Wednesday Vignette: Take Care of Our Heart

Take not for granted our precious, clean water. It is a privilege and gift!

Forest Garden


“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean?

Because the ocean is the cornerstone

of earth’s life support system,

it shapes climate and weather.

It holds most of life on earth; 97% of earth’s water is there.

It’s the blue heart of the planet —

we should take care of our heart.

It’s what makes life possible for us.

We still have a really good chance

to make things better than they are.

They won’t get better unless we take the action

and inspire others to do the same thing.

No one is without power.

Everybody has the capacity to do something.”


Sylvia A. Earle



“There is such solace in the mere sight of water.

It clothes us delicately in its blowing salt and scent,

gossamer items that medicate the poor soul”


Sebastian Barry



“What begins at the water shall end there,

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About Eliza Waters

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36 Responses to Wednesday Vignette: Take Care of Our Heart

  1. A nice tribute to our Mother Ocean. When you get way out on that water, it’s just amazing how vast it is. That humans have polluted it to the point that they have is simply beyond belief. Islands of garbage; bleached reefs, e coli on beaches. Care is needed. By each of us, everyday. Aloha, Eliza, from one ocean planet to another.

  2. Thanks for sharing this important wisdom. Second composition is my fav, hope you’re doing well!

  3. In NH, I think we do a good job of picking up litter on the highway but not such a good job of keeping our beaches clean. When we visited SC, it was the opposite. The beaches were spotless, but there was a lot of trash along the highways. Interesting how we pick our issues when in reality they should both be clean. If only we would carry out what we carry in.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      You’d think that since Lady Bird Johnson started the anti-litter movement in the 60s, we’d have got this thing down by now.
      I think currents have a lot to do with how much trash a beach gets. Along the UK & North Sea, all the trash from the Gulf Stream ends there and it is pretty horrifying. Shameful.

  4. arlingwoman says:

    Such solace in the mere sight of water. Definitely true for me, and for those gulls, with their endearing feet and expressions.

  5. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Amen! Great words and images.

  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, yes! And I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Earle.What an incredible woman!

  7. FlowerAlley says:

    I always feel at peace in water. Like I have returned to my ancient home. Buoyancy is

  8. AmyRose🌹 says:

    The Great Lakes here have been cleaned up SO much. I used to see green foamy filth on the beaches and the waters were not even clear. Now they are sparkling clean and the smell when the winds bring the smell of water to my nose is heavenly. When I hike or walk I usually pick up litter depending on what it is. Used tissues for example, no. But bottles, bottle caps, plastics … that sort of thing and then I throw the garbage out when I see a garbage can. All of us need to care about our Mother! ❤

  9. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous shots and thoughts!

  10. gaiainaction says:

    Lovely Elizabeth!

  11. Brenda says:

    Water babies unite! Proposed cuts to the EPA (and climate change denial) are not going to be kind to our waters and their inhabitants. The oceans are rising in protest.

  12. rickii says:

    Thanks for doing your part to raise awareness.

  13. Dalo 2013 says:

    “What begins at the water shall end there…” A beautiful post Eliza, and the power of the oceans never ceases to amaze. The environment as a whole has been under assault from us, and we are now aware and are in a position to do something about it…yet still.

  14. Inga says:

    Wonderful choice for a reblog! I love the blog ‘Forest Garden’. Hugs to you

  15. An important cause well-presented. Too bad so many just don’t get it.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s beautiful.

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