Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Three (Water)

I love being near the water.

The Taoists believe  water is the most essential element of life – it affects our ability to hear and listen, to have instinct, hope, foresight, and determination.

The turtle is a Tao power animal for water. Symbolic of longevity, endurance and genetic strength, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle starts off this inspiration series.

Taoists believe that in water we find our dreams. I hope these images will inspire you to do just that – dream.


“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii ~ Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez

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“The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it.”  Lord Chesterfield

Ice Canyon, Greenland ~ Photograph by James Balog

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sights of the shore.” Andre Gide

Thermal Pool, Yellowstone National Park ~ Photograph by Karen Cameron

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“I don’t worry about the storms, I am learning to sail my own ship.” Louisa May Alcott

Cormorant Fisherman, China ~ Photograph by Chris McLennan

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“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” Xun Zi

Sanur Beach, Bali ~ Photograph by Tan Kiki Rustandar

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“Some roads aren’t meant to be traveled alone.” Proverb

Beluga Whales, North Russia ~ © Dafna Ben Nun

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“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia ~ All rights reserved by :@Dee (flickr)

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharial Nehru

Pantanal Birds, Brazil ~ Photograph by Mike Bueno

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“Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.” Annie Dillard

Autumn Reflection, Washington ~ Photograph by Ray Chong

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“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” Wayne Dyer

Central Java, Indonesia ~ Photograph by Wandy Gaotama

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“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

Moonshine over the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City, NJ

If you’d like to see the others:

Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Two.

When a Bolt of Inspiration is Required, Part One.


27 thoughts on “Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Three (Water)

  1. What a gorgeous set of thoughts and images. I have lived most of my life close to large bodies of water; it inspires me greatly as well. Thanks for including my image in this series. I hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Here’s part III 😀 yay
    I like the way you make the quote and the image work so well with each other!
    Favorite photo of this post: Central Java, Indonesia ~ Photograph by Wandy Gaotama
    Favorite quote: “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

    • Hi Ines! It’s fun collecting these quotes and images – they better now run out on me ;). I also love that photo from Central Java. And the quote – isn’t it the truth! Thank you for taking a look through them.

  3. Water has always been my favorite of the four “elements,” so you can only imagine how much I enjoyed this post! The quotes and photos worked so seamlessly together, a true bolt of inspiration.

  4. Hi Marina!
    Yo have made it again!
    This is a very Good post and it really inspires people to see the beauty of the world.
    Yo always choose wonderful photos!

    Un saludo desde España.

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