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To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. This is the sport, the luxury, special to the photographer. The gesture characteristic of this tribe consists in looking at the world with eyes wide open in wonder. Everything in the world is strange and marvelous to well-open eyes. This faculty of wonder leads the photographer through life in the perpetual ecstasy of the visionary. His special attribute is the wonder of the eyes. Hence it was that the ancients gave Minerva her owl, the bird with ever-dazzled eyes. (with apologies to Jose Ortega y Gasset who was talking about "the intellectual man" in his 1930 book, Revolt of the Masses) CONTACT: click link symbol at upper right for my website with email address.
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Bernhard, herzlichen Dank! Liebe Grüsse, May

Hello Pennington, no tomaspidia here!

no answers. ANOTHER CATCHING THE FIRST RAYS SHOT

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Greetings, Tomas from Toronto

BRRRR -- looks like you have a cold wind!

Tranquility to torrment in one 30cm drop.

Hi Penny. It is better to learn that way than to learn it when the bear invite themselves into the tent.

Thanks for your thought-provoking comment. Looks like an issue to keep in focus.

-- Just yesterday I was cautioning a 6 year old to be ready to drink before he turned on the faucet at a public drinking fountain, so as not to waste the water, so no, I guess I hadn't noticed. In addition, I have not been aware of water utilities in the US being bought out by private interests, but I wouldn't be surprised to see cities and towns exploring that option, given the dismal state of most public financial resources and the even more dismal state of many water systems.

-- You inspired me to check out Wikipedia on the topic. Here's two articles I found there: Water Privitazation, which states that 2% of the world's population is served by private systems, and discusses the controversy, and this one on Water supply and sanitation that sets the US figure at 11% of the population served by investor-owned utilities. This second article also states "the nation's drinking water system faces a staggering public investment need to replace aging facilities, comply with safe drinking water regulations and meet future needs."

-- Whether publicly or privately owned, water rights are already a high-stakes controversy in parts of the US West – a fascinating and vitally important issue, for sure!

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It was pretty startling to see it come down so low! I didn't have time to check, but I think it must have landed in that little field just behind the house.

Love it -- what a great idea for a photo!

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