Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Water…
Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odourless, and nearly colourless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients…The body needs lots of water to carry out many essential functions, such as balancing the internal temperature and keeping cells alive.
As a general rule of thumb, a person can survive without water for about 3 days. However, some factors, such as how much water an individual body needs, and how it uses water, can affect this.
But what connections can I find to the word “water” apart from drinking it or using it to wash your hands with soap? Which if you haven’t already was last weeks Saturday Snippets…
Water Man…The Movie…Desperate to save his sick mother, an 11-year-old ventures into the remote Wild Horse forest to search for a mythical figure rumoured to have the power to cheat death.
Several scenes for Waterman were filmed in a coveted tourist location in Columbia County. In June 2019, the crew set up their base near Vernonia Lake, a serene lake and surrounding park located in the suburban city of Vernonia.
Did you know?
Water is the only chemical that expands when it goes from a liquid to a solid. Because solid water, aka ice, is less dense than liquid water, ice floats. This allows ice to insulate the liquid water underneath it. Without this unique property, life would not have survived earth’s many ice ages.
Devil’s Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays; visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colourful fish; or explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. When you’re not in the water, admire its warm glow from a hammock on the beach.
Spectacular waterfalls tumble into the brilliantly blue lakes at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in China’s Sichuan province. The park’s most famous attraction is the crystalline Five-Flower Lake—the startlingly blue water offers a window-like view to the bottom where fallen trees make a lace-like pattern on the lake floor. The water is so still and clear it mirrors the surrounding mountains and trees as well as the sky above. How beautiful is that where you can’t see where the blue water ends and the sky begins…
Did you know?
Water molecules are so good at sticking to each other that they can overcome the force of gravity. In biology, this is called capillary action and is the mechanism that allows plants to move water from their roots to their leaves. This unique property of water also allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the outermost edges of your brain.
The Water Chestnut…
Before I discovered that these Shiny black things were the water chestnuts that I had only ever eaten in a Chinese stir fry and hadn’t a clue where they come from or what they looked like were these ugly looking vegetables…One of my favourite vegetables they are crispy and just beautiful.
Usually available in speciality groceries or supermarkets, freshwater chestnuts should be washed thoroughly and peeled with a sharp knife, especially if to be eaten raw. At this point, adding a few drops of lime juice keeps them from turning brown when steamed or sautéed.
The water chestnut is however not a nut at all, but an aquatic vegetable that grows in marshes, underwater, in the mud. I have always connected water chestnuts to Chinese cookery here in Thailand they are more often used in desserts using coconut milk and often dyed a pretty pink…
Water chestnuts are an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants, making them a good addition to a healthful diet.
Some evidence suggests that consuming water chestnuts could help reduce free radicals in the body and lower blood pressure, among other benefits.
Water chestnuts are quite versatile — people can use them in many types of cooking or eat them raw.
Once peeled, they’ll only remain fresh in water that’s changed daily for two to three days.
Chinese Chicken with Water Chestnuts…
Water under the Bridge by Adele,
Did you know?
Water is a universal solvent. Water is able to break most chemical bonds and dissolve most chemicals. It is very difficult to create pure water even in a laboratory setting, as nearly all chemical compounds will dissolve in water. This makes water one of the most reactive compounds known to man.
Water Nymph greek mythology
As with all nymphs in Greek mythology, the Naiads were depicted as beautiful maidens; often shown with a pitcher, as the Naiads were thought to carry water for their parents.
Naiads were not necessarily considered to be immortal, for they would live and die alongside their water source, so if a spring dried up, the associated Naiad was thought to die. Naiads were also thought to have a finite lifespan, although Plutarch did suggest that this lifespan was 9720 years.
Aside from the bringing forth of water, Naiads were also considered protectors of young maidens; additionally, their waters were also often thought to be able to heal or aid in prophecy.
Asian Water Monitor…
The Asian Water Monitor is a large varanid lizard native to South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the most common monitor lizards in Asia, ranging from coastal northeast India, Sri Lanka, mainland Southeast Asia to Indonesian islands where it lives close to water.
The bodies of Asian water monitors are muscular, with long, powerful, laterally compressed tails. Water monitors are often defined by their dark brown or blackish colouration with yellow spots found on their underside – these yellow markings have a tendency to disappear gradually with age. This species is also denoted by the blackish band with yellow edges extending back from each eye. These monitors have very long necks and an elongated snout. They use their powerful jaws, serrated teeth and sharp claws for both predation and defence.
Crater Lake, Oregon
This lake in Banff National Park owes its brilliant blue hue to the icy meltwater and silt from the Peyto Glacier and the Wapta Icefields.
Did you know?
In simplest terms, water makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface, while the other 29% consists of continents and islands.
But will we ever run out of water?
While our planet as a whole may never run out of water, it’s important to remember that clean fresh water is not always available where and when humans need it. In fact, half of the world’s fresh water can be found in only six countries. More than a billion people live without enough safe, clean water.
Also, every drop of water that we use continues through the water cycle. Stuff we put down the drain ends up in someone or something else’s water. We can help protect the quality of our planet’s freshwater by using it more wisely.
This is one of my favourite songs…
Thank you for joining me today…I hope you are having a great weekend…xx