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#ExploretheElements Travel Photography Competition

Thank you so much to Elle-Rose Williams for nominating me for the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements blog photography competition. I love Elle’s blog, and when I first discovered it, I had to do a double-take…we’ve been to so many of the same places both in the UK and abroad…it felt like I was looking at my own website!

Thomas Cook have asked bloggers to publish photos that best capture the four elements: earth, water, fire and air. There are some amazing prizes on offer so check out the Thomas Cook website to find out more

As you know, travel for me has been inextricably linked to facing my fears in order to discover something wonderful. Two years ago, Mr S and I journeyed deep into the heart of the Daintree rainforest in Queensland, Australia. Now it wasn’t poisonous snakes, man-eating crocodiles or formidable cassowaries that I was scared of. It’s was the little things, bugs and mites…particularly the spiders!
But facing my fears I got out of our four by four and was able to admire the gorgeous Wujal Wujal waterfall 19 miles North of Cape Tribulation.
Getting into a light aircraft was a huge deal for me, due to my fear of heights. But an incredible short journey on a seaplane from Rose Bay in Sydney took myself and Mr S to the gorgeous cliffside hotel, Jonah’s. It was here that he proposed to me. The trip home was even more special with the anticipation of what was to come for us for the rest of our lives… starting with these fantastic views of Sydney from the air.
I love the fact that you can see all the iconic sights of Sydney in this picture, but also the wing of the plane indicating that we’re in a light aircraft. The idea of Exploring the Elements makes me think of nature so I was interested to use a man-made photo to represent air.
I was completely awed by the majesty of Ayers Rock in the Australian desert. The rock and sand around it are coloured an incredible red hue owing to the oxidation of the iron content in the earth. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.
Though the rock itself isn’t in this picture I just love the deep red colour of the earth and the dramatic look of the skies!
Perhaps the hardest element to find representations of, so I went totally literal….
While on honeymoon in Bora Bora, Mr Silver and I were lucky enough to witness a traditional fire dance. I love the fact that the picture captures the swirling of the staff and the intensity of the flames. The blurry background only enhances the frenzied excitement of the dance and the speed at which the dancer was moving.
Other bloggers I nominate to participate:
Katie from Kalanchoe
Ben from Twenty-First Century Gent
Zoe from Love and Limoncello
Kelly from Flat Eleven
I’m off to South Africa in two weeks time, follow me on Instagram for lots more travel pics!