What a wonderful challenge idea Cee.
Here is my story of water – from droplet to ocean and back again. I hope you enjoy the rather lengthy journey.
The first stop is two drops of water that are held by bits of moss.
While much of this water will sink back into the earth to replenish aquifers or run off to do duty elsewhere, some will evaporate. Evaporated these two water drops band together with millions of billions of others to form clouds that can be jaw-droppingly beautiful.
However, those same water drops can become nightmarishly dangerous if you are driving on a rural highway in the blinding rain.
Of course these water drop can also fall in the form of snow …
or may become ice and form gigantic glaciers or the most delicate of structures.
The gathering of water is among the most common sights on earth given that more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.
Water readily forms puddles …
Left to its own devices it will gather into cleansing wetlands.
Water is the great way station and play station for a myriad of wildlife from Canadian Geese
to bald eagles (here an immature bald eagle)
to Sandhill cranes.
When the drops of water do not sink into the ground, they gather together first into streams …
that lead to great lakes like Lake Michigan
and mighty rivers like the Columbia River
… all inexorably making their way to the oceans.
Here we see two surfers in the Pacific near Cannon Beach in Oregon,
while the view of the Pacific in Monterey is much more peaceful.
It is in the oceans that the water, heated by the sun, drives the climate. Eventually that water freshened by evaporation raises itself again and ultimately gathers itself into the weather systems we watch for and when the rain falls we see in it our own renewal.