Earth, Wind, Fire, Water…and Sand

nature collage 2010

Nature is one of the best places to find yourself…at home or abroad. It’s peaceful and it’s beautiful. And it’s definitely where I find it easiest to get in touch with myself, to relax and experience healing if that’s what I need.

When I created this unique photo, I thought about the various types of nature–earth…wind…fire…water…and sand–and what each represents to me and what I feel when I’m there.

Earth is is stabilizing solidity…
Wind is freeing movement…
Fire is contagious passion…
Water is flowing healing…
Sand is smooth awareness…

Made this photo in Picasa, I believe, by superimposing several images over the first one.

By the way, the images in the photo, each one superimposed over the next, are:

Mystical water fall: Agua Azul in Mexico

Sunset: Montezuma, Costa Rica

Desert: Wadi Rum, Jordan

Volcano: Lake Attitlan, Guatemala

What type of nature do you like best? How do you feel when you’re there?

17 Responses to Earth, Wind, Fire, Water…and Sand
  1. Emma
    August 31, 2010 | 9:16 am

    Beautiful! I love both the look and the concept behind it. Wow!

    I think my two favorite natural landscapes are the forest with big tree roots, moss, and rocks and the ocean. Both make me feel more aligned with a natural rhythm and both make me feel creative. I think the forest makes me quieter and the ocean makes me more boisterous. Both make me feel peaceful.

  2. margoneedsalongernameha
    August 31, 2010 | 9:30 am

    beautimous… and you dont have to spell check, I doubt that one is in the dictionary…
    notice my name… thinking of what to change it to, ha!
    can I change it back to just margo later?
    what terrific stuff you have done with chicky bus!
    now if I could come along in RL!
    (you can edit any of this you want) ;)

  3. Tom Mazur
    August 31, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    yes when sand gets in my underwear I am very aware of it. nice work.

  4. CB Driver
    August 31, 2010 | 5:50 pm

    Emma–Thank you so much! Interesting to read that the landscapes you described make you feel more creative. I know exactly what you mean….I have that experience sometimes, too.

    Marogoneedsalongernameha–Funny! Glad you’re digging the pic and the C Bus…’re definitely welcome on the bus anytime!

    Tom–I’m sure you are…thank you for stopping by!

  5. Sabina
    October 19, 2010 | 3:57 am

    That is indeed unique! I wish I could do that.

  6. CB Driver
    October 19, 2010 | 4:33 am

    Thank you! I’ll try to recall how I put them together and let you know. Maybe I’ll do a blog on “Making Your Photos…Trippy” or something!
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  7. Nina
    December 10, 2010 | 7:25 am

    Great shot. I really like the images, the colors and the textures.

  8. santafetraveler
    December 31, 2010 | 8:14 pm

    That is very cool photo. Love what you did to get that effect. Clearly, you know WAY more about photography than we do around here!
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    • CB Driver
      December 31, 2010 | 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Steve!! I think I did it in Picasa…not that hard, as long as you don’t layer too many of them. But you can make a mean drink, I see, as is that lovely one you’ve got there on your site! :)

      • santafetraveler
        January 1, 2011 | 12:56 am

        Actually, that comment was from the other half of the team (Billie). I can see why it’s confusing. Happy New Year!
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        • CB Driver
          January 1, 2011 | 7:54 am

          Oh, OK. I see now; you’re a team. OK–cool. Thanks for explaining and Happy New Year, too!

  9. Iain Mallory
    January 23, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Hey Lisa,

    You already know that I think this is a really cool image, great captures that have been blended just right :)

    Thanks for sharing

    • CB Driver
      January 23, 2011 | 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much….glad you like it!

  10. Alan Horton
    December 22, 2011 | 8:43 am

    This is very innovative, it produces an image that you could look into for hours. I don’t think you could ever work it out! My favorite is Sunset, you can’t beat a panoramic sunset. Worst is desert, i’m not a fan of them, they’re way too hot for me.

    • CB Driver
      December 22, 2011 | 8:54 am

      Thank you! I wish I could remember how I created it. I think it was in Picasa, but I’m not 100% sure. So you’re a sunset guy? Very cool. Then you’ll love this sunset photo I have over on flickr. I’ve been thinking about doing a post of my 20 best travel photos ever. What do you think? Another idea is “Altered States: 10 Photos Transformed by Technology.” I’ve got some very trippy ones for that!

      • Alan Horton
        December 22, 2011 | 9:24 am

        Lisa, you really hook me in you know with some of your comments, which just draw me to return to comment more! Well, now I know for sure, this is a never to be repeated masterpiece, it can’t be if you don’t know how to do it now! I am a sunset guy, loved the Nicaragua picture, tweeted it out at!/TravelFlag/status/149855064461287424

        I think the idea of the “20 best travel photos ever” would a brilliant idea, you have so many great photos looking through your Flickr collection. The “altered states” would also be great, very psychadelic i’m sure – another Mannequinesce post! Probably a PDF download in that too!

        You could offer a caption competition incentive on both posts, they would lend themselves too that. If you gave me a few weeks, I could also probably find some post sponsors, who would then award a prize for say the 3 top captions (say $200, $100, $50). You could also offer a free “do-follow” link for entries 4-10. Just some random scribblings….and thoughts.

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