Terri Webster Schrandt gives us lots to ponder as we consider the four basic elements that philosophers and scientists have studied for thousands of years. This topic is so expansive, it is impossible to cover it in one photo post. Even in a month of posts, your mind would find so many more ways to express the four elements in photographs.
Yesterday also started Becky B’s SquareOdds Challenge which continues each day in February. The three-fold challenge is that the post must contain at least one square photo about the topic odd – either numerically, or a strange photo. There is no requirement to post daily, but if you do, you have met the challenge head-on. Many people started getting their posts scheduled weeks ago. I am way behind.
But in my defense, the Geek Squad had remote control of my computer from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm getting rid of photos that One Drive downloaded back onto my poor computer’s hard drive. Now my computer is operating normally again instead of it running at the speed of mud.
The other topic I’ve tried to address is Amy’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge #184 – what travel has taught me. So far I’ve learned that all four elements follow me wherever I go. I’ve been to some places that have a scarcity of water – the west particularly. Those places have more fire and more dirt, but you can see the raw power of rocks when they are not covered with vegetation.
Here is my feeble attempt to scratch the surface of the elements with some of the photos I have in my archives.
Photographers capture the effects of air. Humans know how to use air for transportation and to use flying gadgets to photograph us. We know how to use air to produce energy. With nearly 5,000 wind turbines, Tehachapi, CA produces 3200 megawatts of energy. To give an idea of how much energy that is one NRC.gov article stated, “One megawatt will power 400-900 houses for a year.”
We see clouds move because of air. Trees move with gale-force winds. Air can do a tremendous amount of damage as tornadoes can destroy entire towns. When the air is clogged with dirt, smoke, smog, vog, even too much humidity, breathing becomes labored, and sometimes vision is impaired.
When a dust storm blew across the highway at Kramer Corner – the corner of US Highway 395 and CA58 I had to pull off the road because visibility became so poor. Like a huge dust devil, it whirled the desert dirt high into the air. My friend and I sat and watched it pass along with many other drivers who had pulled off the road. It was like being in a brown blizzard.
We can separate the elements of air to provide patients with oxygen so their lungs will work more efficiently. Altitude makes a difference in air quality as well as we found out when we moved to mile-high Prescott, AZ.
However, without air, particularly oxygen, we die within minutes. Manny’s in serious trouble as the oximeter couldn’t read his oxygen level. Anything below 90 is worrisome.
“Water – that constant foundation of life and universal solvent that dissolves, dilutes, absorbs, reflects, refracts, and transports.”Frank @ Beach Walk Revelations
It’s hard to separate water and earth. They coexist. Follow the link above if you want to read an entire post on water, take a look at Frank’s in-depth, thorough, examination of the nuances of water in our lives.
From the vast expanse of the ocean to the tiny spray with which Vince cleans our solar panels and makes them produce more electricity, water keeps us alive and entertained. Randy and I took a water taxi in Chicago and got a nearly free tour of the skyline. Later we took an architectural tour of the city on a ferry boat on the Chicago River.
Blogger friend. Carol and her husband, from Australia, came to Las Vegas with us. We took the tour of the Hoover Dam, an impressive 60-story high New Deal Construction Project. It holds back Lake Meade, the largest man-made lake in the United States. “The Greatest Dam in the World”
Fire from burning wood, wax, coal, paper, gasoline, kerosene, propane, butane, natural gas, and more – each producing dancing flames accompanied by musical pops, roars, glows, and sizzles – but leaving us with ashes, soot, embers, cinders, and chars.Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
I’m not a huge fan of fire on a large scale although I love campfires and candles. The small fires bring us together to be mesmerized by the crackling sound or the happy glow reflected in everyone’s faces.
My friend Carmen’s horrifying video taken as she and her friends drove through an Oregon forest fire last year.
The earth element is anything that is not water or air. From rocks, sand, dust, none of which supports much life to lavish and luscious gardens or hillsides sprinkled with wildflowers.
These are just a few pictures taken across the United States depicting US soil. Sometimes the earth looks barren and without promise. With just a bit of care, the same area can produce a hundredfold of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
The grocery cart was murdered on the banks of Bravo Lake in Woodlake, CA. In a nearby location on the same levee around Bravo Lake, volunteers cultivate hillside to create a gorgeous garden visited by thousands each year.
“The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty. Try to be more like the ground.”— Rumi
To qualify for John’s CellPic Sunday Challenge, most of the Woodlake pictures were taken with an iPhone 6. The Arizona pictures were taken with an iPhone 12 mini.
Other Challenges that Inspired Sunday Stills – Elements Challenge
- CEE’S FOTD
- CELL PIC SUNDAY
- LENS ARTIST PHOTO CHALLENGE #184 Travel has taught me
- KAMMIE’S ODDBALL CHALLENGE
- SUNDAY STILLS
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