It was spring, 2004. I set out in my old Mercury pickup to find the dam that blocked salmon from ascending to spawn in the mountains where I live. It was my first trip to Grand Coulee Dam and the start of a decade-long research project that became an award-winning museum exhibit on the […]
My visual notebooks record sensory impressions, preserve plant samples and preserve my immediate experience in the landscape. The notebooks are a source of inspiration for me, helping me to retrieve the raw impact of a place or time. Here are some selections from the past two decades.
Ever been to Banks Lake? This is where water from the Columbia River is pumped and stored. An ancient geological coulee, carved by water flowing across volcanic basalt. Banks Lake is not a lake at all. It is a giant irrigation project, but that does not lessen its beauty on a still spring […]
This dam is just below the international boundary between Canada and the U.S., in a tucked-away corner. Pacific Northwest dams are often in tucked-away corners…..though they share water’s power with millions of people living in cities like Vancouver and Seattle.
I found this shell in a sand bank on the Spokane River. It is this sort of noticing that opens up water’s mystery for me.
Sometimes, on a drippy, early spring day, there is little else to notice in the woods than lichens. This was from one walk in a fairly dry, rocky woods at the edge of Slocan Lake. I collected a piece of each one that I could find on the short walk.
It is hard to explain how and why certain small details of the landscape speak to me. Sometimes it is colour. Others texture. Others still a sort of curiosity about what something is, how it got there. In this case, it was the sheer visual beauty of the colours of the bark, only vaguely […]