As we near two years of living in Arizona, the challenge of sharing photos of water is somewhat amusing a/o daunting. Our city averages 9 inches of rain per year and if we have enough that we can’t count the raindrops, we think it’s a pretty good rain. Okay, that’s a little exaggerated, but not much. The most common water I see is in the canal where I walk and although not especially picturesque, canals are the lifeblood of the area.

Water serves a number of functions other than simply hydrating us and everything on earth. Here are a few I’ve found and enjoyed:

Water as power…

Water as nature’s jewelry…

Water as mirror…

Water as home…

Water as food source…

Water as art (a sort of pointillism perhaps)…

Water as beauty…

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It’s hard to believe you’ve been there two years 😮

  2. Dee Min says:

    Beautiful!!! The reflection pic was my fav!!

  3. Anne Sandler says:

    Beautiful images in this challenge post. I especially like macro images of water droplets and the birds dunking for food. They are so cute when they do that and you captured their reflections too. Water is definitely life sustaining. I hope you’re enjoying Arizona.

    • Thanks, Anne. We are enjoying Arizona. My parents have lived here for many years so we’ve visited but it’d different living here (especially during the summer!!) There’s much beauty here although very different from the Midwest where we’ve both lived most of our lives and the mountains, which I love.

      • Anne Sandler says:

        Some of Arizona is beautiful and sunsets are amazing. When we went across the country, I missed the mountains the most.

      • I see more sunrises, being a person who walks on the morning and there are some stunners. But the sunsets can be quite something as well. I love the mountains. Thankfully we go to Wyoming every summer which restores my soul and yearning for mountains. 😉. And although people here think I’m crazy, I also miss winter even while enjoying what passes for winter in Arizona.

  4. Beautiful post Janet! Love the water drops!

  5. Sofia Alves says:

    Wonderful collection. My favourite is the reflection of the bird. Is it a crane?

  6. Rupali says:

    A wonderful response for the theme, Janet. Lovely images.

  7. Cool Esse says:

    Love all these photos and your point of view, water is amazing 🙂

  8. Amy says:

    Beautiful varieties of water images! Excellent selections, Janet. Love the bird captures especially.

  9. Sue says:

    Some great, diverse images, Janet!

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Well Sue, I was enchanted by your exploration of water on this one. I hadn’t thought of it in any of the ways you’ve shown it – wonderful post and I loved all of the images but especially Nature’s Jewelry and water as Art. Terrific response

  11. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous heron shot, Janet, and I love all those birds with their bums in the air. A concerted effort!

  12. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Janet. Have you really been in AZ for 2 years!! Amazing. Your post is beautiful and poetic. I love “water is nature’s jewelry.” That’s a great way to phrase it! I just posted a picture of Vancouver, where their rainfall average is 47 inches a year. What an amazing difference in climate with AZ.

  13. de Wets Wild says:

    Very, very special tribute to a resource we humans treat with far too little regard.

  14. Great photos. I love that one of the droplets. Dew on a petal?

  15. Beautiful photos depicting the essence of water. 👏🏻

  16. Ally Bean says:

    Water as pointillism is a cool photo.

  17. Gorgeous images showing all the wonders of water! I loved the top one of the water in the creek. It was powerful and flowing!!

  18. JohnRH says:

    GREAT selections, all. Superb.

  19. Leya says:

    Love your selections, Janet. And nature’s jewelry.

  20. Resa says:

    Beautiful post, Janet!
    Each shot is a gem!

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