Another Wintery Memory, all the way down south

So I kinda only did a post like this yesterday, but my desktop scored again! This morning, it was South Africa. I don’t exactly remember how many years it’s been… But it was winter in the Drakesberg region. The nights were so cold, but during the day it was a wonderful 25degrees. And this, this was the view from our cottage in the morning. No hippos or crocs around, but definitely one of the most gorgeous lakeside views I’ve ever had. A wintery memory just like yesterday, but what a difference!

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Wintery Memories

Today I bring you another Happy Desktop Photo. This morning my computer surprised me with a photo from Finland! Around 5 years ago now, I went on Erasmus exchange in Helsinki. And what better way to spend my spring holiday in March than to go up to Lapland?

It was a week of husky sleigh riding, sledging down every hill I could find, an attempt to ice fishing (we gave up because it took us too long to drill a hole through the ice), sauna with a dip in the lake after, making a thousand snow angels, playing with the pet reindeer, and some cross-country skiing for rookies. My goodness what a week it was!

Yes, Finland is definitely another place I want to go back to!

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Happy Memory, Happy Desktop

A while ago I talked about one of the little tricks to make work more fun: my desktop pictures! Today I have another picture worth sharing with you.

This one was taken on the rim of the Wilpena Pound in Australia’s Flinders Ranges. We left early in the morning to beat the heat, and scrambled our way up the rim. This is one of the views from along that scramble. Once at the top, a much more smooth path gradually took us back through the centre of the pound and through the pass on the other side. We hardly passed anyone, and we were amazed by the different views all around. This hike is definitely in my hiking top 10!

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The Art of Mother Nature on the Job

I set up this fun thing on my laptop (as much as fun things go at work): every day I have a new wallpaper. Selected by my laptop himself out of my folder of my favourite Australia photos. It even makes me excited to go to work in the morning, to switch on my laptop and check what we have today. Today’s one is definitely a star one. So I felt like I should share it with you.

I took this photo at Uluru in Australia. The Red Centre looks a lot more red in real life, but I love this photo nevertheless. I can almost feel the sizzling heat of the sun when I look at it. Mother Nature sure knows how to do art.

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My most inspiring travel photo, where to start?!

I was browsing facebook before I started work this morning, and I found a contest of a travel company, to win a 1000 euro travel voucher. The only thing you had to do, was upload your most inspiring travel photo.

Bloody hell, most inspiring travel photo? That’s probably one of the hardest competitions ever! But for a 1000 euro travel voucher, I’d gladly give it a go. So instead of going through all my photos, I thought back of the moment on my travels I was most amazed. There’s a thousand really, but for some reason, this one moment popped into my head. I was driving a 4WD from the Oodnadatta track to Coober Peddy in the centre of Australia. We were on aboriginal territory, so we weren’t allowed to get out of the car, but somehow I managed to take an amazing drive-by shot. The view was INSANE. It was just nothing. On all sides. For as far as the eye could reach. And that was god damn far! The only thing that changed the scenery, were the incredibly straight tyre tracks running through this dessert. Often, you couldn’t really make out the horizon, it was just a blur of land and sky.

The photo I managed to take, might not be the pretties photo you’ve ever seen. It has no colourful parrots, jumping dolphins, odd-shaped mountains, exotic looking trees in the most vibrant greens. It really has nothing. I guess it doesn’t make for the best entry in a photo contest, but hey, they asked for inspiring, I gave them inspiring. At least inspiring to me.

Have a look at my entry here: Best of Travel photo competition: Inspire Me!

Do you have any photos that to the general public might not look all that much, but for you represent all the beauty of life? I’d love to hear your stories!