Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #187: Water

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

W.H. Auden

We’re delighted to welcome Anne Sandler as a new member of the Lens-Artists team. For her challenge this week, she has chosen Water as her subject. Perfect! I was born near Long Island Sound, so I have had a long and loving connection with water.

Its majesty and power are indisputable. Several years ago, when we visited Niagara Falls on a frigid winter day, I was mesmerized by the plumes of freezing mist rising above the cascading water.

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.

― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

In warmer months, water can show its gentler side. I captured this photo in the Japanese Gardens in Grand Rapids one spring day. Here, the water tantalizes and dazzles.

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.

― Wallace Stevens

In this photo, water acts as a mirror. I captured this view of the Crown Fountain in Chicago one fall day when a person in a red jacket was walking through a pool of water. He seemed so deep in thought that he was oblivious to the reflections.

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

Winter is the rainy season in Vancouver. In a typical year, an average of 47 inches of precipitation will fall.

On a rare sunny day this past December, I joined Canadians making the “pilgrimage” to English Bay to admire the setting sun.

You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.

– Alan Watts

This final image was taken on a warm evening in Nadi, Fiji. The soft purple in the clouds, the sky, and the water were stunning. During our visit, the water was gentle, docile, and very relaxing.

I believe, as Alan Watts says, that we are like waves in the ocean. Up to 60% of our bodies are comprised of water. We need water to survive and we are forever connected to it. During my life, some of my happiest moments were spent near rivers, lakes, oceans, and harbors–swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. But, oddly enough, taking a cruise was not my cup of tea. I wonder if I had a genetic memory of my grandfathers and grandmother crossing the ocean from Ireland and Italy, clinging to the ship’s railing as the seas roiled and rolled? Maybe.

A special thanks to Sofia for hosting the Low Light challenge last week. I really enjoyed your images, which were inspiring and highlighted the power and beauty of low light photography. Looking ahead, we are very pleased to announce that Karina of Murtagh’s Meadow will be hosting LAPC #188, so be sure to visit her site next Saturday at noon to get all the details. Until then, have a safe, peaceful, and inspiring week.

We invite you to participate in our weekly Lens-Artists Challenges. If you want more information on how to join us, just click this link to get all the details.

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  1. Niagara Falls is awesome in the true sense of the word. I enjoyed your second shot of drops and smiled at the Chicago shot, as I’m using the same fountain later this month for an entry for SquareOdds. It’s an interesting fountain and the red jacket really adds to the shot.

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  2. I love all of your images this week, Patti. So many moods! But water is like that, isn’t it? I especially like your pink droplets and the young man with all the cares of the world on his shoulders.

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    • Hi, Jo. He does like burdened by the world, doesn’t he? So deep in thought. Glad you like the happy pink one, too. Yes, indeed. Many different moods. So you and I both like living near the water!


  3. Outstanding images for this challenge Patti! I especially liked your photograph of the American Falls in Niagara Falls. When we visited, I was amazed at how much water was flowing over and the force of it was amazing. I also liked the reflection image in Chicago. All the images were great.

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    • Hi, Anne. I enjoyed this challenge. I was delighted to find the Niagara raw file deep within my archives! What a happy find. Niagara is truly astounding. It ranks up there with the Grand Canyon in terms of the massiveness of it. Thanks for your kind words about this collection. You gave us great inspiration this week!

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  4. Loved this one Patti – really beautiful images and thoughts. The Crown Fountain is absolutely amazing! Of course you waited for a guy in a red jacket!!! And your image of the falls is terrific. Really well done.

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    • Hi, Tina. Thank you!! I found the Niagara shot deep in my archives. What a happy find! The same with the Crown Fountain. Phew! Every week, I wonder if I’ll find or shoot some good images! Take care. Good talking to you this morning!

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    • Hi, IJ. So, you like the Crown Fountain! Great. It’s really an interesting spot. The images of people are projected onto that rock/slab and they change every few minutes. The water also comes out of the mouth of one of the people in the photos! Kids and adults love that. I’m glad you did, too. Have a good week.

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    • Hi, Margaret. It’s a very long, gray winter in Michigan, so when the sun breaks through the clouds again, it’s cause for a real celebration! I saw that tree in the Japanese Gardens on that type of day! Thanks so much for your thoughts, as always! Have a good week.

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  5. I’d love to see Niagara in winter – your shot really captures the magic I would hope to find there! And I love the image of the man in red walking past that fountain in Chicago – perfectly timed and so effective!

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    • Hi, Sarah. Thank you! I think the Niagara shot was our reward for an hour or so in the freezing cold! I’m glad you like the man in the red coat, too. He was a happy coincidence. I hope you get to see Niagara in the winter. Dress warmly!

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    • Ah, rain, rain go away! I hope the sun continues to shine there. We’re still in a period of snow. No sign of spring yet! Thanks so much, Jude, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, as always! Much appreciated.


    • Hi, Sofia. Thank you!! Your favorites seem to be the most popular ones! I am glad I waited for the fellow in the red hoody to walk past. It was a happy moment! Thanks again and have a great week.

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    • Hi, Beth. I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment until now! Niagara Falls is astounding, isn’t it? I was dumbfounded by it! So we are kindred spirits who love the water! Have a great week.

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    • Hi, Amy. My apologies! I missed your comment last week. Thanks for your thumbs up for the water drop image. It was such a beautiful scene–in the spring after the rain. I hope you get some rain too. Have a great week and again, my apologies. 😀

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      • Hi Patti, It happens to me quite often. Don’t worry about it. Preparing the new theme post, responding to comments, visiting site… can be overwhelming.


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