Travel theme: The Four Elements

I just caught the tail end of ‘The Fifth Element’ on television; you know the bit where Bruce Willis defeats the bad guy, saves the earth and gets the girl? Now, five elements might prove a little tricky to photograph, but the first four are certainly doable, so here is my homage to earth, air, water and fire.

My pick for earth will come as no surprise; Zion National Park in Utah is one of my favourite spots on this planet.

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My photo for air is a storm brewing over Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Queens, New York – about thirty seconds after I took this shot, an insane thunder and lightning storm broke loose and I almost drowned. Good times.

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My water photo is a boat drifting lazily off into the sunset over Elliot Bay last weekend.

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Last but not least, here’s some fire on cobbled streets in Guatemala, during the La Quema del Diablo festival in Antigua.

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Now it’s your turn to get down to earth, come up for air, test the water and play with fire. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: The Four Elements
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Let’s get elemental!



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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139 Responses to Travel theme: The Four Elements

  1. aj vosse says:

    Good one!! I will certainly give it a good go! Should be fun trying to choose a photo for each element! 😉

  2. Great! I enjoyed the themed pics

  3. samokan says:

    A challenging one 😀

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  5. Ben says:

    It’s interesting to see that fire on the street. What is the story behind that?

    For mine, I thought I’d take a little elemental tour down the Mekong River.

    • Ben says:

      Never mind, I read the linked post. Seems that, in a way, burning a devil effigy would grant it power rather than destroy it.

  6. Great idea for a theme, will be interesting and fun to see how everyone interprets it 🙂

  7. Jayde-Ashe says:

    Fantastic! Looking forward to figuring out this challenge.

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  10. Heyjude says:

    many thanks for this week’s challenge Ailsa – it really was quite a challenge!
    Hope you enjoy my interpretations 🙂

  11. Sonel says:

    Great shots Ailsa and lovely theme hon. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Tina Schell says:

    Oh, a favorite ever! I will work hard on this one!

  13. Hi Ailsa, So, I’m signed up to get e-mail through WordPress, I got your last post on Seattle but not this one. When I am on this page though, it says I am signed up. Do I need to sign up again?

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh that’s so frustrating, thanks for letting me know, this is the reason I”m moving hosts, sadly, because seems to be having issues with the publication of posts for some reason. Once I move over, you can sign up again, or you can do it now ahead of time by being logged out of WordPress and signing up with your email address as a non-WP user. I’ll do a post just before I move letting everyone know, it’s still a couple of weeks off. xxx

  14. The Fifth Element is an awesome movie!
    It is a great theme. I can’t wait to see what other people come up with. Great photos!

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  16. Praveena says:

    Nice shots and good theme too ..

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  19. Ese' s Voice says:

    This is a really interesting theme and I enjoyed your gallery a lot. My favourite definitely is the coming storm 🙂
    Here’re mine:

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  21. paulandjodie says:

    I love Zion NP. I’ve traveled not too far to Grand Canyon for my contribution

  22. I remember that movie – it was on again recently.
    Your pictures area ways breathtaking – but that second one! (And the little story with it made it even better!)

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  24. A delightful water photo you posted, Ailsa. When I look at it, I relax immediately. Beautiful! And then the stormy skies, awesome. Thank you once again for providing us with your great challenge.
    Here’s my take on the Four Elements:

  25. Great theme again. I will manage 3 for sure but might have problems with fire;-)
    Anyway sounds like fun again.
    Cheers Angela 🙂
    BTW great photos !

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  29. Great theme and I love the water pic!

  30. colormusing says:

    Fantastic photos and theme!!

  31. Loca Gringa says:

    Great theme idea and fab flick! Can’t wait to work on it!

  32. adinparadise says:

    Great new challenge, Ailsa. Love the Elliot Bay pic.

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  34. thephotoseye says:

    This is a really great theme and I love your photo! After so much thinking – here is how I see the “Four Elements”

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  36. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa!!! A great theme!!!
    Here is my entry:
    Have a great weekend!

  37. I love your photos – the Utah mountains are fabulous, and so are the others too!

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  40. Alisa, this is so neat. I love your shots especially the one for Earth! I will accept your challenge and try to come up with the four elements. Although, seeing how I don’t really travel, they may all be from around here! 🙂

  41. I wanna go to Utah!
    And Oregon
    And..anywhere else you blog about!

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