“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley
Water in nature is a dichotomous feature. Water is loud and powerful when rushing over a waterfall. Water is still and peaceful on a lake during sunset. Water is hot and luxurious in a natural hot spring. Water is shockingly cold and refreshing in a swimming hole on a summer day. Whether I was hiking to a waterfall, walking along the coast, scouting out a lake for a quick dip, or soaking up the mineral goodness of a hot spring, water features became something I learned to seek out on my trip. With so many shapes, sizes, and personalities, I found the Water collection to be an interesting set of photos to put together.
Aside from observing the natural beauty of our lakes, rivers, and oceans on my trip, I also became aware of how much I take running water for granted in my non-road life. At most campsites, showers are available for a price per minute, toilets are not "flush", and most likely there is not a sink. I quickly learned that a) it is quite easy to maintain good hygiene without these things, and b) I am largely unaware of the amount of water I waste in my everyday life. When water runs freely from the sinks in our homes, we might forget that another part of the world is living in drought, or without filtered drinking water. If we each become just slightly more aware of our water consumption, I bet we can also find small ways to reduce our daily water footprint. Water is an essential part of our lives, so let's do our best to protect this vital and most beautiful resource.
I hope you enjoy the Water collection!