This week, Ailsa has asked us to post photos which pay homage to the four elements, earth, air, water and fire.
My earth photo is a view over La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, and was taken on our drive from El Alto airport. La Paz is 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level, and that night, the extremely high altitude affected me quite badly. A few glasses of Andean Coca Tea, given to me at the hotel, seemed to relieve my altitude sickness, and the next morning I was fine.
My air pic is of the cloud above one of the many volcanoes in Ecuador, and was taken as our vehicle bounced along the Pan American Highway.
The most sparkling stretch of water I’ve ever travelled across, has to be Lake Titicaca in the Andes. It’s the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 m (12,507 ft).
I hope this qualifies for the fire element; a fiery sunset snapped as we cruised the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef off the north-east coast of Australia.
If not, I’ll just have to make do with this paltry bit of fire in a 16th century English pub/restaurant. Of course the sherry did create a bit of fire in the belly. 🙂
To see Ailsa’s wonderful photos, and links to more bloggers’ contribution to the theme, just click here.
Thanks, Cindy. 🙂
Thanks so much for liking my post Made In India. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Do come back frequently. Your photos are amazing! Namaste. . . . .Anne
Thanks so much, Anne.
Those first two photos are amazing: the view over La Paz and the clouds over the volcano in Ecuador. Love them!
Thanks so much, Cathy. 🙂
Wonderful photos. We are considering visiting Lake Titicaca next year. I hope it works out.
Thanks so much. We were there on a round the world trip from South Africa. It was amazing. Hope you get there. 🙂
How do you know which pics to choose for each post? Do you dig until you find the right one or do you have something in mind by the time you’re ready to post them? As always AP, an amazing selection of pictures. Not sure why but the 1st picture of that city grabs my attention most…haunted? Must be.
I do have photos in my memory, and I sometimes have to dig around to find them, and while I’m doing that, I sometimes find ones for other challenges. 🙂 I also love the first pic. It does have quite an eerie look about it, almost as though it’s devoid of people.
devoid of people – that’s a very good description of it and YES! I agree. Ah you find others as you go along…makes perfect sense. how often do you have to upload them onto your pc before you can use post them?
I keep some on my desktop in case of emergency. 😆
Your photo of Lake Titicaca gave me goosebumps! 🙂
I would love to go back there again, Jo. 🙂
Dear Sylvia, these sights and photos are simply breathtaking… I would love to visit Titicaca lake, and I would love to get my own year-long supply of coca tea 😀
Thanks so much., Stefan. 🙂
Brilliant response to the theme (again!) And I thought I struggled with the altitude in Utah at a mere 6,400 ft (nearly half that of La Paz). Got together with an old friend and kept running out of breath so she could get a word in edgewise. 😀
Thanks, Gunta. Utah has about the same altitude as Johannesburg, where we lived for 30 years.
Having lived in Utah for about 14 years, I know one gets used to it, but I sure felt it on this visit.
I nearly missed these – spectacular!
Glad you liked my elements, Col. 🙂
Elementary, my dear AD!
Smiling right back at you, Stefan. 🙂
Oh wow! The first four photos are fabulous! The view over La Paz is quite something. 🙂
Thanks so much, Elaine. 🙂
I instantly feel a sense of admiration to people with stories that mentions ‘altitude sickness,’ I believe you guys are the tough ones who dared, tried and survived real adventures! 🙂 The legit adventurers 😉
Thanks for your admiration, Aian. I just wanted to die that night, but in the morning, I was glad I didn’t . 😀
Such amazing pictures as usual. I couldn’t have done it any better 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
Stunning gallery Sylvia. Particularly the Ecuador shot. The Coca tea had a miraculous effect on me too. I wondered whether it was all in my head,, obviously not 🙂
Thanks, Madhu. I’m sure the ancients were right when they latched onto the Coca tea. I could get the tea bags here at our local pharmacy chain for a few years, but now they’ve been banned. 😕
That Ecuador volcano looks amazing duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude and that Australian sunset … nothing can beat that 🙂
Thanks, TG. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Terrific pics for the themes Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
Lieber Gruß und eine gute Woche.Gislinde
Greetings to you too, Gislinde. 🙂
Love the beautiful mountains in your shots!
Thanks so much.
The volcano shot is amazing 🙂 good interpretation AD
I don’t see why Earth’s own personal fireball sinking into the sea wouldn’t qualify as fire, Sylvia! Great shots 🙂
Thanks so much, Meredith. 🙂
Fabulous photos. The earth is stunning. The air, majestic. The water, sparkling and powerful. The fire, fun! Nice post, ad.
Thanks for your wonderful and positive comment, Gemma. 🙂
Beautiful, Sylvia. We might be going to La Paz and Lake Titicaca this summer, so I looked with special interest! Do you have any recommendations for activities or places to see?
Are you going with a tour guide, or on your own, Naomi?
Beautiful shots, again, Sylvia! I’ve had altitude sickness and it’s not a nice feeling at all 😯
Thanks, Dianne. No, altitude sickness is really awful, but the Coca tea really helped. One could become addicted to that stuff. 😀
Wide ranging shots in all senses AD ! Like the Volcano hiding under cloud .
Ooh His and Hers Schooners of sherry … I trust you were the one savouring yours there AD 😉
Thanks, Poppy. Of course one of the glasses was mine. 🙂
Wonderful Sylvia, I love the cloud over the volcano!
Thanks so much, Gilly. 🙂
An absolutely stunning selection AD. I just love it! Thanks for the lovely tour and for sharing hon. 🙂 *big hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Glad you liked them. 🙂 xx
Amazing pix, thanx for sharing! 🙂 Speakin’ of South America:
Thanks so much, Melanie.
Another superb series Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Adrian.
Beautiful photographs… you are amazing. Thanks and Love, nia
Thank you so much, Nia. 🙂
Wonderful pictures.With love maxima
Thank you so much, Stefan, 🙂
You always give the very best of life to us! Coming to your blog is a refreshing dream. Thank you!
“Dreams are not without meaning wherever they may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration” Paracelsus
Thank you so much for your lovely comment and inspiring quote, Rebecca.
Took me years and many headaches to realised I suffered from altitude sickness (skiing). Always put it down to too much of a good time on the first night – interested in the tea!
I did a sunset too, ssssh 🙂
Looks like a wonderful trip.
I can’t imagine skiing whilst suffering from altitude sickness. 😯 Yes it was a wonderful trip.
All lovely photos and I can relate to altitude sickness…nasty stuff.
Thanks, LuAnn. Yes, very nasty indeed.
You are so full of fire anyway my friend ………. or is it the sherry talking 😉 xox
What a great variety of locations and images! I like both fire shots!
Thanks so much. . 🙂
Wonderful pictures. You really captured the elements with these. I especially like the Bolivia shot.
Thanks so much. 🙂
Nice pics for the theme AD 😀
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
Airplanes and boats can give us some great shots. I’ve always wanted to go to Bolivia. Still on the list.A toast of sherry to your sunset.
Yes they can, Lynne. Thanks for the toast. I’ll drink to that. 🙂
I love your four elements, Sylvia 🙂
Thanks so much, Marianne. 🙂
such beauty…I many never travel to these glorious places so thank you for sharing your time there!!!
My pleasure, Heather. Glad you like them. 🙂
quito always kicks me to sloth mode b/c of altitude as well. i’m glad you were served some tea that helped restore your feeling of wellness!
That Coca tea is magic stuff, Lisa. 🙂
Great choice of gallery … great shots, have been to London and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoyed this post very much. Love the little story telling that goes with the stunning photos.
Thanks so much, Viveka. I’m so glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Love them all ad! fabulous shots.
Thanks so much, Hopestar. 🙂
Great shots for the challenge, and I love the Andes and Lake Titicaca.
Thanks so much, AnnChristine.
PS How do you do it? I always have to bring down my pixels to get a photo on the blog and then it looks washed out.
I use iPhoto on my Apple Mac, and bring the pics down to 640, which works really well. Hubby is using Microsoft, and uses this free download programme. http://fast-image-resizer.en.softonic.com/
Places without people are my preference
La Paz looks over- populated?
You were supposed to be looking at the mountains. 😀
Beautiful shots 🙂
Thanks so much, Srdjana. 🙂
Oh you are so good at this… and seem to have an endless library of photos from all over that just smack of amazement… beautiful…
Thanks, bdt. I guess I may run out one day, so I’d better get travelling again. 🙂
As always, beautiful shots AD 😉
I actually had a shot of sherry last night – slept like a log, but had the headache in the morning!!
Thanks, 68. Sherry only gives me a headache if I have wine as well.
Wow ,they are just beautiful shots! The sunsetting is just awesome, so is the Great Barrier Reef! Hugs Paula xxx
Thanks so much, Paula. xx