Specks of Sand

Photo Source: Marcelo Salvador

Photo Source: Marcelo Salvador

About 100 times a day, I’m reminded of my resounding inferiority.  My thighs chafe in the summer, I failed college economics twice, and I can’t beat my nephews at Temple Run.  So it’s just par for the course that today 15,500 other people have also proven just how much better they are at photography than I am!  (I am redeemed only by my double-jointed elbows, which are a good icebreaker at dull office parties).

Yet when I see photos like these (submissions to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest), I’m content to be just a little speck of sand in the grand scheme of things.  The vastness of this planet, and the diversity of the people living in it, are just so astonishing – I get verklempt at the wonder of it all. It makes life feel cruelly short, which is why I intend to reincarnate repeatedly as a trust fund baby with a healthy travel allowance.  In other words, as Paris Hilton.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the contest (I’m totally angling for Employee of the Month at National Geographic).   You can see all 15,500 here, but above/below are some of my favorites!

(Side Note: if you look up awe-inspiring in an online thesaurus, “hairy” is one of the listed synonyms.  I’d like to think that’s the internet playing a funny joke.  Ha Ha, internet.)

Photo Source: Thomas Pepper

Photo Source: Thomas Pepper

Photo Source: Patrick Reddish

Photo Source: Patrick Reddish

Photo Source: Rei Murakami

Photo Source: Rei Murakami

Photo Source: Mark Watson

Photo Source: Mark Watson

Photo Source: Sophie Carr

Photo Source: Sophie Carr

Photo Source: Manish Mamtani

Photo Source: Manish Mamtani

Photo Source: Graham McGeorge

Photo Source: Graham McGeorge

Photo Source: Ybrael Abergas

Photo Source: Ybrael Abergas

Photo Source: Michelle Schantz

Photo Source: Michelle Schantz

Photo Source: Tierney Farrell

Photo Source: Tanmoy Das

Photo Source: Tanmoy Das

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