Flathead Lake, MT
In the West, we are challenged to represent the scale of the landscape while remaining devoted to its fine points. Distance gives the heart room to expand, while dwelling on the particular – like the scattered confetti of swans adrift on the lake.
Elsewhere the scene is not so placid. Several thousand snow geese perished last week on the toxic brew that fills the abandoned Berkeley Mine Pit in Butte. It is one of Montana’s permanent reminders of past environmental ravages. A late migration forced by sudden snow onto the only open water, found death rather than shelter. Attempts to haze the birds off the water met with only limited success. Seeing how long and lethally environmental damage persists, we deeply fear the likely evisceration of environmental regulation under a Trump administration. Our boundless love for this land must guide our actions to defend its future.