Photographs of ice and water and the glyphs they leave on the Alaska landscape. Liquid or solid, transient or timeless, water animates more than the food chain. In its wake, water's aesthetics sharpen the eye.

Water's transparency burnishes all it touches, reflecting what it sees. Like a mirror, it adopts the colors and textures of the sky, trees and the surfaces it flows across.

Water drives weather, moves mountains, feeds crops and provides cultural and commerical access. When it's healthy and plentiful communities prosper. For those who listen closely, it fuels imaginations and lubricates the poet's voice. Its manifold capacity, along with evidence of a changing climate, elevates water's central role in our lives.

A project documenting at-risk values involves a 70-sq.-mile watershed in the boreal forest. A few miles southwest of Fairbanks, the area is centered on Ester Dome, an upland prominence and part of the Yukon-Tanana Terrane.

Ester Dome's (elev. 2,400 ft.) watershed is 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle, a place where it is not uncommon to find minus 40 F in January and 95 F in July. The region is semiarid, with about 10 inches of rain per year. Annual snowfall totals 50-70 inches.

Tracking creeks downstream, around the seasons, from riffle to torrent to frozen cataract, presents discoveries reflecting their origins. Wild and disorderly, pregnant with complexity and emotion. Isolated in the camera, a transect yields images thick with metaphor, ambiguity and humor.

Finding significance in the ordinary integrates awareness and expands gratitude, a synthesis of wordless recognition. Seeing this way uncoils visual experience, confirming perception feeds reciprocating circuits, heart and eyes.



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