Tuesday, 17 August 2010

ABC Wednesday - Elements

 Coniston Water
The elements as described in ancient and medieval philosophy were earth, air, fire and water from which they considered all other substances were composed. Later a fifth element was added called quintessence, or quinta essentia, supposed by Aristotle to permeate everything.  Well this is the quintessence of a  hot and sunny Sunday when people head for the water. They were 'in their element', sailing and swimming. although the boy at the bottom of the photo was not quite prepared for how icy cool a lake fed by mountain streams can be and was heading for shore. He shared his experience with us as he came ashore .
An aerial and elegant master of the elements, the golden ringed dragonfly (cordulegaster boltonii) who lives by mountain streams and heathland, I tried to get closer but the crunch on the rocky path alerted it and it resumed its patrol up and down the the bracken and stream .
Kikby Moor
Earth, air and water all in one picture. The spinning wind turbines on wet moorland and gathering clouds, we were 'braving the elements' on this walk last week.

That leaves one element left, fire,
 Broughton in Furness
no flames here though, because there are 10 retained fire-fighters to put them out, and on the left is their training tower. Retained fire-fighters are people who have full time jobs but are on call and when that call comes are ready to drop everything to become part of a team to fight the element of fire.
Time to take a canoe out of its element and natural environment where it glides through the water carrying its passengers, to four people carrying in onto the solid earth, dry land.  The end of an enjoyable day on the water.  Time for home.

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15 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

great primordial post.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Paula Scott said...

Brilliant post! At first, I thought it was going to be about chemistry and the elemental chart...but this is even better!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post for the day! Love the boat, the dragonfly and nature! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Wendy said...

What a magickal, alchemically entertaining post. I love the spiritual slant you used for the elements! Great job...Esp. the Elegent dragonfly

Jingle said...

elements, elegant, encouragement, and earth plus enjoyable..

what divine E words you have there.
:)

Hildred and Charles said...

Loved your post and your pictures, - interesting about the 5th element that Aristotle introduced, and of course it contains all the primordial ones.

That's a mighty elegant dragonfly!

Gayle said...

How original to pick "element". It looks like a thunderstorm was brewing on your walk last weekend.

photowannabe said...

Very original post. I enjoyed going through the elements with you.

Cheryl said...

Nice elemental post. I can feel the weariness in that last photo!

jabblog said...

Lovely post, Joy. The dragonfly is gorgeous - I haven't seen one like that round here.

gospelwriter said...

an amazing and thorough expose on elements, thank you - loved the dragonfly against rocks picture especially...

Tumblewords: said...

Very clever and enlightening! Excellent photos!

lv2scpbk said...

Love the dock photo.

On behalf of the ABC Team, thanks for participating.

Leo said...

what a lovely E post, filled with lot of beautiful photographs.. :)

Leo - ABC Wednesday E

mrsnesbitt said...

Kirby Moor - yes we have seen those wind turbines! One never seems to work! lol!