This is a belated birthday wish for the impressionist painter Claude Monet; his birthday was last Monday. But it's heartfelt. I am moved by his work, maybe because of his ability to capture every glint and glimmer, every mysterious mood and movement of the element of water. He obviously loved water, as I do. But whatever the subject, he was able to reveal the boundless beauty of this magnificent world.
Here is just a taste of his work, from his series of water lily paintings. These photos don't do the paintings justice, but they still have the power to inspire.
Monet said, "I would like to paint the way a bird sings." He did. Happy birthday, Claude. And thanks.