Yes, I am aware that the Explore The Elements challenge is over. And yes, I am also aware that I can only dream of the prizes on offer. Le sigh.
But, who’s to say I can’t write my piece and put it out there anyway?
A much-belated thank you goes out to Vlad from Eff It, I’m On Holiday who is always nominating me for awards and challenges. I’ve always completed them, so it would be a shame not to do so this time around.
Even when I’m clearly not eligible to win the exquisitely beautiful Fujifilm X-T1 camera. Sob.
Ok, time to put my sobbing aside and focus on the challenge – to post four photos I’ve taken representing the elements of earth, water, fire and air. I’m also supposed to tag five blogger peeps, but let’s just not go there shall we? (I’m super late, remember?)
This shot was taken as in Luang Prabang, Laos. I was coming down from Mount Phou Si (more like a hill really, but a sacred one nonetheless) and came across this bit of land overrun with trees, looking as ancient as the shrines at the hilltop.
It made me wonder what this place was originally used for and whether it was used for religious rituals in the olden days. Or maybe a place to just chill after huffing and puffing our way up that hill.
Either way, this place reminded me of the mysteries of the Earth element; at once harsh, grounding and wondrous.
There’s nothing I love more than a beach. And I found a lovely one in Legian, Bali.
I know a lot of people may not agree with me as there are so many stunning beaches in Bali that better the likes of the one in Legian, but this place will always be magic to me.
I headed there almost every morning with my closest friend. We had the best time just soaking in the wonderful energies from the sea, the surrounding goings-on, the cute dogs that came our way.
It was the perfect way to start the day and I have this wonderful place to thank for it.
The element of Fire came to mind when I thought of that wondrous sunrise I caught in the deserts of Zagora, Morocco.
I had awoken from one of the best sleeps I’ve had in a long time, walked out of my tent and the sky just swallowed me whole.
It seemed almost surreal.
We had all walked off to find our own spot to take in the sunrise, to find that quiet time we needed, to just be.
I don’t think any of my photos could capture the brilliance of that sky. Maybe I’m not that good a photographer, and frankly, that’s ok with me. I saw the the sky light up with such magnificent colours, I’m just happy to have been there to see it.
This one is pretty much self-explanatory. The element of air and I’m up in the air. Tsk.
But (and yes, there is a but), what makes this extra special is that I am rarely by the window of a plane. You see, I am an aisle seat kind of a girl. So, I’m pretty chuffed that I got this shot of my flight to Myanmar.
It was my second time around to this extraordinary country and I was ready to explore some new places.
Also, I was more than eager to get my hands on some delicious Burmese tea – potent and highly addictive. You have been warned!
How wondrous it is for us to be able to travel to so many places, places we’ve never heard of, places we never would have dreamt of visiting if it wasn’t for air travel. I try to remind myself of that very fact when I’m stuck in a long-haul flight. It helps, even if just for a short while.
And so my four elements are done! I will not win all those fantastic prizes, but I sure am glad to have done this piece.
It reminded me of some very special places, exciting adventures and how truly blessed I am for being able to experience the magic of travel.