Friday, March 30, 2007

Photo Hunter: water

When Peace Like A River
(It Is Well)
lyrics by Horatio G. Spafford

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll;
What ever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control.
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed his own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

My sin--O the bliss of this glorious thought!--
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

O Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
"Even so" it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul.

“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” Jeanette Winterson

Water is also one of the four elements, the most beautiful of God's creations. It is both wet and cold, heavy, and with a tendency to descend, and flows with great readiness. It is this the Holy Scripture has in view when it says, "And the darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Water, then, is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, and not only from the filth of the body but from that of the soul, if it should have received the grace of the Spirit. John of Damascus

NASSA believes that stone skipping is a uniquely ancient activity, that touches 'something' very special in those participating. NASSA actively promotes and encourages stone skipping as a 'natural' non-competitive recreation, and as an internationally standardized competitive sport. NASSA is continually designing programs for various groups of individuals like summer camps, church groups, handicapped and disadvantaged groups, scouting groups, clubs, and corporations. (North America Stone Skipping Association)

“Pick a suitable rock. Rocks with edges, bad. Rocks without edges, good.” • “Bring arm back slowly. Stay low. Attempt to keep stone parallel with water’s surface.” • “Let ‘er rip. Count number of skips. (Note: A “kerplunk” does not count as a skip.)” Eddie Bauer

In France, stone skipping is known as, 'ricochet', in Ireland as, 'stone skiffing', in Denmark as, 'smutting'. EVERY language I have accessed has a unique word or term for skipping stones from Hindi to Russian to Chinese. Jerdone (Jerry) Coleman-McGhee

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~John Lubbock

“One measure of how creative you are is how you respond to changes in your circumstances and environment. How flexible are you? Consider how water adapts to its environment: evaporation, condensation, snowflake, melting, flowing, goes around rocks, fills containers, etc.” Unknown

Well I'm knee deep in loving you done got deeper than I wanted to
It'll probably drown me before I'm through
But I done got knee deep in loving you
And Lord I'd wade your water just enough to cool me down
Wet my feet and find the way to some dryer ground
But I keep on a gettin' deeper and there's just one rain ago
Too late I find I'm caught up in your undertow
Cause I'm knee deep...
Everybody's saying you're not the staying kind
Ain't it like a natural fool to think you will this time
It's too late for changing this feeling down in me
I'm standing here with more than just sand on my feet
Cause I'm knee deep...
Well I'm knee deep...
Well I'm knee deep
DAVE & SUGAR | Knee Deep In Loving You Lyrics

You cannot hear a waterfall if you stand next to it. I paint my jungles in the desert. Macedonio de la Torre

Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it. -Mikhail Gorbachev

With foam and spray and a boundless roar, the sleepless sea calls us toward the shore. The wisdom of all life lives here, where the land and water kiss, a shimmer of waves and wind whispering the secrets of our origins. How easily we are lured by scientific knowledge to measure this mystery - calculating geology, biology, climate. But when an offshore breeze gusts life into our lungs, we feel our souls brim with immeasurable passion for the testament of the waters. By simply sitting, listening, breathing, we feel the pull of the tides and the immensity of the sea connection us to all things. Todd Runestad

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller,


  1. Love all the photos,
    black-and-white gives so much to them.
    Especially photos of stone skiffing. In Estonian we say "lutsu viskama"!

    my raindrops

  2. I love this post. I came here by way of The Bipolar Diaries...and I will try to get back. These photos are just gorgeous.

    :-) Susan

  3. Awesome post! Thanks for stopping by mine. I clicked on your "me" and (did this last time too) and found several blogs by you- took me a few minutes to find the one with the photo hunt in it- so now, hope you don't mind, but I'm putting a link to you on my blog so I can find my way back quicker.

  4. Wow, your photos today made me wish I didn't pick just one...

    The snowflake picture is amazing. I thought to myself, "Is that even possible!"

    And of course your kids are adorable. :)

  5. As usual, I struggle to find the perfect shot while you offer up a veritable feast of photos! Great job!

    Come and visit my blog, if you have a moment! :)

  6. Another inspiring post! Thank you for the inspirations.

  7. Beautiful. SO beautiful! I would so buy a book from you.

  8. I really, really love it when you do this.
    And your photos are just breathtaking, as always, friend.

  9. So wonderful, especially the snowflake with that marvelous quote!