Today I’m entering the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements photo challenge (at the very last minute), which is all about capturing and expressing the four elements through travel photography. My interpretations of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air are below. Enjoy!
Earth: “Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.” What is more stubborn, iconic, and powerful than the Roman Empire, and with it the Colosseum? The monument has become a part Italy’s history, and over time an extension of its earth.
Water: “Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.” National parks adapt to tourism and climate change, and in Acadia the defensiveness of the mountains meets the suppleness of the water beautifully.
Fire: “Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.” The seasons move with force, especially in Wisconsin. The leaves are outgoing in their color displays, and with the change comes a sense of security that each new season will come in time.
Air: “Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.” The walls of Petra hold ancient wisdom, and desert flowers, though they are sometimes hard to find, represent a freedom and will in the way they flourish even in harsh conditions.
My five nominees: As this is the last day of the contest, it’s hard to nominate bloggers who don’t know about it already. I’m nominating Lanora Mueller Photography, Nomadic Boys, Beers and Beans, PiktureNama, and Desi Traveler.