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Photo Essays Galore: From Redwoods to Blood Rituals (plus Top Travel Photography Tips)

Gondolas in Venice (photo by Tui Snider)
Gondolas in Venice (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the February 18, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell.

It’s photo essays galore on this week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival. Cruise through the links below for fascinating tales and fabulous photos on an array of travel topics, including:

  • … a shamanistic ritual in Kazakhstan involving goat’s blood.
  • … a life-changing trip to Muir Woods National Park.
  • … travel photo tips from a professional photo tour guide.
  • …which country hosts the largest New Year’s street party.
  • … and much, much more!
  • This Week’s Travelers

    Tui Snider (yup, it’s me!) presents a photo essay entitled Venice Italy’s Warped Sense of Scale posted right here at Mental Mosaic: Even Home is a Travel Destination, saying,

    “A recent visit to Venice, Italy got me thinking about the model train set I had as a kid, and how it taught me the meaning of scale because some of the yachts I saw in the Venetian lagoon looked completely out of place due to how they dwarfed that ancient floating village.”

    Andrew presents, Muir Woods Review Primeval Redwood Forest posted at Byteful Travel, saying,

    “When was the last time you saw a thousand years in a single glance? Have you ever seen how a dying relic can bring new life? Today, you will. The Magic of Travel stayed with me as I was practically swept up into visiting the Muir Woods national park which contains one of the planet’s last remaining primeval forests, complete with one of the tallest species of trees in the world: the Coast Redwoods. It was life-changing.”

    Sarah presents Bloody Magical Kazakhstan posted at Natsumi, saying,

    “Photographer Pavel Prokopchik went to Kazakhstan to take these breathtaking images of Apashka and her pilgrims. Apashka, meaning granny in Kazakhs is a shaman woman who was told by the spirits to find a holy mountain. Eight years ago, she discovered her sacred spot in Ungurtas, Kazakhstan and has since built a home there. She now accepts visitors from around the world and they partake in rituals such as slaying a goat and pouring the blood over their bodies. “

    Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)
    Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

    Andrew introduces us to his new travel blog called, A Downunder Discovery: Welcome posted at A Downunder Discovery, saying,

    “I have chosen to permenantly move to Australia for a number of reasons, most importantly, because my wife is Australian. I do not claim to be any sort of expert but just wish to share my ongoing education in this beautiful country and my even larger journey on this planet we call home.”

    Trisha Torrey presents a snappy post called, Top 10 Motorcycle Road Trips to Take this Spring | posted at, saying,

    “Whether you’ve surrendered your life to the call of the pavement, or you’re just a newbie trying to be a badass, these 10 road trips will help you decide where to grip the road on those ever-enticing steel-cut death machines.”

    Speaking of motorcycles, Riding Souls presents a photo essay about a recent early morning motorcycle ride with friends, saying, Adventures Of Riding Souls: First Long Ride of the Group – To SriSailam posted at Adventures Of Riding Souls, saying,

    ” Roads were soaked with dew and were glittering in the rising sun. With the cool breeze it was a heavenly ride and we stopped after exactly one hour near a small dam near Dindi which is constructed right beside the road. Relaxed for a bit with many photos taken and weather was getting little warmer.”

    Zhu takes us to the market with a post entitled, Market Day in Chichicastenango posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying,

    “Thurs­day was mar­ket day in Chichi­cas­te­nango, aka Chichi for trav­el­ers and locals alike. For both vis­i­tors and sell­ers, the day started early and it involved a long bus ride uphill in twisty moun­tain roads.”

    Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)
    Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

    David gives us a photo essay (featuring water so clear I wanted to leap into my screen for a swim) entitled, Marsaxlokk. Gone fishin’. posted at How to Get By in Malta, saying,

    “Marsaxlokk is a little fishing village in the south of the island, which looks great in photos because of all the colourful fishing boats (‘luzzus’) bobbing up and down on the waves.”

    Mr. Brightside presents a lovely photo essay entitled, Edinburgh and The Braveheart posted at The Wild Swanssaying, “So In memories of last year, I’m gonna show you guys the pics of one of the most wonderful cities located in the wonderful and wild Scotland: Edinburgh!”

    Andoyzki presents a lush photo essay entitled, Angkor Wat Archaeological Park posted at the viewing deck, saying,

    “Angkor Wat (“City Temple”) is a vast temple complex near Siem Reap, about 200 miles from the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Built in the 12th century by the king of the prosperous Khmer empire, Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. It appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building.”

    Michael presents The Best Tips, Tricks and Gear for Travel Photographers posted at Balifornian Villas, Tours and Travel Blog, saying,

    “Here is the list I wish I had 20 years ago when I started traveling the world taking photos. After years of leading photography tours to Bali and Indonesia, I have had the pleasure (and sheer frustration) of using a myriad of gear, gadgets, cameras, clothing and more. Here I breakdown those that have made the cut and saved me time after time.”

    I saved Michael’s post for last, since after checking out all these photo essays, you may feel inspired to create one of your own. :)

    That’s it for this week’s blog carnival, Traveler’s Show & Tell.

    As always, if you enjoyed it, let us know in the comments section. Also, please let the author know you liked their piece by leaving a comment at their blog. See you next time! :)

    Do you have a travel story to share?

    Would you like your blog post to appear in an upcoming edition of the Traveler’s Show & Tell? If so, check out the post, What is the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival? and follow the writer’s guidelines. It’s easy! Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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  1. This concept of blog carnivals in just awesome, came across and found your site related to my niche.
    Trying to submit one of my posts for the next carnival organized by you.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Arnab,

      Wonderful! I look forward to adding your post to the next edition of Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival. :)

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  2. Arun Arun

    Thanks for picking my post… So proud to make in your list of travellers blogs..

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Arun,

      Thank you for your submission. Sounds like you and your friends had a fun early morning ride. Hope to see you here again. :)


  3. Tui, thanks so much for including my post (and being flexible when wasn’t working!). I think people are going to have a blast reading about the primeval redwoods forest.

    You have a great list of submissions here, and I’ve retweeted this post :)

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for retweeting! I think we’ve got a great bunch of posts this time around with a lot of variety. Your redwoods post really tugs at my wanderlust because I love, love, love trees!

      Thanks again,

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