… Nor any drop to drinkThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Water is essential to life, of course, and to our planet. About 71 percent of the earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 97 percent of all earth’s water. We can’t drink the salty sea water, as the Ancient Mariner well knew, but we couldn’t exist without it. It regulates our climate and is home to thousands of marine species.
But it is also beautiful and awe-inspiring. Who hasn’t stood by the water’s edge and marvelled at the sound of the waves crashing on the shore? Who hasn’t watched that constant movement and been mesmerised by it?
Anne has suggested that for this week’s Lens Artists challenge we share images of water, and I’m choosing to focus on the sea. I am still full of the wonders of our time on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica during the first part of this month, so that will feature heavily in my gallery. But I’m also throwing in a few favourites from the archives.
On our way to Drake Bay near the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica we flew in a light aircraft over the Pacific Ocean, just offshore, and I was transfixed by the colours of the sea below
(my featured image was taken here too, obviously)
This is the beach by the ranger station in Corcovado National Park, where we landed on our visit to the park
The following day we spotted humpback whales near Caño Island, just off the coast near Corcovado
A dog walker on Nosara Beach, on the Nicoya Peninsula in the north west of Costa Rica, seen from our lodge’s restaurant
Like Nosara Beach, Guinos just to the south is popular with surfers, riding the Pacific waves
Leaving Costa Rica for now, but still in the Pacific, these waves are off Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
And now for some Atlantic waves, off Sal, one of the Cape Verde islands
Finishing with some seas closer to home, this is Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Cornwall, in the rain
Watching passing ships at Tynemouth, north east England, on a bright January day
And to finish, here are some young paddlers enjoying the sea on a rather warmer day at Tynemouth