Water, Earth, and Sky: The Colorado River Basin

Water, Earth, and Sky permits us to share that altered vision Through astonishing photographs taken from a vantage a few thousand feet aloft, we see the 244,000 square miles of the basin and its tributaries and the lands adjacent to them as a sumptuous meal visually rich in texture and complexity But importantly we come to appreciate this extraordinary landscape aWater, Earth, and Sky permits us to share that altered vision Through astonishing photographs taken from a vantage a few thousand feet aloft, we see the 244,000 square miles of the basin and its tributaries and the lands adjacent to them as a sumptuous meal visually rich in texture and complexity But importantly we come to appreciate this extraordinary landscape as an ecological banquet that must be conceived of and enjoyed as a whole, not simply reduced to the sum of its constituent courses the unfortunate, but usual effect of our delimiting cultural, political, and scientific worldviews.Flying over the Painted Desert at 150 miles per hour, Collier observes and photographs the entire life span of a thunderstorm the weighty anvil cloud emptying itself on a parched redrock escarpment and, a few miles downstream, the ensuing flash flood, an erosive tumult of water and detritus Above the Escalante Canyon, he captures the sinuous, incised meanders of the river, the choreography of a dance twenty million years old between relentless water and uplifting bedrock The waters of the Colorado River now rarely reach the Sea of Cortez, depleted as they are by hundreds of upstream reservoirs and diversions and Collier documents this as well the stark, muddy delta of the river the feathery channels that remain as the tides withdraw back to the sea.
Water Earth and Sky The Colorado River Basin Water Earth and Sky permits us to share that altered vision Through astonishing photographs taken from a vantage a few thousand feet aloft we see the square miles of the basin and its tribu

  • Title: Water, Earth, and Sky: The Colorado River Basin
  • Author: MichaelCollier
  • ISBN: 9780874805987
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. just received a copy of this book as a gift from the author - the photography is spectacular! Can't wait to read the accompanying essays.

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