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