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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Water flowing along

Someone mentioned the North Carolina waterfalls the other day.  There are some really wonderful ones, and I'm living within an hour of most of them.

I also like the beauty of a leaf floating in the waters over near the sides of the stream.

The other thing that happens around waterfalls is the amount of ozone in the's a great thing for a while.  It is even used in mechanical cleaning of air or water by industries.

Ozone also occurs commonly in nature as a result of lightning strikes during thunderstorms.  The “fresh, clean, spring rain ” smell that we notice after a storm results from natures creation of ozone.
Ozone is also created by waterfalls and the surf at the beach.
Because it is made up entirely of oxygen, ozone is sometimes called “activated oxygen”.
Ozone is nature’s way of purifying the air we breathe and is one of the most powerful sterilants in the world.  Its function is to destroy bacteria, viruses, spores and odors.  Source:

The only reason not to stay by a waterfall all day and night is that that moving cold water also pulls heat from our bodies, thus hypothermia can happen after a little while.  I learned this the hard way when I sat at the foot of a falls painting a picture of it, and was freezing after a few the middle of summer.

Quote for today:

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without."
Jack Kornfield
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

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