Water

In the waterSeptember 13, 2014

When I thought of posting photographs on the theme Water, I had no idea how many photographs I had taken over the years that had water in them. It’s taken me hours to go through them, and even then I did it very quickly given the number of photos I have archived. There are over 35 pictures in this post about Water. It’s an important theme to me. Water is the source of all life on this planet. Many of us take it for granted; many have too little. What I hope to show with these photographs is where it comes from, the many ways we use it, how we depend on it, our relationship to it, the life it gives us, and how precious it is to some people and how plentiful to others.

This montage will take you around the world, but is not completely representative of everywhere I’ve been. I hope to follow up this post with themes on Sky (air) and Land (environment). I hoped to cover the four classical elements in successive posts, but realized I don’t have enough photography covering the element of fire. So I’m going to leave it at Water, Sky (air) and Land (environment) and add a fourth post in this series focusing on People. Those four posts should take you on a photographic journey across six continents.

For any of my local readers, I would like to offer to take your photograph and post it on my blog. As a thank you, I’ll provide you with a CD of all photographs we take. If you’re interested, please contact me either at gilbertislands@gmail.com, or stephen@heart-sign.com.

Enjoy.

* Starting in the United States *

SwiftCurrentLakeManyGlacier

Rain and snow from the sky.

Swift Current Lake, Many Glacier, Montana

This lake is fed by the glaciers, several of which you can see if you look closely at the bowls between the mountain peaks.

Picture taken during my motorcycle trip around the United States. See blog archive here.

SnowyMorningAtStickneyBrook

Snowy morning at Stickney Brook, Dummerston, Vermont

UpstateNY

A cold November morning at wetlands in upstate New York

MorningOnTheConnecticutLyme

A crisp October morning on the Connecticut River between Lyme, New Hampshire, and Thetford, Vermont

GloucesterMorning

A foggy morning in Gloucester, Massachusetts

HamptonBeachNH

Children playing with seagulls on the beach at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

Fill the VW!

Tubing the West River

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Tubing the West River from Townshend, Vermont to Newfane, Vermont

Deception Pass

Deception Pass, Puget Sound, Washington State

One of my favorite and most magical places in the United States because of a dear friend who used to collect stones here.

Picture taken during my motorcycle trip around the United States. See blog archive here.

CaliforniaCoastalHighway

Along the coastal highway, northern California

Picture taken during my motorcycle trip around the United States. See blog archive here.

MauiHawaii

Waves breaking on volcanic rock in Maui, Hawaii

Abalone Fisherman

Abalone fisherman, northern California

Stickney Brook lounging

Soaking in the crystal clear waters of Stickney Brook in Dummerston, Vermont

Find this delectable swim hole in my book, The Best! Open Water Swimming and Swim Holes in Southern Vermont and Southwest New Hampshire.  Order it directly from my web site, or Amazon.com.

Round Pond and the Reservoir (Pisgah)

Round Pond and the Reservoir, Pisgah State Park, New Hampshire

Find this delectable swim hole in my book, The Best! Open Water Swimming and Swim Holes in Southern Vermont and Southwest New Hampshire.  Order it directly from my web site, or Amazon.com.

Jumpers

Cliff jumpers take the plunge from the marble walls of the oldest marble quarry in the United States in Dorset, Vermont

Find this delectable swim hole in my book, The Best! Open Water Swimming and Swim Holes in Southern Vermont and Southwest New Hampshire.  Order it directly from my web site, or Amazon.com.

GrandCanyonAZ

The Grand Canyon – one of the largest in the world. Much of it was formed by moving water (Arizona).

 *International *

CapeBreton

Breath-taking coastal Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Along the coastal highway you are never out of sight of water.

Mooring

Fishing port between Cape Breton and Bay of Fundy (Canada)

BayOfFundy

Moored boats, Bay of Fundy (Canada)

RiceFieldsCambodia

Plowing rice fields in Angkor (Cambodia)

MaeSotRiceFields

Iridescent rice fields in Mae Sot (northwest Thailand)

SiemReapCambodia

Polluted water in the slums of Siem Reap, Cambodia, just a few minutes walk from five-star hotels

TaungPawPond_small

One of only two water ponds (during the time I worked there) for 3,500 internally displaced people from ethnic violence in western Myanmar, Rakhine State. Notice the man dipping his plastic container for water.

Ceramic_filter_Rakhine_small_03-2014

The water is then filtered through ceramic filters distributed by UNICEF

Dipping_water1_TP_small_03-2014

Girls collect water at the only piped water source in the same camp in Myanmar (while the boys sit around and watch…)

BambooInMangroves_small_03-2014

A man moves bamboo up a river in the western delta of Myanmar, Rakhine State

KampalaUganda

Five-star swimming in Kampala, Uganda

TheNileInCairo2

The life blood of Egypt – The Nile River with modern Cairo in the background

ItacariBrazil

For the faithful Brazilians who keep visiting my blog – Itacare (northeast Brazil)

CiudadPerdida

A river flows through thick jungle in the mountains of Santa Marta, Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

TagangaSantaMartaColombia

A fishing boat moored in Taganga Bay, Santa Marta, Colombia

Fisherman bring in a small catch in Santa Marta, Colombia

TagangaColombia

Fishing boats moored in Taganga Bay, Santa Marta, Colombia

RinquiaPeruvianAmazon

Jungle fog greets the morning in the Amazon, Rinquia, Peru

DRChristmas2010

Enjoying the warm salt water with my daughter in the Dominican Republic (photo taken by Elisa Tavella)

Love the water, respect it, use it wisely, protect it, keep it clean.

Remember: We all live downstream

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All content copyrighted © Stephen Tavella

2 thoughts on “Water

  1. Very nice!!!!!! Such beauty…Gloucester, my old stomping grounds, I grew up near there…Good Harbor beach is my absolute favourite..you should check it out if you haven’t already!!

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