August 3: Water: Rivers
“Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.”– Willy Ley
This pixilated cell phone picture taken years ago is a favorite of my husband’s. What I like is that it looks like a watercolor painting more than a photograph.
Featured Bloggers for WQW #28: Sunshine Mostly
Thank you to those who linked.
- BEACH WATER REFLECTIONS
- CATH’S CAMERA
- GREG’S BLOG
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- LADY LEE MANILA
- LOVING LIFE
- NEW 2 WRITING
- NOW AT HOME
- PICTURE RETIREMENT
- SECOND WIND LEISURE
- SECOND WIND LEISURE (2)
- WIDE EYED WONDERINGS
- WILLOW DOT suggested watching the following video. You’ll enjoy it. 🙂
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.
Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome.
Definition of River
“A river refers to a body of water that flows from a higher elevation to lower ground. Rivers also signify freedom, and free-flowing nature, so be like a river and stream past all your obstacles in life.”https://kidadl.com/quotes/best-river-quotes-about-the-beauty-of-nature
For More Ideas about Rivers
- YOUR BLOG POST GOES NEXT
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- NOW AT HOME
- SECOND WIND LEISURE SUNDAY STILLS
- TRAVEL WITH ME
- TOURING MY BACKYARD
- WIDE EYED WONDERINGS
“Now I’m content and my life is complete/I can close my eyes” the calmness dissolves as the volume increases and the piano seems to chase itself, dizzying the listener.”Ray Davies of the Kinks
My Kinky River Trip
This song reminded me of when I was an adventurous 21-year-old. A friend took me river rafting on the Sandy River in Oregon. The water was calm but my friend insisted that I put on a life jacket anyway. I scoffed as I snapped it on, thinking I didn’t need it in such a placid river.
In less than two minutes we hit our first rapids and our raft overturned with me bumping along under the raft and bouncing on the boulders at the bottom of the river. I’m not super at holding my breath for a long time, but fortunately, the rapids ended at about the same time as my oxygen and I ejected myself from the bottom of the river and emerged and pushed the boat off me.
I clung to the boat, in my soaked brown corduroy bell bottoms. Within a few minutes, both Ron and I got back inside the boat somehow and finished our trip. He never invited me to go rafting again. I never begged him to take me.
“The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life.”– Lynn Culbreath Noel
Other than a few kayaking trips, it was also my last paddle until Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure and I paddled around Watson Lake.
When Is a Creek a River?
Speaking of Watson Lake, Granite Creek, which can sometimes look like a river during monsoon season, flows into Watson Lake. Prescott is high desert, so dammed creeks and rivers provide the water so desperately needed in dry seasons. Prescott lies in the Verde River Watershed, which you will see in a bit after I gripe a little about processing photos.
As part of my WOTY – curating, there is so much to learn about photography. Today I found the beautiful watermark signatures that Lisa Coleman made for me last year. There were about 20 logos and signatures in a PDF file, which I knew how to save as a JPEG or PNG using Photoshop Elements (but none of the more sophisticated processing programs). However, I couldn’t erase the background behind the logo and save it. So I uploaded the image into Canva, used the background remover, uploaded the photograph I processed in Adobe Bridge, and merged the two.
There must be an easier way to do this. I’m going with the flow, but I think I fell out of my raft.
Rivers and Watersheds
“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it.”Oliver Wendell Holmes
Terri’s Sunday Stills post this week is about deserts, and what could be more important to deserts than rivers?
“The Verde River Watershed is an important, life-sustaining watershed. Located in central Arizona, the 6,230-square-mile basin is one of the most beautiful and diversified watersheds in Southwestern United States. On its western edge, the watershed includes Seligman, Prescott, and portions of Scottsdale. On the eastern edge, it reaches the Flagstaff city boundaries and stretches south to Payson and beyond. Click here to view a map of the 192-mile-long watershed.“Friends of the Verde River
Long before the Verde River flowed through the United States of America a native tribe known only as the Sinagua (without water) lived in the Verde River Valley. They disappeared somewhere in the 1400s presumably because they ran out of water.
In the desert, water is treasured more than in places where rain is plentiful. The Verde River flows into the Salt River in the Phoenix area, providing much-needed water in that megalopolis.
Speaking of monsoons, look what happened to the rock-lined ditch a few feet from my back door.
“Time is a kind of river, an irresistible flood sweeping up men and events and carrying them headlong, one after the other, to the great sea of being.”– Marcus Aurelius
I found so many songs about rivers that my favorites were not even included because I wanted you to hear something that was new to me because they might be unfamiliar to you, too. This song caught my ear because both girls are underwater for a very long time before they start to sing – another reminder of my rafting adventure.
“Carry away my dead leavesIbeyi, an Afro-French Cuban musical duo consisting of two young twin sisters.
Let me baptize my soul with the help of your waters
Sink my pains and complains
Let the river take them, river drown them.”
“Rivers of Babylon” was originally recorded and written by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians, and it became even more popular after Boney M covered it in 1978.
Some of the lyrics are taken from Psalm 137 from The Bible expressing the yearnings of Jewish people during the Babylonian exile.
Moreover, in Rastafarianism, the term “Babylon” refers to an oppressive system, which gives the title of this song much more meaning.https://middermusic.com/songs-about-rivers/
This next song starts with drums that sound like African music. So gentle, like a slow-flowing river winding through trees.
WQW Flowing into Other Challenges
Saturday and Sunday have been getting away from me recently in spite of trying to do a better job of curating my time. Natalie the Explorer posts a coffee share that inspires me to share my week, only I’ve missed the last three weeks. One of the things I enjoy doing is on her post catching up on other challenges that I miss since I don’t post multiple posts each day.
Last on the Card (Unaltered) and Rammad’s Weekend Skies
Lens Artist Photo Challenge – My Three Best Photos
One reason I took so long to write my post for Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share is that I haven’t rated many of my photos in Lightroom or Bridge. I wanted to include the Lens Artist Challenge, but out of 45,000 pictures, I hadn’t picked any favorites.
When Sarah invited us to post our three favorite posts of all time using three different genres, I spent hours sorting through mediocre photos to find something that I felt was good enough to share with you all. The Sunday midnight witching hour vanished into the thin night air bringing me no closer to meeting my goal. I plan to link this post to Natalie’s Coffee Share on Friday. Double Dipping again – Yay me!
Favorite Bridge Ove the Yarra River in Melbourne, AU
During my epic trip to Australia, I followed Leanne Cole around like a puppy. Everywhere she clicked a picture, so did I borrowing her amazing eye for design. This was one of my favorites. The structure itself makes any picture easy but I liked the lighting of the sun glowing on the orange structure that you could see peeking through the labyrinth. I positioned myself to get in the middle of the curve so I could see both tunnels at the same time. Most of all, I loved the intricate design of the bridge painted in the sky against the blue and the buildings in the background
Favorite Plant, River, and Sunset Picture
The lighting of the sun shining through the plants and reflecting off the water as we talked about last week in WQW’s (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) Sunshine post makes this picture one of my favorites.
Favorite texture picture
What I loved about this picture are the many shades of brown and gray that twist around the holes throughout this stump. It made a perfect landing for the little bird, and he didn’t fly away he was so comfy. However, he’s so camouflaged that you can barely see him. Other textures that may be busy, but don’t compete with the large stump are the volcanic rocks on the left side and the ocean’s gentle waves on the right side. The fact that it is almost monochromatic adds to the beauty of the picture for me.
- July was filled with vists with wonderful bloggers. Terri and Hans Schrandt spent a few days with us – not enough. Then we went to Scottsdale to meet with Jody, Janet, and Donna all Arizona bloggers.
- I also filled my monsoon days and sleepless nights watching the telenovela, Jane the Virgin, which I adored on so many levels. Its big draws are the “magical realism” and her realistic struggles with family relationships, child-rearing, and writing.
Curation of Favorite July 2022 Photos
- Cell Pic Sunday hosted by John Steiner – Yosemite – my former stomping grounds
- CFFC (Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge) Nature’s Beauty – which covers almost all of these photos (Everyone except my sister-in-law knows Cee).
- Changing Seasons Challenge hosted by Ju-Lyn and Bush Boy
- Last on the Card hosted by Bush Boy
- Lens Artist Challenge hosted by Sarah Wilke of Travel with Me – picking favorites – much harder than you can imagine
- Sunday Stills – Deserts or Deserts
- Weekend Skies #70 by Hammad Rais
- WWE (Water, Water Everywhere) #137 Even though I already posted.
I apologize for all the acronyms. Most teachers and administrators use them in education to make explanations almost impossible for the public to understand, and that’s my background.
My poor sister-in-law tried to read one of my posts last week and said she didn’t understand a word. It is hard explaining to non-bloggers how important challenges are in our lives or even what they are. I bored the compression socks off my vein doctor and staff this week trying to explain what I do with my life. My doctor asked me to write him a good review on YELP instead. Since Dr. Agha saved my life, it was the least I could do.
We bloggers use the acronyms in our titles and sprinkled through our posts. We have names for people like Always Write instead of Marsha Ingrao. I hope you are not as confused as Cindy about the meaning of my posts. I’m a blogging challenge nerd.
Changing the Subject from Challenges
By the way, if you love to travel, a friend introduced me to a new app for your phone called Trusted House Sitters. The app is free, but the idea is that if you find a place you want to visit, you do have to pay a yearly fee to join the service the app provides.
The cost for the trip is transportation and food only. The catch is that you have to house and animal sit. If you love cats and dogs, it’s free lodging in a gorgeous setting. I founded houses with adorable animals in Australia, Portland, Oregon, Ventura, California, Canada, the UK, Spain, Prague, and even Panama. There wasn’t anything in Taiwan or China, though. Sorry.
IRL (In Real Life)
We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let Janet of This That or the Other Thing, Lisa from Micro of the Macro, or I know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.
What About Your Experiences?
Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.
Ongoing on Always Write
- On August 9th Story Chat will present Gloria McBreen’s new story, “Backstab.”
- Read the Story Chat Summary of July story, “Not a Proper Job” by Philip Cumberland
- PPAC #57 – “Aliens Invade Prescott” (Photographing Public Art Challenge) is your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
- Upcoming topics for WQW
- August 10: Water: Lakes
- August 17: Earth: Mountains, Rocks
- August 24: Travel/Transportation: Cars or Trucks
- August 31: Holiday: Labor Day/Work Ethic/Dirty Jobs/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
- For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page