Water, Water, Everywhere
During a hot Texas summer, water is a refreshing topic to discuss. Water is, of course, mutable and sublime, sustaining and
destructive. It serves as a metaphor for life itself- birth, death, calm and violence. Water can transport you to great adventure with the promise of freedom and mystery and then home again. Water is a common character in the works of poets, novelists and movie-makers. Water serves as my inspiration on occasion when writer's block strikes.
I was reviewing the photographs that my Mom took last week when she visited the Hill Country Water Gardens' "Night at the Ponds" event. This place, located in Cedar Park, houses the most spectacular array of displays that feature, you got it, WATER. There are large ponds and small ponds, tall and short fountains and fountains that "disappear" and even streams that disappear! And everywhere there is the sound of water; trickling, bubbling, flowing, splashing, spraying and dripping. There's water with fish in it, water with lilies and bog plants, water with fountains, statuary and even a model train. I couldn't believe it when I saw the photos; it's a human and animal paradise. Take a look at some of the pictures Mom took.
Now I know where Mom got some of her inspiration for our two ponds in the front and back yards! Mom said that she met some new friends, Paul & Betty Jagen, who live in Sun City Texas, at the "Night at the Ponds" event. They have two cats named Basil and Pugsly who have promised to send me some news of feline goings-on! I know I can't wait to hear all about it.
This is a wonderful place to visit even if you don't have a water feature at your house. I love the fact that they have done such a great job of honoring the trans-formative effect that water can have on your life. Hill Country Water Gardens has a website and a really cool video tour of the property at www.hillcountrywatergardens.com
Water is like no other substance on earth. It can be liquid, gas and solid. Water has mysterious effects on perception, psyche and spirit and the first great civilizations emerged alongside water. Water is precious and must be conserved and protected. I know what a lucky dog I am to have fresh water to drink and lots of great places nearby to enjoy cool, blue, beautiful WATER.
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