please don’t forget to include your name, a link to your blog, and any pertinent social media information so everyone can come see what you’re all about (and so we can contact the winner!).
The contest will run until Friday, August 7, 2015 at midnight CDT (US), after which time we will select the winner. We’ll share the results right in this post.

Spread the Word

Tweet about this contest using the hashtag #PhotoRoulette and feel free to share this page with your friends on social media – the more the merrier! We love seeing your comments so please don’t be bashful about sharing your opinions.

Previous Winners

Finally, here are the past winners of the contest – as you can see, it’s been running for a while! Click on the link to take you to some great travel blogs and wonderful themed photos.

  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. April 2011 Shutterfeet: Storytelling
  15. April 2011 10 Times One: Piousness
  16. April 2011 Beached Eskimo: Learning
  17. May 2011 Travel Junkies: Architecture
  18. June 2011 Destination World [-404-]: Transportation
  19. June 2011 Living the Dream: Paradise
  20. June 2011 Vagabond Quest: Clothes
  21. July 2011 The Unframed World: Symmetry
  22. July 2011 Beached Eskimo: Home
  23. July 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. Feb 2012 Runaway Juno: … Digital Nomad Moment
  38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba: Sunshine
  39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat: Local Character
  40. April 2012 The Travel Bunny: Street Scene
  41. April 2012 Adventure Crow [-404-]: Spirit of the Country
  42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss [-404-]: Evening
  43. May 2012 Matt Gibson: Adventure
  44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ: Once In A Lifetime
  45. July 2012 Dusty Main: Surreal
  46. Aug 2012 2away: Smile

    1. Aug 2012 Bridges & Balloons: Splendour…
    2. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester: What the ?!
    3. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno: Sweet
    4. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin: Play
    5. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories: Friendship
    6. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker: Face
    7. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly: Serendipity
    8. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions: Lost in Thought
    9. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters: The Natural World
    10. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies: Patterns
    11. April 2013 Living the Dream: Your First Time
    12. May 2013 Getting Stamped: The Sun Goes Down
    13. June 2013 The GypsyNester: Cheesy Tourist Diversions
    14. June 2013 Boomeresque: Revolution
    15. July 2013 Breakaway Backpacker: Colorful
    16. Aug 2013 Around This World: Mountains
    17. Aug 2013 Passports & Pamplemousse Hands at Work
    18. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
    19. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
    20. Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery: The Market
    21. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet?: Travel Fails
    22. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester: Weird Regional Foods
    23. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World: Trees
    24. Nov 2013 SHOuTography: Party
    25. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman: Ruin
    26. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel: Light
    27. Jan 2014 This World Rocks: Crowds
    28. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50: Competition
    29. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller: Working
    30. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole: Umbrellas
    31. April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
    32. April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
    33. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
    34. May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
    35. June 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
    36. July 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
    37. July 2014 TurtlesTravel: Summer!
    38. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia: Candid
    39. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth: Hiking
    40. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out: Transport
    41. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet: Wild World
    42. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth: The 4 Elements
    43. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts: Heritage
    44. Oct 2014 Living the Dream: Your Grand Adventure
    45. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped: Inspire
    46. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ: Viewpoint
This list was re-formatted by dare2go.com. If you like to use this two-column layout in your post please download the code here and follow instructions on same page.

The winners and themes in 2015. Click the link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

    1. Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan: WOW!
    2. Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth: Roads and Tracks
    3. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos?: Street Art
    4. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost: Frozen
    5. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings: Detail
    6. April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
    7. April 2015 JetWayz: Spiritual Beauty
    8. April 2015 The Trading Travelers: Celebrate
    9. May 2015 Street Food World Tour: Epic
    10. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows: Landscape
    11. May 2015 We Travel Together: Wildlife
    12. May 2015 Vagabond Way: Festival
    13. June 2015 Travel Addicts: Landmarks
    14. June 2015 TravelnLass: Wrinkles
    15. July 2015 Anita’s Feast: Food Markets
    16. July 2015 Dare2Go: Dry

Enter the contest by adding a comment below or by emailing me using the “Contact” tab above. Again, be sure to include a link to the image, a link to your blog, and any other information that will allow us to contact you.

Entry 1: Micki of The Barefoot Nomad

I was born on the prairies, and nothing brings me back home more than watching a thunderstorm roll in over the wheat fields.

Entry 2: Denis Gagnon of Bonvoyageurs.com

My hometown is Quebec City … and the surrounding area. Just a few miles outside the city, one of my many brothers had a small chalet and lake which brought the family together on many occasions. Here’s where home is.

Entry 3: Juergen Klein of Dare2Go

For the last year or so we are traveling in the south of South America, with arid landscapes of stark beauty which we truly enjoy and photograph a lot, but occasionally we miss the lush green and dense rainforest of subtropical New South Wales in Australia – our home. Places like this enormous tree root grown around a rock boulder, photographed at the base of Mt. Warning (roughly 30 kilometers from home).

http://dare2gocom.tumblr.com/post/92396371581/dare2gocom-enormous-tree-root-grown-around-a

Entry 4: Carole Terwilliger Meyers of Berkeley and Beyond

Home is where my cat is. Which is my case happens to be an English cottage in Berkeley, California.

barney

Entry 5: Leyla Alyanak of Women on the Road

This is my village, Seyssel, in Eastern France. I don’t live “downtown” but in the foothills of the nearby Jura Mountains. I can’t complain about my “home.”

Seyssel France

Entry 6: Suzanne Fluhr of Boomeresque

My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. You know, that place where the first prize in a contest was one week in Philadelphia and the second prize was two weeks in Philadelphia. So, I’m sharing a photo of a home away from home. This was the door of the Fauzi Azar Inn where we stayed in old Nazareth, in northern Israel. There was a smaller door within the big door on which I bumped my head several times.

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Entry 7: Brent Huntley of Brent’s Favorite Photos

One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing how people live and even entering their homes when possible. These river homes were very interested in Bangkok.

bangkok houses

And, in the too late category, this entry from Leckie of Quit Job Travel World

Home for my wife and me is Australia, but we both have Scottish heritage and love Scotland as a kind of spiritual home (It’s definitely the home of our favourite spirit). This was taken at Eilean Donan Castle, which was also used as a filming location for the home of Clan MacLeod in the first Highlander film.

scotland castle

8 Responses to Travel Photo Roulette 109: Home

  1. Micki July 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    I was born on the prairies, and nothing brings me back home more than watching a thunderstorm roll in over the wheat fields. http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Storm-Clouds-Over-Central-Alberta.jpg
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  2. Denis Gagnon July 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    My hometown is Quebec City … and the surrounding area. Just a few miles outside the city, one of my many brothers had a small chalet and lake which brought the family together on many occasions. Here’s where home is: http://www.bonvoyageurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/image.jpg
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  3. Juergen July 27, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    For the last year or so we are traveling in the south of South America, with arid landscapes of stark beauty which we truly enjoy and photograph a lot, but occasionally we miss the lush green and dense rainforest of subtropical New South Wales in Australia – our home. Places like this enormous tree root grown around a rock boulder, photographed at the base of Mt. Warning (roughly 30 kilometers from home).

    http://dare2gocom.tumblr.com/post/92396371581/dare2go-com-enormous-tree-root-grown-around-a
    Juergen recently posted…18 Unusual Roadside Shrines in South AmericaMy Profile

  4. Suzanne Fluhr July 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. You know, that place where the first prize in a contest was one week in Philadelphia and the second prize was two weeks in Philadelphia. So, I’m sharing a photo of a home away from home. This was the door of the Fauzi Azar Inn where we stayed in old Nazareth, in northern Israel. There was a smaller door within the big door on which I bumped my head several times.

    http://www.boomeresque.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IMG_1490-e1438393322939.jpg

    (The photo was saved at 500 x 500, but when I pasted it in Word to check the link, it came up as 431 x 431. I have no idea why.)
    Suzanne Fluhr recently posted…Philadelphia Liberty Trail – A Boomeresque Travel Book ReviewMy Profile

  5. Brent Huntley August 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J9AWGADvXXw/UQxsPXposWI/AAAAAAAABAA/To5JluZ5ZWU/s1600/my+photo+gallery.jpg

    One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing how people live and even entering their homes when possible. These river homes were very interested in Bangkok.

  6. Leckie August 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Home for my wife and I is Australia, but we both have Scottish heritage and love Scotland as a kind of spiritual home (It’s definitely the home of our favourite spirit). This was taken at Eilean Donan Castle, which was also used as a filming location for the home of Clan MacLeod in the first Highlander film.

    http://quitjobtravelworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/IMG_2653.jpg
    Leckie recently posted…Beer Review: ZimbabweMy Profile

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