Mystical, Magical Water: A Photo Essay

The High Country at Yosemite

We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea . . . Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful . . . and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things. ~ Desmond Tutu

What is it about water that we are so drawn to? Why do we crowd beaches on summer holidays? Why do we gasp at the site of a waterfall? What makes a stoney creek so appealing?

So extravagant is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep . . . ~ John Muir

Hidden Inlet in Northern California

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many have written about water through the ages, including poets, authors, artists, explorers, statesmen, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. Theyโ€™ve addressed water as our source, as the driving force in nature, and as a metaphor for the whole of humanity.

Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. ~ Wayne Dyer

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve water. As a small girl, I remember digging for worms in the rich black soil of my grandmotherโ€™s back yard. We would then walk together down a rocky dirty road to the pond, carrying our freshly-dug bait and fishing poles made from sugar cane stalks. I donโ€™t recall ever catching any fish, but I will never forget watching the big green dragon flies lighting on the red and white bobs, and being transfixed by the ever-expanding water ripples created when we would cast. We spent a lot of time at that little pond, and the sight of it now takes me back to a sweeter world.

Grand Tetons, Wyoming

The majority of our family vacations were on water, as well. We would load up the car and drive to the panhandle or Crystal River on Floridaโ€™s west coast. We swam, sunbathed, and went deep sea fishing. It was always the highlight of the year.

What memories of water do you have? Do you have a special beach, river, or lake that you return to again and again?

Rocky Coast of Northern California

Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea. ~ Rumi

Blessings for the Love of Water,

Lisa

12 thoughts on “Mystical, Magical Water: A Photo Essay

  1. Love this post and love that it is about water. I remember visiting the Neckar River as a child. We went kayaking and to this day i visit parts of the River when visiting home. Here in the US it is the Indian River that keeps grounded. Water is a life force.

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  2. My fondest memories were in the water of Southern CA, surfing (long board) in a cove called “The Swamies.” It was there I wiped out more than I stood up to follow midway in wave, to land on the shore, exhausted, but ready for more. It was there I played with the dolphins and knew intuitively they are connected soul to soul, heart to heart with humans. Thank you Lisa for your beautiful expressions of life.

    Betty

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    1. Hi Betty, thanks for sharing your sweet memories! Iโ€™ll bet those dolphins sensed your loving nature & zest for life and knew that you were just like them! I appreciate your reading! Blessings my friend! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒผ

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  3. For personal reasons, this may be my overall FAVORITE of all of your blogs to date! Breathtaking and beautiful pictures! My zodiac sign is Aquarius, the Water Bearer, which is a symbol of the Gods bringing nourishment to the Earth. One of the greatest experiences I ever had in my life was lying on a beach in South Florida some 20+ years ago and listening to the sound of the waves crashing by the shore which induced a meditative state. This experience not only lowered my stress levels, but promoted mental clarity, improved my sleeping patterns, and even helped with my anxiety issues.

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  4. Our family loves the water, too.
    We have traveled some of the beautiful western parks that
    you have photographed and remember them with love.
    But the midwestern inland lakes have a beauty of their own
    that feel like “home” to us.
    BettyJean

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