Nothing lends itself to a metaphor for life quite like a kayak. Paddling your own boat, surrounded by nature, is a powerfully beautiful activity -- no wonder it's a favorite subject for so many photographers. Enjoy the following hand-picked shots and get inspired!

photo by tomaszfurmanek

photo by JimCumming

photo by Crayok

photo by Pajomend

photo by kippearsphotography

photo by ThatCanadianGuy

photo by Lewissamuelbell

photo by KGSPhoto

photo by LutefiskCurry

photo by _dgs_

photo by laansanh

photo by escobarl

photo by beccamckinnon

photo by tikidianne

photo by vitaminbea

photo by brentthompson