Spring Water

Water as a Marker of Seasonal Change

Although March 20 marks the first official day of spring on the calendar, the temperature here in Hartford, Connecticut is still hovering around 40 degrees fahrenheit during the day and dropping into the 20s and 30s at night. There are many signs, however, that the seasons are indeed changing. In Stamford, CT, where Elena lives, the ice that has melted in the pond on her property and the growing translucent quality of light reflected in the water clearly reveal the transition from winter to spring. The images below remind us of the inherent beauty of water and its capacity to reflect and enhance the environment in which it resides.

 Trees Reflected in the Winter Pond Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman


Trees Reflected in the Winter Pond
Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman

 Winter Pond With Ice Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman


Winter Pond With Ice
Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman

 Pond in Spring Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman


Pond in Spring
Photograph Courtesy of Elena Kalman

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4 thoughts on “Spring Water

  1. Integration of the arts is so very important and this is fabulous on so many levels. With water becoming the worlds greatest concern–from drought to tsunamis, and from population explosion and pollution to global warming–this is an area every teacher and parent can incorporate into their lessons. Thank you for all that you’re doing! I will be sharing this with my nephews and sister on the reservation as they are now homeschooling. What wonderful opportunity to build an interdisciplinary unit that covers sooo much of what all children need to learn. Wonderful!!

    • I’m so glad, Rhonda, that you see the educational value of The Wave project and our blog on public art and water. You know, of course, that that is one of my ‘not so hidden’ goals. If you or any other teacher you know would like to share any lessons they develop with our posts or images, we’d be happy to post them on our website. Please let your nephews and sister know that they can receive the blog posts directly by subscribing on any of the blog pages. Best wishes and thanks so much for your enthusiasm.

  2. These images are really gorgeous and the blog articles are very informative. It is great to learn more about water and see/imagine it in new ways. At the same time, I recently attended a screening of the documentary film “Chasing Ice.” Photographer James Balog used revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. The film contains some of the most breathtaking images of ice imaginable, and at the same time it was terrifying. The earth’s temperature is rising dramatically, the glaciers are melting faster than anyone ever thought was possible and the water levels in the ocean are rising. I hope you will include some information about this on your site. You can see the film’s trailer at http://www.chasingice.com.

  3. Thanks, Harriet for alerting us to the documentary, “Chasing Ice.” We’ll certainly check it out and address the issue of melting glaciers in one of our future blog posts.

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