Water soothes me. Be it at the beach listening to the waves roll in, sitting down by the river watching the currents swirl and dance, listening to water trickle over rocks in a creek, a rushing waterfall or simply just rain falling from the sky; water soothes me.
Sitting by a river watching birds swoop down trying to catch a fish for dinner, watching the fish dive away trying to live to swim another day, listening to the sounds of the water rushing by, seeing different currents swirling past, is one of the most relaxing things I like to do.
If I need to think, I have the quiet to do so and the atmosphere that centers me to calm my thoughts enough to allow me to make some sort of sense of the constant chaos I have going on in my head. Or, I can sit there taking in the sights and the sounds, absorbing it and focus on the beauty in that.
There's a simplicity to nature that I love. There aren't human emotions running around. There aren't a lot of hurt feelings. There isn't hypocrisy, wealth, poverty, political uproars or any of the riffraff that every day life holds. There's the food chain. There is death, there is life, there is birth, there is sickness, there is fear. Things live, things fight, things flourish, things protect their own, things eat, things are eaten, things die. Nature is the most beautiful and raw form of life.
*These pictures were taken by me yesterday with a camera phone. They're not the best quality. If you look closely in the last two, you can very faintly see the rainbow that was hanging around.
Happy Monday y'all.