The Thomas Cook travel company has challenged travel bloggers and photographers to use four original photos to represent each of the four natural elements: air, water, earth, and fire. I was nominated to participate in the challenge by my dear and wildly talented friend, Amber DeGrace, of Fine Craft Living. Not one to let my friends down, I scoured my thousands of travel photos to find one for each of the categories. If any of my photos is chosen as best by the panel of judges, I will win one of the following prizes: MacBook Air, a Fujifilm X-T1 camera, or an iPhone 6 with Bose noise-cancelling headphones. I wouldn’t mind any of those. One overall winner will be chosen and will be awarded a £5,000 travel fund. The family and I could take a really nice trip with that chunk of change!
With fingers crossed, I present my photo submissions.
Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality, & gravity.
Taken at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, this photo captures the collective essence of earth from the ground up to the heavens.
Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.
Fluid and flowing on Playa Platanares. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.
While there is no actual fire at Mammoth Hot Springs, the heat of the springs is quite forceful. The steaming water and sulfur are always moving, and the structure of the terraces always changing.
Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.
Enjoying freedom of movement up, up in the air on the world-famous Ferris wheel at Vienna’s Prater amusement park.
Part of the challenge is to nominate five of my fellow bloggers to participate. Not only are the following folks incredible bloggers and photographers, but they also are awesome friends.