Taking In Life Around Me......#SundayStills...Color Challenge: Water

This weeks theme for #SundayStills is "water".  I'm so glad I found this challenge by Terrie from Second Wind Leisure. Find her current post here. I've also been loving visiting the blogs of the other participants and being inspired by their interpretations of the theme. 

"By the waters of reflection, my soul remembers who I am." 

I love that...isn't that so true. There's something about water that soothes us, refreshes us, calms us. It creates beauty, life, re-energizes us. When we take time to just be near it, to calm our spirits and minds, things come into perspective. I'm reminded of the scene from Lion King where Mufasa appears to Simba "remember who you are"! Sometimes when things are tough, we need to "remember"!

At the same time, it can be destructive, scary, devastating, so powerful. In 1996 our town experienced a flood. Our oldest was only 3 months old and we had to go stay elsewhere because the water came up to our door. I grew up in a town that experienced regular flooding in areas. 
I found some old photos from our flood of 96'. The above photo is of the back shed that housed lawn mower, etc. It rose a bit higher than that...that is a pretty tall shed. 
Our home. The water rose a few more feet. It came up to the front door.

While I'm not a fan of so much rain, I love living in an area that is beautifully green because of the rain we get. A place that is filled with lakes, oceans, river, waterfalls. I. LOVE. IT. 

One of our local lakes, Lake Merwin. Always very cold, but always very beautiful too. 
The other day our weather was nice, and I remembered to take my camera with me...this water feature is in our downtown area. It is a replica of the Paddleboat: The mascot, on which many residents came across the river on. Here's a link.
Just a beautiful river...playing with shutter speed. 
Drops of water after watering my plants one summer. 
In 2019 I went with a friend to Silver Falls state park, there is a large loop you can do and see 10 waterfalls. We didn't do it all, but I would love to sometime. 
When visiting the Dallas Fort Worth area, you MUST stop at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Pretty cool. 
Another local spot, taken from the top of a bridge. 
Can't forget the beautiful Oregon coast. 
The Venice canals and Venetian Lagoon were beautiful (a bit dirty but still pretty)
Lake Thune in Switzerland. Stunning lake. 

The above 3 photos are of our family kayaking, jet skiing and paddle boarding on the Columbia River, in Hood River Oregon. Such a fun time. 

With Joy Unquenchable, 


  1. What a fabulous collection of water, Kirstin! Thanks for the international tour of waterways. You all look like you're having fun out on the Hood River. We hope to get over there this summer and reconnect with windsurfing friends.

    1. Thank you for visiting. Yes you definitely need to make it over there. We are always fascinated by the wind and kite surfers

  2. Fabulous water photos 💚

  3. Loved viewing your beautiful water images and reading the stories. The flooding not so much. We have been affected by flooding over the years but not that it came into the houses. Just made the roads impassable. This Sunday Stills photo challenge is a lovely way to get to know people. I love that you took your big/good camera out for some great shots. Mine is languishing right now. Denyse

    1. Yes...it is a great way to get to know people. I love doing it...I really need to get out and take some new photos. Time just gets in my way.

  4. Great images! The flooding looks a bit scary. Love the blue of Lake Thine.

    1. Thank you. Yes...flooding was a bit scary, my daughter lived in more places when she was first born...lol. We had a wind storm that knocked out our power, then an ice storm, then the flood. 1995/1996 were crazy.

  5. Beautiful water photos, Kirstin! I am a big fan of looking upstream to see water rushing toward me. For some reason, I always think of time - moving only in one direction.


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