August 27 to September 10, 2015
EXPEDITION ARTIST - Colorado River, Grand Canyon, AZ
I had the privilege to serve as expedition artist on my third descent through the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. As we explored the geology, ecology, natural history and cultural history along the river and its side canyons several participants and I enjoyed capturing memories of this extraordinary environment through field sketching .
My aesthetic, scientific, and personal appreciation of this desert, riparian jewel was influenced by wonderful discussions while running rapids along 280 miles of river between Lees Ferry and Lake Mead. Dr. Bruce K. Nelson - University of Washington, Seattle, WA - enthusiastically shared his knowledge of the spectacular geology of Grand Canyon while challenging us to reflect on the geological processes that carved such splendid rock formations. Dr. Larry Stevens - Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ an . The combination of the spectacular geology and unique ecology of this desert riparian environment. While sketching, aesthetics serve as a lens to appreciate the 1.75 billion years of geological history that supports the complex balance of ecological niches in Grand Canyon today.
- 14 days of running rapids between Lees Ferry and Lake Mead, of hiking side canyons while discussing geology and ecology with experts, and of riding "fish-eye" on the historical Nevills wooden boat.
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