Water moving directionally over obstacles creates ripples. Those beautiful disturbances are a form of turbulence.
A similar phenomenon happens when you fly over or near mountains. Air, when propelled by wind and moving over resistant terrain, results in bumps in that same airstream.
Of course, it’s all relative. One person’s turbulence is another person’s serenity. The peaceful burble of water over stones can induce calm in even the most agitated grump.
This particular fountain that I happened upon in coastal Mexico appealed to all of my senses.
The sound, though muted, was distinct and not overpowering. The proximity to both the ocean and some food on a grill made me aware of a spectrum of pleasant smells.
Visually, it was a masterpiece. The directional light and the movement of the water created a shimmering kaleidoscope that played off of the stones and painted tiles.
This view was better than any screen could ever deliver. Lunch wasn’t bad either.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.