The Importance Of Water

They have started. The drama and chaos that are the monsoon rains. For many the rains are a mixed blessing. For the farmer they are life giving replenishment that the earth sorely craves. For people living in the towns and cities the monsoons are an inconvenience that flood their day to day life.

But for me the monsoons are a glorious time of colour, texture, clean air, and vibrancy.

In the past I've posted images that explore various aspects of the rains and how they impact the travel photographer. This time I thought I would explore how the rain, or more specifically water, plays such an important roll in our day to day life here in Myanmar.

On every street, on most corners, in front of rich people's homes, poor people's too, by a temple, or tire repair shop you will find a water cooler. No not some high tech electric device but an age old low tech water cooler. The clay pots cool the water by evaporation through the porous nature of the clay and the result is clean fresh cool water that is a life saver in the heat of the day.

These water coolers are offered by the home owner, the business owner, the school, the monastery or pagoda to anyone walking by. Some sit in ornate shelters, a statement of the wealth and opulence of the person offering the water. Others sit onto of a little plastic chair or on top of an old tire, a statement of humility and generosity. All are offered out of respect for the community and the acknowledgment that we all need water to live.

Here are just a few of the many water coolers I've come across in my wanderings and of the refreshing beauty and art that these whimsical water coolers create. And cool water too!

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I look forward to seeing you out there.

Thank you,

Julian Ray

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