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On Dirt Roads and Water

Updated on April 1, 2013

I remember as kids, my sister and I used to walk down dirt roads and kick rocks. It was fun. We could do it for hours (if we were walking for hours). Our parents never appreciated the game much because we "would ruin our shoes", as we were told.

Nonetheless, I still like dirt roads and I still kick rocks. I'd kick a soccer ball if I had one but when I all have is rocks ... you gotta work with what you have. I have rocks. I collect rocks. I play with rocks, for sure. I honor Mother Earth.

The photographs I posted here from my trip to Alberta and British Columbia are some of my favorites. Dirt roads are close to my heart for many reasons. Usually they lead to places few people go. They often offer things which are unknown to me and I'm always chasing the unknown. I find them interesting and intriguing. I love dirt roads.

I love water as well. Water is the second strongest element within me. I honestly have a great difficulty expressing my love for water. Even just on a physical level, I drink a lot of water. I'm always drinking something: if it's not water, it's juice, or milk, or tea, etc.

Water does a lot more than just satisfy thirst though. Water cleanses; it purifies, it shapes, builds. Water is life. I am by far not a scientist but I know that most of my body contains water. I can feel it, it isn't a mystery.

When I look at bodies of water be they a river, lake or ocean, I love to feel its spirit. Sometimes it is calm but other-times it is playful and I love its joyfulness. Rivers often display that quite easily and waves too. When I made an offering to the Ondines not too long ago, I saw their cheerfulness as well and it was beautiful. I just love water - it has much to teach.

I put the theme of dirt roads and water together because at least here in Canada (from the little I have experienced), they seem to go together. Whenever I end-up on dirt roads, I eventually get to water. And as a generalization, I find that the water off of dirt roads is much better than the water off of paved roads. I'm not sure of the implications ...


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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am happy You enjoyed the photographs and the video, Mr. Alladream.

      Thank You for taking the time to pass by and leave a comment.


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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      These are really beautiful photographs.I love the video you put in there too

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the visit and comment, Mrs. Ashley. And thank You for your kind words as well. : )

      I cannot say that I have paid attention to the Elements all my Life but I have been in the past year or maybe two. I work with the Elements now and I always search for guidance from them. I am grateful of this relationship!

      I am happy You enjoyed the photos. That is really why I post them: for others to enjoy! And perhaps guide people to pay a little more attention to Mother Earth and what it has to offer.

      All the best! : )

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      ashleybunn 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Another amazing hub, Mr. Happy (I'm not surprised in the least!) You were very right to think that I would enjoy it.

      The photography in this hub is breathtaking. I'm sure it was an amazing experience to be able to visit such lovely places!

      The spirit of water is certainly hard to ignore, isn't it? You described it perfectly. I have never paid much mind to dirt roads, but your words have inspired me to change that and become aware of what they hold. Thank you for sharing these lovely words.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you for your comment Mr. William. Kicking rocks is fun! I am glad there's someone else who understands lol! Cheers.

      I have to thank everyone else too, who passed by. I am glad my photographs can be enjoyed by other people; it certainly makes my taking of photographs more worth it! Thank you.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Nice hub. Pictures are beautiful. This reminds me of my own youth in the northern most part of Maine. I, too, used to walk down those beautifully landscaped dirt roads and believe it not - kick rocks with my sister, and friends. Life was much simpler then, and peaceful. It didn't take much to amuse us in those days. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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      Santana Dreadaboi 6 years ago

      love the pictures cuz

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Very beautiful scenery and once again your talent as a photographer shines through. I too love the water but more the salty kind. I have a need to live by the sea and at the same time within minutes of the countryside. I have the best of both worlds. I also love jumping into the cold sea from harbour walls and that keeps me feeling young and fresh. Thank for another great visual treat.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      As noted, great photos. Thanks for sharing! Flag up.

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      lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      You're making me homesick. Lynda

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub and lovely pics, thank you, Mr. Happy.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you very much! I am always happy when others can enjoy the photographs I take. All the best.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Very good hub, and I think that your photographs are just amazing. Well done. Voted up and awesome.