There is something soothing about a clear mountain stream flowing steadily to its destination. Not a roaring river, or rapids, nor a trickle, but a swift movement of water which glides gently over the rock base with hardly a ripple…like liquid glass.
I love to stare at these photographs for the sheer simplicity and sublime natural beauty. The rock base with its myriad of colors and shapes, and the movement of water creating subtle illusionary effects is almost enchanting. Of course, I am biased because I vividly recall taking the photographs of the Merced River as it carves it way through the Yosemite Valley. Not far from this peaceful scene are several powerful waterfalls which reveal the force of water which cuts away rock and earth like a hammer and chisel.
Water is fascinating. When it flows it can be refreshingly relaxing or extremely destructive. It can be harnessed to create electricity, and manipulated to rise and fall to accommodate changes in elevations as with canal locks. Moving water can be lovely to behold as the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas attests to with it shooting water shows, and pleasant to be near when relaxing by a sculptured fountain. And moving water can be just plain fun as can be seen on the faces of children running through a sprinkler, descending down a water slide or bobbing up and down on breaking ocean waves near a beach.
What would we do without water? Hint; absolutely nothing!
Excellent post Michael … I must get to Yosemite soon!
Thank you. Yosemite is truly inspiring. One could easily spend weeks there hiking to various waterfalls, up Half Dome, climb El Capitan, fish, take art classes, photograph till you break your camera, and just take it all in. There is a Nat. Parks outlook way above the valley which is well worth the winding drive up the mountain. And, if that isn’t enough, there are Sequoia forests close by…too awesome to describe adequately!