Explore The Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge

explore the elements

I was invited to participate in the Thomas Cook Explore The Elements Photoblogging competition by Wise Monkeys Abroad. The challenge is fun and simple which made my decision to enter an easy one. There’s some really cool prizes at stake too!

The rules: 1. Publish original photographs that represent one of the four elements. 2. Nominate 5 fellow bloggers. 3. Tweet or email your entry to Thomas Cook UK. The contest closes on Monday 16th March.



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

The view on top of Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

[Above is the view from the top of Cannon Mountain showcasing the natural stunning changing colors of the Earth during autumn in New Hampshire, USA]

As a Taurus, Earth is my element and I can feel the magical energy of the Earth which recharges me when I am at or near the mountains, my absolute favorite place to be. I have definitely been called stubborn, but this stubbornness often translates to perseverance, independence and appreciating good quality in life.

Hiking in the snow - Mirror Lake Trail, Oregon

[Above is me hiking Mirror Lake Trail in Oregon]



Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

[Above are the free flowing waters of the renowned Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy]

Although I am more of an Earth person, one of my favorite things to do is go with the flow and one of my talents is adaptability. These two characteristics sum up my life in a big way. My life is incredibly unpredictable because I go with the flow and then I adapt. Ironically, I don’t like change; I’m a planner, but regardless, I am excellent at adapting to and embracing whatever comes my way.

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[Above is me adapting to a new cuisine and new lifestyle when we moved to India]


fire-iconRepresents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.

dhuni india fire10

[Above is the dhuni fire in India which consumes the attachments and desires that are offered by people and symbolizes surrender.]

Just like in real life, Fire and Water don’t complement each other. Since I am a lot like Water, I am very little like Fire. I am flowy, not proactive; I am peaceful, not forceful; I am more reserved than outgoing, but as a matter of fact, when it comes down to it, the deep fire in me may come out, whether in the form of adventurous or emotional spirit. After all, I am Hispanic, and it is in my DNA.

motorcycle india

[Above is me and my husband riding a motorcycle in rural India]



Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.

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[Above are the voladores de papantla hanging by their feet, spinning and dancing in the air to traditional music in Mexico City]

I have been a dancer a large part of my life, but my passion is in ballet which is a very strict form of movement, not quite much freedom in it, but nonetheless liberating. I relate to the Air’s compassion trait. Volunteering is one of the activities in life that brings me the most joy. Being selfless towards others cannot be compared to any other feeling.

habitat for humanity

[Above is me as a volunteer helping build a home with Habitat For Humanity]

These are my nominations:
Nomadic Panda
Santiago The Shepherd
Brittany From Boston
Rob Moses Photography
Wanderlust Nation

8 thoughts on “Explore The Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge

  1. Beautiful photos!! Thanks for the nomination 🙂


    1. Thank you! You don’t have to participate but wanted to give you a shout out.


      1. Thanks! I’ll see if I can make the deadline! It looks like an interesting challenge 🙂


  2. Wonderful photos! Love the Earth 🙂


  3. Wow wow wow!! So glad you chose to participate – we can’t even decide which one we like the most 🙂


    1. Oh, thanks! Haha, I enjoyed doing it. Thanks again for tagging me 🙂


  4. Love your creative interpretation Mani 🙂 Earth is my favourite too.


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