Water, water everywhere

I’m going to crowdsource this question:  Why am I being drawn to water now?  Yes, I do call my blog “eddiesandcurrents” (not breaking the words because water flows from eddies to currents without breaks), but why, starting during radiation when I was beginning to feel stronger, do I find myself going to places with water?  Streams, rivers, Great Lakes, the ocean.  I’m sharing a mostly pictorial essay of those places from the last three months.  And I’d like your insights and comments as to the reason(s) for my attraction to water right now.

Stream in the Chickamauga Battlefield

It started with my first walk in the Chickamauga Battlefield back in mid-March after chemo had laid me low.  I took some photos of the stream that goes through my favorite field there.

Stream in Ft. Oglethorpe

 

 

 

 

Then I found the same stream as it winds its way through Ft. Oglethorpe. I was looking for a place to walk on mornings after my daily radiation treatments.  And what I found was along this stream.

I took several walks there – as well as several photos.

I could tell I was getting stronger and stronger because I could walk a little farther each time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah

 

 

Then there was my Savannah trip in April.  Though I didn’t spend any time along the river, I did, of course, go to the Forsyth Park Fountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving into Buffalo

It was on my recent trip to the Northeast that I noticed that I was drawn to water.   I took this photo as I was driving into Buffalo with the head of the Niagara River on the driver’s side.

River and mist as we are driving into Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sister and I drive into Niagara Falls, NY.  That’s where there really would be water!  This is the Niagara River with mist from the falls in the distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first view of Niagara Falls.

Double rainbow at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls with Maid of the Mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, the falls were spectacular!  Is there a prettier and more impressive water sight?  The Maid of the Mist looks like a toy boat.

Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other view is pretty, too, with the Rainbow Bridge crossing the river.

 

 

 

 

But this trip didn’t only involve big, impressive water sites.  The Sonnenburg Mansion and Gardens has water in its Japanese Garden.

Still, quiet, reflective water.

And I even photographed a painting of water – at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.  This is Tom Blackwell’s “Hudson River Landscape.”

 

 

 

 

 

Water detail from the Blackwell painting.

 

 

 

My sister and I found a lunch spot on water in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  A low-tide view of the back channel of the Piscataqua River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we made our way to the Atlantic Ocean at York, Maine.

Low tide and lots of beach at York on this particular May afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on to Cape Neddick and the Nubble Light.

 

 

 

The beach at Cape Neddick, York, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so taken with the Atlantic coast in New England that I chose to spend my last day there.  This was at Rye Beach, New Hampshire.  Did you know that New Hampshire has less than 20 miles of coast?  Only 13, according to several sources.  I spent a day on a few miles of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My latest water visit was part of an afternoon on a bench at Rye Harbor State Park, New Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what’s your theory as to my attraction to water the last few months?  I don’t have photos of the Great Lakes, but I drove along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for a long way on my Northeast trip.  When I look at maps now and see water – rivers or lakes or the ocean – I want to go there.   What’s the connection between completing breast cancer treatments and my being drawn to water?

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8 thoughts on “Water, water everywhere

  1. Thirst for peace and tranquility after all you have endured. There is a calming soothing effect in viewing bodies of water. Nature and balance are healing for your soul and body. All is washed anew like Baptism. In water there is solace for you.

  2. Hey, babe. It means you are in the flow on a cellular level now, and your body is going to water as a metaphor for that action of God inside of you. Kenosis–the pouring of the Father into the Son and Son into the Holy Spirit–and you wrote this right at Pentecost ! Go figure. And I love you.

  3. Krista, you have moved onto to animals since this post, but iI have pondered it in so many ways. Thank you for a fabulous water journey through your travels and healing. OK….of course, baptism comes to mind. The Spirit, community, cleansing and gifts. You have shared this all along with your cyber community, CP, family, friends and more. You have been cleansed of the cancer. Who knows what gifts you have been given in this “new baptism” from your experience that will guide you next – I vote for writing. I did listen to scripture with new ears on the Sunday of Nicodemus and how many ways that I do not get what this can really mean – yours is an example of an expanded interpretation for me.
    Water cleanses, cools, heals, transforms what it touches, over billions of years wears away the rocks and mountains, takes things with it as it goes down river, can be violent and destructive, clear or muddy.
    We die without water literally but it seems to also feed your soul.
    There seems to be such a paradox of the power of water and then for the individual and a community and then the land and entire cosmos.
    We all share the same water whether in Egypt or Ft. Ogle.
    When I need strength, feel grateful, have things to sort out and want to play, the big water is where I go. Like huge mountains, the ultimate non endingness of the water gives me comfort that it has been here moving with the moons for a long time and my life is just a short blip on the screen. I like that perspective.
    The one Mystery that moves the tides is perhaps the same that draws you to water during this time.
    Lastly, I would look to dream symbols. Our sister, Susan, would be so fun to ask her about it all.
    Much love and traveling mercies as you migrate south. Margaret

    • Wow, Margaret. I forgot to comment until now. I’ve been pondering, ruminating on your answer since I read it. You offer so much in this. Thank you for the time you spent with my question. Your reply is truly a gift to me. Much love, Krista

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