Reading the River

Each river is a highly complex, dynamic individual. Some are friendly. Some less so. Sitting in a raft or kayak and cascading down the rapids is only part of the fun. The real thrill comes from utilising one’s experience and skill to read and figure out the best course to tackle the river. Since the white water rafter must work with the current rather than fighting it, understanding water flow is essential to having a successful, safe and enjoyable ride. – from www.wildasia.org, March 2005

Today the message from the river was clear – they’re not really interested in water walls right now, and they’d much rather keep working with water colors. It was a good reminder for me. There’s no sense in trying to swim up stream. Creating a water wall might happen later in the summer, and it may work better if we collect more materials. If you’re embarking on water wall work, Jenny at Let the Children Play has a great compilation of water wall examples.

The other message of the day was, “Please, no more pictures. I mean it.”

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2 thoughts on “Reading the River

  1. Yeah I try not to take too many pictures of my children working either. It really disrupts their focus and for what purpose really? A lovely blog picture? I think respecting their need to concentrate without interruption is far more important.

  2. I’m reading Nalini Nadkarni’s Between Earth and Sky-Our Intimate Connections to Trees. She compares the form of trees to other branching forms including rivers.
    She has a chapter on Play and Imagination. Good book!
    Here are a couple of TED talks–http://www.ted.com/speakers/nalini_nadkarni.html
    Go with the flow…

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