I've always had a fascination with water. Growing up in Southern California with their water problems, I ended up with the idea that water can do no wrong - so what if it's a thunderstorm, or a hurricane, it's /water/ and it's /clean/. (And I come here and people worry about hurricanes and I just sort of stare at them. That's how I know I'm from somewhere else.)
When I was young, once, my family lived in a house very close to the sea - maybe twenty yards away from the beach, and the edge of the sea itself another few paces beyond that. I spent hours staring at the water from the attic windows.
Water, and life, are inextricably intertwined. I mean, we arose from the seas in the first place. So that's where it comes from.