Published on June 22nd, 2015


Travel Photo Roulette #106: WRINKLES!


First of all, for those readers who aren’t bloggers (you know, the sane ones, the ones who have a l.i.f.e. and aren’t perpetually glued to their WordPress screens), Travel Photo Roulette is a weekly photography contest where the winner of the previous round gets to pick the next theme, host the contest and choose the next winner. It’s a way to share travel memories, enjoy beautiful photography and discover some new blogs! The last TPR was hosted by Travel Addicts with the theme of LANDMARKS. The entries for Landmarks were truly impressive, and I was thrilled that my image of those legendary moai on Easter Island silhouetted against the dawn, was selected as the winner of TPR #105:


So now I have to come up with a new theme for this #106 round of TPR. Hmmm… While I pondered a half-dozen different possible themes, suffice I um, recklessly settled on this:


Aw, geez, I can hear all you young ‘uns out there groaning from here!  Wrinkles, Dyanne?  Wrinkles???  What on earth are you thinking?

But seriously.  First of all, as my TL tagline emphatically proclaims:

Proof that you’re never too old to slap on a backpack and follow your dreams.

Uh, I dare say I’ve been boldly following my dreams for more than six decades now, and thus there’s bound to be a few wrinkles involved, yes?

Nonetheless – with 40 countries under my belt, me and my backpack ain’t plannin’ on slowing down anytime soon.  After all, that’s pretty much the entire point of my TL blog – to inspire other lasses and lads of ANY age to  So naturally I’m not the least bit squeamish about a few wrinkles, and I honestly think they have their own special “beauty”. Indeed, those crinkles and pleats are the mark of someone with a LOT of tales to tell. So why not celebrate them here?

Besides, they don’t have to be YOUR wrinkles – show us some of the wonderful dodderin’ characters you’ve met in your travels. Here’s a few of mine to give you some inspiration:




The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and people submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions, displays it as the week’s winning entry, and then passes the TPR baton on to the winner for the next round. Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author ultimately freely chooses their favorite. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a theme for new photo submissions.

Do feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Trover and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette


  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e., using Photoshop to remove elements) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized.
  • If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme: Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’
  • Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque,” or “Overlooking Creation.”
  • Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
  • After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!


To enter in the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) and I’ll upload it to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in – feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days, from today, June 22nd until midnight EDT (UTC/GMT -4 hour) on Sunday, June 28th when the submission period ends. At that point I’ll be tucked into some stray beach along the coast of Ecuador (with likely dubious digital juice) but will do my level best to announce the winner within a few of days of June 28th. The winner will then host the next round of TPR.


While I loved all the beautiful “wrinkles” in the other worthy entries, the wry scowl on the furrowed face of Tom Fakler’s “Bhaktapur Man” was a stand out. His expression tells a great story, and I can only hope that he and his family are safe and sound following the recent catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal.

Congratulations on the win, Tom – I look forward to the new theme you come up with for TPR #107!


1. Tom Fakler from Anita’s Feast

A beggar in Bhaktapur after a Nepalese friend gave him food instead of money. This was in 2014 before the earthquakes.

2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers from Travels With Carole

I was with a small group who came to visit Hmong village in the Highlands near Chiang Mai, Thailand. This 90-year-old mother of 10 was resting outside her house when we arrived.

3. James Phan from Fly Icarus Fly

Found this 80+ year old woman still working the fields with a smile on her face, just outside of Hoi An. I’m half her age and can’t squat for more than 30 seconds.

4. Suzanne Fluhr from Boomeresque

This is a photo of a woman selling I’m not sure what in a street market in Luang Prabang, Laos. I’m sorry to say there are little birds in those tiny cages. I’m not sure how old she is, but it seems that a hard life is written in her face.


This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

  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: 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: 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 GoodMan: City
  28. Oct 2011 Reflection
  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: Winter
  35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel: Blue
  36. Feb 2012 Ten times One: Depth of the Field
  37. ?
  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 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: Smile
  47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons: Excellent Splendour of the Universe
  48. Sep 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: 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. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
  65. Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
  66. Sep 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. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
  78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues
  79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
  80. May 2014 Backpack Me: Mouthwatering
  81. Jun 2014 20 Years Hence: The Face of A Nation
  82. Jul 2014 Two for the Road: Into the Wild
  83. Jul 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: 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

About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

10 Responses to Travel Photo Roulette #106: WRINKLES!

  1. Suzanne Flur says:

    We just returned to Philly. Here is the photo I was looking for:

    This photo was taken in the market in Luang Prabang. I remembered this woman as having more wrinkles. I’m not sure what she’s selling from the shallow baskets, but I was upset by the small birds in the tiny cages. I have no idea how old she was, but her face suggests that she has had a hard life.
    Suzanne Flur kindly contributed to world literature by posting…Artisanal Ice Cream – A Visit to La Ibense in Salou on the Costa Daurada in the Catalunya (Catalonia) Region of SpainMy Profile

    • Dyanne says:

      Iffy digital juice here on the beee-u-tiful Ecuaorian coast at Playa Ayampe, but just managed to get into my WordPress interface. Thanks for the last minute entry Suzanne – will (hopefully) have it up shortly (along with my selection of the TPR winner for round #106 “WRINKLES”.

  2. James says:

    Congrats on the win, Dyanne! Here’s my submission:

    Found this 80+ year old woman still working the fields with a smile on her face, just outside of Hoi An. I’m half her age and can’t squat for more than 30 seconds.
    James kindly contributed to world literature by posting…Reinventing Sushi: From Tsukiji to ArtMy Profile

    • Dyanne says:

      lol James – indeed, how DO those dodderin’ lasses and lads in Vietnam do it? Guess it’s from sitting on those wee red plastic stools along the curb, slurping that heavenly pho (that I Love her little smile – thanks for the TPR entry!

  3. I was with a small group who came to visit Hmong village in the Highlands near Chiang Mai, Thailand. This 90-year-old mother of 10 was resting outside her house when we arrived.

    • Dyanne says:

      Lovely, lovely – such beautiful, sparkly eyes! Mother of 10 you say Carol? Goodness, but no doubt she has LOTS of fascinating tales to tell. Thanks for the TPR entry!

  4. Tom Fakler says:!i=4152696445&k=qqdkKxV&lb=1&s=A

    A beggar in Bhaktapur after a Nepalese friend gave him food instead of money. This was in 2014 before the earthquakes.
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