Never one to turn down an excuse to delve into my photo archives and re-live some fabulous travel memories I was delighted when Suze, the Luxury Columnist, nominated me for the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements Photoblogging Competition.  The competition is themed around the four elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air and it’s all about capturing and expressing these elements through travel photography.  All the categories are open to interpretation so pictures can be of anything that showcases each element.  Here are my entries…


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

I took this shot as I strolled through The Siq at Petra in Jordan. The narrow gorge is 1.2 km long and in places stands between 91 and 182 metres high.  The Siq is a natural fissure in the rock which was formed by tectonic forces and then, over time, worn smooth by water.  This natural wonder is the gateway to ‘The Treasury’ one of earth’s man-made wonders.

The Siq, Petra

The Siq, Petra


Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world

Kynance Cove, Cornwall is a stunningly beautiful part of England.  We’d arrived as a storm was brewing, the tide was high and part of the beach was cut off.  The sea crashed onto the shore, swirling, eddying, fluid and flowing. the wind whipped our faces and the power of the ocean was completely invigorating.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Kynance Cove, Cornwall


Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world

A group of over 100 volcanoes, Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) and their massive rippling lava fields make up Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote. Rust, orange and maroon peaks contrast with ochre sands and black picon whilst intense heat still rages just beneath the earth’s surface.

Volcanic Landscape, Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote


Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement

The wind-seekers head to Mui Ne, Vietnam for some of the best conditions for kite-boarding in South East Asia. On a trip there in January I spent hours watching hundreds of kite-surfers filling the sky with their arcs of colour.  The kites would dip and dive as they caught the breeze, their riders travelling through the water at break-neck speeds. The sky and sea were teeming with kites and they’d keep going until after sunset.

kite beach sky

Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam

So, those are my entries and all that needs to be done now is to pay it forward – my five nominated bloggers are:

Richard – A Bit of Culture

Madhu – The Urge to Wander

Viveka – My Guilty Pleasures

Allane – Packing My Suitcase

Janaline – Janaline’s World Journey

And don’t forget to check out Suze’s entry at Luxury Columnist – she’s entered some beautiful shots.

T&Cs are here you’ll need to get a wiggle on because the competition closes on 16th March.  There are some fantastic prizes – four winners can choose from a MacBook Air, a Fujifilm X-T1 camera, or an iPhone 6 with Bose noise-cancelling headphones. One overall winner will be awarded a £5,000 travel fund.  Good Luck!

Do you have a favourite photo from my entries? – I’d love to know which one and why…