Explore the elements photo challenge

Thursday Tidbits: Explore The Elements

Staring at an empty new post screen with few good ideas, I got excited when I saw I was nominated for the #ExploreTheElements photoblogging challenge / competition by Wise Monkeys Abroad. The rules are pretty simple: you post a picture representing each of the four elements (water, earth, fire, air), then tag five blogger pals. If you’re lucky, you could win some awesome prizes, so fingers crossed for that! πŸ™‚

Here are my interpretations of the four elements…

1. Earth Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity

Photo of vines at the Botanical Garden in Lisbon, for the Explore the elements challenge

I took this photo at the Botanical Garden in Lisbon, which was difficult to find and a little underwhelming, but a nice place if you want some peace and quiet. Usually, in botanical gardens you see pretty flowers and interesting plants, but I find it rather funny how my favorite photo I took is one of theseΒ pointy thorns.

2. Water represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness and magnetism.

Photo from one of the beautiful Algarve beaches in Portugal for the Explore The Elements challenge

The beaches of Algarve in Portugal are famous for their breathtaking landscapes with interesting formations and the water of the Atlantic Ocean is perfect for cooling off on a hot day. You can swim, surf or just float in the water and start feeling revived.

3. Fire – represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention and an outgoing spirit.

Photo of people watching the fireworks in Paris on Bastille day for the Explore The Elements challenge

People enjoying the fireworks in Paris on Bastille Day. After a long day of mishaps it was nice to be treated to a wonderful show in the sky.

4. Air – Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom

Photo of the Kragstotten statue in Oslo overlooking the fjord and the whole city

I admit, I changed my mind a lot when it came to the picture for air, but in the end I went with the Kragstotten statue that overlooks the whole city of Oslo, Norway from Nordmarka (one of the forests surrounding the city), because up there you can feel like you’re in the sky looking down at the beautiful city.

And now for my nominees. Which are six instead of five. Because I can. πŸ˜›

How do you see each element? I’d love to hear from you.

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  • galanda23

    Ah, what gorgeous photographs! I especially like the Fireworks in Paris one. You did a great job capturing them with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Thanks for nominating me for this competition.

    • Thank you, Anda! Hope you’ll join the competition too! πŸ˜€ (it closes in 5 days though)

  • Wow!! Love all your selections πŸ™‚ That “earth” one is simply unreal!!

    • Thank you! I loved your earth photo the most too! πŸ˜€

  • Love these photos and the idea! I am an Aries girl….so my favorite has to be the fire photo! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Haha, I’m a Libra so my favorite would have to be air, but I love them all. πŸ˜€

  • That sky, man… in that last photo. I love it. Really, SO much air!

    • It was such awesome place, we’ve visited it on our last day in Oslo and we got lost a bit on the way but it didn’t matter, because Nature! πŸ˜€

      • OMG that is my reasoning for half the things in life – BECAUSE NATURE! (the other half is justified BECAUSE BEER)

        • Great minds, am I right? πŸ˜‰

          • Spot-on πŸ™‚

  • All fabulous photos but I think I like your ‘fire’ most – I can really feel the atmosphere in this shot. Good luck!

    • Thank you! It’s one of my favorite pictures, especially because I feel like it tells a story. πŸ™‚

  • Really great selections. I had a similar one for from the Algarve and was contemplating using it for the’ earth’. But later went with another picture!

    • Thank you! I had a difficult time choosing one picture from the Algarve for ‘water’, but I knew for sure it had to be from this place.

  • The fire picture is gorgeous ! I wish you good luck with the contest !

    • Thank you! I rarely win at contests like this, but I really liked the idea of the competition and couldn’t stay away. πŸ™‚

  • Marc @ The Migrant Expats

    Thank you again for nominating us! Great pictures you’ve got there πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Your pictures are awesome too! πŸ˜€

  • Lovely photos as always, Vlad. And thanks for nomination. Looking forward to writing this post πŸ™‚

    • I’m looking forward seeing your beautiful photos! (although the competition has closed, sadly πŸ™ )

  • Thanks for the nomination, Vlad! Think it will be tough to beat your photos though…

    And what the f*** am I going to use for “air”???

    • Well I think you found great photos for all the four elements! πŸ˜€

  • Your pictures are gorgeous! I especially love the picture on Air, the one from Oslo. Good luck with the contest!!!!!!

    • Thank you! That place in Oslo was the one I liked the most in that trip. πŸ™‚

  • Breathtaking picture as always Vlad!!! I loved the water one <3 such an amazing place!!
    I also love the fireworks in Paris πŸ˜€ good luck with the challenge!!

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