Showcasing ‘The Elements’

Exploring the elements at volcanic sites: Earth| Water| Fire| Air Earth It is amazing what volcanoes can do to the earth. It can change the lay of the land....

Exploring the elements at volcanic sites: Earth| Water| Fire| Air


volcanic site - mt helens

Mt. St. Helens, [Official Entry for ‘Earth’]

It is amazing what volcanoes can do to the earth. It can change the lay of the land. It can create vast stretches of ‘devastated’ areas and it can give rise to really handsome looking landforms. It can petrify trees and carve out beds for lakes. I’m filled with awe every time I visit volcanic sites.

Volcanic site: Mt. Hood, OR

Mt. Hood


It is fascinating to see geo-thermal energy heat up underground water and throw it up into the surface of the earth, sometimes to great heights. Here are pictures of a Geyser in Napa, California and a Mud Pot in Mineral, California.

Volcanic site -Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of California in Calistoga, CA
[official entry for WATER]

Volcanic site - Mud pot - Lassen

Mud Pot at Lassen Volcanic National park, also in CA.

If you look at the Mud Pot carefully, you can see some bubbles. And that is proof that the water in the puddle is boiling hot. Both, the geyser and Mud Pot let out a lot of steam into the air but I have another entry for ‘Air.’


This is a picture from Kilauea in Hawaii. It was an experience of a kind — watching one of the most active volcanoes spew hot volcanic gas into the air. And it was my first volcano tour, so you can imagine how exciting it must have been to be at the many volcanic sites at Volcanoes National Park in Big Island, HI.

Volcanic site: Kilauea caldera

Gas and steam at the Halema’uma’u crater in the Kilauea Caldera at Volcanoes National Park on Big Island, HI.
[Official entry for AIR]

Fire – Hot liquid fire

The next picture is that of a painting of ‘Pele’ that I happened to see while I was visiting Jaggar museum on Crater Rim Drive in Volcanoes National Park, HI. I was so allured by it . I stood looking at it for awhile and I decided I just had to bring back a picture of it; just to admire it every now and then.

Let me also tell you that volcanoes are looked at with fear and reverence in Hawaii, which has had a long history with Volcanoes.

One of the most dramatic spirits of the Hawaiian pantheon is Pele, goddess of volcanoes. Ancient traditions about her reveal an impetuous, lusty nature, at times gentle and loving but always jealous and unpredictable, capable of sudden fury and great violence.

– Herb Kane, Artist, Historian, Author.

Goddess of Volcanoes

Pele – by Herb(ert) Kane
[Official entry for FIRE]

This post is an entry for ‘Explore the Elements’

Explore the Elements – the travel Photo-blogging Challenge is an initiative by Thomas Cook. The idea is to put up a post with  travel pictures that best portray the elements. 
A big Thank You to Sangeeta of Life is a Vacation for nominating me for the challenge. 
Now I’d like to pass the baton to:
Jitaditya of Travelling Slacker
Indrani of iShare
Niranjan of Tales of a Nomad
Vijay Sharma of Photo Journey
More about the contest HERE
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35 Comments on this post.
  • Archana Chaurasia Kapoor
    12 March 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Amazing pictures! Loved them!

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you Archana.
      Welcome to Tipsy from the Trip. 🙂

  • Indrani
    12 March 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Great pics for the theme. 🙂
    And you tagged me? 🙁 Usually I don't do tags and then let me see for this one. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you Indrani.
      Yes, I did. I thought you might like do this one. 🙂
      You don't 'have to' do it. 🙂 Totally — your wish. I won't be offended if you don't participate. 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    12 March 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Wonderful images, Nambiare. Good luck! Let me start digging. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, Nomad.

      Thank you. And all the best to you too.
      Happy digging. 🙂

  • quetzalcoatl
    12 March 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Wonderful… esp the Earth one…
    Thanks for nominating… will publish soon…

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you.
      And you're welcome. I was pretty sure you would like to do this one. All the best, J.

      Oh, and I'm so sorry about the fb messages. Only bits and parts were getting to you; I was having a connection issue.

  • VJ Sharma
    12 March 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Lovely ! and thanks for tagging me.

    I will surely participating in this. Thanks again !

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you. And you're welcome, Vijay.
      Have fun doing this one.

      Isn't that a great topic?!

  • Shweta Dave
    12 March 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Thats amazing and i feel the thrill right here passed to me 🙂 superb! Must be an amazing experience.

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 1:24 pm

      It always is when they are places like this. I'm so glad, Shweta. 🙂

      Btw, I love your Rome pictures!

  • magiceye
    12 March 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Wonderful selection!

    Best wishes!!

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you, Magiceye. 🙂

  • Rahul Bhatia
    13 March 2015 at 4:10 am

    I am sure these must have been life time experiences, Divya! Best of luck for the contest!

    • dNambiar
      13 March 2015 at 1:39 pm

      They were. And I haven't had enough of places like this.
      Thank you so much, Mr. Bhatia. 🙂

  • AmitAag
    13 March 2015 at 7:29 am

    Breathtakingly beautiful, Divya!

    • dNambiar
      13 March 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Amit — long, long time!
      Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Ramakrishnan Ramanathan
    13 March 2015 at 10:11 am

    Marvelous pics of incredible events. Have you visited all these places Divya. You are really blessed !

    • dNambiar
      13 March 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Ram. I have been to the above places and am desperate to see more places like this. I still haven't been to a place you have been to — Yellowstone (yeah, I remember your posts :)) and it is high on my list.

      Thanks again.

  • theteacerebration
    14 March 2015 at 1:01 am

    Amazing photos 🙂 You seem to have witnessed so much beauty of the elements 🙂

    • dNambiar
      15 March 2015 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Teny.
      I love trips to places like this. They fascinate me no end.

      Thank you for visiting.

    14 March 2015 at 5:21 am

    awesome 🙂

    • dNambiar
      15 March 2015 at 7:27 am

      Thank you, Joshi. 🙂

  • The Urge To Wander
    16 March 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Love your entry for fire…truly dramatic! Good luck Divya!

    • dNambiar
      16 March 2015 at 7:07 pm

      That one is one of my favourite pictures of a picture. 🙂
      Thank you so much, Madhu. All the best to you too.
      Btw, it is so nice to see you here. Welcome to Tipsy from the Trip. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    16 March 2015 at 7:03 pm

    These are some amazing pictures.. I love the Fire Goddess picture and the concept itself is so similar to gods representing Nature in Hinduism

    • dNambiar
      16 March 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you Prasad. Your pics are amazing too.
      Me too — love the picture of the Volcano Goddess. I can stare at it hours together. I love those colours and the cooled (black) rock that is made to look like hair.

      Yeah, that was what I thought too. Back in the days when there weren't a lot of answers, people just had to pray to and try to please Nature, right?

  • Anita
    17 March 2015 at 8:31 am

    Wow! Lovely pics 🙂
    Great experience!

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Anita. 🙂

  • NatureFootstep
    20 March 2015 at 9:11 am

    Lol, love the energy of nature. When I visited Big Island many years ago I offered some of my hair to Pele 🙂

    • dNambiar
      27 April 2015 at 3:43 pm

      You did? That's so nice. I'm sure that makes a great memory.

      And Pele sounds like such a gorgeous figure of the Hawaiian culture.

  • untraveledroutes
    24 April 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Captivating pictures, loved all of them, particularly entry for Fire 🙂
    All the very best

    • dNambiar
      27 April 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you, Charu.

      I love that painting of the Volcano goddess.

      Thank you so much for the wishes. The challenges was more attractive than the contest itself 😉

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