Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
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.
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