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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

W is for Water and Wet

Water: Middle English from Old English waeter, akin to Old High German wazzar, meaning water, from the Greek hydor, from Latin unda meaning wave. (Ah-ha! back with the ocean.)
Wet: has it's root in the Old English word waeter.
Water, it has always fascinated me. In time it will wear down these volcanic rocks.

I get solids. They're hard, I bump into them and can get a bruise. I can sit on solids, stand on them, use them for different things. Some solids are softer than others.

I get gas (yes sometimes but I'm not talking abut that kind today) I breathe it. My body is surrounded by the invisible stuff and I can move through it with ease. Some gases smell, some are visible, some are deadly.

I get dry, hot, cold, hard, soft....
But what is wet? What is liquid? Though there are many kinds of liquid I think the majority (particularly ones we use and consume) have their base in water. It's a total mystery to me how two gases combine to make...liquid that is wet.
I love wet, I love water, but I just don't get it. It's not solid, it's not a gas, yet it can be both those things. AND it's a liquid.

Water, the nectar of the gods, a total mystery. Kind of like the mystery of creating. How does that happen? Where does it come from? Has it always been here?

Most all water is the same water that was drunk by the dinosaurs, drunk by Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad. Very little new water is made. It has been recycled for billions of years by this wonderful recycling machine called Planet Earth.

Go, drink a glass of precious water and as it slides down your throat contemplate the mystery of wet, the mystery of creation. Contemplate all the whos and whats that have used those same molecules. Contemplate how those molecules will be used in the future.

We must take care of that which gives us life. As it is polluted and wasted, so will go our lives and so will go creativity.

28 comments:

  1. I love being near water. Ocean, river, lake -- it doesn't matter. It soothes me like nothing else. Weird to think we're drinking the same water as dinosaurs!

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  2. I love water too, especially the rainy kind! I also love the idea of water-covered planets, or ice planets :)

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  3. I love watching and listening to water - the rain and the sea.

    But I'm quite fearful of the sea.

    And I definitely don't drink enough water! ;)
    x

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  4. Wonderful post Bish. Beautifully written. I shall go and have a glass of water right now!

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  5. Lovely little post. Perhaps one day we will find all the answers to those pertinent questions!

    I'm off to drink some water :)

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  6. You are too funny! (gas-hee-hee) And water is important! I don't drink enough of it!

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  7. AHHHHH...I am so with you on this post! Water is so soothing yet so powerful; full of contradictions, isn't is?
    I love it! your photos are gorgeous! I want to be there NOW!!!
    you ready?

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  8. It irritates me beyond belief when I see someone wasting water. In our area the Nestle company is actually bottling OUR water to sell back to us. Fools.

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  9. I've never thought about how the water we drink today is the same water drunk by the dinosaurs and Jesus - what a fascinating thought!

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  10. Wonderful post about our life source. 60% of our body is water, the brain apparently has 70%. You have provided a most informative series.

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  11. All my best poems center around water.

    I love the way it moves, the sound it makes, the life it supports, the way it glints in the sun, dissolves in the heat, rains from the clouds.

    Water is wonderful.

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  12. I live in a high desert in Albuquerque, NM and miss water very much. The energy of it soothes my soul. These are gorgeous photos and this was a moving tribute to one of our most precious resources.
    Karen

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  13. I love drinking water. It's my favorite drink, truly. It's so refreshing.

    I love swimming, too! I like finding rocks that have been smoothed from water over hundreds of thousands of years. Awesome.

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  14. I love water, too! I grew up by the ocean and loads of lakes, so I do miss not being by it. We have the Thames here but it's not the same. :(

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  15. Bish, wow! Wonderful post. I am so protective of the water. (I'm from the Keys and I guess that was driven into me at a very young age.)

    Even our creek that runs through our pasture can't escape my protection. Saw hubby throwing horse manure into it. He felt my wrath, yanno? He said he was trying to take a shortcut. He knows better now. :0)

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  16. Lately, I have resented the liquid that won't stop oozing from the gray clouds over the NW. Trouble is the green lush vegetation and spring blossoms are here because of that water. Great post!

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  17. Living in a desert teaches one how valuable and marvelous water is. Great post.

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  18. I love water too! But I sort of have a insane fear of it. I mean, it can kill. I can't breathe in water. It scares me on a deep level.

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  19. This post made me think AND it made me thirsty!
    I absolutely love being near water.

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  20. Water is fascinating stuff. I understand in principle how liquids work, but like you say it is all still a mystery. I used to drink very little water. Now it's practically all I drink.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  21. I love water, especially the ocean. So mysterious and powerful and mesmerizing. What a lovely post, Bish.

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  22. Interesting post on water. Because I'm weird, I sometimes wonder if waterfalls will ever run dry. Guess my mother was weird too. She used to say that water makes a good servant and a bad master. I believe the bad master part is where it rages in bringing natural disasters.

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  23. these are great pictures. and i love how you explained where the word water came from (goes to show that everything orginates from the ocean.:D)
    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  24. I'm not a swimmer, but am still drawn to water. . .the ocean, lakes, ponds, streams. Water calls to most of us, I think.

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  25. I love water, the ocean, and sea! We can't live without it and our bodies are mostly water. ;-)

    Btw, is that a volcano or a storm brewing in the last pic? Looks incredible. Scary, but still amazing.

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  26. Water.... our most precious commodity. This is like a wake-up post.

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  27. I lurve my water ... best drink ever! It's been great to catch up on your blog.

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