Beyond The Edge: Waterfalls

Waterfalls are among the most beautiful, peaceful, and powerful of nature’s phenomena.  What constitutes a waterfall varies depending on whom you ask, but what is certain is that it is water flowing over an area, falling over the edge, and dropping onto the surface below.

That’s a pretty dry (pardon the pun) description of a waterfall, and while pictures bring them to life a little bit more, they don’t begin to do them justice.  I’m often disappointed when I look through my pictures after a waterfall hunting trip because I have yet to take a photo that translates the experience strongly enough.

Still … they’re fun to look at.

Photos © Olivia Tejeda.  All rights reserved.

To hunt down a few waterfalls of your own, check out the U.S. Waterfall Map from

Resources:, The Daily Post

Visual Prompt: What a Picture Paints

I used lived across the street from the beautiful Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie, NY.  I woke up one foggy morning, grabbed my camera, and went for a walk.

I ended up with an incredible mix of photos, but this one is my favorite.  Years later, when I look at it, I am still filled with a deep sense of quiet and calm … exactly what I was feeling that morning.

The thing that stands out most about this photo is that it presented itself at the end of my walk, after I stopped looking for photos and started to simply enjoy the peacefulness.

It’s that way with writing, too.  When we struggle too much to find the right word, sometimes it becomes too elusive and slips further away.  Then, later, when it’s quiet, the word whispers to us, still but certain.

I try to honor those moments and not scramble around looking for my notebook, but I also know that if I don’t write it down quickly, it could slip away again.

That’s the fickle nature of the muse, I suppose.

I’m sharing this photo now as a visual writing prompt.  Take a good long look and let your mind wander.  Then let your words whisper and see where they lead.