8 – Water *

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

PS: Below the final video, I’m trying a new addition: Links to other bloggers who posted on the beach walk’s topic.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

During my time away from home while at the beach as a snowbird, bonding with the sand and water is easy and natural.

As I look upon the gulf, I only see the surface of what to me is so much water. Yet, as compared to the total amount of water on Earth, I only see a few drops.

Humans bond with the love and lore of water in a similar manner as two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom bond to form a molecule of water that we cannot see.

A single drop of water is clearly defined by its smooth shape. Although small, that drop contains a huge number of molecules. But when that drop falls into water, the drop’s shape and identity vanish as it blends with its aqueous kin.

Water – a symbol and a metaphor for many applications in life.

Water – a symbol for health, cleanliness, clarity, emotions, renewal, and spirits.

Water – representing life, birth, fertility, love, purity, energy, and refreshment.

Water – an inspirational journey into the emotional depths of our dreams.

Water – moving water represents the flow of time – the continuity of life.

Water – a fluid that flows and can be still. Even moving water can mystically deliver the contradiction of stillness.

Water – reliable, patient, and resistant – yet, water’s resistance can be very therapeutic.

Water – it’s spiritual – it serves as a symbol for blessings, healing, cleansing, renewal, reflection, purification, remembrance, freedom, and transformation.

Water – the universal solvent allowing our orbiting home to be The Blue Planet – The Blue Marble.

Water – It’s primal – like seeing the deep sea as the depth of Mother Nature’s womb because water as the fountain of life.

Water – serving as a border or an obstacle. 

Water – a sign of boundless chaos because it is ungovernable and irrational.

Water – the way it clings to itself and other surfaces – on a newly waxed car – on the end of a blade of grass as a single drop ready to fall.

Water – associated with many activities of human life – water for drinking, washing, cooking, bathing, shaving, cleaning, irrigating, and more – let alone all the industrial applications such as processing, diluting, cooling, and many more. Water for recreational events such as swimming, fishing, boating, skiing, diving, kayaking, and snorkeling.

Water – whose action includes flowing, falling, splashing, flooding, cascading, freezing, condensing, and evaporating.

Water – for fire fighting, street cleaning, fountains, toilets, parks, industry, hospitals, laundries, golf courses, hotels, car washes, beauty shops, barbershops, health clubs, and more.

Water – that necessity for all life – for dairies, livestock, crops, grasses, trees, shrubs, flowers, and pets.

Water – to transport ships, boats, and ferries with people, supplies, and goods.

Water – having a variety of sounds such as crashing waves, babbling brooks, continual drips, and steady rains tapping on our windows and roofs. 

Water – a flowing medium with defined properties forming puddles, pools, springs, creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, bogs, sounds, gulfs, seas, oceans, clouds, rain, hail, sleet, stream, fog, steam, vapor, glaciers, aquifers, and polar ice caps, and more.

Water – a flowing liquid subject to tides, waves, ripples, and currents.

Water – that constant foundation of life and universal solvent that dissolves, dilutes, absorbs, reflects, refracts, and transports.

Water – forming springs, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, bays, sounds, gulfs, seas, oceans, clouds, rain, snow, hail, sleet, steam, fog, vapors, glaciers, aquifers, and polar ice caps

Water – important – and 97 percent of Earth’s water is the saltwater of the seas and oceans.

Water – the valuable substance making up about 60% of the average adult human body. 

Water is a precious resource – a resource necessary for human life. 

Water – whose boiling point and freezing point at the foundation of Celsius temperature.

Water – seemingly so much water, yet in other ways, so little. But on this day, I’m happy to think about water because I like walking on the beach, which is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet. 

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96 thoughts on “8 – Water *”

  1. Wow, when you put all of the uses of water together, it’s mind-boggling how dependent on water we are! Water – ocean water especially – is a powerful substance which demands respect.
    You added a nice touch to this post too, with Robin’s photos. They compliment “water” perfectly. 🙂

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    1. Joanne,
      If memory correctly serves me, I believe you visit Robin’s blog – therefore know her photography skills. Because of our long blogging kinship, she was the perfect one to premier a collaboration. Meanwhile, glad you enjoyed the vast world of water!

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  2. Lovely photos……and interesting to take a look at the many marvels of water. I love that it can take so many forms too……rain, snow, sleet, snowflakes, fog. We need to protect our water sources – it truly is our life’s blood. Great post!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Robin takes wonderful photos, so her blog is a wonderful place to view her skills and receive a bit of calm. No question that water is life’s blood – well – at least life as we know it on this planet. Once you mentioned blood I recall that blood is about 55% plasma, and plasma is over 90% water, Great analogy!

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    1. Merril,
      Thank you. I figured that if I’m at the beach, I better honor water very early in this series. 🙂 The though of tributaries is also a bit overwhelming for me, too. Meanwhile, Robin is always a great collaborator and I hope we work together again soon.

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  3. Your words and Robin’s photos complement each other beautifully. We’re just coming out of a drought here and I find myself appreciating every drop of rain we’re blessed with today. A dried up stream or pond is an unsettling sight.

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    1. Barbara,
      Glad you enjoyed the collaboration. I’ve worked with Robin before, so in my mind, she is the one to initiate collaborations here. Droughts have a big effect … and I’m with you about dried up ponds. Can’t imagine the dust bowl years. Cheers to your rain today and for your appreciation of this valuable resource.

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  4. This is lovely dear Frank. Living near the Ocean is a beautiful experience. Essential to life we must honor it in being aware of what is happening with Climate Change and the pollution of waters. You’ve brightened the day with this lovely tribute. I Hope your day is fabulous!

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    1. Holly,
      Thanks for joining me with this tribute to our life source. We on the Blue Planet are lucky – and given what we know of other planets – make that very lucky! 🙂 … thus why we must protect it.

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  5. Water – we can’t live without it. It can sustain us for a long period of time without food, proving just how important it is to us water-filled creatures. It needs more respect than it is getting (I speak, of course of oceans, lakes and all the forms that run such as rivers). Is there anything more soothing than watching water as it ripples, splashes, flows?
    Lovely video at the end there, too.

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    1. Dale,
      So much to say about water – including one can survive longer without food than without water. The soothing action of water sounds? Oh boy – not much better! Glad you enjoyed the ending video. To me, it’s a tribute to water. Thanks for watching it.

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    1. Marina,
      Thanks for walking along for the aqueous tribute. Now you got me thinking about the five grand elements – hmmmm … I think I have walks for at least 4 of the 5 … maybe 5! Yamas!!!!

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  6. Frank, I’m delighted you were able to illustrate your post today with Robin’s beautiful photos — she’s so talented, isn’t she? And what a good idea, ending your post with links to others blogging about the same subject. That way, we can possibly find new bloggers of interest that we might not have met yet! Thanks so much for this relaxing post about water — you’ve gathered so much info on the subject, but what resonates most with me right now is ‘Water – that necessity for all life’!

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    1. Debbie,
      Robin and I collaborated a few times on the old blog,. We are comfortable working together, so it made sense that she be my first collaborator, which will also show the way for others. Do you visit her blog?

      Thanks for the feedback on the links to other bloggers. For those interested, it gives them a chance for more info – and yes – it may pull someone into here. It’s a long shot, but worth the try. Meanwhile, water seems like an endless subject, but fortunately I got it in one walk. However, water regulars pops into the other walks.

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    1. Monika,
      Great points. For instance, one can pick … the sounds of the waves coming ashore … the splashing water of a stream moving over rocks … the roar of a water fall … the quiet of a moving river …. yep – all are part of nature’s therapy. (Now that’s a great phrase – thanks for sharing). 🙂

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    1. Michel,
      In terms of human life, I’m right with you. Then again, we could apply that same analogy to the vast majority of living things. The living world and its link to water is a fascinating connection.

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  7. This is amazing post dear Frank, you create a gallery in art, in thoughts/ philosophy, in music,… Water is everything for all of us, and also for earth and for life too… I loved and enjoyed to be here… Thank you, Love, nia

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    1. Nia,
      Creating a gallery of a variety of things … wow … thank you for the high praise. In terms of the photos, I thank my collaborator (Robin) for sharing her work with me so I can share it with others. Keep smiling!

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  8. Sobering reflections, Frank!
    Water does give us a lot to think about.
    When I turn on the tap at home, I thank my lucky stars that I live in a country where there is plenty for everyone.
    Still, they can’t seem to get the water to some of our First Nations Reserves. One has been on a boil water advisory for 25 years. They evacuated the entire town about a week ago, due to a slimy oil on the water.
    So, lack of water is a harsh consideration. A lot of the planet is suffering from this…. even total draught.
    On the opposite end, too much water is also a disaster… floods/ tidal waves.
    Thinking about water is very sobering.

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    1. Resa,
      Sobering is an interesting descriptor for this walk – but I can see that angle. So much water around us, yet that doesn’t mean it’s usable (as is). I think about how companies have developed simple ways to purify water – that is for the residents in less-developed areas of the world. Yes … so much to think about – yet we can’t take it for granted. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!!

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  9. And how funny how as humanity we forget the abundance of this miracle liquid, fluid, drink that is a gift on our planet. We call it ‘plain water’ if it is just that – yet that itself I imagine to be a the most precious content in a glass, pitcher, tank, lake, river, ocean. I loved getting immersed in the magic of water while reading your post, it really touches upon so many dimensions of our existence.
    The one that I enjoyed most – Water – a sign of boundless chaos because it is ungovernable and irrational. It is interesting how it is this and also all the spiritual symbolism.

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    1. PD,
      Love your connections between “plain water” and the “miracle fluid” … oh yes – not only a gift, but a precious gift. So many dimensions to water over quite the range. As you mentioned, from chaos to spiritual. Thanks again for walking along as I look forward to your comments.

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  10. Interesting how water provides the biggest filter in the history of the world, seeing as how the same water has been recycled since the beginning of time. Your post makes me think of just how powerful and beautiful and miraculous a force water truly is.

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    1. Marc,
      The history of human civilization correlate so much with water. Sure, so many major cities are associated with a body of water. Yet, we think of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert – but we forget that Vegas is in a basin, and the aquifer is not that far below the surface.

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              1. I was there in 2005. I wanted to see the Dam so I inquired as to what the specs of a trip out there were and was told that it was a “wait” because of the checkpoint. Not really. I mean, yes, they stopped our bus and they inspected but it didn’t take all that long.

                Not sure how it goes now.

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  11. Beautiful water pictures from Robin, amazing water thoughts and connections. We really couldn’t live without water and it has so many gifts. One of the reasons I love living in Michigan is because of the Great Lakes. The smell of water and moisture lingers in the air and you’re not even aware of it. When we lived in Texas for a few months back in the 80’s my body and soul actually felt parched. Had never realized the gift of living near water until then.

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    1. Kathy,
      The smell of the air when near the water is a world of its own – especially (in my opinion) the salt water air. Ahhhhhhh …. I can’t wait. But like you say, some won’t discover the gift until they don’t have it. :Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I discovered something similar in reverse, and then back again. Living on the Eastern Shore, there’s more water than land and it felt so soggy here at first. Going back to Ohio for a few months, I kept wondering why my skin was so dry.

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    1. Eileen,
      Good points. Humanity has a long history of taking water for granted. Then again, much of the time they didn’t know better. After all, the solution to pollution was dilution. But today, most of the world should know better. Water is simply a valuable resource that plays a huge role in our lives. Thanks for walking along.

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  12. Thank you, Frank. As always, I enjoyed our collaboration. I spend a lot of time with water (it’s everywhere here) and it’s such a fascinating (and vast) subject. Well done. 🙂

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  13. A wonderful post about our most precious resource (that we sadly often take for granted), Frank. I often listen to a wave CD to help me fall asleep. It’s rhythm is so soothing and primal.
    Have a great weekend… I’m rather envious you get to walk on the beach daily!

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    1. Eliza,
      Welcome to your first beach walk here. I know you are linked to Robin, so I have no doubt you enjoyed her photos. Because you use wave background as a sleep aid, did you use the opening video for background sound while reading?

      Full disclosure – I don’t get to walk the beach daily. Well – but I do, however only in my snowbird time in the south in my attempt to lessen howls of winter.

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    1. Crispina,
      Thank you. I tried to cover water’s vast involvement, but I feel there is still so much more. After all, it is so valuable. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Robin and I have collaborated several times before, so using her for the first one here was an easy choice.

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      1. Pam is quite neat. She really cares, never stops researching and posting. I’m glad you’re on it!
        See what you’ve started with your reflections!?

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  14. I enjoyed the gorgeous photography, Frank. I connect more to the beauty and the spirituality of the ocean/water than I do the scientific breakdown, but I thoroughly enjoyed the facts that you’ve presented. I recall taking an oceanography course in college and about all I retained was what I needed to pass a test! But I do find it all quite fascinating.

    And just so you know, WP has somehow not connected me to getting your links when published. I’ll figure it out eventually perhaps, but if you have any idea why that might be, I’d like to hear. 2020 gremlins, perhaps!

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