Along with an image of the Bluenose schooner, our Nova Scotia license plates have ‘Canada’s Ocean Playground’ written on them. Water is everywhere here: in the sea that surrounds us almost completely, the lakes that dot the province inland and the misty bogs that are found in the spaces between. To live in Nova Scotia is to know water. Our history and lore is full of fishermen, sailors and privateers, men who made a living at sea.
But you don’t need to be a Bluenoser to know water. You just need to live on the planet. Water is everywhere and where it is most rare, there it is also most precious.
Water images from our recent scavenger hunt reveal the variety of ways water infiltrates our psyches. Jessica from The Magical Mundane offered that “Water is a feminine, flowing element associated with patience and quiet strength, but it can also generate fear with its power.” Dawn‘s image at centre, of a fish in water, is from Australia, where water resources are highly vulnerable to climate change.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Water’s colors range from bright aqua to the darkest of blue-blacks with everything in between. It is also transparent. Fluid and adaptable, water conforms itself to whatever shape will hold it: crystals in snow, or droplets in clouds and rain, fruits and flowers and swimming pools. Water also makes up most of our human bodies. We are water itself.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
~ Loren Eiseley
License plate photo credit: woody1778 at Flickr
Water images photo credits: A Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt