One of the things I love most about travel and exploring the world is the opportunity to photograph and capture everything in my path. My photography has been a journey that has paralleled my life's path. When I saw the opportunity to showcase it a bit for Thomas Cook in a photography contest I jumped at the opportunity.
Here are my submissions for the contest where I show you how I have explored the elements along my travels! Be sure to click on each image for full effect.
I chose this photo because I couldn't think of a better way to portray Earth than a photo of Earth actually being made. This old lava flow took out even the most stubborn of buildings and roads on it's gravitational journey to the ocean. Quite the impressive thing to see the inflation of the lava as it cools and creates land.
I choose this water pic from a road trip years ago that took us in to Yellowstone National Park. I picked this photo because it shows all the forms that water takes in just 1 pic, steam rising off the lake, frost covering the grass and trees beyond, and the lake itself still liquid but just barely. It demonstrates the adaptability and flexibility of this element perfectly.
A few months ago the kids and I were given the chance of a lifetime, viewing the June 27th lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii! We were able to get up close and personal with fire in the most forceful, spiritual, and moving sense. Locals believe that Pele, the goddess, is alive and well in the lava and dictates where and when it will flow. Here you see a glimpse of the spirit of Pele herself in the flames accompanying the lava.
Most people would never guess this was taken in Hawaii on top of the tallest mountain in the world (measured from it's base deep in the Pacific Ocean). This is Mauna Kea in winter, after a huge snowstorm where we were met with such an expanse of sky that it left us awe struck. There is a freedom that is palpable as you climb through and above the clouds. The sense of good will and cooperation in such a unique environment was thrilling.
Part of the entry to this contest is to also nominate 5 fellow travel bloggers, so I nominate the following:
Josh from Travel With Bender, Talon from 1dad 1kid, Bethaney from Flashpacker Family, Kate from 30 Traveler, Megan from Mapping Megan