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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 Worked
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.  Note that this contest series ended in 2015.

A few more from my personal collection:

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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-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

Previous contest themes
These are past winners of the contest.   Click on the link to visit some great travel blogs and exceptional themed photos.
2010 Living the Dream (post removed) Animals
2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
2010 Dream a Little Dream Street (post removed) Art
2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
2010 Don’t Ever Look Back (post removed) Beaches
2011 ThePlanet Portraits
2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
2011 Johnny Vagabond Water
2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles (blog gone) The Journey
2011 Brendan’s Adventures Changing (post removed) Seasons
2011 Shutterfeet (post removed) Storytelling
2011 10 Times (blog gone) One Piousness
2011 Beached Eskimo (blog gone) Learning
2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
2011 Destination World (blog gone) Transportation
2011 Living the Dream (post removed) Paradise
2011 Vagabond Quest (site not maintained) Clothes
2011 The Unframed World  (blog gone) Symmetry
2011 Beached Eskimo (blog gone) Home
2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
2011 WanderingTrader post removed) Darkness
2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
2011 Adventures of a GoodMan (post removed) City
2011 (post removed) Reflections
2011 Scene With A Hart (blog gone) Framing
2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
2011 Hecktic Travels Music
2011 Globetrotter Girls (post removed) Love
2011 Man on the lam (post removed) Humor
2012 My Walkabout  (blog gone) Winter
2012 The Art of Slow Travel (post removed) Blue
2012 Ten times One (blog gone) Depth of the Field
2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
2012 Travel With Kat (post removed) Local Character
2012 The Travel Bunny (post removed) Street Scene
2012 Adventure Crow  (blog gone) Spirit of the Country
2012 Food Travel Bliss (blog gone) Evening
2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
2012 Skinny Backpacker (post removed) Surreal
2012 2away (blog gone) Smile
2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
2012 GQ Trippin Play
2012 Life’s Little Victories (blog gone) Friendship
2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
2013 Living the Dream (post removed) Your First Time
2013 Getting Stamped  (post removed) The Sun Goes Down
2013 The GypsyNester (post removed) Cheesy Tourist Diversions
2013 Boomeresque (post removed) Revolution
2013 Breakaway Backpacker (post removed) Colorful
2013 Around This World (post removed) Mountains
2013 Passports and Pamplemousse (post removed) Hands at Work
2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
2013 Keep calm and travel (post removed) The Sea
2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
2013 Sophie’s World Trees
2013 SHOuTography Party
2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
2014 This World Rocks Crowds
2014 Travel Past 50 (post removed) Competition
2014 The Working Traveller Working
2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas
2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
2014 Nomad is Beautiful post removed) People Sleeping
2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering
2014 20 Years Hence (post removed) The Face of A Nation
2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild
2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
2014 Adventures Around Asia (post removed) Candid
2014 Travel with Kevin and Ruth Hiking
2014 Till The Money Runs Out Transport
2014 The Crowded Planet  (post removed) Wild World
2014 ZigZag On Earth The 4 Elements
2014 Travel Addicts (post removed) Heritage
2014 Living the Dream (blog gone) Your Grand Adventure
2014 Getting Stamped Inspire
2014 Flashpacker HQ Viewpoint
2015 Adventures of a GoodMan WOW!
2015 ZigZag On Earth Roads and Tracks
2015 Where’s The Gos? (blog gone) Street Art
2015 Ice Cream and Perma Frost Frozen
2015 Journey Jottings Detail
2015 House Sitting Travel What’s your Angle?
2015 JetWayz Spiritual Beauty
2015 The Trading Travelers Celebrate
2015 Street Food World Tour Epic
2015 Next Stop Who Knows Landscape
2015 We Travel Together (blog not maintained) Wildlife
2015 Vagabond Way Festival
2015 Travel Addicts (post removed) Landmarks
2015 TravelnLass Wrinkles
2015 Anita’s Feast Food Markets
2015 Dare2Go  (post removed) Dry
2015 Travel Past 50 (post removed) Home
2015 Barefoot Nomad Door
2015 House Sitting Travel Repeating Shapes
2015 Berkeley And Beyond Cemeteries

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