Thursday, June 18, 2009

Whitewater paddling and the art of life

From Pause for Beauty an e newsletter from Heron Dance an excellent VT artist:
There is usually more than one water path through a rapids, but usually one is deeper than others and requires fewer turns. Streams of water move through a rapids at different speeds. Rocks, the bend of the river, the different depths across the breadth of a river, all affect the speeds of the water paths. If part of the canoe is in one water path, and part in another, the current will exert conflicting pressures on the canoe’s hull. In harmony with the river’s flow, the paddler uses the differing currents as part of turning strokes. Out of harmony, the river turns the paddler. That’s rarely good. more

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