Umbrellas Around the World
Back in time there was a monthly photo competition among travel bloggers called Travel Photo Roulette. Each month had a different theme. For the Travel Photo Roulette #75 competition featuring the theme “working,” I went into my images file to find the one I entered (# 1, immediately below). I was so pleased to win! The “prize” in this contest was that the winner had to choose a theme, oversee the next competition, and host the winning images on their website–which I was excited and enthused to do.
Based on my winning image I declared the theme for Travel Photo Roulette #76 to be “umbrellas.” My fellow globetrotting bloggers came up with the images below. Teresa Keane at Independent Travel Help was the winner (image #2).
2. I was in Belgrade for about 21 hours. In the evening, I was wandering around the city centre and came across a road that had a lots of brightly-coloured umbrellas in mid-air. I love finding quirky things and these floating umbrellas certainly fit into that category.
Submitted by Teresa Keane, Independent Travel Help
3. This photo was taken at the Buddhist temple complex, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located on a mountain outside Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The large pagoda (chedi) was constructed in 1383 to house a Buddha relic. The photo shows one of the golden umbrellas outside the chedi. There is also a 5-tiered umbrella visible on top of the pagoda that was added to commemorate Chiang Mai’s independence from Burma and its union with Thailand.
Submitted by Suzanne Fluhr, Boomeresque
5. Walking along the Geisha district in Kyoto, Japan, I just happened upon these lit parasols which were a nice image to capture for a night image and a candid photo of the area . . .enjoy.
Submitted by Noel Morata
6. When we arrived in San Francisco it was pouring with rain and we had to look for indoor activities quick! We took a bus to Japantown and went into the Japan Center where we spent a happy couple of hours drinking tea and exploring the Japanese style shops and surroundings. I saw this picture of umbrellas on the wall and thought it was rather appropriate, given the weather outside.
Submitted by Karen Warren, WorldWideWriter
7. In Venice, Italy, snow calls for umbrellas (and for sprinkling of salt by hand on footbridges by city workers).
Submitted by Durant Imboden, Venice for Visitors
8. Umbrellas in Los Cabos, Mexico. With an average of more than 360 days of sunshine each year, one umbrella simply isn’t sufficient.
Submitted by Irene Levine, More Time to Travel
9. We were taking a river trip in Cambodia out towards Tonle Sap Lake when we passed these monks who’d just finished working on the temple. They had all piled into the boat and were ready to leave–I love the bright colours, reflections and of course
the umbrellas to keep off the hot sun.
Submitted by Suzanne Lea Jones, The Travelbunny
10. We got up at dawn to hear the monks’ prayers in the Zenkoji Temple at Nagano. The monks chanted for an hour, but near the end of the service, a higher pitched voice went solo for a few minutes. I thought it was a young boy, but Kris assured me it was a woman. Turns out, there is an “abbess” at this temple. And she has a beautiful voice. And her home looks lovely in the early morning light. I also caught a shot of the abbess herself on her way back to her residence after prayers, before the attendant policeman stopped me.
Submitted by Tom Bartel, Travel Past 50
11. Taken in Cambodia this shot shows my husband (with camera) and our ever-thoughtful guide, Borith Roth, standing at the front of Khmer temple The Bayon, known for its smiling faces. It had pelted down all through lunch and was still raining when I snapped this photo, although the sun was staging a comeback. Cooled by the thunderstorm we continued on an afternoon of temple viewing.
Submitted by Jan Robinson, Budget Travel Talk