A Photo a Week Challenge – Water

Instead of sharing an update this week I am participating in a photography challenge which should give you a good idea of what my week looked like. The challenge is sponsored by Nancy Merrill and anyone can join. She announces the subject each Thursday and participants have until the following Thursday to share their posts. The subject this week is Water.

Water is essential to our well-being. Not just the life sustaining properties of drinking water, but the restorative powers of the sound, movement and feel of water.

Imagine standing before a majestic waterfall, immersing yourself into a liquid pool of refreshing clear waters or sitting by an ocean as the waves gently caress the shore. Peaceful, gentle, calm are words that comes to mind when I think of those experiences. Water captivates, excites our senses and transforms like no other natural resource. Being in, on, under or just observing water makes me feel happier.

My favorite place to just BE on Hutchinson Island, Stuart, Florida – Atlantic Ocean
Even a man made waterfall can delight the senses
A lazy Afternoon Float Lifts My Spirit
A long paddle on the River engages mind and body
A Sunrise Yoga Photo Shoot Reminds me to Express Gratitude
Alone With My Thoughts at Miramar Beach, Gulf of Mexico

Some of these photos are from my archives, but all are representative of my life long love affair with water.

This past week, Malcolm and I have spent a lot of time at the beach or enjoying a sunset by the river. The rains have subsided and the humidity is tolerable most evenings, especially when there is a slight breeze. We arrive around 6:00 p.m. and typically have it all to ourselves until well after dark. It is a pleasant way to spend the evening while maintaining social distancing.

Company and Conversation Optional

Sometimes it takes surrender to see things clearly. Water helps me do just that. How about you? Do you have a peaceful place to quiet your mind and enjoy solitude.

Linked to Nancy Merrill’s weekly photo challenge – WATER

21 Comments on “A Photo a Week Challenge – Water

  1. Beautiful photos, the sea always makes me feel invigorated. I am grateful for finally being able to visit my daughter, things are starting to open up here in the UK. I am also looking forward to seeing my son very soon.


    • Hi Alice, our Atlantic coast beaches are rocky in several areas. The coquina rock formations give them a very unique look that is different from what is portrayed in advertisements. I love how it gives dimension and interest to my photographs.

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  2. I am so grateful to live close to the ocean. It’s hard to find a spot that is as uncrowded as the ones in your pictures but, fortunately, being retired, we can plan our visits strategically. I especially like the picture taken on the Gulf of Mexico. Did you use a special lens for that?


    • Janis, we visit late in the afternoon, when families and younger people are ready to head home. We never go on weekends. I took the Gulf photo with a wide angle 35mm lens, slightly tilted up to add length to the clouds. Glad you like it.

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  3. Suzanne, Love your beautiful photos and descriptions of how water makes you feel. I’m thankful to live close to Lake Ontario. It’s a place I go to often to quiet my mind and enjoy solitude.


  4. This subject “water” is perfect for many of the stunning photos you take around water. I did exactly what you recommended, Suzanne, with your paragraph beginning “Imagine….” You describe it in such a way all of my senses come into play. Interesting about the fisherman up high. I always wonder whether they actually expect to catch fish, or just like the concept of “fishing.” A huge Wow, on all of the photos. The “Alone with my thoughts…” photo really drew me in. Your words are powerful. We spent the morning in an area called “The Breakwater.” A gorgeous area close to downtown Victoria. We are surrounded by water and I do not take this for granted. Thank you for sharing a beautiful post, Suzanne!


    • Hi Terri, can you recommend an inflatable SUP. I know they vary in price range, and I don’t want to spend a fortune, but I do want decent quality. I’m leaning that way on a new kayak also. Our tandem is too heavy for me to be comfortable transporting it anymore. Signs of age, ugh! P.S. I noticed a lake in one of your ‘land’ pictures. Is it big enough for recreation and does your property back to it?

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  5. All of these water pictures make me miss traveling even more than I already do. So many interesting places to visit!


  6. Beautiful photos as always Suzanne – they made me feel warmer just looking at them. We’re sliding into the overcast, cold, rainy days of early Winter here in Australia and that pool floating pic really gave me “Summer envy”!


    • Leanne, it is hot and humid most days, and sitting by the ocean in the evening or floating on the pool has become my antidote to boredom! I’m glad you enjoy my photographs. They make me smile too.


  7. Hi Suzanne,
    Water is critical…Dan and I have been boating for years, and the connect to the water is undeniable. Even when we are camping, or traveling, or even hiking we tend to seek out environments with water access and/or views.
    You photos are lovely…glad you and Malcolm are able to get to the beach evenings for some socially-distanced beach walking.


    • Nancy, I cannot imagine living without it. We are in a bit of a pickle right now because of Lake O runoff and algae, but that’s just one more hurdle in a series of many to get past. Enjoy your summer.


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