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July 13, 2009

Photo of the Day: Japanese Maple Trees

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We're entering the final three weeks of our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You have until July 31 to enter for a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose. So far, we've had nearly 14,000 contenders. For inspiration for your own entry, read our take on a submission that caught our eye:

Last week, Dream Trip entrant FosiBear sent us on a mental tropical vacation with a shot of a palm tree leaning over Cook's Bay, on the French Polynesian isle of Moorea. Today, the peripatetic FosiBear gets us with another transporting arboreal image, this one in the Dream Trip entry "Temple Matron," which features a lone woman raking autumn leaves at Kyoto's Silver Pavilion.

"What I love about Japan are the pockets of simplicity, grace, and ease of life, the moments suspended in time," writes FosiBear. "Here an elderly temple matron is quietly and gently raking scarlet maple leaves from the moss-covered grounds: an ode to a simpler life surrounded by exquisite natural beauty."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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