Photography competitions are a challenge in not just taking fabulous photos, but in choosing photos to match an esoteric idea. I love taking photos but a photographer I am not, so I need a lot of prompting to enter. This time, the prompt to enter Thomas Cook’s photo blogging competition ‘Explore the Elements‘ has come from Jan from Budget Travel Talk and Nita from Spilling the Beans. Thank you.
The challenge is to publish four photos that best express the elements through travel blogging: Earth, Water, Fire and Air
Here are the photos I have chosen:

Explore the Elements: Water

We are very lucky here in my home state of Western Australia that our long coastline offers a life based around water. Lives depend on the fishing and lobster fishing industries, boat building offers jobs to others and the tourist industry  thrives on the scenery that makes our state famous. Beautiful beaches and clear blue waters are probably something I take for granted.
Explore the Elements: Water
Europe has history, architecture, food and many other things but the waters that we saw never compared with home until we went to Croatia!
The island of Veli Budikovac, just off the coast of Vis, was surrounded by some of the most beautiful clear, blue water that I have seen! It probably has a lot to do with the stone ‘sand’ but whatever the reason, these waters are hard to beat. The bays on both side of the island offer a fabulous place to moor to spend a lazy day on a boat.

Explore the Elements:Fire

Explore the Elements: Fire
Fire means cooking….and again I thought immediately of Croatia and some of the fabulous meals we had of fresh seafood cooked on the open grill….especially on Vis.
I could also have mentioned the Croatian specialty of cooking under the bell, or peka, where large casserole type dishes of meat or fish and vegetables are cooked for hours over hot coals. Delicious!

Explore the Elements: Earth

Explore the Elements: Earth
Mention earth and again I think of food and wine!
Great food and wine come together in Piemonte and when you look at the soil there, it’s no wonder the food and wine is fabulous.
The rich clods of soil that hold the vineyards of the Langhe area of Piemonte are just the start of the process. Here Nebbiolo grapes that are the basis of the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines, flourish. The delicate white truffle is also found in the forests in this area by the specially trained truffle hunting dogs.  This delicacy is best tasted shaved over eggs or fresh pasta.
Explore the Elements: Earth

Explore the Elements: Air

Air is all around us and we are never more reliant on it than when taking a hot air balloon ride. Ballooning is is one of the most peaceful, exhilarating and exciting things to do. My first balloon trip was over the desert at Wadi Rum in Jordan. I loved it so much I had to take another….this time in Cappadocia!
Explore the Elements: Air
Cappadocia has some of the most unusual and beautiful landscapes in the world. At times you feel you can reach out and touch the fairy chimneys, pigeon houses or the trees that fill narrow valleys. The sight of the sun rising and the sky covered with balloons floating through the air is not to be forgotten.
As the competition closes tomorrow I won’t be nominating bloggers to enter! If you’d like to know more about the competition, or would like to enter at the last minute, you can read about it here.

What photos would you have chosen for these categories?

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