Saturday, January 19, 2008

Important (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

There are so many things in life that I consider to be important. Still, if push comes to shove, it's hard to think of anything more important than water (especially a plentiful supply of clean H20). Consider the following facts gleaned from the Wikipedia:-

  • Water covers 71% of the earth's surface;
  • Human civilization (and scores of metropolises) has historically flourished around rivers, major waterways and still other bodies of water;
  • The human body is anywhere from 55 to 78% water (depending on body size);
  • To function properly (and to avoid dehydration), humans require up to 7 liters of water per day;
  • Water is used to wash, clean, cook, process food, in power generation, for recreational purposes and so much more besides; etc.
Than there's the aesthetic pleasure that viewing -- and photographing ;b -- running water, waterfalls (be these natural and man-made) and reflections on still water can provide. Hence my decision to offer up more photos than usual -- and one example each of the afore-mentioned -- for this week's Photo Hunt... :)


Rajson said...

Here in Sweden we still have perfectly safe water to drink but for how long!
Very important!
Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, water is the essence of life!

Here's my take on the theme:

Drop by sometime!

Have a good weekend :)

Shosh said...

These are beautiful, and I agree with you that water is important, much more for a clean one.

Hootin' Anni said...

Water!!!!! THE most IMPORTANT in life!!! Way to go.

Excellent choice for "important"!!!

Mine's posted, drop by for a visit if you can find time.

Lynn said...

One of man's basic need, water. Drinking the right amount of water cleanses our system. Water falls and vast oceans are great sights to behold.

Anonymous said...

This and Fire!!!!

Both these elements are so impt to man's survival...even in the urban jungle!!!

So true..thanks for sharing!

Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Without this important element of life, how would we live? That's important!! 8 glasses of water per day? LOL~ that's hard for the coffee & coke addict like me :P

sarah bailey knight said...


Lovely pictures. Where were the waterfalls pictures taken?

Michele said...

Yep!! Water is totally important. Your pictures are absolutely stunning as well. It's nice to see water in all of its glory!!
Rocky Mountain Retreat

Anonymous said...

um yep, water is important!! I love the waterfall photos!!

Anonymous said...

Whoa!! Lots of waterfalls. Feel like playing in the water now (=

Gattina said...

That's very true, without water we would all be dead !

Carver said...

Great take on the theme and beautiful photographs. Hope you have a happy weekend.

**"Liza"** said...

wow awesome shots!.yep watr is very esseinal in every living things..;0
great entry for this week theme!
Have a great weekend! Mine is here take a peak if you had a chance..;)

Anonymous said...

I did consider water for this theme so of course I agree with you!

CRIZ LAI said...

Without water, there won't be life. No life means no such nice sceneries as you have taken here this week. Great idea for the week. :)

Mine are up…
Criz’s Sanctuary:
Insight Criz:
Have a nice weekend!

jams o donnell said...

You are quite right. It is a disgrace that so many people on this planet cannot access safe water. An excellent take on this week's theme

jmb said...

This was a brilliant idea, YTSL, and lovely photos you have used to illustrate it. Nothing is more important than water.
Have a great weekend.

YTSL said...

Hi rajson and penpusher --

Happy weekend -- and clean water drinking -- to you too! :)

Hi Midas --

Thanks. Would you believe that it took me a while to figure out how to post about something important but could also yield some pretty pictures? :)

Hi Hootin' Annie --

Nice to see that you so enthusiastically aapprove of my choice of subject matter this week. :)

Hi Lynn --

Agree and all the more so when the oceans are not (or relatively less) polluted.

Hi mott --

Was expecting to see fire featured in your Photo Hunt post after that comment but... ;b

Hi napaboaniya --

Coffee and Coke count as water/liquid too. They just have other things added to them -- that actually can dehydrate. So hope you DO drink non-caffeinated drinks too! :b

Hi sbk --

I wondered whether anyone would ask the question you did! And the answers are: The top most picture was taken somewhere on the southern side of Lantau Island (on a hike undertaken late in 2007 that I've yet to post pictures from!); and the one after that is from a place known, appropriately enough, as Waterfall Bay, near Wah Fu on Hong Kong Island; while the third -- which, BTW, is a man-made waterfall -- was taken in the grounds of Taipei's Lung Shan Temple.

Hi Michelle --

Thanks for the compliments, especially since your photos frequently are pretty stunning themselves! :)

Hi MamaArcher --


Hi Pelfy --

Your comments made me chuckle. Yet again! ;b

Hi Gattina --

Absolutely! :)

Hi Carver --

Thanks, and you too!

Hi Liza --

Rest assured, did go take a peek at your blog entry. (As I do for all those Photo Hunters who visit.) :)

Hi a. --

Great minds...? ;b

Hi Criz Lai --

Thanks for appreciating the thoughts and also the pictures. :)

Hi jams o'donnell --

Agreed re it being a travesty that so many people on our planet can't count on a clean supply of water.

Hi jmb --

*Blush* *blush* and thanks for your compliments. :)

Willow said...

It's raining here in S.F. Water! Definitely an essential.

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

It's rained a bit here in Hong Kong this week. Hope it won't this afternoon though as I plan to go hiking again in a bit! :b