Water

Water storage amid flooding

Water

Water is said to cover around 70% of the Earth’s surface and is vital in sustaining our life here. That makes it a good thing, but recent experiences in some parts of England would suggest that maybe we can have too much of a good thing.

The flooding we have seen this winter has certainly been devastating for many people. Some have lost their lives, others their homes, their livelihoods. There’s been an unedifying game of blame ping-pong played between the government and the environment agency but this is nature and we are not its masters. The best we can do is prepare ourselves to cope with whatever we feel nature might throw at us and the blame game is only played with the benefit of hindsight. Surely the right response is to care for those people who have been affected, learn from the experiences and plan for the future.

According to Wikipedia: “The existence of liquid water, and to a lesser extent its gaseous and solid forms, on Earth are vital to the existence of life on Earth as we know it. The Earth is located in the habitable zone of the solar system; if it were slightly closer to or farther from the Sun (about 5%, or about 8 million kilometres), the conditions which allow the three forms to be present simultaneously would be far less likely to exist.”  If this is right, then we are perfectly placed in space with a 5% margin of error;  outside of that our planet would probably not have water and we would not be here. We have much to be thankful for.

This photograph was taken on 16 February at Crawley, near Witney in Oxfordshire and shows the flooding from the river Windrush. I was intrigued by the water container in the field which seemed quite ironic and out of place. It suggested to me the absolute necessity of water, such that we need find ways to store it yet here it was signalling an unwanted excess.

The photo was shot at ISO 200, 1/200 sec at f/8 on a focal length of 55mm.

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