Dipper Falls Cascade, Eagle Cap Wilderness

Dipper Falls Cascade, Eagle Cap Wilderness
On the road in the Northwest of America.


Where the climax of complexity comes we

can never know for sure, but natural movement

always begins and ends with simplicity.

Draw a circle which is not

surrounded by emptiness;

Speak a word which does not

emerge from and return

to nothing at all.

an appreciation

Just as the smell of freshly cut hay or just turned garden soil seems to
contain all other smells, so also the high sparkling sound of rushing
water seems to hold all other sounds.

The sound of the wooden flute, the violin and oboe is there. And the
trumpet and the human voice. Or the deep sound of skin drums, and
strings of tiny metal bells. All are held, it seems to me, in this mysteri-
ous rushing sound of flowing mountain water.

Perhaps that is why we sleep so peacefully in the sonic embrace of an
alpine stream. No other sound has such deep roots in our own natural
history’s story. Indeed, how could this be otherwise? For where there is
clear flowing water, there there is security of the very most basic kind.

The sound is whispering, as it were, a soothing reminder to someplace
deep in our common unconscious, that like love itself, where there is
life flourishes.

Camp Lost & Found,
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
Oregon, VIII.17.2008

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First, do no harm, I never use cars or snowmachine. I
do everything on foot, bike or ski. I think this in a
deep and direct way affects my work, and how I see
the world. So all the photos above were approached
on foot, including all the in between spaces, sometimes
involving journeys of weeks or months.

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