“It is a melancholy and dampening thought that even Raquel Welch is almost 70 percent water,” says Lyall Watson, author of more than 10 books and producer of television documentaries for BBC-TV. This international scientific explorer goes on to say, “Water may be common, but is is far from commonplace.”

Illustrated by nature photographer Jerry Derbyshire, this photo essay is a wide-ranging meditation on fresh water and its influences on life, nature and history.

At first glance, many photography tips canon rebel t6 of Derbyshire’s lavish images haven’t the remotest connection with water: for example, California’s moss-covered sequoia trees, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Lesser Antilles’ barrel photography tips in japanese cactus. By reading the text, however, and studying Derbyshire’s stunning, often poetic images, the reader (and photographer) enters a world of water unknown to most people.

Unfortunately, Derbyshire hasn’t included, such details as aperture, shutter speeds, film and equipment. Nevertheless, the advanced photographer, especially, can learn a lot by analyzing how and under what conditions this well-travelled geologist made his images.

How did he capture that fantastic alpen glow in Denali National Park, Alaska? How did he achieve tremendous detail on an overcast day in Gergia’a Okefenokee Swamp? How did he manage the monotones in an ice cave in Alaka’s Glacier Bay National Park? How did he use a doorway as a frame in the Lesser Antilles?

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At times the text becomes a bit too scientific for the reader, but even so, it contains helpful information. For example, when to expect high tides-when the moon appears full and also when it shows just a sliver in the sky. When to find a great cloud display-around sunrise when humidity remains high and think clouds appears close to the ground.

Derbyshire’s outstanding images do, indeed, show how “(water) is far from commonplace.” Too bad he didn’t include a picture of Raquel Welch.