Sunday, June 27, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
-Ben Thwaits, Project Leader.
At many points in my life
I’ve struggled to stand against the wave.
When the wave comes
I stand waiting.
It’s building up taller than life.
When the wave gets close to me
I stand my ground
And wait to fall and tip over.
But now I stand
and face the struggles of life.
And after the wave flows by me
I look back
and see the mistakes I have made.
Photo and poem called "Facing the Wave" by Mike, age 17.
"We were driving back from our day on the river, and Chris spotted the bear cub. We started taking pictures from the van, and the bear seemed calm, so we got out to get better shots. I was pretty scared because I thought mama may be close. When I got out of the van, I made the grunting noise that a mama bear would use to comfort it's cub, and when I did that, the bear turned and looked at me and I got the shot. I was shaking the whole time!!" -Derek, age 17. Photo titled "The Bear."
Photo called "Rapids" by Matt, age 15. Taken in the rapids below Pacwawong Dam.
"I was walking along the river and I saw this butterfly, and I thought it would be a good shot. It felt really good to take this photo, but I can't explain why. I just feel amazed that I was able to get this shot." -Travis, age 13. Photo called "Resting butterfly."Photo titled "The Iris" by DeVante, age 16.
I’m your reflection, can't you see
Though I'm only there in the brightness
Going through life with distortion and ease
Now I can see that the mirror’s a blur
And you never were who I hope to be
Never now, never then, will I want to be
Your reflection once again
Now I see what I'm meant to be
Nothing like you and more like me.
Photo and poem called "Reflection" by Lee, age 15.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Ranger Jacobowski admires one of DeVante's photos.
Ranger Jacobowski tells Mike about irises along the riverbank as Derek and DeVante photograph them.
Lee gets down and dirty for some closeup shots.
The boys explore Olson Prairie for photos as In a New Light project assistant Chris Flottum looks on with the video camera. This prairie was part of a controlled burn about a month ago, and newly emerging plant life made for some stunning images.
Mike defies the notion that Hawkweed is "just a weed" by using it as the subject for some beautiful photos.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
-Ben Thwaits, Project Leader
This photo is called "A Fish's Perspective." We were exploring the river, and I saw a beautiful flower hang over the creek so I grabbed the underwater camera and tried something new. I put the camera underwater and aimed it up at the flowers. And shizam! A masterpiece! This picture reminds me of life blured and disoriented, but beautiful and amazing at the same time. -Lee, age 15.
This flower is like my life
It sprouted from a seed
Living to see day after day
Growing to see the beautiful trees
Feeling the breeze along the side of me
I stand alone
But I stand strong on my roots
Waiting for the sunlight to make me grow
Look at the water
See how it flows,
It bends, it shallows, and holes.
Watch the trees,
Move and sway,
Just like your life,
As it goes your way.
The river is so dark,
But can never stop
The flow, the life
The way that it rocks.
Now think of your life,
The rhythm, the rhyme.
It belongs to you,
Till the end of time.
Photo and poem titled "The River Flows" by Matt, age 15.
Life is like a flower,
it blossoms so beautiful and bright.
But sometimes it’s hard to shine
without the sunlight.
This flower is so strong
it continues to grow and grow
but it goes nowhere, as it’s pinned to the floor.
As the years pass
no one hears it cry.
Alone the flower will live
And alone the flower will die.
Poem and Photo titled "The Flower" by DeVante, age 16.Photo called "Master Peace" by DeVante, age 16.