#exploretheelements – travel photoblogging challenge

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We’ve just received a nomination for a rather fun challenge/competition (#ExploretheElements) from MiaMusingsย – so thank you for tagging us.

The idea is to publish 4 photos that represent each of the elements: earth, water, fire and air. Here are our interpretations ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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

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

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And before we sign off, we need to nominate some people to get involved. Here are 5 blogger pals whose work we thoroughly enjoy (apologies if you have already been nominated or are not interested in participating).

Mrs Ayla’s Adventures

Packing My Suitcase

The Eternal Traveller

A New Life Wandering

Eff It, I’m on Holiday

ย Please leave us your comments.

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45 thoughts on “#exploretheelements – travel photoblogging challenge

    Ayla said:
    March 21, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Love your photos especially the cute little snail! Unfortunately I didn’t get time to do my own entry before the competition closed but thank you so much for the nomination anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Ayla! No problem about the nomination, we weren’t too fussed on the competition side ourselves, we just had an awesome time choosing photos. Kind of similar to the food menu one…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just fun to look back and share photos we might never get a chance to.

    restlessjo said:
    March 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Yeah, you did! As well as the snail, I like the toasty warm colours of ‘fire’. ๐Ÿ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Awww…. thank you! So lovely for you to say so ๐Ÿ™‚

    Madhu said:
    March 17, 2015 at 5:43 am

    All beautiful….especially Earth & Air. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ami (Yearful of Sundays) said:
    March 16, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I think your representation of earth is one of the best I’ve seen. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so unique and refreshing! I just completed this challenge, and it was such fun putting it together. ๐Ÿ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Wow Ami – thank you so very much for your generous compliment ๐Ÿ™‚ We are so flattered to hear you loved the earth one. It was definitely fun choosing photos, huh??

      We will duck on over and check out yours now too!

    noelmorata said:
    March 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I love your entries especially the one of Earth, so well chosen to the theme, good luck to you and your entries!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Thanks Noel for your supportive comment – it was certainly a fun challenge to be involved in ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Evolving ruminations said:
    March 14, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Wow !! I loved the first picture – its absolutely fantastic!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so very much. It was fun getting down on the ground and meeting the snail eye to eye ๐Ÿ™‚

        Evolving ruminations said:
        March 16, 2015 at 8:52 am

        Hahaha I can imagine, I believe even the snail is winking ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ve given me some inspiration, not to mention courage to go any try out taking pictures of creepy crawlies ๐Ÿ™‚

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          March 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Good luck! It’s a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ We certainly got up close to a few others… a grasshopper… eye-to-eye and caterpillars! It’s in our Camino Photo Essay if you are looking for more creepy crawly inspiration, check it out here.

    darwinontherocks said:
    March 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    i love the first picture ! I’ve seen so many great entries for this challenge, it’s going to be difficult for them to pick up a winner !! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ – Yes there certainly have been some wonderful entries! This was a really fun challenge… prizes or not, we just love the idea of photo challenge!

    Exploring the Elements | Packing my Suitcase said:
    March 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm

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    Packing my Suitcase said:
    March 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Heeey guys thank you so much for nominating me ๐Ÿ˜€
    I loooved your photos, especially the fire one, breathtaking! Not fair to compete with you… but I will try ๐Ÿ˜€
    Have a lovely weekend!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Hey Allane, Thanks so much for your kind words… but there is no competing ๐Ÿ™‚ This is all in the name of fun! Plus, we are positive your photos will be incredible… actually, heading over to your blog RIGHT now to check out your photos!
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        March 17, 2015 at 2:02 am

        hahaha thank you guys โค You are right, its for the fun, and it was actually very fun to take part on the challenge! I wish you both an amazing week!!

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    Heather @ TravelingSaurus said:
    March 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I love the snail too, though I do love those fabulous pink flamingos. It’s so fun to see how different bloggers interpret and select these photos!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Heather! So glad to hear you like the snail picture… we had to definitely down low to get that one ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rosanna said:
    March 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I really like the snail. It’s like its eyes are looking right into the camera!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Yeah, it does look like that ๐Ÿ™‚ We got down low to snap him!!

    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) said:
    March 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I just took part in this challenge myself yesterday – wasn’t it great fun just trying to find pictures to fit each category? Love your photos especially that one you’ve selected for air!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Loved your post about it ๐Ÿ™‚ We agree totally with you about the prize or not – it’s fun to dig up the old pictures and interpret them slightly differently!!

    the eternal traveller said:
    March 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I love this collection. My favourite is the water photo, such serenity but with that small ripple as well. Gorgeous. Thanks for the nomination. I’ll give it some thought.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you kindly! And delighted to hear that you will take part. It’s just a little fun…

    AverageSouthAfrican said:
    March 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Awesome pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vlad said:
    March 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome photos and thanks for the nomination, I’ll dig up some photos and post on Thursday ๐Ÿ˜‰ The photo with the snail is my favorite, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Vlad – glad you will be taking part ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s good fun to get involved with these type of things.

    MiaMusings said:
    March 10, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for accepting the challenge!! Your snail picture is so amazing….loved it!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you for tagging us ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a very fun challenge to participate in.

    Capt Jill said:
    March 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Great idea! I’ll see if I can come up with something from my files. I’m at work (offshore) so can’t take any pictures from here.
    I love the snail too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Jill ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just a fun thing for us to participate in. Prize or no prize… we were thrilled to have been able to share our photos!

    Rachel A Davis (@vagabondbaker) said:
    March 10, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Great idea! I like the flamingo picture, they are such awesome birds and a colourful representation of air!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      You should participate – it’s a little fun and different ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
    March 10, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Cool entries! I’ll see if I participate later this week, thanks for the tag! I also followed some new great blogs from your tags.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hey Mani – Glad you followed some of the other blogs. They are a great bunch of people ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joe Figg said:
    March 10, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I love that snail photo! nailed it!

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