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The theme for our February competition will be:
Water as (or being) influenced by humans.

To inspire people, this includes bird baths, people active on rivers, water features in cities and much more. Use your creativity.

And this month entries by two people teams will be welcome, like husband and wife teams and travel companions but not restricted to them. This is going to be the norm for this competition.

Rules:

  • 1 photo per answer.
  • You may submit more than 1 answer per user.
  • Try and keep it non offensive.
  • All entries should include a line of text with the location and subject of the photo and the date the photo was taken.
  • The photo has to be taken by the user* who posted it and taken in the time frame given in the description for that month's photo.
    (*Or one of a two people team, give credit to the actual person who took the photo.)
  • Remember we are 'Travel' stack exchange. If you can give the photo or its description a travel connection, you should get more votes (and/or stand a better chance on getting the virtual prize.)

The next rules changes per month, the subject of the picture and its 'when it was taken'.

For the month of February I would like to set the rule:

  • The photo is of water as influenced by mankind or of people on or in water.
  • The photo can have been taken anytime.
  • If your photo contains people who can be recognized, please make sure that they do not mind being in a published photo. It is up to the person posting the photo to make sure that it is up to the laws of the country where the picture was taken.
  • No entries/photos should be posted before midnight, 1st of February 2019, voting will run till midnight 28th of February 2019* and to be clear, we use UTC, just like the site itself. (*Or as soon after as your main judge can see the votes.)

I am looking forward to your photos.
The December and January entries are incredible and plentiful enough that I feel we can keep this competition running.

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    This looks awesome Willeke! Thanks for allowing a companion to be the one who actually snapped the picture, and for not limiting the time frame! January's been great but I suspect we'll get even more in February! I hope everybody has fun!! – Sue Jan 22 at 5:26

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The first rays of sunrise are reflected on the flooded rice terraces of Yuanyang (元阳) in southern Yunnan, China. Photo taken on 11 Feb 2013 by me and modified for contrast, brightness and to reduce file size.

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Water dancing over granite.
A detail of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain (link to the Wikipedia page with some photos.)
Photo taken 4th of May, 2013, Hyde Park London (UK) taken by Willeke.

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Subject: I think it speaks for itself.

(26 Jan 2019. Murree Hills, Pakistan)

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Above the wall at Hoover Dam, Arizona side. 8 Sep 2012.

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This is a man-made water cistern in a complex of caves that were carved more than a thousand years ago. Picture clicked back in 2009. Place: India.
These are one of the more popular caves in state of Maharashtra, India. To know more about the place, look for 'Ankai-Tankai' caves in Maharashtra, India. These are roughly 150 miles from Mumbai.

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This is the view through the rear window from the Spirit of the Wild looking past the swell at the stern of the boat towards the harbour opening, called Hell's Gate, Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania Australia taken 4 January 2019. A slight artefact of taking this through the window gives the illusion of a moon.

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Campsite right down the bottom of Horseshoe Bend. 22 Sep 2012.

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    How did humans influence the water there? – Willeke Feb 4 at 5:11
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    Not as easy to see as the others, but next to the camp they've shaped the path of the river towards them. – Mark Mayo Feb 5 at 5:38
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    I can't even make out the campsite :D could you say where it is? – Paul Paulsen Feb 7 at 8:30
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    @PaulPaulsen bottom middle, where you see the path change. If you zoom in you can see walking tracks and a couple of structures. – Mark Mayo Feb 7 at 10:33
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    That is such a minor detail (the human influence) that I wonder if this photo meets the rules. – Willeke Feb 7 at 18:53
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Standing by a wall erected as a barrier to store the water. In monsoon the water flows over it :-)

This was clicked in July 2016.

Place: Western Ghats, in forest of Dhak-Rajmachi, Maharashtra, India.

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This a picture of a water cistern in a complex of caves. This was used as a primary source of water by people living in the complex. The main source of water was the natural water dripping through the rocks. And this cave was carved out of single rock structure.

It was built more than a thousand years ago. Picture clicked back in 2009.

These are one of the more popular caves in state of Maharashtra, India. To know more about the place, look for 'Ankai-Tankai' caves in Maharashtra, India. These are roughly 150 miles from Mumbai.

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This is a mourning dove drinking from drops and rivulets of the glass roof of our sunroom while my husband was washing the room with a hose. The bird was hopping from place to place to get the most water at a time! (There were actually five birds enjoying the fresh moving water, but they were scattered around and I didn't get a good picture of the group!)

I took the picture myself looking up from inside the room. It was on March 10, 2015, in Holden, Massachusetts, USA.

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Stausee Mattmark (an artificial lake), Valais, Switzerland (https://goo.gl/maps/p9AhqQJJZqJ2) on a cloudy day, taken on August 6th 2018

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The dam of Möhnesee, Germany.
Photo taken on 30th of July 2016.

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Recife, Brazil. November 2018.

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Aswan Dam, Egypt, looking downstream.

15 Jan 2008.

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a bit of water on the top of a block of stone, with a water spout.
A drinking fountain somewhere in Reykjavik, photo taken 28-9-2014, by Willeke.

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How human influence on water affects the travel of other species - A swan trapped on the wrong side of the perimeter fencing in Wanstead Flats, London. Photo taken Dec 2018.

Readers will be delighted to hear that the swan has gotten to the right side with the help of a long bread/seed trail (set up by someone else) that they have eventually followed.

A swan trapped within the perimeter fencing

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    Hi B.Liu! I'm one of those delighted readers! I haven't seen the area, so this is a total guess, but the barrier may have been built for a good reason, such as protection for the swan if she's raising young, but never taken down. Whatever the reason, the swan looked stuck and unhappy in that corner, and I'm grateful to the people who cared enough to set up a way to get it back to the general population! It benefits the entire ecosystem, including the animals on both sides, and humans, too. – Sue Feb 9 at 20:32
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A panorama on Swansea Marina, Swansea, UK. Also featuring a napping swan in the middle. Photo taken May 2018.

Swansea Marina, May 2018

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This is a picture of a small lighthouse in Nairn, Scotland (2012). Nairn lighthouse

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This is a picture of the Rideau Canal locks in Ottawa (Canada). This is a series of locks operated by manpower. This picture is from 2011. Rideau Canal Locks

  • @Sue it's in Ottawa – Bernhard 2 days ago
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Water feature at Kaydale Lodge in north west Tasmania, taken on the 28 December 2018. The water is pumped to give a moist space to grow ferns.

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This is a pic of the sunset at Pushkar lake, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India - Dec 2018.

The town of Pushkar is on the edge of the Thar desert. This lake is surrounded by temples and has a religious significance for the Hindus. The lake is a place that a lot of people take bath in and believe it to be sacred. Also a popular spot for photoshoots :D

Puskhar lake, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

  • Lovely photo but what is the human influence on the water there? (And when was the photo taken, it is in the rules that the date and location should always be mentioned.) – Willeke Feb 7 at 18:37
  • Updated. The lake is a place where hundreds of people take a 'religious' dip every day. – Ricketyship Feb 8 at 5:00
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a mushroom shaped of water coming up.
This is the water inlet for the water cleaning system in the dunes near Heemskerk/Castricum, the Netherlands. Photo taken today, 15 february 2019, by Willeke.

After the cleaning this is the water we get out of our taps.

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turtle on water pumping hose[1]

The structure is part of a man-made system of hoses and pumps used to feed drinking water throughout dam-enclosed reservoirs in Massachusetts, USA. This is the Wachusett reservoir in the town of Princeton.

My husband took the photo on April 8, 2018. He had to step closer to the water to get a good view while I stayed on the trail a few feet up the hill.

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