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I Won! I Won!

Last week, I won Travel Photo Roulette #70: a long-running Travel Blogger photo competition meme.

My illustrious prize is the honor of hosting Round 71… which brings us to now.

 

So, drumroll my friends….

The theme of Travel Photo Roulette Round 71 is….

RUIN

A monk reading at sunrise in Bagan: the Land of a Thousand Temples
A monk reading at sunrise in Bagan: the Land of a Thousand Temples

 


After recent visits to Angkor Wat and Bagan, I have ancient ruins on my mind.

But “ruin” can mean so many other things.

The physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed.

So get creative. What photographic displays of ruin do you have in your collection?

 

Abandoned barns and swimming pools in the ghost town of Two Guns, Arizona on Route 66
Abandoned barns and swimming pools in the ghost town of Two Guns, Arizona on Route 66

 

An 11 minute star trail exposure of Angkor Wat
An 11 minute star trail exposure of Angkor Wat.

and the winner is…

Calli & Travis. Have Blog Will Travel

Beelitz TB Clinic - Berlin, Germany
The Winning Entry in #TravelRoulette Rounde 71!

 

Between the the symmetry of the windows, the tranquility of the hallway and my desire to peel the paint off the wall, I couldn’t get this photograph out of my mind.

So congratulations to Calli and Travis of Have Blog Will Travel. You’re hosting #TravelRoulette Round 72. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

 

In their words…

This is a shot from the Beelitz Tuberculosis Clinic outside Berlin.

With a storied history that includes Nazis and the Red Army, the place is as interesting to read about as it was to explore.

It’s rumored that Hitler himself sought treatment here during WWI. Today, the site is only accessible through organized photo tours and tons of pictures of it’s beautiful entryway are scattered around the web.

However, this is my favorite shot from our visit because of the way the vivid blue paint on the walls contrasts with the crumbling plaster and wood. It must have been a beautiful corridor when in use.

The site is ruined beyond repair, and seeing as German laws prevent it from being torn down and the owner can’t afford to restore it, the buildings sit empty, visited only by the occasional intrepid photo tour.


Everyone is a Winner

Wow. What an incredible selection of RUIN photography.

Thank you all so much for being part of the fun.

Stephen Bugno. Bohemian Traveler

We were peddling our bikes as fast as possible and pulled down a dirt lane to catch this temple in a field in the setting sun.
We were peddling our bikes as fast as possible and pulled down a dirt lane to catch this temple in a field in the setting sun.

The “Man This Was Tough” Award

I wish I could choose more than one!

Ivana & Gianni. Nomad is Beautiful

This is the Tower of Refuge seen from the shore of the Isle of Man. The structure was built upon a reef in 1832. When the tide is low the ruin can be reached by walking but with a high tide, when the reef is submerged, the tower appears like floating on the sea.
This is the Tower of Refuge seen from the shore of the Isle of Man. The structure was built upon a reef in 1832. When the tide is low the ruin can be reached by walking but with a high tide, when the reef is submerged, the tower appears like floating on the sea.

 


Lindsay Elizabeth Pond. His and Her Travel

Carneval on the backdrop of the ruins of Segovia's magnificent Aqueduct.
Carneval on the backdrop of the ruins of Segovia’s magnificent Aqueduct.

The “Indiana Jones” Award

For photos that make me think of Sean Connery saying “JUNIOR!”

Shane & Deidre. The Working Traveler

As the only Petra cat that posed dutifully rather than running up to headbutt the camera and ask to be stroked, I thought it deserved to feature here:
As the only Petra cat that posed dutifully rather than running up to headbutt the camera and ask to be stroked, I thought it deserved to feature here:

 


Mindy Postoff. Bounding Over Our Steps

In July, we were finally able to cross Petra off our bucket list. We were understandably blown away by its grandeur and mystique, but we were also disappointed at the vast amounts of trash and graffiti that we felt ruined the ruins.The only way we could avoid the disappointment was to look up, above the reach of spray paint… Here's an upward view of the Monastery.
In July, we were finally able to cross Petra off our bucket list. We were understandably blown away by its grandeur and mystique, but we were also disappointed at the vast amounts of trash and graffiti that we felt ruined the ruins.
The only way we could avoid the disappointment was to look up, above the reach of spray paint… Here’s an upward view of the Monastery.

The “I’ve Been There & Wish I Took This” Award

For photos that make me wanna go right back and try again!

Talon Windwalker.  1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure

I shot this at one of the temple ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand. I like the mixture of peace with visible destruction.
I shot this at one of the temple ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand. I like the mixture of peace with visible destruction.

 


Turtles Travel

India is another amazing destination for "ruins," ancient and modern. This photo is from the eastern outskirts of Khajuraho. The Hindu Mandir, Javari Temple in the background is part of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pig and chicken in the foreground are making the most of some more modern ruins.
India is another amazing destination for “ruins,” ancient and modern. This photo is from the eastern outskirts of Khajuraho. The Hindu Mandir, Javari Temple in the background is part of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The pig and chicken in the foreground are making the most of some more modern ruins.

 


Dave. Travel Transmissions

Tanah Lot is Bali's most important Hindu temple on the sea. Crowds tend to rage here around sunset, but you can beat em by showing up in the morning.
Tanah Lot is Bali’s most important Hindu temple on the sea. Crowds tend to rage here around sunset, but you can beat em by showing up in the morning.

 


Suzanne. The Travel Bunny

Tombs with a view! These old ruined tombs are part of a massive and ancient necropolis in Pamukkale, Turkey. They're located right on the edge of the travertines (cotton castle) and just in front of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.
Tombs with a view! These old ruined tombs are part of a massive and ancient necropolis in Pamukkale, Turkey. They’re located right on the edge of the travertines (cotton castle) and just in front of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.

 


Denise. The Art of Slow Travel

A few weeks ago I was in Sukhothai, Thailand, exploring its historical park on a bike. The park is a UNESCO heritage site, and is home to many ancient ruins. As I was walking around taking photos of the ruins, I came across this beautiful girl, dressed in traditional Thai clothing, posing for a group of Japanese photographers with the ruins as her background. I was sweating in the heat, while she looked absolutely perfect, even if I saw her wandering the park for at least another couple of hours.
A few weeks ago I was in Sukhothai, Thailand, exploring its historical park on a bike.The park is a UNESCO heritage site, and is home to many ancient ruins. As I was walking around taking photos of the ruins, I came across this beautiful girl, dressed in traditional Thai clothing, posing for a group of Japanese photographers with the ruins as her background.
I was sweating in the heat, while she looked absolutely perfect, even if I saw her wandering the park for at least another couple of hours.

 


Daniel. Globe Trekking

Here I have combined 2 of my favorite things: ruins and reflections... the Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Reflection
Here I have combined 2 of my favorite things: ruins and reflections… the Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Reflection

The “Classic Ruin Shot” Award

For those great images that scream the word “ruin”

Bianca Bauza. Nomadbiba

At the moment I'm travelling around Peru and its unbelievable how many ruins and archaeological sites there are in this country! Of course, none is as famous as the mind blowing Machu Picchu. I did a multi-day trek to get to the ruins and the feeling of accomplishment that I had when I stood on the hill above the ruins to take in the view was truly amazing! One of the highlights of my trip, for sure :)
At the moment I’m travelling around Peru and its unbelievable how many ruins and archaeological sites there are in this country!
Of course, none is as famous as the mind blowing Machu Picchu. I did a multi-day trek to get to the ruins and the feeling of accomplishment that I had when I stood on the hill above the ruins to take in the view was truly amazing! One of the highlights of my trip, for sure :)

 


Dan. This World Rocks

We made a trip to Corregidor Island, outside of Manila, to see what is left of the WWII ruins there from the Battle of Manila. This photo is the very end of what is known as the Mile Long Barracks due to it’s incredible length. The ruins go on for what seems like forever, and we were also able to find the ruins of an old swimming pool.
We made a trip to Corregidor Island, outside of Manila, to see what is left of the WWII ruins there from the Battle of Manila. This photo is the very end of what is known as the Mile Long Barracks due to it’s incredible length. The ruins go on for what seems like forever, and we were also able to find the ruins of an old swimming pool.

 


James Pham. Fly, Icarus, Fly

Spent a frustrating morning trying to figure out how to get to Jerash, a city outside of Amman, Jordan, using public transportation. Totally paid off when I got to the site, smack in the middle of the city, and had some of the best Roman ruins practically to myself for the day. This columned boulevard made it too easy to imagine myself there more than 2,000 years ago...
Spent a frustrating morning trying to figure out how to get to Jerash, a city outside of Amman, Jordan, using public transportation. Totally paid off when I got to the site, smack in the middle of the city, and had some of the best Roman ruins practically to myself for the day. This columned boulevard made it too easy to imagine myself there more than 2,000 years ago…

 


Bethaney. Go Click Travel

The Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand stands ruined after a series of major earthquakes in the city. I've got plenty of pictures of iconic ruins like those in Angkor and Bagan which might look more impressive but this one is more personal to me as we lived through the Christchurch earthquakes as residents of this city.
The Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand stands ruined after a series of major earthquakes in the city. I’ve got plenty of pictures of iconic ruins like those in Angkor and Bagan which might look more impressive but this one is more personal to me as we lived through the Christchurch earthquakes as residents of this city.

The Urban Decay Award

For taking the word “ruin” into the 20th Century

Kate Voyage.  30 Traveler

Here's mine. Harlem, NYC. A slightly abstract take on the theme in terms of the decay of society that this type of mural would be needed in a neighborhood.
Here’s mine. Harlem, NYC. A slightly abstract take on the theme in terms of the decay of society that this type of mural would be needed in a neighborhood.

 


Tom Bartel. Travel Past 50

Late last summer, I went on a photo shoot along US Highway 12 between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. As you get out of the prosperous cities, the abandoned farms and other structures pertinent to the way farming was done in the first half of the 20th Century increasingly dot the landscape. Processing this in black and white made me more mindful of the evocative photos of the Depression shot by such great American photographers as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.
Late last summer, I went on a photo shoot along US Highway 12 between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. As you get out of the prosperous cities, the abandoned farms and other structures pertinent to the way farming was done in the first half of the 20th Century increasingly dot the landscape. Processing this in black and white made me more mindful of the evocative photos of the Depression shot by such great American photographers as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans.

 


Natasha von Geldern. World Wandering Kiwi

This photo is of ruined mine works on White Island - an active volcano island off the coast of New Zealand. From the 1880s through to the 1930s some hardy souls lived out here mining the sulphur for use as an antibacterial agent. The corroded ruins are testament to the tragedy of 1914 when a crater rim collapsed and the resulting lahar killed all ten workers then based on White Island. The only survivor was the cat.
This photo is of ruined mine works on White Island – an active volcano island off the coast of New Zealand.
From the 1880s through to the 1930s some hardy souls lived out here mining the sulphur for use as an antibacterial agent. The corroded ruins are testament to the tragedy of 1914 when a crater rim collapsed and the resulting lahar killed all ten workers then based on White Island. The only survivor was the cat.

 


Lauren Crabbe. The World Please

I don't know if this classifies as a "ruin": the photo was taken at a cliffside temple in Uluwatu, Bali. Sadly, this particular piece of it was fenced off for construction, and this was as close as I could get! So maybe that's where the theme comes in ;)
I don’t know if this classifies as a “ruin”: the photo was taken at a cliffside temple in Uluwatu, Bali. Sadly, this particular piece of it was fenced off for construction, and this was as close as I could get! So maybe that’s where the theme comes in ;)

 


Dustin Main. A Skinny Escape

"As much as I've spent the past few years around ruins dating hundreds or thousands of years old, it's the more modern abandoned places that catch my interest.The interior glows yellow and green thanks to light filtered through the trees around an abandoned building in a former railway complex outside of Berlin, Germany."
“As much as I’ve spent the past few years around ruins dating hundreds or thousands of years old, it’s the more modern abandoned places that catch my interest.
The interior glows yellow and green thanks to light filtered through the trees around an abandoned building in a former railway complex outside of Berlin, Germany.”

 


Marysia. My Travel Affairs

I have visited Abkhazia a bit earlier this year while travelling in Caucasus region. Abkhazia has been severely destroyed during the 1992 war and never really rebuild. Some regions like Gali district have more ruins than actually 'lived in' buildings. This particular picture have been taken in Sukhumi, the capital city of Abkhazia. I have tones of other photos of ruins, majority of them in much worser stage, but there was something special about this particular, very lonely facade!
I have visited Abkhazia a bit earlier this year while travelling in Caucasus region. Abkhazia has been severely destroyed during the 1992 war and never really rebuild. Some regions like Gali district have more ruins than actually ‘lived in’ buildings.
This particular picture have been taken in Sukhumi, the capital city of Abkhazia. I have tones of other photos of ruins, majority of them in much worser stage, but there was something special about this particular, very lonely facade!

The “Funny Because It’s True” Award

Read the caption; then think about the state of the American Government right now.

 Jeremy Jones. Living the World RTW

If your approval rating is single digits, I think you fit for the category at hand.
If your approval rating is single digits, I think you fit for the category at hand.

The “Creative Focus” Award

I love the way the people are covered by an out-of-focus heat-haze

Stephen Lioy. MonkBoughtLunch

This is from the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan. There's so much history in this area, inhabited since Bactrian times and the site of one of the world's greatest massacres (Genghis Khan was a real dbag), and yet even after the fall of the Soviet Union and rise of the odd Turkmen dictator live still just sort of flows on around the ruins of Merv and the surrounding city of Mary. I like the shot because it feels so low-key to me, people just doing their normal thing on there way from place to place, yet the van and structures both evoke that sense of ruin and decay.
This is from the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan.
There’s so much history in this area, inhabited since Bactrian times and the site of one of the world’s greatest massacres (Genghis Khan was a real dbag), and yet even after the fall of the Soviet Union and rise of the odd Turkmen dictator live still just sort of flows on around the ruins of Merv and the surrounding city of Mary.
I like the shot because it feels so low-key to me, people just doing their normal thing on there way from place to place, yet the van and structures both evoke that sense of ruin and decay.

The “Am I in Another World?” Award

Seriously; this place feels like I’m on a distant planet… with tourists.

Charli and Ben. Wanderlusters

White Island is New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Just under 50km from the coast this sub-marine giant is a landscape of natural destruction and ruin. Geysers spew boiling noxious gases into the air and toxic lakes eat away at the ground below. Those brave enough can hike across the crater and during our visit we did just that. I likened it to a lunar landing, the terrain was so alien.
White Island is New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Just under 50km from the coast this sub-marine giant is a landscape of natural destruction and ruin. Geysers spew boiling noxious gases into the air and toxic lakes eat away at the ground below.
Those brave enough can hike across the crater and during our visit we did just that. I likened it to a lunar landing, the terrain was so alien.

 

 

 


Thank you all so much for your submissions.

 


The Fine Print

Here’s the skinny: Winner of the last round of Travel Photo Roulette (let’s call him/her X) hosts the next round on their blog. X picks a theme and invites players to submit photos over the course of one week. At the end of the week, X decides the winning entry. Repeat! Couldn’t be easier.

Rules

  1. One submission per blog
  2. Post processing, cropping, correcting for red eyes and other flaws is fine for this round.
  3. Abstract submissions are welcome. But if you want to win, it’s probably best that the judge understands your interpretation.
  4. 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’.
  5. Abstract thoughts can be fun, as long as everyone can understand. ‘Overlooking creation’ is good, ‘Kafkaesque’ is not.
  6. No obscene photos or themes allowed. Suggestive themes and photography might be accepted, but be careful. Remember, the host is all-powerful.
  7. Themes may be reused after a period of time; however new photos must be submitted. Keep it fresh!
  8. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  9. Most importantly: ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.
  10. Spread the word about Travel Photo Roulette and use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette.
  11. Last, but not least: It’s a game, so have fun with it.

 

An abandoned corner of Detroit, Michigan
An abandoned corner of Detroit, Michigan

 


Past winners and hosts

As you can see, this game has been going on for a while. Here are all the rounds so far. The list is a winners’ table as well, as each topic host won the preceding round. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see fab photos of the chosen theme.

1. Nov 2010 – Living the Dream – Animals 2. Nov 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – Road Signs
3. Nov 2010 – Dream a Little Dream – Street Art 4. Nov 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – Festival
5. Dec 2010 – Over Yonderlust – Landmarks 6. Jan 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – Beaches
7. Jan 2011 – ThePlanetD – Portraits 8. Jan 2011 – Travel with a Mate – Motion
9. Feb 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – Water 10. Feb 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – Urban
11. Feb 2011 – Travels of Adam – Friday Night 12. Mar 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – The Journey
13. Mar 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – Changing Seasons 14. Apr 2011 – Shutterfeet – 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 – 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. Sep 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – Food
27. Sep 2011 – Adventures of a Good Man – City 28. Oct 2011 – Globe-Trekking.com – 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. Jan 2012– Man on the lam – Humor 34. Jan 2012 – My Walkabout – Winter
35. Jan 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – Blue 36. Feb 2012 – Ten Times One – Depth of Field
37. Feb – Runaway Juno – My Digital Nomad Moment 38. Mar 2012 – Nomadbiba – Sunshine
39. Mar 2012 – Travel With Kat – Local Character 40. Apr 2012 – The Travel Bunny – Street Scene
41. Apr – Adventure Crow – Spirit of the Country 42. May 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – Evening
43. May 2012 – Matt Gibson – Adventure 44. June 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – Once In A Lifetime
45. July 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – Surreal 46. August 2012 – 2away – Smile
47. Aug – Bridges & Balloons – Splendour of the Universe 48. Sept 2012 – The GypsyNester – What the ?!
49. Oct 2012 – Runaway Juno – Sweet 50. Nov 2012 – GQ Trippin – Play
51. Dec 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – Face 52. Jan 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – Serendipity
53. Feb – Travel Transmissions – Lost in Thought 54. Feb 2013 – Wanderlusters – The Natural World
55. Mar 2013 – Travel Junkies – Patterns 56. April 2013 – Living the Dream – Your First Time
57. May 2013 – Getting Stamped – As The Sun Goes Down 58. Jun 2013 – The GypsyNester – Cheesy Tourist Diversions
60. June 2013 – Boomeresque – Revolution 61. July 2013 – Breakaway Backpacker – Colorful
62. Aug 2013 – Around This World – Mountains 63. Aug 2013 –Passports & 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
  • http://www.mytravelaffairs.com/ Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    Hello Greg, I think it is a great theme for the Photo Roulette. I will try with my picture from Abkhazia I have taken this year.
    Description: I have visited Abkhazia a bit earlier this year while travelling in Caucasus region. Abkhazia has been severely destoried during the 1992 war and never really rebuild.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Lonely indeed. What a great shot. Love the blue sky’s contrast and the sharp angles of the ruin. Plus, a little history never hurts :)

      • http://www.mytravelaffairs.com/ Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

        Ha ha ha, true little history never hurts! :)

  • nomadbiba

    Congratulations on your win :) I love the theme for this round as well. At the moment I’m travelling around Peru and its unbelievable how many ruins and archeological sites there are in this country! Of course, none is as famous as the mind blowing Machu Picchu. I did a multi-day trek to get to the ruins and the feeling of accomplishment that I had when I stood on the hill above the ruins to take in the view was truly amazing! One of the highlights of my trip, for sure :)

    http://nomadbiba.smugmug.com/South-America/Peru/Cusco-Around/Machu-Picchu/i-SxWCcPP/0/L/_DSC2629-L.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      How did you know Machu Piccu is tops on my “to do list” and that I’ll be there next April? Seeing this photo makes me want it to be April right now!

      • nomadbiba

        LOL Better wait for April as it’s rain season right now ;) You’ll love it, for sure! Machu Picchu is a very special place

  • Dustin Main

    As much as I’ve spent the past few years around ruins dating hundreds or thousands of years old, it’s the more modern abandoned places that catch my interest.

    The interior glows yellow and green thanks to light filtered through the trees around an abandoned building in a former railway complex outside of Berlin, Germany.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Great submission Dustin! I love the colors, lines and the use of the wide angle.

  • Stephen Lioy

    How have I never seen this whole photo roulette thing before? There are so many cool shots over all those rounds of contests past!

    This’n for me for ‘Ruins’ please: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slioy/7159371066/

    This is from the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan. There’s so much history in this area, inhabited since Bactrian times and the site of one of the world’s greatest massacres (Genghis Khan was a real dbag), and yet even after the fall of the Soviet Union and rise of the odd Turkmen dictator live still just sort of flows on around the ruins of Merv and the surrounding city of Mary.

    I like the shot because it feels so low-key to me, people just doing their normal thing on there way from place to place, yet the van and structures both evoke that sense of ruin and decay.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Absolutely, Stephen. A true sense of ruin and decay in a non-traditional photograph. Great shot… thanks so much for your submission.

      • Stephen Lioy

        Hey Greg, thanks for putting this up. However, I’m somewhat uncomfortable with the fact that you offer the option to purchase the photo directly from your site. Could you either disable that functionality or just take the shot down from the contest?

        Thanks, S

        • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

          Hey Stephen,
          So sorry about that. I forgot to add in the code to make them non-purchasable. Anyway, the problem has been fixed. Thanks for bringing to to my attention.

          • Stephen Lioy

            Thanks. All the shots look good so far!

  • Mindy Postoff

    In July, we were finally able to cross Petra off our bucket list. We were understandably blown away by its grandeur and mystique, but we were also disappointed at the vast amounts of trash and graffiti that we felt ruined the ruins.

    The only way we could avoid the disappointment was to look up, above the reach of spray paint… Here’s an upward view of the Monastery.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Great shot Mindy. The ‘ole “too much distraction where we’re standing so lets see what we can get by looking up” trick is one of my favs!

  • Jeremy Jones

    If your approval rating is single digits, I think you fit for the category at hand.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/544156_10100167795358770_788308300_n.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Hahahahaha! It took me a moment to get your reference, but wow, you get the grand prize for irony!

  • Turtlestravel

    Great theme, Greg!
    India is another amazing destination for “ruins,” ancient and modern. This photo is from the eastern outskirts of Khajuraho. The Hindu Mandir, Javari Temple in the background is part of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pig and chicken in the foreground are making the most of some more modern ruins.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=739021499461363

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Ahhh the sexy temples of Khajuraho! Such a beautiful place. This is a great example of ruin outside of ruins. Love it!

  • Charli & Ben

    White Island is New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Just under 50km from the coast this sub-marine giant is a landscape of natural destruction and ruin. Geysers spew boiling noxious gases into the air and toxic lakes eat away at the ground below. Those brave enough can hike across the crater and during our visit we did just that. I likened it to a lunar landing, the terrain was so alien.

    http://wanderlusters.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/new-zealand/white-island-20.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Wow. That place really does look like something out of a Star Trek set. Great photo… I love the scale of it; thanks to the teeny ant-sized people.

  • Dave @ Travel Transmissions

    Tanah Lot is Bali’s most important Hindu temple on the sea. Crowds tend to rage here around sunset, but you can beat em by showing up in the morning.

    http://500px.com/photo/20541821
    http://TravelTransmissions.com

  • Natasha von Geldern

    This photo (number 8 in this post) is of ruined mine works on White Island – an active volcano island off the coast of New Zealand. From the 1880s through to the 1930s some hardy souls lived out here mining the sulphur for use as an antibacterial agent. The corroded ruins are testament to the tragedy of 1914 when a crater rim collapsed and the resulting lahar killed all ten workers then based on White Island. The only survivor was the cat.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Wow! What a great moody ruin shot. I especially love the old wheels sticking out of the ground. Bravo.

  • Travis

    Hi Greg, nice to meet you! We just heard of photo-roulette and love the idea. As for a submission… this is a shot from the Beelitz Tuberculosis Clinic outside Berlin. With a storied history that includes Nazis and the Red Army, the place is as interesting to read about as it was to explore. It’s rumored that Hitler himself sought treatment here during WWI. Today, the site is only accessible through organized photo tours and tons of pictures of it’s beautiful entryway are scattered around the web. However, this is my favorite shot from our visit because of the way the vivid blue paint on the walls contrasts with the crumbling plaster and wood. It must have been a beautiful corridor when in use. The site is ruined beyond repair, and seeing as German laws prevent it from being torn down and the owner can’t afford to restore it, the buildings sit empty, visited only by the occasional intrepid photo tour.

    Congrats on your win and thanks for hosting this round!

    Calli & Travis
    http://haveblogwilltravel.org/

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      I love this type of shot. Great leading lines and the open windows add to the mystery of the photo. What’s outside in the courtyard?

      • Travis

        Thanks so much, the windows were actually what first caught my attention. I loved that they were sitting wide open, as if purposely set to let in some fresh air. As for the courtyard, it was just a simple rectangle opening surrounded on all sides by bright red brick and similar glass windows. Aside from a couple spindly trees and a lot of overgrown vines there was nothing to suggest how it might have once looked. Take Care! Calli & Travis

  • Suzanne (Travelbunny)

    Tombs with a view! These old ruined tombs are part of a massive and ancient necropolis in Pamukkale, Turkey. They’re located right on the edge of the travertines (cotton castle) and just in front of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. http://thetravelbunny.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/dsc_0328.jpg

  • http://www.thisworldrocks.com/ Dan @ ThisWorldRocks.

    We made a trip to Corregidor Island, outside of Manila, to see what is left of the WWII ruins there from the Battle of Manila. This photo is the very end of what is known as the Mile Long Barracks due to it’s incredible length. The ruins go on for what seems like forever, and we were also able to find the ruins of an old swimming pool.

    http://www.thisworldrocks.com/travel-roulette-entry-ruin/

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Great shot Dan! I came so close to making it to Corregidor when I was in Manila. Now I really wish I had!!!

  • Denise

    A few weeks ago I was in Sukhothai, Thailand, exploring its historical park on a bike. The park is a UNESCO heritage site, and is home to many ancient ruins. As I was walking around taking photos of the ruins, I came across this beautiful girl, dressed in traditional Thai clothing, posing for a group of Japanese photographers with the ruins as her background. I was sweating in the heat, while she looked absolutely perfect, even if I saw her wandering the park for at least another couple of hours.

    http://www.theartofslowtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/DSC00448-409×614.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Love this photo. I was just in Sukohthai myself about 10 days ago, Such a magical place… though I do wish someone dressed in traditional clothes made my photo as spectacular as this one.

      • Denise

        I know I was very lucky!

  • Lauren Ashleigh Crabbe

    Hey Greg. As always, incredible photos, buddy.

    I don’t know if this classifies as a “ruin”: the photo was taken at a cliffside temple in Uluwatu, Bali. Sadly, this particular piece of it was fenced off for construction, and this was as close as I could get! So maybe that’s where the theme comes in ;)

    Looking forward to seeing who takes the prize!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks Lauren! Great shot. It’s totally a ruin :)

  • Daniël

    Awesome topic. Here I have combined 2 of my favorite things: ruins and reflections… the Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Reflection

    http://globe-trekking.com/en/blog/2013/12/15/travel-photo-roulette-71-ruin/

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Ahhh yes, the classic ruin reflection. Love it! And it’s also a great way to get a unique shot of a place that is overrun with tourists.

  • Bethaney

    Hi Greg!

    Here’s my submission:

    http://goclicktravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Christchurch-Catholic-Cathedral-in-Ruins-New-Zealand.jpg

    The Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand stands ruined after a series of major earthquakes in the city. I’ve got plenty of pictures of iconic ruins like those in Angkor and Bagan which might look more impressive but this one is more personal to me as we lived through the Christchurch earthquakes as residents of this city.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Wow… what was it like being there for the earthquakes? You must have an amazing collection of “ruin” photos from the experience.

  • Nomad is Beautiful

    Hi Greg,

    Here is our submission.

    This is the Tower of Refuge seen from the shore of the Isle of Man. The structure was built upon a reef in 1832. When the tide is low the ruin can be reached by walking but with a high tide, when the reef is submerged, the tower appears like floating on the sea.

    Thank you :)

    Ivana & Gianni
    http://nomadisbeautiful.com

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much for the submission! I love the simplicity of the photo. Really draws my eye in to the ruin.

      Hope to see you at the travel blogger meetup on Monday!

      • Nomad is Beautiful

        Thanks to you Greg. We will be definitely come on Monday. See you there :)

  • http://flyicarusfly.com/ Fly, Icarus, Fly

    Hi Greg:

    Congrats on the win and nice theme choice! Here’s my submission:

    http://on.fb.me/ITWW4k

    Spent a frustrating morning trying to figure out how to get to Jerash, a city outside of Amman, Jordan, using public transportation. Totally paid off when I got to the site, smack in the middle of the city, and had some of the best Roman ruins practically to myself for the day. This columned boulevard made it too easy to imagine myself there more than 2,000 years ago…

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      This is just a classic, awesome, beautiful ruin photo. Great leading lines, powerful sky, well done!

  • Working Traveller

    As the only Petra cat that posed dutifully rather than running up to headbutt the camera and ask to be stroked, I thought it deserved to feature here: http://www.the-working-traveller.com/wp-content/uploads/PR67.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Queue up the Indiana Jones theme music!!! Great shot. I want to both be there and to pet the cat.

  • Stephen Bugno

    Bagan is fresh on my mind mind too! Just visited. Love the theme this week. Here the link to my submission:
    http://photos.bohemiantraveler.com/Travel/Myanmar/Bagan/i-BTH87bR/0/O/Bagan%20sunset%20grass.jpg

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      It’s amazing how many epic photos have a story that involves “we were peddling as fast as possible down a dirt road…”

  • Tom Bartel

    Late last summer, I went on a photo shoot along US Highway 12 between the Twin Cities of Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. As you get out of the prosperous cities, the abandoned farms and other structures pertinent to the way farming was done in the first half of the 20th Century increasingly dot the landscape. Processing this in black and white made me more mindful of the evocative photos of the Depression shot by such great American photographers as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. http://travelpast50.com/ruined-elevator-south-dakota/

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Fantastic and moody shot, Tom. I really love the B&W processing and the simple and elegant look you’ve got going on.

      • Tom Bartel

        Thanks Greg. Just saw it as I was driving the back roads of South Dakota. Thanks for hosting, btw. Love your shots. The monk shot is stunning.

  • Kate Voyage

    Here’s mine. Harlem, NYC. A slightly abstract take on the theme in terms of the decay of society that this type of mural would be needed in a neighborhood. Thanks Greg! http://www.30traveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Know-Your-Rights-Harlem-Sign.jpg

  • 1dad1kid

    I shot this at one of the temple ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand. I like the mixture of peace with visible destruction. http://1dad1kid.com

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1dad1kid/11464736216/

  • lindsayisms

    Carneval on the backdrop of the ruins of Segovia’s magnificent Aqueduct.
    http://hisandhertravel.co

  • Travis

    Wow! Thank you so much for choosing us! We are so excited to host #72 – now just to think of a category :)

    Thanks for hosting, we had a great time and really liked your choice of “ruin”. Happy Holidays! Calli and Travis

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    Wow! You got so many great submissions here! sucks I missed this round :(( – just came back from Cuba where internet is basically nonexistent…

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