“Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms.”
Trust Wikipedia to take water and boil it down to a scientific dry gulch.
Water is so familiar to us that we’ve allowed it to become unfamiliar.
Water just is.
We so take it for granted that we forget what a remarkable work of nature that water is.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” ~ Ryunosuke Satoro
As a photo subject water is one of the most, if not THE most versatile of photo subjects. It presents itself in so many different ways.
Water is a singular tiny raindrop decorating a flower…
… or water is the millions of drops in a wave
“I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” ~ Mike May
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.
~ E.E. Cummings
“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”
~ H. P. Lovecraft
Water is the giver of life and life’s habitat and sanctuary. For some water is home; for others water provides safety and for still others water is a deadly hunting ground.
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” ~ Sylvia Earle
“To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows,” ~ Barbara Hurd, Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination
In the months since COVID assaulted our daily lives, I’ve rediscovered water through the camera lens; clouds, fog, snow, rain and particularly the ocean. I’ve visited the ocean numerous times to photograph and marvel at the ocean’s power and beauty. I could watch the waves for hours because each wave has it’s own character. No two are truly alike.
Banner photo – Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California.