My last few posts dove into the serious and the depressing. It’s time to cleanse and what better way than with water.
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” Lao-Tzu
I enjoy taking photos that include water. Water has a dynamic personality. It can be powerful or serene; mysterious or bright. Water can be nature’s mirror. Water nourishes and water degrades.
Take time to plan, have your equipment ready and go to the site you’re looking for and then you can take your time, find the best light, the angle that suits you, set your camera on a tripod, set up a timed shutter release or a cable release and your forethought is rewarded without any stress.
Two Views of the Umpqua Falls in Oregon
“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov
And then there are those times when there is no time. It’s now or never. Washington DC gets hot and muggy in the summer so when we were visiting our nation’s capitol I got my runs in early. This particular morning was part exercise and part sightseeing the monuments before the hoards of tourists would emerge.
Morning light is a fleeting thing. A stunningly lit scene is there one moment and by the time you’ve pulled your camera out of the bag the scene has become ordinary. Dawn was just beginning to light the Lincoln Memorial at the far end of the pool. I looked into the pool and saw that it was doing just as it’s architect had intended; on this morning reflecting the Washington Monument beneath some spectacular clouds. There was a shot from where I had stopped but clearly the best shot would be at the other end of the reflecting pool, right beneath Abe Lincoln’s gaze. With the clock ticking away there was certainly no time to get my DSLR but I did have my cell phone. I sprinted to the shadow of Lincoln on the other end of the pool. The shot was there in front of me but after the sprint my breathing wasn’t allowing a steady shot. Deep breaths…wait…I took a couple of exposures and that was it. Within moments it was full on sun.
Washington reflects well in the reflecting pool in the morning and in the Potomac at night
Water is Natures Mirror
Above: At the marina in Emeryville, California just a short drive from where I live I noticed this yacht one morning. Being a runner I thought it appropriate.
Hit almost any body of water in the early morning hours and you can almost always find a pretty darned cool reflection. Below: Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Water is Cool and Refreshing
To me the photo above shows the refreshing quality of water
Water Can Be Blue – VERY Blue
Crater Lake Oregon (above).
In paintings water is most often depicted in blue – bluer than nature intended. At Crater Lake the water is so strikingly blue that it seems bluer than nature intended and yet it is nature at it most stunning. It is such a stark blue in fact that as we looked at it I turned to my wife and remarked that the blue almost hurts the eyes. This photo is of a small island of rock called, appropriately enough, The Ghost Ship.
Water Always Finds A Way
(Above) In it’s quest to find a path this stream chose a few courses to continue it’s inevitable movement.
Water is Fun
And One of Water’s Most Priceless Attributes –
After the fun, water tires out the dog.
Above: My Gordon Setter Rainey swimming at Dog Beach in San Diego and pooped out after the swim (Below).