I don’t often participate in travel competitions but the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements photo blogging challenge seemed like an amazing one. I got a chance to browse through photographs from my travels and publish 4 that best capture the essence of nature’s 4 elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
Tough as it was to make these selections, I had fun exploring the elements, and this is my entry.
Earth symbolizes stability, strength and growth. A major nourishment that the Earth provides is rice. Thus for this element, I’ve chosen a shot from the picturesque Tegallalang Rice Terrace in Ubud, on the Indonesian island of Bali. Rice terraces cascading down across the valley make for a green and peaceful scene, and have been designed for efficient irrigation and agriculture. Although man-made, they work in confluence with nature by sustaining soil conservation and flood control.
We all know that two thirds of our planet is covered with water. I’ve seen some beautiful beaches, powerful waterfalls and exceptional scenes of snow covered landscapes. But the most remarkable body of water I have seen was in the form of glaciers. A moment that stands out and that I will forever cherish is when I saw floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon, a glacier lagoon in Iceland. Some icebergs had black stripes because of volcanic ash that has been mixed with the ice.
For this element, what could be more apt that the gigantic ball of fire that is our sun? Like most people, I am a fan of sunsets. And I recently witnessed a special one in the Liwa Desert, on the northern edge of Rub Al’ Khali (The Empty Quarter), which is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert. I climbed a high sand dune and was treated to an extraordinary sight. Seated on the cushion that was the soft fine sand, I looked out at the iridescent sand dunes that stretched out far and wide, and watched in awe as the bright beautiful sun finally disappeared into the horizon.
Air is something we can’t see but it is powerful. It has a huge impact and it gives life. It leaves a mark on objects and living things. We breathe it in and we feel it on our skin. This is a photograph of Icelandic horses and I think it well represents this element because air is life. So air is these graceful horses. It is also the wind in their hair. The presence of air is clearly felt as their manes move according to motions of the wind. Air is freedom too, and that is what I felt seeing these charming creatures in the vast Icelandic landscape.
It has been rewarding to relive such priceless moments and take a trip down travel memory lane. Do you have a favorite element? Which of the above pictures do you like best?
Thanks to the lovely and equally sweet-toothed Shikha from Why Waste Annual Leave? for nominating me to take part. The competition requires us to challenge 5 other bloggers to participate, so I nominate these fantastic bloggers:
Ayla – Mrs. Ayla’s Adventures
Kasha – Lines of Escape
Jenny – A Taste of Travel
Allane – Packing my Suitcase
Diana – Browsing Italy
The deadline is only a few days away (March 16th, 2015) but do try to take part. I look forward to see your entries!