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Friday, January 15, 2010

the color of water

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There have been countless messages of water in the last week. Garlic and sapphires in the mud (T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets), silence, or music, and the river - the Blue Nile, the Tigris, to name a few -

Every object and being in the universe is a jar
overfilled with wisdom and beauty, a drop of the Tigris
that cannot be contained by any skin. Every jarful
spills and makes the earth more shining,
as though covered in satin.

.................................................- Rumi, from The Gift of Water

I think we don't believe it, those words. Or many don't, and that's why we're in such trouble. But you know what? I believe.

It's just so hard to see sometimes. Like now, in a ravaged island in the Caribbean. Water water all around and not a drop to drink. But look how the water flows from every direction toward that point, to cover it with love and healing.

Anyway, the water flows, but still Nature and men rage, do wild and destructive things, we say stupid things.

GO WITH MUDDY FEET

When you hear dirty story
wash your ears.
When you see ugly stuff
wash your eyes.
When you get bad thoughts
wash your mind
and
Keep your feet muddy.

.....................................- Nanao Sakaki


I made a short slide show of water images. I took all the shots, except the last one - I don't have that capability.

Have a good weekend.





All images but the last "marble" image taken by the Galileo, courtesy NASA, are mine. Music in the video provided for free use by musopen.com - Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg performed by Free Tim with symphonic pieces on a professional Yamaha Midi board.

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64 comments:

♥ Kathy said...

That was awesome Ruth! I enjoyed your photos :)

California Girl said...

Ruth: I did not make the connection to Haiti when I did my Theme Thursday on water. The theme was "surface" and I love the many surfaces water presents so I posted a series of shots my husband has taken the past few yrs. I am intrigued to read your post. Makes sense.

Annie said...

Some say that the structure and energy content of the water that we use today has changed due to chemicals and water pipes. It's not natural water anymore, nor healthy.

Masaru Emoto has studied this other aspect of water. It's not "real" science but interesting anyway.

Annie said...

Beautiful video!

Kamana said...

beautiful and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning! I will watch this again and again. Water feeds my soul and your pictures enlarged my heart with so many of my favorite places. You are so talented.
~Cindy G

dutchbaby said...

Your water images are beautiful, all in perfect harmony with the music and poetry.

Let's hope that the Haitians will soon get all the water they need.

Shattered said...

Beautiful pictures! You have a very talented eye. I also like the thought of keeping my feet muddy. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jennifer

Pat said...

Those photos were absolutely stunning. The music was so enjoyable and went well with the photos. You have a real eye for photography. I love the depth of field on some of those pictures. Just gorgeous!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So beautiful.
There is something so spiritual about water.

Patricia said...

Hi Ruth,
Wonderful sentiments to convey to the world. Water is our most precious commodity and once the glaciers all melt, all of our "pure" water will be gone.

Your photos are lovely and the video was a delight. Let us all hope that the people in Haiti receive help immediately...and not be like our own Katrina.

photowannabe said...

Stunning Ruth. In our wild and decimated world the water pictures and music give a portion of peace. What's happening now in Haiti is so tragic.
I posted pictures of the faces of Haiti on my blog. I just can't get these precious people out of my mind.
Sue

Gwen Buchanan said...

Beautious.......

... I feel for Haiti as if it were my child...

shicat said...

Oh,oh I can't see the slide show? Maybe when I get home.

So desperately sad, Haiti.

Buckets of tears.

lovely you said...

Now that we've been introduced and all, I feel the need to comment:

I love, love, love that Sakaki poem! I can't think of many things more comforting to me than squishing my toes in the mud. It's been far too long since I've done that.

Loved the slideshow! You have such a good eye. And I might add, a good mind and a good heart, too. You are blessed! And we are blessed that you share them with us! Thanks, Ruth!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous slide show!

shicat said...

Hi Ruth,your photos are lovely, such variation and all beautiful.One of my favorite photos is what appears to be a tombstone of a cross dripping tears. Maybe it's the mood Haiti and all.

Sandy said...

Wow, I enjoyed this a lot!

The Bug said...

Gorgeous!

Susan said...

Water is life. Nothing could be more simple or more complex. Beautiful video, Ruthie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Renee said...

A little gift for this saturday morning. Thank you.

Renee xoxo

Shari Sunday said...

Beautiful images, beautiful thoughts and beautiful music. Thank you.

gemma said...

Awesome photos and choice of music. This post brought to mind a poem
The Cloud by Shelley
"I pass through pores of oceans and shores; I change but I cannot die"

CottageGirl said...

I'm sorry ... that was me with the deleted comment above ... too many typos!

You know ... I thought I posted a comment earlier about this post ... It actually was the most thoughtfully intellectual comment I've ever left on a blog ... and now it's gone forever!! ;->

Oh well now I'm just going to have to sum it up like this ...
The award for the best blog entry EVER is Ruth of Sychronizing fame.

Words can't express just how beautiful I think those pictures are and how masterfully they are put together with your words in the color of water thread.

You continue to amaze me with your talents. You are certainly an inspiration!

Nancy said...

This was such a creative and awesome post. I loved the part about all the water heading to Haiti to help it heal. The photos were soothing to me, as well as, the music. Water is my "element" and I always feel better when there is plenty of it around me. Maybe that's why I live at Lake Tahoe? :-)

Thanks for a soothing post.

Anet said...

Thank you Ruth.
This was so lovely and peaceful!
Water does give peaceful vibes.

Babs-beetle said...

You mean you didn't take that last shot? If anyone were capable you would be ;) Beautiful photos!

Stiggy said...

Nice idea that slideshow Ruth - I've been trying to think of a way of getting more photos on my blog..

...I may pinch your idea if that's ok!

;)

Ruth said...

♥ Kathy, I'm glad.

Ruth said...

California Girl, I'm glad you brought your post to my attention, since I don't go to the Empty Nest blog, only to Women of a Certain Age. Cole's photos are extraordinary, as always. And what nice synchronicity that we both posted on water this way.

Ruth said...

Yes, Annie, I remember Emoto's study, so interesting. You can get books with those images. Just beautiful!

But how sad that we have changed water. We've changed too much beyond recognition.

Ruth said...

Thanks a lot, Kamana. Good luck with your photo processing, and feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions about PhotoScape, PhotoShop CS2 or picnik.

Ruth said...

Thank you so much, Cindy.

I hope you're enjoying our warmish weather.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Dutchbaby.

It's understandable that everything takes time getting to the victims of the earthquake, but it's frustrating being able to sit and watch it on TV and unable to do a thing about it.

Ruth said...

Jennifer, here's to muddy feet (and clean drinking water)!

It's nice to know your name. Thank you.

Ruth said...

Thank you so much, Pat.

You know, it is always so complex when you leave a comment here, because you are serious (like me most of the time). But your blog is so hilarious. Like the current post on why you don't like walking.

Ruth said...

Yep, Pamela, the sacred, the river.

Ruth said...

Patricia, what you wrote is terribly frightening. I'm afraid we are going to live to see some terrible things. Humans have a lot of ingenuity, thankfully.

Ruth said...

Sue, I was touched studying those faces you posted of Haitian people, taken before the earthquake. It was a healing kind of touch, and also deepened my sadness for them.

Ruth said...

Gwen - I know.

Ruth said...

Hi Cathy, I'm glad you were able to see the pictures. The stone cross with tears is in Kinsale, Ireland. That cross is hundreds of years old, in a tiny ancient cemetery.

Life goes on. Death is part of life. The tragedy of Haiti is an instant strike of death and suffering that is unbearably hard.

Ruth said...

Thank you so much, Lovely, for that kind comment. I can feel the squish of the mud, but it's been a long time for me too. I'll make a pact with you. You find some mud now, since it's summer there, and when it warms up I'll find some here and go toe squishing.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Mama Zen.

Ruth said...

That's good, Sandy. Stay inside through the storm out there, stay cozy.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Dana.

Ruth said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Susie. I'm afraid about water. Things are going to get ugly I'm afraid.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Renee. Love.

Ruth said...

So nice, thank you, Shari. I waste a lot of water down the sink. I forget about saving it.

Ruth said...

Thanks for that, Gemma. The Ojibwe don't have a word for death. It's just another level.

Ruth said...

Oh too bad about the lost comment, CottageGirl. That seems to happen a fair amount here, I wonder why. Thank you for coming back and recommenting. Especially with such very nice words and feelings from you. You touch me with your open heart and generous sentiments.

Ruth said...

Nancy, thank you. I felt water soothing me all week, a constant theme of it. I'm glad you felt it in this post.

I think my element is air.

Ruth said...

Anet, water is peaceful when it's calm. Sometimes it isn't, like the tsunami! Nature. Soothing or horrific.

Ruth said...

Haha, Babs, in my dreams. Thank you.

Ruth said...

Pinch away, Stiggy! I look forward to seeing what you create.

Such a great Santa you were, and a homemade sled! Wow.

Peter said...

Wow for the photos and the montage! ... and thanks for Anitra's Dance! Did you know that Glenn Gould's mother was of the Grieg family.

Claudia said...

Your slide show is amazing, Ruth! Wow for the photos, wow for the choice of music and wow for the end result! I recognized the photo that is similar to the one I posted on Friday but yours is genuine whereas mine owes a lot to Paint Shop Pro...

Bella Rum said...

Beautiful images, Ruth.

It's so sad, yet inspiring to see so many people reaching out to help Haiti. I pray that we learn valuable lessons here.

kanmuri said...

I really enjoyed the pictures. They made me ponder.

Oliag said...

Such beautiful pictures Ruth...I especially love the mist, the drops...both the drop reflecting the fence and the drop on the stone with lichen...well all of them really:)

Water really is the basis of it all isn't it? Haiti is weeping...

Ruth said...

No, Peter, I did not know that!

Ruth said...

Thank you, Claudia. I am still so touched by the synchronicity of your post and mine.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Bella.

Ruth said...

Not too much, I hope, Kanmuri. :)

Thank you.

Ruth said...

Oliag, I think we will be forced to look at water more closely in the years ahead. Too bad we didn't do it well enough up till now.