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Water Shapes Earth: Aerial photographs shows the beauty of waterways

Happy New Year and best wishes for you! 😉 I´m gonna start this 2019 with something that amazed me: the project Water.Shapes.Earth which uses aerial photography to explain us the complex and diverse ways water inhabits our planet, from a radioactive water pond in Huelva, Spain to mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan.

The images provide on Water.Shapes.Earth are an abstract look at our planet´s surface, presenting purple-hued veins of a divergent river or an icy body of emerald water laced with severe cracks and splinters in its surface. Stories accompany the many images, which bring attention to how each might be a sign of climate change, and to highlight our own destructive mark on our environment. You can read about a salty marsh in Spain or glacial river tributaries in Iceland on Water.Shapes.Earth’s website.

You can read this on their website: “Long long time ago the whole Earth was covered with water. Water flows, shapes its way, and passes off, influencing our life. Starting from melting glaciers, water searching his way to find a sea. Through the rocky mountains, muddy marshes and the dry areas rivers finish their ways in beautiful estuaries“.

The aerial point of view reveals the real character of landscapes on Water.Shapes.Earth. Coastal plains and tidal areas become masterpieces in abstraction, often unknown to those who only see them from usual perspective. In the lagoons we can see beautiful shapes made by flow, and in the same time we can observe how water influencing agriculture, industry, tourism, architecture, natural habitats of animals and our lives in general.

If we don’t act responsibly, one day water will disappear, and we will see only the traces of it. This is what the Water.Shapes.Earth is about. It is art of the water shaped planet. Our goal is to open new perspectives while sharing stories, revealing places, and changing a minds a bit.”

Let´s see some images with part of their stories:


Yellow sediments delivered from farmland by small streams mix with the vivid blue ocean among the rustic islands created by lava flows in Southern Iceland


Low tide at blue hour reveals a muddy riverbed of fishbone shaped streams in the middle of a small, but unique part of the salt marsh located at the end of the Betanzos Estuary, in northern Spain


Textures at an abandoned pond used for the disposal and stacking of phosphogypsum with shallow, but highly toxic radioactive green water in Huelva, Southern Spain


Spanish orange plantations. Farmers have devised a system of hill-terracing and cut irrigation channels to every stair on hill


Where the Affall River meets the Atlantic Ocean, there is a confluence of three coloured tributaries that wind through various farmlands. Landeyjar area, Southern Iceland


Water leaks from collecting channel over the tidal plain, also traversed by livestock, in the salt marsh of Barbate. After decades of drought, grasses grow around small tidal streams near the sand dunes of Andalucia, Southern Spain


In order to prevent dangerous leaks, bulldozers work on weekends and holidays, shoring up the dam where toxic waste from aluminium production is stored in Galicia, Spain


The green river Dragonja is the border between two ex-Yugoslavian countries. Great example of coexistence on many levels.


This summer the Danube River reached its lowest level ever, and it reveals unseen beautiful sand formations. For some, it is fun, but actually it is a really serious warning: water is dissapearing


Harvested wheat leaves an abstract pattern reminiscent of antlers spreading through this hilly territory in this desert region, thanks to the outlines of former wetlands in Aragon, Spain

If you love art/photography, you need to see their work. I´m still amazed…


With info from Water.Shapes.Earth & Collosal

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