Still Learning To See

Thank you for the gift of clean water

We once lived in an old house with no running water. Every drop of water we used came into the house in a bucket, drawn from the nearby small steam. Every drop was a gift. Even though that was over fifty years ago, I still remember the stream and the water when I turn on the tap today—what a gift water is!

This entry was published on November 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm. It’s filed under Ice, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Vermont, Water and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

8 thoughts on “Thank you for the gift of clean water

  1. Yes, John, I agree! Having lived without running water taught me an appreciation for water as well .

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  2. The photos are beautiful. We should never take clean running water for granted.

  3. ehwfram on said:

    Love the colors in this grouping!

  4. John,

    I’d like to make a donation to Liz’s food shelf (pantry?). Would you please tell me how to contact Liz for this purpose ?

    Thanks ,


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  5. Having lived a couple of years in southern Morocco, at the door of the Sahara.. A shower was a treasure! On a searing hot August day, our bus broke down.. after an hour or so.. boy from a lone dwelling arrived with a cup of well water.. I could see debris.. Did we drink?

    Isa 55:1 Come, all you thirsty ones, come to the water! You with no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 10 For just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven And do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout, Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results, But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight, And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.

    we did..

  6. Thank you. A marvelous description! I’m not a Bible scholar and no longer a practicing Christian but maybe Matthew 5:45 is appropriate here? “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

  7. Thank you for that lovely reference John.. I certainly have appreciated your thoughts, your art and your “attitude of gratitude” towards the beauty in our natural world.

    Here in Europe, it’s been a post-Christian society for decades now; understandably, after 2 world wars, between folks of the same religion..

    It’s been said that the Bible & religion are 2 different things. Granted it’s a big book. But it can give peace, hope, comfort & sage advice.. like Mt 5:44 “..Continue to love your enemies..” Imagine.

    Enjoy this beautiful season with your inspirational, amazing family..Thanks too, for sharing your thoughts & unique work here! All the best to you & yours!

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