Friday, July 11, 2008

Scenic Nature-Zen and a Study in Opposites: Spray and Stone

Sparkling River Gems - Image c 2008 Lynda Lehmann

Pebbles glisten in the froth and foam of this energetic stream, while the foam changes pace and pattern to rim the rocks in festoons of white bubbles.

Dazzled by the Sparkling Stream - Image c 2008 Lynda Lehmann

These girls wade into the clear, cold water pouring out of the White Mountains into Diana's Baths, a scenic and serene spot in eastern New Hampshire. I feel they must be as fascinated by the glimmer and colors of the rocks sparkling beneath the waters rippling surface, as I am. Nature welcomes them into this beautiful and pristine pool among the boulders.

Dance Over Boulders - Image c 2008 Lynda Lehmann

This boy's smile and lithe step say a lot about his sense of joy and discovery at this beautiful scenic spot on a New Hampshire river. His stance is graceful and puts him in a visual harmony with the curve and flow of the boulders.

Spray and Stone - Image c 2008 Lynda Lehmann

Also taken at Diana's Baths in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, this shot is one of contrasts: between light and shadow; the delicateness of the spray and solidity of the stone; between what is ephemeral (the water's flow) and what is enduring (the mass and steadfastness of the boulders.) It is also a study in textures and the more subtle colors of nature's palette.
Thanks for sharing the joy of nature with me!

Images and text c Lynda Lehmann. You can buy these prints in several sizes, on a variety of papers or framed, at my Imagekind gallery or Artist Rising. The links to these and my other sites are in my sidebar.

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  1. Lynda:

    Breathtaking scenes of the Baths. It's been a long time since I've seen water that clear. It makes me feel like jumping in like I would have done when I was a kid.

    Your words are always a pleasure to read, and I like the new music.

    Happy trails.

  2. Beautiful shots Lynda - especially of the boy: what a perfect capture of just the right moment.

  3. all of these show a wonderful harmony with nature Lynda ..
    the New Hampshire river certainly has some wonderful spots....
    I love the photo of the boy ..he is so in tune with the surroundings..
    your words are so descriptive and each snippet highlights the individual photos perfectly :)
    have an enjoyable weekend :) :)

  4. Thanks, Swubird. I would have jumped in or at least, slid in from a low position, to avoid losing my footing on the slippery rocks.

    I didn't even wade much this time, as I've already fallen into the Swift River in New Hampshire with my camera. (That was years ago and I think I may do a post about it--inspired by you...)

    The camera lived to tell the story, but I don't think I'll ever live it down!

  5. Janice, I was really lucky to just HAPPEN to catch him walking that way! As he is not facing me and is not identifiable, I didn't need to use a model release.

    There were many people seemingly in awe and rapture of the setting that day, and they were in all kinds of poses as they took in the experience. :)

  6. Harmony with nature is what I love best, Kim. My own and others'....

    Thanks for sharing these with me. Wish I could go a'hikin' with some of my blogging friends!

  7. Ohh how beautiful. I love the water!!! Great shots! Thanks for sharing with us! *HUGS*

  8. Angela, thanks for stopping over! I hope all is well with you!

  9. What a wonderful set of photos Lynda, so refreshing! Stone and Spray is very calming. Cheers!

  10. There is something about these images that is so relaxing and reminiscent of childhood. I love how you've captured the water droplets, the sparkle off the water, and the reflectivity of the water as it flows over the rocks. That's probably why it feels like I'm right there.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  11. Even in the daytime nature is so beautiful, has God's finger prints all over it, great shots Lynda.

  12. That last image is fantastic, Lynda! Love the contrasting textures of the moving water and rock - and the way it's coming off the edge - you captured it perfectly! It looks so inviting!

  13. Hey Lynda,

    Beautiful pictures!
    My favourite is the one where the girls are in the cold water (perhaps because it reminds me of myself when I try to get in the cold water, here at the beach lol)!

    There is something mystical about the water, it is like a promise of fertility, creativity, positive vision! And also the waves seem to take away all that is negative and tiresome...

    Congratulations, my friend! :D


  14. Lynda amazing scenes. Love your images with people, you capture such a cool compositions. Anna :)

  15. Carol, thanks! I visited your site as well, and I enjoyed my visit. I'll be back!

  16. Cindy, I'm glad you enjoyed the feeling you got, looking at these. When we were children, the world felt new, and all our experiences were filtered through our innocence instead of our heavy adult baggage. That's why I think we adults need to play/recreate more often! (and art is included in those activities) Then we can capture that wonder more often, that we once felt, as children.

  17. Bob and Kathy, thanks!

    Kathy, I like the way the rock ledge on the right seems to come up under the falls, almost as if to tenderly hold them. :)

  18. Thanks, Max! I agree, and tend to see water as a metaphor for everything that is dynamic, flowing and changing, in our universe.

    Just the way looking at it, or bathing in it, or swimming or just floating on it, seem to ease our tensions and cleanse our souls, makes water seems like a mystical and healing phenomenon.

  19. Anna, thanks for stopping by and commenting on these past few posts. I wouldn't expect you to have time, with your precious new son in the house. How is he doing? And how is his mom doing? :)

    I hope you are managing to get your sleep!

  20. Hi Lynda, we are both doing just fine. Matthew is growing fast, and I am having hard time accepting, lol. It was hard to believe and see when he first time held his head up on his own [just last Wed]...Hope all is well and thanks for asking, and thanks for very kind replies. Anna :)


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