When I first saw this competition on famous travel photographer Ken Kaminensky's Google+, I knew I had to enter. A photography competition by Thomas Cook that explores the elements - fire, earth, air, water (duh), they're asking bloggers to write a post and submit their favourite photographs that display each of the four elements.
I have so many photos to choose from, and it was really hard to pick. But after much deliberation these are my favourites, as they all have stories behind them that mean something to me.
This photo was taken just two months before we moved back to England from Australia. We took the 4WD up to Lancelin and spent the day playing in the sand dunes. My brother thought it was great fun to leap off the dunes as high as he could, and I managed to capture some fun photos from it. I love this one the most, the sand flicking up behind him, the varying colours of the sand against the clear blue sky as the backdrop, and the big 4x4 and crowd of tourists in the background on top of a dune.
This one was really hard to choose from. I couldn't decide between this one and one a took in the Northern Territory as a storm was rolling in. In the end this one because of the emotion it made me feel when I took it. To me, this is paradise. Taken in Zion National Park, to me this photo shows Earth in it's raw, pure state. It's one of my favourite photos I've ever taken, and every time I look at it it reminds me of the pure awe I was in when I climbed up the rocks to see this view.
This photo isn't actually a fire, but a sunset. Every time I look at it I think it's of an actual bush fire, then I remember it was a sunset! We were in the middle of the wheatbelt in Australia, in a place called Hyden. We were staying in the middle of an empty salt lake, which made for excellent exploring and wildlife spotting (namely, how many spiders can you spot above your head while you sleep). As the sun was setting this incredible sunset appeared in front of our eyes, and I took this shot - I think it looks like flames are licking the sky above the lake, and you can just see the light reflecting off the salt lake (there was no water, it was just a lake of hardened salt!)
Ah water. This photo was taken on the Isles of Scilly, my ancestral home on my father's side. I went for a long weekend back in September 2014, and it was my very first 'holiday' alone. I had a relaxing and peaceful weekend exploring the tiny islands my family called home for hundreds of years, and captured this photograph of a lone man on Bryher rowing across to one of the other islands. It makes me think of an image that could have been taken at any point in time, because of the shadow you can't see what he's wearing, all you see is a figure rowing an old row boat amongst an archipelago.
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