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Travel Photo Roulette #112: cemeteries

Posted at Berkeley and Beyond on September 17, 2015
by blogger Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

And the winner of Travel Photo Roulette #112 is photo 3 (see below), by Juergen Klein at Dare 2 Go.  I selected this one because of the entire package--great image, great story, and unusual. 

I had to go deep into my image files to find the one I entered (immediately below) in the Travel Photo Roulette #111 competition featuring the theme “repeating shapes.”  I am so pleased to win!  The “prize”in this contest  is to oversee the next competition, which I am excited and enthused to do.  My winning image--see below--foreshadowed a theme I’d been mulling over for a while--cemeteries.  Let’s see what my fellow globetrotting bloggers will come up with. 

ISRAEL-Jerusalem-Mount of Oives-graves 7-c Carole Terwilliger Meyers-600pix

This stark scene is of ancient gravesites on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

How it Works (this contest is over)
Travel Photo Roulette was started by Jeremy at Living the Dream as a way for travel and photography bloggers to showcase their photos.  Since its founding in 2010, hundreds of amazing and  inspiring photos have been submitted, each centered around a theme. For  each round, independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their  photos.  The winner chooses a new theme and hosts the competition on their blog or website, inviting  others to submit  photos for the new theme over the course of a week or two.  At the  end of the contest period, the host selects a winner and the process  repeats itself.

The new theme is CEMETERIESGuess what inspired it! 


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Sample 1.  This is the pilgrimage church and Sorbian cemetery in Ralbitz-Rosenthal, Upper Lusatia, Germany.  After 20 years have passed, the cross is removed and given to relatives and a new person is buried in the spot with a new cross. 
copyright 2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

NEVADA CITY-Cemetery 2-c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-600pix

Sample 2.  This Gold Rush pioneer cemetery is in a residential area on the outskirts of Nevada City, California. 
copyright 2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

1. One submission per blog.
2. You 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 through your description.
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 the competition, please e-mail me at editor (at) berkeleyandbeyond (dot) com (adjust before sending).  Please size your image to no larger than 600 pixels and send as an attachment or as an url in the message.  Please note I do not have a comment moderation system.  Include a brief description of the picture to provide some background and context.  Also, please include your name and the url for your blog or website.  For an example of format, see the Travel Photo Roulette #76 competition.

The contest will run until end of day September 28, 2015, after  which time a winner will be selected. The winner will be announced at the top of this post on September 29, 2015.

Help 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 and hosts
Finally, here are the past winners of the contest.  As you can see, it has been running for quite a while.  Click on the link to visit some great travel blogs and exceptional 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 (post removed) 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 (blog gone) The Journey
13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures Changing Seasons
14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet (post removed) Storytelling
15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
21. Jul 2011 The Unframed World  (blog gone) Symmetry
22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
26. Sept 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
27. Sept 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
28. Oct 2011 Reflections
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  (blog gone) Winter
35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel (post removed) Blue
36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
41. Apr 2012 Adventure Crow  (blog gone) Spirit of the Country
42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening
43. May 2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
46. Aug 2012 2away (blog gone) Smile
47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
48. Sept 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
58. May 2013 Getting Stamped  (post removed) The Sun Goes Down
59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
64. Sept 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
65.Sept 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
66 Sept 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party
71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
73. Jan, 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
74. Jan, 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition
75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas
77. April 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
78. April 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
81. June 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
82. July 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
83. July 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
84. Aug 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid
85. Aug 2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
86. Sept 2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
87. Sept 2014 The Crowded Planet  (post removed) Wild World
88. Sept 2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Elements
89. Oct 2014 Travel Addicts Heritage
90. Oct 2014 Living the Dream Your Grand Adventure
91. Oct 2014 Getting Stamped Inspire
92. Nov 2014 Flashpacker HQ Viewpoint
93.  Jan 2015 Adventures of a GoodMan WOW!
94. Jan 2015 ZigZag On Earth Roads and Tracks
95. Feb 2015 Where’s The Gos? Street Art
96. Mar 2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost Frozen
97. Mar 2015 Journey Jottings Detail
98. April 2015 House Sitting Travel: What’s your Angle?
99. April 2015 JetWayz Spiritual Beauty
100. April 2015 The Trading Travelers Celebrate
101. May 2015 Street Food World Tour Epic
102. May 2015 Next Stop Who Knows Landscape
103. May 2015 We Travel Together Wildlife
104. May 2015 Vagabond Way Festival
105. June 2015 Travel Addicts Landmarks
106. June 2015 TravelnLass Wrinkles
107. July 2015 Anita’s Feast Food Markets
108. July 2015 Dare2Go  (post removed) Dry
109. Aug 2015 Travel Past 50 Home
110. Aug 2015 Barefoot Nomad DOOR
111. Sept 2015 House Sitting Travel What’s your Angle?
112. Sept 2015 Berkeley And Beyond Cemeteries


1-Mount of Olives-Jerusalem-Israel-cLaura Lynch

1.  This photo was taken at a cemetery located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, overlooking the city.  Placing rocks on the tombstones is a Jewish tradition of unknown origin carried out by visitors to the grave.
Submitted by Laura Lynch, Savored Journeys

2-Novdevichye Cemetery-Moscow-cMichele Legge-600pix

2.  This was taken at the Novdevichye Cemetery in Moscow.  Every grave has a life sized statue of the person interred or something that represents his or her life.  This was one of my favourites along with the man who was an Obstetrician and had a baby in his arms
Submitted by Michele Legge, Legging It

3-cemetery-Atacama Desert-Chil-c2015 Jurgen Klein

3.  The Atacama Desert in Chile has been exploited for its minerals since white settlement began. In the early nineteenhundreds there was a boom of Salpeter mining, drawing thousands of poor families into this barren landscape, in the hope of finding work and some wealth. We spotted this enormous old graveyard some distance from the highway. The photo shows less than a quarter of it. Our visit was an eerie sensation. In the dry desert climate timber doesn't rot, it dries out and shrinks in size. The wind blew through the wooden enclosures and over the simple crosses, making every joint rattle with the breeze. It almost sounded like clattering bones in some horror movie. What shocked me the most was the sheer number of obviously child-sized graves - burried hopes of the ones who came here for a better life."
Submitted by Juergen Klein, Dare 2 Go

4-La Recoleta Cemeter-Buenos Aires-Argentina-cSuzanne Fluhr

4.  I took this photo in the extraordinary La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The entire cemetery is filled with family mausoleums and in some places feels like a sculpture garden. Evita Peron is interred there. I found this sculpture of a grieving child very moving.
Submitted by Suzanne Fluhr, Boomeresque

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