The first competition for the Olympia chapter of the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (OlyCLAW) was a success, raising over $1600 for Safeplace, an advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County.
There are as many ways to use the land as there are individuals of any species present to use it. There equally as many ways to abuse it. Conservation is not often possible, nor should it always be the goal, as humans must maintain a connection to the resources they consume to understand their role in the ecology of a system. Capitol Forest, managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allows us to come into contact locally with impacts that we are often abstracted from, such as large-scale logging, the development of roads, and the smaller scale effects of noise and garbage pollution from recreational use.
As the evidence of years of drought and plenty are inscribed in the rings of trees, her character is an archive of her experience. Some of these records more accessible than others, for we cannot cut a cross section of a living being. In the language of the scars and distortions of its trees, the forest can tell more cryptic stories; the scale and magnitude of which can be transposed from geologic, to cultural, and to individual events.
She has been displaced and disfigured by her own eruptions, land has slid out from under, uprooting her. Lean years lie like a thin skin over her bones, and in a certain low light they can be seen. Yet, when the conditions for survival are met, growth can be dramatically transformative.
Sometimes the land must slide away to clear the canopy and let in new light.
During fall quarter I made an effort to photograph more humans, as I generally focus on plants, mushrooms, and landscapes. Much of this quarter's work has a theme of the ways in which humans interact/interfere with other species in the natural world.