July 24, 2006
Self-Portrait as_________Week Four:
Water (in its pure form) is a tasteless, odorless substance that is essential to all known forms of life and is known also as the universal solvent. It appears colorless to the naked eye in small quantities, though it can be seen to be blue in large quantities or with scientific instruments. An abundant substance on Earth, water exists in many forms. It appears mostly in the oceans and polar ice caps, but also as clouds, rainwater, rivers, freshwater aquifers, and sea ice. Water in these bodies continuously moves through a cycle of evaporation, precipitation, and runoff to the sea. Clean water is essential to human health and in many parts of the world it is in short supply.
About 72% of the fat free mass of the human body is made of water. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration, the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.
That is the science of water courtesy of Wikipedia. Here is the poerty of it.
For this week’s Self- Portrait Challenge, I have chosen my Self-Portrait as WET.
I feel most alive when I am wet. Whether it is swimming in a pool, the ocean, walking in the rain, or taking a shower, my body makes more sense when it is wet. Ever since I was a kid, summers have meant swimming, sprinklers, and bronzing skin dotted with droplets of water. Still today my day does not feel complete until I have had my shower. When living in Africa without running water, I learned to better appreciate the wonder of water and how life without it can be much more difficult and less enjoyable.
When wet, I feel as if my skin disappears and my 72% of water is merging with the H2O in the atmosphere. Some people say that they prefer the cold weather because you can bulk up, but if it is hot you can only get so naked. These people do not understand the magic of wetness. To observe water and truly understand its role on our planet is to better understand the universe. So take a look at an ocean, a cloud, a river, or a droplet falling from your faucet. Of course what better way to learn from water than to be wet!