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By Claire Love
March 2004, Monmouth
A digital story from Capture Wales

The Power of Nature

Claire is addicted to the healing power of waterfalls and finds that it's a catalyst for creativity.

"The power of water is my healing. Something that regenerates my own batteries, that brings me back to the ultimate health which I seek.

Thirst for treatment beckons me to submerge my head. White noise envelops me; bubbles pop on my skin like soda-water; the pressure rocks my body like a baby. It's bliss.

Thousands of fingers ruffle my hair making me grin inwardly, sometimes boiling over into fits of giggles. Hanging from a branch allows the water to thrash my feet, my knees and my thighs, whilst catching the sun's rays.

The crystal water washes away every thought, leaving the pure essence of me - the only bit that won't dissolve.

I sprawl out on hot, flat rocks. Baking in the heat; the smell of sun on invigorated skin; the feel of stone with enlivened fingers and toes. All senses heightened, I'm now right to explore my passion - my passion for photography; the sun and the shadows; patterns of nature and writing poetry. Creative stillness emerging from such thunder and turbulence."

Claire Love

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a naturopath and osteopath and woodperson - we own and look after a wood to promote biodiversity.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
The story is about my love of waterfalls, for their beauty, sound and healing properties. I wanted to bring together the collection of experiences I have of being near and in waterfalls.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
The luxury of indulging in my photographs and the satisfaction of using the computer for the first time!

Your comments

"I'm a south wales born and bread i understand were shes coming from i myself is addected to watfalls the sound the felling u just fell at peace and that nothing if roung or going roung it's a chanse to escap all problems." David from Scotland.

"Story was excellent. Very gentle yet calming. It made me remeber my time in Costa Rica. =)" Joe Bloggs from Wrexham.

"I thought the story was brilant. Last year I went to the waterfall. I stood under the water, it made me feel alive inside as the water ran over my body. I'm longing to have that feeling again when the weather picks up. To me it's the best in the world." Wendy Phillips, South Wales.

"Hello, what a lovely story. Surprisingly it made me think of getting into waterfalls. Do you know the waterfalls at Aber- Rheadr Fawr and Bach? They're lush. Feel free to come and visit them. In case you're wondering, I'm into weird water discoveries of the last 20/100 years like water memory and Victor Schauberger and Masaru Emoto's discoveries - incredibly important stuff. Cheers." Rowan from Aber, Bangor, Wales.

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