Earth, Air, Fire, Water. The four elements, according to the ancients. "They represent in Greek philosophy, science, and medicine the realms of the cosmos wherein all things exist and whereof all things consist." (Wikipedia)
And four Saturdays in February; I will concentrate on each of these "elements" in turn, starting today with water, in all its myriad forms.
I have company: Bev, at Burning Silo wrote her post yesterday on the same topic. See "Clear Water". Did you know that yesterday was World Wetlands Day? Nor did I.
Enough rambling: on to the photos!
Water as fog and clouds.
From Liza Lee Miller, at The Egret's Nest, who writes, "Sunrise over the San Lorenzo Valley. Another of the reasons why I think I live in the most beautiful place on earth. Of course, in this picture, my home is deep within the fog!"
Flowing water, tamed.
From Donna, tidy domesticity:
"Taken in a small town just north of Amsterdam, Netherlands. We were walking past this cottage, and I saw the little boat tied up, and the neatly arranged pots and shoes."
Hard and soft:
From SB Gypsy, an edge of ice over dark water.
Windmill in the snow. Sent by Kevin Whary at Seton Hall University
Laura in NJ sends a photo of a small cove on the Navesink River in NJ. She writes:
"I went there hoping to see some winter ducks. There weren't many, but the river was very serene."
And not so serene: very high tide at White Rock, BC. The rollers were pounding at the old piles of dead seaweeds and shells, turning themselves brown in the process.
Home and food source:
A kingfisher, from Robin Andrea at DharmaBums, caught along Chimacum Creek. She writes, "This kingfisher spent much of its time flying low above the water, rising high and then diving. We never did see it catch anything, but it's likely that it did.."
From Maggie in Florida, at Banter, Bone and Breath, a soft-shelled turtle.
Cattails. Taken by Dawn Bailey at Nisqually NWR last year.
From SBGypsy, this evocative photo "taken at Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts (a colonial village complete with docents dressed up with
And from New Westminster Quay, the Fraser River looking like molten silver.
To all who sent photos: thank you! Next week, I'll zero in on the next ancient "element"; "Earth". (Although I am not averse to more water pics, of course.) You can e-mail your photos to me, susannah at dccnet dot com, or send them to the Blog Carnival, using the carnival submission form.(And I am having fun! Such beautiful photos I get to look over, sort, gloat over! What a good planet this is!)