River dancers

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The sacred sense of beyond, of timelessness, of a world which had an eternal value and the substance of which was divine had been given back to me today by this friend of mine who taught me dancing.”
― Hermann Hesse

(section of the Middle Prong, Tremont, TN / Julie Cook / 2015)


A collection of water striders are found gliding effortlessly upon the surface of a mountain stream which has quickly lost its summer warmth during the waning light of a random Autumn afternoon…

They mesmerize, even entertain, anyone fortunate enough to find themselves perched on one of the numerous rocks or boulders littering many an Appalachian stream…
those who have come to these mountains for healing, rejuvenation or simply to marvel in the hand of the One True Creator…

This particular group of aquatic bugs makes their home on the Middle Prong stream…a branch of the Little River stream flowing through Tremont, Tennessee.







On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

Psalm 145:5

9 comments on “River dancers

  1. ColorStorm says:

    Do you think Michael Flatley and Jean Butler were inspired from the ‘water critters’ and their dance moves? 😉

    • ain’t no doubt CS! What a hoot!
      yes, the title wasn’t lost on me as I penned it—however the striders composition is greatly lacking in the synchronization that their Celtic counterparts have mastered 🙂

      • ColorStorm says:

        Ha, figured as much, and no offense toward the great men……..but Ms.Butler’s style and allure has my vote.;)

        Great response jewels.

  2. First, I love and agree 100% with your opening quotes. Secondly, your photos are fantastic, especially close ups of something that small on moving water! And lastly, I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a water strider or if I did, I had no idea what it was. Great and fun post, my friend. It was great talking on the phone with your today too. Love and hugs, TT 🙂 ❤

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