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

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  3. Wonderful challenge, I really like it and your photos are stunning! (:
    Here is my entry – I choose the five elements 😉

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  7. Tahira says:

    Terrific theme, Ailsa! And your chosen shots are simply amazing. Here is my submission:

  8. well here goes my contribution to 4 elements on 4 continents: Travel theme:

  9. Good theme, Ailsa!
    Here’re are my four:
    Ciao 🙂

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  12. Great photos again this week! I love Zion National Park too. 🙂
    Here are my choices:

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  16. Beautiful photos – I really love the sailboat – so elegant. This was s fun challenge – it took me a bit to find one for the Air/Wind element! Here’s my gallery:

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  19. Ailsa, I love your photo of Zion National Park; that’s one place in the USA I haven’t been yet. Also, I love that second picture of the storm brewing in Queensland with the silhouettes of the grasses.

    Here is mine; sadly not quite as dramatic as yours. 🙂

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  21. Trish says:

    I enjoyed this theme Ailsa, your posts as well as trying to meet the challenge myself. I’m presently posting while travelling in France and Spain, which is another challenge, trying to find cafés that offer wifi and rushing to finish all my computer work so I’m not hogging the table. So, know that I read your stuff but can’t always comment – I’m not commenting on other blogs at all at the moment, too much pressure.

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  23. Another great theme this week Ailsa – and some lovely images you have included. Here are mine.
    – Suzan –

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  25. The Rider says:

    Beautiful photos as usual! Love the sailboat!

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  30. Tina Schell says:

    OK Ailsa, I copped out and addressed only one of the four elements, but perhaps a bit of a different take on it!

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  32. My elements all seem to have water in them. This was a fun challenge!

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  34. elizz says:

    hi ailsa, here’s my tribute to the four elements
    have a nice day 🙂

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  36. This is an awesome, and funny, Travel Theme–my narrative nonfiction book for which I am researching (The Rewild West)–is going to be organized into four parts–Water, Air, Earth, Fire =)

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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