Posted by: danielfee | May 18, 2013

Weekly Travel Theme: Four Elements 05-18-2013

Water: Crater Lake, Oregon

Water:  Crater Lake, Oregon

Water covers approximately 70% of the earth’s surface, but you will not find water any bluer  than that of Crater Lake in Oregon. The deep blue is due to several unique factors, most prominently that it has no inlets or tributaries so the waters of Crater Lake are some of the purest in terms of the absence of pollutants. In addition to the clarity of the water, the depth of the lake allows sunlight able to penetrate deep into the water. The depth absorbs many of the longer rays and reflects the shorter rays of the white light spectrum. Since violet and blue light are the shortest wavelengths, they thus get scattered and reflected back to us, causing the lake to be its famous Crater Lake blue.

Air: Woolnorth, Tasmania

Air: Woolnorth, Tasmania

For the element air, I selected a photo of the Woolnorth Wind Farm located on the northwest tip of Tasmania. This area is a perfect location for a wind farm because it is in the path of the Roaring Forties, which is the name given to strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere, generally between the latitudes of 40 and 50 degrees. They were a major aid to ships sailing from Europe to the East Indies or Australasia during the Age of Sail. Today they are great for creating wind powered energy. I can attest that when you are standing on the point, the wind never lets up.

Fire: Sacrament Cauldron at Buddhist Temple

Fire:  Incense Cauldron at Buddhist Temple – Chegdu, China

For fire I selected a photo of an incense cauldron at the Wenshu Buddhist Temple in Chengdu, China. Certain rituals are common practice at all temples. Many have a large incense cauldron where visitors go to rub smoke on their bodies, paying special attention to parts which are ailing them. The smoke is thought to remove negative energy and promote good health. It is also reputed to be a method of purifying the surroundings, bringing forth an assembly of buddhas, bodhisattvas, gods, demons, and the like.

Earth: Cape Horn, South America

Earth: Cape Horn, South America

For earth I have selected a photo at the end of the earth – Cape Horn. It is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile and it marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage, which is the strait between South America and Antarctica. Cape Horn is located at 55°58′47″S 067°16′18″W, on Isla Hornos in the Hermite Islands group. The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters, and the Chilean Navy maintains a station on Hoorn Island, consisting of a residence, utility building, chapel, and lighthouse.



  1. Absolutely stunning pictures you were able to capture 🙂

    • Thanks, that is one of the fun parts of traveling, trying to get the great shot.

  2. These are all beautiful. I really love the blues in the Crater Lake image.

    • Thanks, if you ever get the chance you should visit Crater Lake NP

  3. Gorgeous, Daniel – that incense fire is my favourite, so mystical! 🙂

    • Thanks, I always like your travel themes.

  4. you have great travel experience very nice information , thank you for sharing

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