When On Water: Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Tracks

Angel on the right ~d nelson

Angel on the right ~d nelson

When drinking tea, it’s very pleasant to be aware that one is drinking a cloud ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With earth, sun and sky
I transform and renew.
Glide gently without a trace.
Please help me offer hydration & life to all
by using me wisely
and protecting me from toxins.


16 thoughts on “When On Water: Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Tracks

  1. Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

    Thanks so much for sharing the Thich Nhat Hanh quote – I went and found the talk he gave – you have no idea how much it means to me – a section will be squirreled away for my funeral! Your set of photographs are a wonderful response.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. Thay offers many doors of liberation with teachings on interbeing and signlessness. Wishing you joy while preparing for the funeral.

  2. ninjapencil

    I absolutely love your blog, and I think often about how to get good clean water to the thirsty and starving from a practical systems perspective, as in:

    1. We DO have the ability to sterilly and efficiently pump and reduce the salinity of sea water, using non-carbon-emitting energy (solar / wind / geo-thermal) so it becomes potable: (evaporate, filter, condense, filter again & add electrolytes & minerals, the way “Smart Water” does.) I’m sure there is more to it than that, but if every beach had a self-service area so people could borrow, clean up, sterilize and get their own water from the ocean, (not to mention salt) – we have lots of it. Not only that, but salt itself doesn’t kill us – we just need to reduce the amount of salt to the levels our kidneys can filter when we urinate, and still leave us with enough water to remain alive. Or we develop hydroponic botanical gardens within cheap undersea domes, and as the oxygen byproduct of (edible) plants bubbles up to the surface through a pipe, we then fuse every “O” molecule with a couple of hydrogen ones. There’s some pretty fine water, so I hear. Again – I’m far from an expert in such things, but from where I’m sitting, it sounds as easy as making wine.

    2: To your points regarding snow – again, at high altitudes snow is unavoidable and inevitable, and so using basic plumbing, we should be able to get this stuff down off the giant rocks and into the land and people who need it. The rocks themselves can exist without snow quite well. Basic filtration and plumbing is all we need here, because that water IS already fresh.

    Anyway, I could go on about this stuff all day, but mainly I just wanted to compliment your blog and say thank you – reading it makes me very happy.


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