Gorgeous hand-colored photographs illustrate this first in a series on the classic elements. The brief text that accompanies the photos covers water types (cloud, fog, rain, snow, ice); water bodies (ponds, streams, and such); milieus (glacier, desert, rain forest); and uses (swimming, drinking, fountains, and rituals, to name a few). The writing is more poetry than hard science, and Robbins (Power Machines, 1993, etc.) could have added a tad more of the later (Why is fog on the ground?) without losing the good humor. When the writing is on target, it manages to infuse meaning into difficult topics, such as natural springs and clouds. Nor is Robbins afraid to raise questions -- witness his thoughtful sections on dams and waste water. Robbins sought out perfect natural settings for his photographs with just the right blend of atmosphere and geology. Visually stunning and capable of provoking more serious study.