So I was nominated to enter this really cool contest for travel-photobloggers.
Quote from the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements photo blogging Competition
..."It’s all about capturing and expressing the four elements through travel photography..."
The four elements being Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Yes, I'm starting to feel like "Captain Planet', he's our hero... (Cuts off her own singing in her head.. but feel free to continue singing along here)
So I thought I would start with Earth!
And where else but at the place people call the 8th wonder of the world! Milford Sound New Zealand.
The fiordland boat cruises are the best way to take in the view of the sheer mountainous rock faces that rise 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more straight out of the water on either side. This earth here is so young and precarious, that the roads in and out of the sound are known for their frequent avalanches, as the rock giants move and adjust to growing pains.
The next element is Water. And The Lake Wanaka Tree in New Zealand is a sensational example of this element. It has sustained the times and the tides and still stands with its roots beneath the surface. The serenity at this place is amazing. the water laps on the shores of this ginormous lake, that stretched as far as the eye can see, and it looks to engulf everything and anything its its way. The murky depths home to anything you could imagine. Even the crow wants to make for higher ground here.
I have decided that for my Fire Element Photograph to portray the only thing that sometimes stands between that raging beast and our lives. The firefighter. This is at Coolangatta NSW Australia, but can be anywhere in the world.
To stand with such defiance and passion, and match the rage and fury of the blaze head on, takes a bravery and courageous soul indeed! With the tentacles licking at the next thing to consume, the power of the fire is one not to be reckoned with. Yet the Firefighter stays on. thank you.
And last but not least... The life giving force, the thing we least notice but cant possibly live without... Air.
Oh to be light as it? Or to evaporate into it. The air we breath is as much a part of us as we are of it. At Byron Bay NSW near the Queensland border this sky and outlook awaits. To paint my dream into this image was to, in fact, soar through it. To be without the ties of gravity to hold me down, anything is possible. :)
So with that said. I have to nomintate 5 travel phoblographers..
1. Dave Garber - http://garbergeektography.com/
2. Coralie Bell - http://www.glassmagnolia.com.au/#!blog/crkt
3. Lisa Speakman - http://wiseminds.com/lisaspeakman/blog/
4. Margaret Gaines - http://www.alaskagaines.net/
5. Lauri Novak - http://www.laurinovakphotography.com/blog
The official hashtag of Explore the Elements is #exploretheelements. Follow the hashtag to view competition entries and keep up with conversation about the contest!