I just invented a new word – watergazing. It’s the act of looking at water. Clever, no? This is not to be confused with “water gazing”, or Hydromancy , the practices used by ancient mystics and shamans to acquire wisdom and knowledge from the Spirit of Water or to predict the future. Watergazing is not about seeing the future and it doesn’t answer your metaphysical questions. It’s just looking, observing and appreciating the beauty of the flow or stillness of water. It’s simple. Living near a large lake, a lot of small lakes, a river and quite a few streams and ponds gives me the opportunity to do this often. Sometimes I have a camera with me.
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I haven’t registered this word with the US Patent Office yet, so feel free to use it in the meantime.
You have captured the water in all it’s different moods … and I like them all.
Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water. (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi)
Thanks, Malin. The first thing scientists look for in space probes is water. It is life.
Watergazing, much like stargazing. Great word…I love it! Very nice series of photos, too.
Thanks, Tom. You can use that word any time.
Good word, great photos. I think you will find that many people will confuse water gazing and watergazing – and these photos show why. It is easy to lose focus and sink into these scenes, creating a mental state conducive to revelations. If it works, then it could be the next new thing. You should be rushing to the patent office, or the trademarks office, or wherever one locks up bright ideas to serve that holy shaman Capitalism.
Thanks, ehpem. That sounds like too much work for a lazy guy like myself. I know I’m throwing away a fortune in lost revenues like I did when I failed to register “twerking”, but what the heck, folks had a lot of fun with that one.
Nice word and photos.
Of course, out here where it’s arid, I won’t have much of an opportunity to practice watergazing, so if it’s OK with you, I plan to invent dirtgazing. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Thanks, Mel. Yes, let me know how it goes. It sounds like a fascinating concept.
By “fascinating” do you perhaps mean “boring”?
Anyway, I’ll keep you posted: http://dirtgazing.wordpress.com/
Wow, talk about throwing down the gauntlet Melinda.
Watergazing – I like that word. Mesmerizing – staring into water and watching the rippling – never the same, hypnotized by the light strobing into your eyes. Love the gallery, Ken.
Thanks, Andy. It seems like there are several new words every week so we might as well get on the bandwagon.
Very nice. And the series could go on and on and on…
Oh, yeah, Alessandro. I have many, many more.
Geez what a great looking gallery. I’m stuck in the plains of Kansas, so I don’t have huge lakes to ponder, or the ocean, but your photos put me in the mood to go looking.
Thanks, Charles. There is only one photo here of Lake Ontario and the rest are small streams and ponds. I’ve even shot some potholes filled wit rain water. You don’t need much for a decent photo (although our potholes are pretty big here).
With all of that water around, it’s no wonder that Webster is Where Life is Worth Living! Also, and probably especially so, there’s Emo. That’s some beautiful ‘watergazing’ you’ve done there, Ken.
Thanks, Paul. Except for drinking, Emo has a dislike for all water and water related things, unlike his departed sisters, who drank from the bathtub faucet.
Love the term – one that I can relate to completely. I am one to just stare at the reflections in water – it has almost a hypnotic effect.
Thanks, Mark. I think a lot of people can relate to it even if thy don’t admit to it.
Beautiful series. Really great idea and nice flow (pun intended!) to the images.You really can just spend time staring at them.
Thanks, Howard. “Nice flow”. I like that!
What a good and varied bunch of moods.
You waited too long . . . I done applied for patent, copyright, and ownership of the word watergrazing.
. . . wait . . . I think I got that wrong.