This is a closeup of Canyon Creek, behind Big Mountain, near Whitefish, Montana (USA). It looked like Naiads, splashing through the water. The bright colored rocks in the creek are beautiful mudstones that were carried from the peaks of Glacier Park in glacial outwash. My husband and I used to scour the creek bed to find rounded red and green mudstones for him to polish. They come out looking like jasper.
Photo taken in August, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. This photo is as is, except for cropping, so that I could order a card. It was taken at Canyon Creek, behind the Big Mountain Ski Resort in Northwestern Montana (USA).
In Greek mythology, the Naiads or Naiades (Ναϊάδες from the Greek νάειν, “to flow,” and νᾶμα, “running water”) were a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks.
They are distinct from river gods, who embodied rivers, and the very ancient spirits that inhabited the still waters of marshes, ponds and lagoon-lakes, such as pre-Mycenaean Lerna in the Argolid.
Naiads were associated with fresh water, as the Oceanids were with saltwater and the Nereids specifically with the Mediterranean, but because the Greeks thought of the world’s waters as all one system, which percolated in from the sea in deep cavernous spaces within the earth, there was some overlap. Arethusa, the nymph of a spring, could make her way through subterranean flows from the Peloponnesus, to surface on the island of Sicily. [from the article on wikipedia]