Candid Photos I’ve Taken On Trips That Have Inspired, Surprised And Puzzled Me

Candid Photos I’ve Taken On Trips That Have Inspired, Surprised And Puzzled Me

I’ve noticed that one of the things that I tend to do while I travel is to snap photos for no good reason.  Usually, I am on a tour bus or casually walking along a city street that I decide to immortalize my surroundings by capturing random scenes through my camera lens.

It doesn’t have to be something massive or particularly significant; I’m usually moved to do so because of how I am feeling at the moment.  I’m usually overwhelmed by the people, a particular circumstance, an unusual building….something that captures my attention that compels me to document it.

Of course, those pictures usually turn out to be a blurry mess and sometimes in rarer moments, they become unforgettable treasures.  I decided to share a few with you dear reader in the hopes that you could appreciate the method to my madness: “Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned ones”.


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Beautiful art figures from the First Nations People at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


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We were on a tour bus that departed Santiago, Chile, destined for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. It was early in the day and I thought I was seeing things but took the pic anyway. It looked like a cardboard house sitting on the hillside with a distinctive Mondrian palette. I have no explanation for this. This is not…..I repeat….this is not photoshopped and I am glad that I was able to capture it as the tour bus whizzed by.


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I confess. I am a subway art aficionado. I fell in love with the sparkling mosaics at Cluny La Sorbonne subway station in the latin quarter of Paris, France. It’s more than beautiful, it’s historic. The names of legendary Parisienne luminaries are displayed around the perimeter of the larger mosaic called Les Oiseaux. It’s a sight to behold.


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We’d just stepped off the funicular after leaving Sacre Coeur in Paris when we passed this backpacker. He was headed toward the Church but took the steps instead of the funicular. I don’t know why his body and clothes were painted silver, but he sure got our attention!!



The Unclaimed Baggage Center is one of my favorite places to shop. It’s located in the small town of Scottsboro, Alabama and is where a large percentage of lost luggage and its contents end up. I get the best deals here but it’s a four-hour drive so I can’t go as often as I would like.


overturned boat in Amsterdam

We took a cruise down the canals of Amsterdam and came across this overturned boat. There were lots of boats docked along the canals so it’s an important form of transportation. We wondered why the owners hadn’t noticed that they were about to lose it. Judging from the algae that had begun to form on the other side, it had to have been like that for awhile.



I happened to see a Friar walking across the street as we were leaving a church in downtown, Lima, Peru. I wanted to wave but thought it would prove to be awkward.



This entryway of Elk antlers at the George Washington Memorial park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming certainly makes a statement.      I spotted the second set at the exit. I was a little surprised to see so many antlers being used as decorative accouterments.



Another pic from Lima, Peru on the same day. We happened upon this religious procession honoring the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639).  He was canonized in Rome by Pope John XXIII, on May 6, 1962.  We were honored to have witnessed that historic and solemn procession.



I’ve commented on this before, but it’s still memorable. We were visiting Miami in prep for our cruise the next day. I was visiting the Vizcaya Museum and happened upon this young lady being photographed for her Quinceanera. Her proud mother stood beaming on the sidelines taking it all in.


Now, it’s your turn to share!  What unique scenes have you stumbled upon that made you take a second look?  Feel free to share them with us in the comments!




Renee King
  • Just One Boomer (Suzanne)
    Posted at 01:00h, 14 March Reply

    I do the same thing you do only usually it’s on my phone which is going to tell me I have too many photos soon, I suspect. Sometimes they come out better than the ones taken with the camera. I find that I like to take pictures of things I find odd (sort of like that house on the mountain). Here’s the link to my “Huh?” photos from a recent trip to Hawaii:
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  • Gray
    Posted at 12:52h, 14 March Reply

    Usually the images that make me do a double-take and take a photo are the creative ways buskers dress up to draw attention and get tourists to pay for photos with them. In Barcelona, one guy was dressed elaborately as some hellish winged bat-man type creature (as opposed to Batman), in Madrid, a guy was dressed as the invisible man (literally, a hat and no visible head–very creative). Sometimes, I’ll see murals on buildings that almost look like they’re real of women leaning out of windows or something. Clever things like that always catch my eye. The worst part is when I see something and I don’t have my camera out and the moment passes too quickly to get a photo of it. Ah, missed opportunities.
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    • Renee King
      Posted at 22:21h, 14 March Reply

      I saw the same in Rome with the soldiers at the Coliseum…..I was not amused by them at all. Mostly because they would come up to you to allow you to take pics then ask you to give them money for their trouble. HA! I love being able to capture split second events as opposed to those buskers but as you said, it’s a matter of being able to get the shot in time.

  • Tracy Antonioli
    Posted at 15:18h, 14 March Reply

    Oh I love the Paris subway stations! Arts et Metiers is my favorite. Very steampunk.

    And there were SO MANY girls having their photos taken at Vizcaya when I was there! Like it seemed like that was what the grounds were FOR. They were EVERYWHERE!
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    • Renee King
      Posted at 21:02h, 14 March Reply

      I’m glad that I’m not alone in my love for subway stations! I think I know the one that you are talking about….are the walls copper? I adore that one too! Vizcaya is a beautiful setting so I understand if everyone wants to be ‘featured’ there.

  • Michaela
    Posted at 18:38h, 16 March Reply

    You caught some pretty cool pictures, Renee! I love to go back through old pictures and relive the moments. There are so many times when I’m reminded of fun memories that I hadn’t thought about in a while. I do find themes when going through my photos – I capture lots of flowers and me kissing on various inanimate objects! LOL!
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  • Lee
    Posted at 16:47h, 18 March Reply

    Hi renee
    Your comment in Rome by the colliseum. I had the exact same experience was the one slightly annoying experience during a great couple of days seeing some great ancient architecture. One thing that struck me in Rome was the driving of the Italians mad is an under statement most cars seemed to have dents or scratches.

    Great pictures lee
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  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 19:41h, 22 March Reply

    These are all terrific shots, Renee! I love candid photos too.
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  • Brutus
    Posted at 22:07h, 08 May Reply

    Love the subway shot.. just a great pic. Quite a diverse set of images overall. Someone’s been busy!
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  • brandon
    Posted at 10:23h, 10 November Reply

    The over turned boat in Amsterdam had a really bad day apparently, how ever great write up pictures thumbs up!
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