Fire, Earth, Air and Water

There comes a time when you have to try something new…even if it’s just once! So when my blogging friend Nancy over at TwoTrails One Road included me in her challenge on the four elements I thought it was a good time to have a go. Many philosophies have their own way of interpreting these elements but here we are given a chance to choose a photo to represent our own. It also gave me a chance to look through photos and remember interesting places I have had the good fortune to visit.

While this interpretation of FIRE may be a little predictable  it’s the shadowy figure walking by that brings me pleasure:



When I think of EARTH I always marvel at how, when we treated properly it can provide us with such riches. This photo I took of a village out collectively farming in Rwanda is the one I chose for its simple harmony:



Across a windswept veldt this windmill in South Africa represents such a benign harnessing of the energy of moving AIR…it reminds me that there are so many ways we could find power while doing less harm:



As the spring is starting to return to us here in the North and the snow and ice melts and the WATER once again starts to run it makes me think of renewal. How the world wakes up from the winter but also how the predictability of the seasons and our natural elements is very vulnerable unless we change our ways:

More water



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44 Responses to Fire, Earth, Air and Water

  1. Four beautiful representations of the elements. My favourite is the earth.

  2. Zambian Lady says:

    Nice photos. I especially like the one with the lion in the foreground and the fiery sun behind.

  3. I LOVE the Rwanda photo! And totally agree with your words….to try to change our ways, and spread the word, but I do
    feel deeply melancholic about the destructive way we live…..

  4. Ingrid says:

    Beautiful interpretation.

  5. Nancy says:

    Sounds like you had fun! The photos fit perfectly with the challenge… but best of all were your interpretations of each element. Fabulous job.
    Oh, and I see that you learned all about the hyperlink!! I congratulate you!!
    😀 😀 😀
    Thank You for joining in the fun!

  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Such a gorgeous and thoughtful post. all the photos are fabulous however the cooperative farming really strikes a chord with me.

  7. Sheryl says:

    Wonderful post! I like how you organized the pictures and text around the theme.

  8. mommermom says:

    What wonderful pictures. Such depth and interest in each one. Each tells a story and signifies the title simply and completely. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for your comment – I did think at first that I just didn’t have the right photos for the challenge but quickly realized that the interpretation was up to me…maybe there is a deeper life lesson there!

  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful photos and a thoughtful post, Carol. Well done!

    • Thank you! I haven’t done a challenge before but this one did appeal to me and it was fun looking through my photos and realizing how the interpretation of the elements was so personal.

  10. Your interpretations make this blog interesting and thoughtful. Thanks. Also love the new photograph on the top of your home page. Wonderful ducks in a canoe. Did you take it?

  11. Lovely pics; the second one is especially striking.

  12. Your photos are just exquisite .. as are the beautiful words to accompany them.

  13. restlessjo says:

    Thoughtful choices and I love the way you have illustrated them. I like all of the photos but it’s the way you have used them that makes them special. 🙂

  14. margaret21 says:

    I mean ‘photos’, obviously….

  15. margaret21 says:

    Great phots…and text. I love the winter one. That melting ice is beautifully caught and so evocative.

  16. quilt32 says:

    Beautiful pictures – my favorite is Fire.

  17. I love your choice of photos for each of the elements. Great photo of the parched South African veld; a scene so familiar to me. 🙂

    • I thought I’d have trouble finding photos for the elements but it’s really your own interpretation that makes it fun. Glad you enjoyed the South African scene which I’m sure was less exotic to you than me.

  18. Ceri says:

    Beautiful images; makes you realize the simple things we take for granted.

  19. The shadowy lion is good and I went back to count the legs on that spider I like.

  20. Thank you Joanne and it’s one of my all time favourites – brings back great memories so I’m glad you liked it too.

  21. joannesisco says:

    Great photos for the theme. My favourite is Earth with all the people in the fields harvesting. I love the splashes of colour against the brown and green 🙂

  22. cindy knoke says:

    Glorious photos and wonderful interpretations!

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