Wild, Fast, Panoramic, Epic!

Some months ago, two of my Featured Blogs submitted their entries for the Black’s Epic Adventures Photo Contest –

Shelley @ Travel-Stained &

Same as My Seven Super Shots, which I composed only a few posts before I reached my 200th post. Now for my upcoming 300th, I’m composing a contest submission post. Plus, Shelley @ Travel-Stained tagged me to do it.

The mechanics is to submit one picture for each of the four themes – Wild, Fast, Epic and Panoramic. This is a legit contest with a prize money of 2000 pounds to spend on an adventure travel. The deadline was May 5th, and so I am way way way behind. πŸ˜€ I just wanted to give others bigger chance of winning. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› (I kid, I kid) I don’t normally enter my submissions anyways even if I made it, just like the Capture the Colors contest.

Since I’m not actually submitting my entries, I think I have the freedom to break the rules. πŸ˜›

I actually find this hard, and a little overwhelming. Having those four themes, it makes feel like your options are very limited. I think the first category is an awful one. πŸ˜€ I’m biased because I never fully have that much of wild adventures under my belt.



Ginormous size, intimidating teeth, near the top of the food chain, and the film Jaws just made them a feared creature by humans. While they do attack other marine life and actually control its population, sharks, in reality, don’t pry and rarely bother or attack people. There are numbers of different instances that can kill you more than a shark attack … like a cork from wine bottle or falling off a ladder. πŸ˜‰

I took this shot at the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan. I really felt like a wide-eyed kid who’s in extreme awe, giggling inside and just fascinated looking at this tank.

This crowd that went WILD after winning NAHA’s Tug-of-War is also worth the mention. πŸ™‚ Also taken in Okinawa, Japan.




Coming back from a trip to Venice, we had a choice between Bologna or stopping at Marinello for a Ferrari moment. I had to give way as they chose thrill rides over sight-seeing. Even paying a hefty prize to either drive or be a passenger, my friends were so enthusiastic riding this fast car and feeding their need for speed.


These All-Alaskan racing pigs also came in mind. Taken during the Ventura Fair of 2011.


This one is Ventura Fair 2013. πŸ˜€


Griffith park is one of the best spots to view the golden California sun, Hollywood sign, and an overview of the city of angels.


I know. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


It may not be as tall as the ones in Humboldt County but I think the epic enormity of the redwood giants in Muir Woods National Park fit the category.


… And this epic width of Aqueduct in Vanvitelli.


Can you see me?

Sorry I can’t resist to include the epic beauty of this view in Bohol, Philippines.


There you have it. I hope to see you for my future travel and adventures. πŸ˜‰

IF you like to do this post, feel free to nominate yourself. πŸ˜‰

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    • The majesty of redwoods is just not obvious in pictures without me there. πŸ˜€ I mean, the majestic scale of rewoods isn’t just obvious without any body around. πŸ˜‰

  1. You can keep the viaduct, Rommel. I want to be in the last shot. And stay there! πŸ™‚
    I’d totally forgotten this competition. How come I didn’t win? Never mind- my prize is a link from you.
    Where are you off travelling to next?

  2. I remember all of these shots, and all of these moments as though I were on the trips with you.

    When are the results of the contests announced/posted?

    • I know, Allan. You’ve been an awesome blogger friend who I cherish all my blogging days. πŸ™‚
      I actually don’t know what happened to the contest. I’m sure the winners were far more awesome as mine.
      Ow, I love love love your entry for WPC: Contrast.

  3. I love these awesome photos, and remember them. Thank you for your effort, it’s a lot of work, Rommel! I don’t care about the contest result, for me, you are alway the big winner in the blogosphere! BTW, I was at the airport waiting for the flight when I read your post this morning, I just had a nice dinner in Portland. πŸ™‚

  4. All the humans viewing the shark really give it a frightening sense of scale! But who can resist the little piglet race? Not me!

  5. Well I’m pretty sure I couldn’t come up with anything which could touch these Rommel πŸ™‚
    I remember those Japanese posts so well – you really did have a ball there didn’t you …
    Hey … so Greece in December perhaps ….

  6. Awesome shots for the themes, Rommel. You and that giant Redwood, look like you were made for each other. πŸ™‚ Those racing pigs made me laugh out loud. Such cute faces! The Ventura Fair ride looks plenty wild enough for me, maybe a bit too much so. 😯 The glass in those aquarium tanks must be extremely strong. One always hope so, anyway. πŸ™‚

  7. Your photography has been nothing but superb in my book Rommel, so that makes you a winner. I could look at that Bohol photo every day and not grow tired of it. The Muir Woods photo of you is one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ Greece in December? I am vey envious.

    • Sometimes, I use to think between being overseas or being an RV-er. I think the margin of awesomeness πŸ™‚ is very close.

      • We plan to start doing some international traveling ourselves in the next few years. So much to see on this fascinating planet we call home. πŸ™‚

  8. These photos are wonderful, Rommel! It’s so much fun following your travels. I must say I believe the last two are my favorites! The redwoods are so amazing — not to mention the cute guy holding up the tree (heehee) — and that Bohol is so beautiful!

    • I knew I shouldn’t have put that picture of the stud there … that stud is overshadowing the other pictures. bwahahaha πŸ˜†

  9. Just an excellent series of photos, all so inspiring ~ but the first one at the Churaumi Aquarium is WILD. The crowd not only provides perspective, but also you sense their awe as well.

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