“You never miss the water, till the well runs dry,”
states the blues song based on an old Scottish proverb.
For most Americans we never even think about water unless our city or
town imposes restrictions in the summer. For
more than 1 billion people around the world, however, finding clean water is a
daily and often fruitless struggle. For
Living in the arid mountains of the Western Slope of
Colorado has made me much more sensitive to the impact of water.
Only a few miles from my home, the ranch on one side of the road has no
water rights and it supports just a few cattle who wander throughout miles of
sagebrush and pinion pines while on the other side sits a ranch with water
rights from Owl Creek; (shown in “Wildflowers and Owl Creek”) that ranch is
lush with dark green alfalfa hay and hundreds of cows.
I also look at the source of my drinking water every day: the East Fork
of Dallas Creek. Dallas Creek begins
Current headlines are mostly about the high cost of
gasoline. Fortunately there are many
promising alternative technologies which with responsible development may
ultimately relieve our dependence on petroleum fuels.
Unfortunately, there will never be a substitute for water.
Not only are we running short of water resources in many areas, but we
are not taking adequate care of what we have.
More than half of all fresh water supplies in the world are polluted in
one way or another. The snow melt
that feeds Dallas Creek is crystal clear but a ten million ton pile of
radioactive uranium mine tailings sits only 700 feet from the
I have been fascinated by water for a long time. I can vividly remember making Popsicle stick boats and floating them in the gutter when it rained in the summer. One of my favorite escapes while growing up was to the creek that flowed through the woods near my house (don’t tell my mom). As a photographer I am still drawn to the water. I find that the interactions of flowing water and a rock, in the middle of a river, in a small creek or as it pours over a falls creates images that appear to me to be natural paintings. I love seeing birds and wildlife in the water and I look for reflections every where. In the middle of an afternoon of fly fishing I stop and simply marvel at the beauty of the water, rocks and forest around me. I hope these photographs touch something deep within the viewer. Even more, I hope they inspire us all to be better stewards of our precious resources, especially water.
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