Photo 101 – Water

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  For the month of November, Word Press is doing a series of photo prompts for Photography 101.  Yesterday’s word was Water.  I decided this would be fun to try since I am always looking for new ideas for blogs and photos.

This photo was taken at sunset in July 2012 of the Pacific Ocean.  I love the reflection of the sun on the water, the movement of the waves, and the massive ocean which goes all the way to the horizon. I have always loved sunset pictures over the ocean.  I also like sunrises over bodies of water, but often am not early enough to capture them.  So, the majority of my water photos are the ocean.

Water is important and vital for life.  We need fresh water to drink and cook.  We also need water to bathe, wash, and safely dispose of waste.  Water is also used in baptisms.  Until we see on the news that water is restricted, we forget how much we need it.  There are groups working to bring fresh potable water into parts of the world that don’t have it. I applaud them.

Salt water is also important.  One of my favorite quotes about water is by Isak Dinesen — “The cure of anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” I totally agree with him.  We sweat when we exercise, which is vital for good health.  I am working now on exercising more. Tears flow when we are sad, happy, or just need a good cry.  Or, if you are like me, you see a touching ad on the television and start to cry.

And the sea!  I LOVE the sea/ocean.  I love to feel the waves on my toes, I love to listen to and watch the waves break, I love the smell of the salt water, and the breeze in my hair, and I love to look at the ocean that goes all the way to the horizon. When I am at the edge of the ocean, I am calm and at peace. It is an amazing feeling that I have had for many years.

LeeAnn Womack has a great line in her song, “I Hope You Dance.”  It says, “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.” We are small compared to the vastness of the ocean.

May we take care of our water — the lakes, streams, oceans, and other bodies of water. May we keep pollution out of it.  And, may we realize how important water is for us and our health.

A few quotes about water:

  • “We never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.” ~ Thomas Fuller
  • “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~ Slovakian Proverb
  • “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” ~ Loren Eiseley
  • “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),It’s always our self we find in the sea.” ~ e.e. cummings
  • “The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” ~ Isak Dinesen

I wonder when I will see the vastness of the ocean again.  I hope it is soon!  I am so ready to breathe in that salt air and watch the rhythm of the waves.

Salt Water

This morning I was reminded about a great quote on salt water.

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea” – by Isak Dinesen.

There is a lot of truth in this.

Sweat has to do with exercise and working hard on physical activities.  A job well done is important and it is good for our health to break a sweat each day.

I have found that I need to sweat more than I do.  As you know, I am on a weight loss quest.  It is going well with the eating but more exercise and sweating is an important factor as well.

I truly am working on exercising each and every day.  The exercise helps with stress, helps me feel better physically, and helps me feel that I am doing something good for myself and teaching our son healthy habits.

Tears can be shed when you are sad, frustrated, devastated and even happy.  I have cried happy tears as well as very sad.   Happy in the joy of seeing my son accomplish something for the first time or telling me how much he loves me.  Or when a friend gave me a very special photograph of Ian when this friend first met him at 9 months old.

I have also cried over sick family and friends or when I found out that a dear friend of our family passed away yesterday.  Our friend Marlys lived a very long and wonderful life, and there is comfort in knowing that she is now with the Lord in Heaven!

Shedding tears is nothing to be ashamed of and in fact, can be very comforting and soothing.  In the Bible, it says, “Jesus wept.” This is one of the shortest verses in the Bible and quite profound, I think. As a site I came across mentioned, it shows our Lord as a friend and shows that He was a loving man.

The Sea.  Ah, the sea or ocean.  I absolutely love the ocean and the ebb and flow of the waves.

I have been blessed to go to the beach many, many times in my life.  Each time is truly special and something to be excited about and cherished.

For me, there is almost a rejuvenation or healing power to the ocean.  When I look at the ocean, I feel more calm and more relaxed. In addition, I feel small and humbled and am in awe of the Lord’s creation.

If is fun to swim in the ocean and taste some of that salt water.  I also like looking for shells and taking tons of photos at the water’s edge.

I have also found that salt water helps when I don’t feel good.  Having saline water pumped in your nose or gargling it isn’t pleasant but certainly does seem to help with the sinus pressure and discomfort.

All in all, I do think that salt water is pretty amazing — as is regular water.

I wonder if we could live without these waters?  I think it might be difficult.

Please share your thoughts as well. I would enjoy hearing from you.