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21 Beautiful Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Travel

I love a beautiful silhouette.

It rarely matters of what. Every silhouette is shrouded in drama and mystery, and more than a drop or two of romance. I love silhouettes for what I don’t see as much as for what I do. Sure you can see more when the subject is in the light, but I think it’s the darkness that ignites the imagination. It draws the viewer in and makes her think about what she’s seeing. I shoot silhouettes wherever I go. I find them compelling and a wonderful way to showcase a destination.

Take a moment to look at the photos below, and you tell me….. don’t you want to go?

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Temples in Old Bagan look magical at sunset in Myanmar.

1. Temples in Old Bagan, Myanmar are magical at sunset.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels--Men, working on a rickety, handmade scaffolding, repair a temple in Old Bagan, Myanmar.

2. Men working on a rickety, handmade scaffolding, repair a temple in Old Bagan, Myanmar.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Egrets in the water at Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve on Sanibel Island in Florida.

3. An Ibis and a bevy of shorebirds at low tide search for food in the water at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Beautiful, misty view of floating garden with a gardener's hut, on Inle Lake in Myanmar.

4. A beautiful, misty view of a floating garden with a gardener’s hut, on Inle Lake in Myanmar. The bamboo poles you see fasten the garden to the lake floor below.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Sunrise over the ocean and near a swimming area where two people in silhouetter are wading through the water. Cape Town, South Africa.

5. A couple swim at sunrise in a man made tide pool alongside the ocean outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels- trees after a rain on the Masai Mara

6. The sun peeks through the clouds after a short rain, illuminating thousands of Wildebeest grazing during the migration.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-A man paddles through the extensive floating gardens in front of our hotel, the Villa Inle, on Inle lake in Myanmar.

7. A man paddles through the extensive floating gardens in front of the Villa Inle hotel on Inle lake in Myanmar.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-A man navigates his boat with a bamboo pole near Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia.

8. A man navigates his boat through his village with a bamboo pole near Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-An ice-blue sunrise at Abu Camp in Botswana.

9. A gorgeous light blue just before sunrise over Abu Camp in Botswana.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-People running into ice cold water at the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in New York City.

10. People running into the ice cold water in January during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in New York City.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Kids near Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia.

11. Kids near Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Flying high in a hot air balloon over Old Bagan in Myanmar.

12. Flying high in a hot air balloon over Old Bagan in Myanmar.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Shadows of a camel caravan in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

13. Shadows of a camel ride in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels- A gorgeous temple at sunset in Old Bagan, Myanmar

14. A buddhist Temple in front of an orange sunset in Old Bagan, Myanmar.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels- trees after a rain on the Masai Mara-Silhouette of Springbok at sunset on a ridge in Damarland, Namibia

15. A Springbok on a ridge in Damarland, Namibia.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Vultures on an acacia tree in the Masai Mara.

16. Vultures on top of a lone acacia tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-A sailboat anchored in the water off Captiva Island in Florida at Sunset.

17. Ocean view of an impending sunset off Captiva Island, Florida.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-A springbok in silhouette on a ridge in the Masai Mara at sunset.

18. Another springbok in silhouette (they make good silhouettes) on a hill in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Cut out from the background like paper dolls, travelers and locals cross the Ubein bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar

19. Cut out from the background like paper dolls, travelers and locals cross the Ubein bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-A lone acacia is dwarfed by a Masai Mara sunset

20. An acacia tree is dwarfed by a spectacular sky at sunset on the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Stunning Silhouette Photos Guaranteed to Inspire Your Travels-Elephant in silhouette against pink sunset sky

21. An elephant grazes against scarlet pink sunset in the Masai Mara in Kenya.


Posts about the locations above you might want to check out.

Exploring Namibia’s Skeleton Coast: Desert Rhino Camp

Fun in the Sun: A Picture Perfect Cape Town Road Trip

A First – Timer’s Guide to Planning a Safari in Kenya

The Drama, the Suspense, the Thrill of a Wildebeest Crossing

Captiva Island Cruising – Sun, Fun and Flawless Beaches


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    • Thank you! Yes, absolutely reblog it. I appreciate the compliment.

      Btw.. can I come with you on your trip around the world. 😉

  1. Each photograph is beautiful in its own way. I don’t think I can choose a favorite! But….. The one of the Ubein bridge keeps coming back to my mind….wondering where all the people were going and where are they coming from….what are their lives like……many unanswerable questions…….LOVE IT!

    • Thank you for your kind words Angelyn. It’s funny, I do the same thing, imaging where the people in photos were going, what they were thinking. I think it connects me more with the image.

  2. Absolutely lovely photographs and silhouettes. Each one highlights the beauty of the people and the venue, tells a story, yet provides peace. Just a quick note about the third one at Ding Darling, there are no egrets in that photo–there’s an ibis and shorebirds. Many thanks for this gallery of delights.

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