There is an irresistible draw to water and the edges of the earth; beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, even rivers & lakes. There is something particularly and universally moving about the power and primal nature of large, expansive bodies of water. Being at the edge of land and the beginning of water is a metaphor for past, present and future. It creates a feeling of being grounded in the present and simultaneously on the verge of something expansive and eternal.
"Somewhere between an attraction and a compulsion, the feeling of being drawn to water has been noted by observers of the human condition down through the ages. Surprisingly, the phenomenon seems not to have inspired so much as a shred of scientific research...there is something extremely basic, or primitive, about water (the understanding of which) doesn't require you to be scientific." - LA Times, Aquatic Attraction