Liquid In Pictures (Around The World)

When I think of liquid, the first thing that comes to mind is water, be it oceans of it or just a trickle, be it from an artificial or a natural source and most of all, I think about a hundred ways how we, the living organisms of this planet, use it.

I’m terribly familiar with liquid. Being a Cancerian (a water sign) and a Water Pig (Chinese Zodiac) and having spent close to five years, working on cruise ships and surrounded by bodies of water, it’s no surprise that I’m always fascinated by it. I even share Bruce Lee’s ‘Be water, my friend‘ wisdom, which as a vagabond, I can relate fully to. The skill of adaptation, of changing one’s form to fit the external surroundings is useful when I drift intercontinentally.

In its most natural form, here’s a close up of a generous dose of liquid, gurgling and tumbling forth from a waterfall in Isafjord, Iceland, looks like.

Or, in its icy form, melting steadily under the summer sun in Ny-Ålesund, Spitzbergen.

We use it to nourish our bodies, like my friend, Ovidiu, who scooped up a handful of fresh mountain water to rehydrate at Bâlea Lake, a glacial lake situated in the valleys of Făgăraş Mountains, central Romania.

The locals of Nosy Be, Madagascar trade and sell their wares to cruise ship passengers on lapping liquid.

We swim in it and emerge rejuvenated, from the clear waters surrounding the Togian Archipelago, near Central Sulawesi.

Some choose to build their homes on them, like the Bajao villagers on Banggi Island, Borneo.

Children in Ploesti, Romania, play around it.

Tourists pay a lot of money to flock to places like Villefranche-sur-Mer to lie close to it.

Thais squirt, splash and pour liquid at and on each other at every Songkran, a Thai New Year celebration.

Liquid nurtures plants and lends flower petals a dewy bloom.

It also eases a snail’s transition across an otherwise dry pavement.

In some steamy liquids, warm and rich in minerals like silica and sulphur, taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík, is known for healing people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.

Inspired by Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme:Liquid. To see her other entries or to make one yourself, please visit her site!

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Ying Tey

Ying Tey (Piccola Ying) is a Malaysian freelance writer based in Germany. She’s always in the pursuit of adventures and tales; so far, she’s chalked up 68 countries to date. She’d previously funded her travels by teaching English on Costa Cruise Ships (yes–including the one that sank!), by making caffè lattes in London and Melbourne, and by writing copy for a Singaporean advertising agency, that persuades you to buy a Mini Cooper instead of a Toyota.


Today, she just wants to inspire you with stories that will make you take the path less travelled.


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10 comments

  • Miguel 26/11/2012   Reply →

    Wonderful set! Great take on this week’s challenge. 🙂

    • Piccola Ying 27/11/2012   Reply →

      Miguel, thanks so much. Highs five you back. Let’s see what next week’s challenge brings!

  • Naomi Baltuck 28/11/2012   Reply →

    I really appreciated the world tour, the artistic photos, and especially the storytelling!

    • Piccola Ying 28/11/2012   Reply →

      Thanks for stopping by, Naomi and for your kind words! Telling stories is usually what I do best. I pretty much suck at the rest. 🙂

      • Naomi Baltuck 29/11/2012   Reply →

        Dear Piccola Ying,
        The story is the most important thing, and what will your readers carry away and hold in their hearts, to help them remember what you have to say. But your photographs are excellent–really artful, too.

  • Piccola Ying 29/11/2012   Reply →

    Thank you Naomi! I feel tremendously encouraged by your words. I definitely hope that I’m telling the story that I harbour within me, to those who wants to listen. My photography is a bit of a hit and miss but I usually attempt to find a story angle before taking the shot.

  • ryanrosetravel 04/12/2012   Reply →

    Beautiful photos! Your site is really clean and easily readable!

  • Andy 06/12/2012   Reply →

    Grazie Ying, I like your pictures. I think that it is neat how you were able to capture a few different unique perspectives of water.

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