Travel Theme: The Four Elements

In this week’s Travel Theme, Ailsa challenges us to share photos that show earth, air, wind and fire. What I learned while looking through photos is that some of those elements are difficult to illustrate, and that often, more than one is present. Here is my attempt:

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Water. With a grey harbor seal to add interest. This was at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary near the tip of Cape Cod, May, 2013.

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Air, since the heron couldn’t fly without it, and also seen in the mist in the background. This could easily have been a photo illustrating water, as well. This was at Walden Pond, near Concord, Mass., fall of 2012.

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This is my best attempt at earth. Rock formations caused by movements in the earth’s tectonic plates, trees growing out of the earth, and again, water. This was upstate eastern New York, fall of 2012.

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The fire photo once again includes water. This was at WaterFire in Providence, RI, last summer. A fun event, if you’re in the neighborhood.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

This week’s photo challenge is: escape, which has many different meanings. I am going to interpret it with one simple photo, shot at Sandy Neck, Mass., (on Cape Cod, near Barnstable). This looks like a lovely place to escape – from day-to-day life, from other people, from noise – even from your kids, if that’s your idea of a peaceful few hours. Unfortunately, as serene as this scene looks, it was shot from a boat, the path of which went right past this serene scene, and which was joined by many, many other boats. Fishermen, whale watchers, day-trippers – all interrupting the solitude of the scene. I still wouldn’t mind escaping there for a few hours (at least until high tide!).

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Travel Theme: Light

This week, Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack challenges us to share photos of light. So many possibilities. We could go literal, with photos of actual lights, or use sunlight or moonlight – shadows, even! Maybe something that makes you feel uplifted, or light.

My contributions vary among a couple of those categories. I hope you enjoy them, and head over to Ailsa’s page to find out how to play along!

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Early morning light framing the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. Even a tiny sliver of moon shows as a point of light.

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Moonlight reflected off of the water of Quincy Harbor, Houghs Neck, Mass.

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Late afternoon sunlight reflected off the tips of the flower petals at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

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Boston skyline, with lights reflected back onto Quincy Harbor, Houghs Neck, Mass.

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A more literal take on the theme: Nauset Light, on Cape Cod, Mass.