Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #21 Splash!

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.~Loren Eiseley

I believe water is magical.  Its beauty, power, and persistence are unsurpassed.  It flows through us and around us.  It connects us to the past and leads us to the future.  It is nature’s mirror because it reflects not only ourselves, but also the degree to which we respect Mother Nature.

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #21, I’m turning my thoughts to water.  In our travels, we often seek places that are near water.   The same has been true for our homes whether they were in the city and in the country.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.~Chief Seattle

This shot, taken a day after Hurricane Joaquin, captures the calm after the storm.  I love how the mother and her son are enjoying this moment of play. 

Whittier, Alaska

What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?–Massasoit

Our son Alex sent me this shot in August when he was visiting Alaska.  In summer, there are still remnants of ice and snow–ever more precious.

Alaskan Ice Floes in Summer. Shot by Alex Moed

Torrey Pines State Park, California

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.~Lao Tzu

The pull of water is universal.  High above the ocean, we watched the waves and dozens of people walking along the beach.  Compared to the mighty Pacific Ocean, we humans are merely Lilliputians, aren’t we?

High Above San Diego. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

Watkins Glen, New York

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.― e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

This autumn, we visited Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York.  I was astounded by its beauty.  Within a two-mile walk, visitors pass 19 waterfalls.  The stream drops over 200-foot cliffs and descends 400 feet.  What is equally amazing is the footpath, which follows the stream as it winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade.  It was a remarkable experience.

I’ll be quiet now and let the photos speak for me.

The Footpath,Watkins Glen, N.Y. Shot with a Fuji X-T2

Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Walking Through the Glen, Close Up. Shot with a Fuji X-T 2.

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.~W. H. Auden

Angel Falls, Watkins Glen. Shot with a Fuji X-T2.

Feel free to interpret this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #21-SPLASH!–in any way you choose.  Explore water in its many forms, share memories of places near the water, or create a post about what water means to you.  A special thanks to all of you who participate.  The next challenge (#22) will be hosted by our friend Ann-Christine on Saturday, December 1.  I hope you join us!


Here are some posts you don’t want to miss from last week’s Open Sesame–Doors and Doorways challenge:

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And finally, have an inspiring and memorable week!

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  1. Even though I was not born close to water – I love it. And I love the sound of water, of waves. You have captured the importance of water beautifully, and Watkins Glen State Park would be a wonder to visit! Thank you for taking us carefully along the paths, close to the roaring waterfalls. The footpath is awesome – the sound in that narrow gorge must be overwhelming!
    A great theme – water is essential, as you write. And my favorite quote is :

    “What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?”–Massasoit

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    • Thanks you so much, Ann-Christine! The roar of the water was amazing. What a stunning site! I love that quote too. Our native Americans were very wise. I hope the rest of the world realizes their wisdom and we work together to reverse some of the effects of pollution.


      • I hope so too, Patti. We are working hard here – the challenges are huge. We can only work together to find solutions.
        Thank you for a beautiful post helping us see our world. And, helping us realize how many of us who want to work to keep it wonderful!

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  2. Excellent photos..excellent colours..its good to see photos that tell you a story well done..i photographed for years in the field of sport..action shots..for most sports..different but got to photograph the best sportsmen & women in Australia.

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  5. Your opening paragraph say so much of how I feel about water. As a water sign(Cancer), it seems to draw
    me in everywhere I go. Cruising, boating and the beach are my best friend. Your photographs are stunning.
    The steps Watkin Glens would be dangerous for me as I am coordination challenged. LOL I fall walking on solid ground.
    Great challenge for us … thank you.
    Isadora 😎

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  6. Hello Patti, I love your beautiful images, especially the photo by your son of the ice flows in Alaska.

    I was in two minds about putting in a post for the challenge. My splashy photos just weren’t doing it for me, so I’ve gone for something a little more restrained. Regards. Tracy.

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