My Water Cycle Story

February 18, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

My Water Cycle Story

Now that you know what the water cycle really is, your challenge is to tell your water cycle story in words and pictures.

Nature is a wondrous and beautiful thing. We have all seen striking scenes of nature in action: driving rain, falling snow, a full-flowing stream, beautiful designs in frost. These are glimpses of the water cycle. You can use these sights to describe the water cycle in your community.

You will need a digital camera, digital photo software, and a word processor. Follow the instructions and you can submit your Water Cycle Story to share with others.


Be Safe!

We want your project efforts to be safe and rewarding. Here are a few suggestions for planning your water cycle picture taking.

  • Be sure to have parent/guardian permission when venturing out to take nature photos. Ask an adult with photography experience to help you select and frame your shots.
  • Be mindful of dangers and hazards when hiking through natural areas (poisonous plants, uneven terrain, stinging and biting insects, etc.)
  • Be mindful of weather conditions and protect yourself and your equipment.
  • Do not enter rain-swollen streams or flooded roadways.
  • Do not venture out during severe weather.

Taking Good Pictures!

Taking good pictures is an art. Lighting, timing, framing and angle are all important. Here are some suggestions that will help you take better pictures.

  • Patience and effort are usually rewarded with the best photos.
  • Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to take outdoor pictures. The weaker sunlight produces richer colors.
  • Use a tripod to ensure camera steadiness and focus.
  • Frame your photos before taking the picture. Look at your subject through the viewfinder at different angles or positions. Take several photos of the same scene from these different positions. Try holding the camera vertically as well as horizontally.
  • Think in thirds. Frame your picture so that horizons are located on the top or bottom third of the photo. Close-ups of objects, such as a frost-covered leaf, should be slightly off-center.
  • If possible, use different f-stop and aperture settings to create different depths-of-field and lighting effects.
  • Share your photos with others to get suggestions for improving them.

Before You Begin

Before you begin, look at the Water Cycle Story example to get an idea of how you can create your own story.

Water Cycle Story Example

'The Water Cycle in Petersburg Virginia'

I like to watch the rain. It smells good on a summer day. I like to watch the river too. My river is the Appomattox. The water flows from my yard to a swamp and creek near my house. The water then flows to the Appomattox. The moving water is part of the water cycle.

We have trees so I know they soak up a lot of water and put it back in the air. This is called evapotransporation. Trees add a lot of water to the air and this can help produce rain.

On a hot day, I often see steam coming off the road. The road is so hot that the water evaoprates. I think this is a neat thing to see. It looks like clouds on the ground. I once saw stream coming off a tree trunk. It was early in the morning and I guess the heat from the tree was causing the water on the bark to evaporate.

That's my water cycle story. I have added a couple of pictures showing the water cycle in my neighborhood. I hope you like them.


This is a picture of a beaver dam near my home.


This is a picture of the Appomattox River in winter.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.