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I’m a geographer. What does that mean? Broadly, I’m interested in how people shape their environment. Geography literally means – to describe the earth. Geographers have long dealt with this problem of describing the earth – we inherently generalize and gloss over many facts in our descriptions of the earth and the beings that inhabit it. Thus the scientific (or artistic) description of the earth is never perfect, never accurate, never complete. Rather, I’m interested in how people describe the earth – how do we, as societies, communities, and individuals understand the earth, relate to the environment we live in, and modify the space we inhabit to suit our needs and desires. When we make a garden in our backyard, we are geographing – we are writing our desires and needs onto the surface of the earth in tangible, material form. When we build a house we do the same. When we build cities we are geographing – not just describing the earth as it is, but rendering the earth anew in a way we believe it should be. All of our activities, no matter how mundane, inscribe the earth with the evidence of our existence – from taking out the trash, to watering the garden, to constructing a massive hydroelectric power plant. All of our activities have impacts on the earth that are visible in the landscape, and are reflective of social relations, normative ideals of landscape, and pragmatic needs for resources. As a geographer, I study how we make space, how we construct places, and what understandings we have about space and place that guide (or force) our actions to render the earth anew. I use photography to highlight, document, and comment on the connections, both tangible and intangible, material and immaterial, practical and spiritual, between human beings and the earth.

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Thanks, Mick. Taken at 70 MPH on the way out to Colorado. Noticed the wind turbine a long way off, but when I saw the old wind mill below it I had to grab my camera.

Incredible place. Getting Indiana Jones flashbacks...

Thanks. My dad used to have an old Willies truck just like this one. Kind of cool to think about how many years it must have took to bury the frame of this truck in the dirt.

Blake, Thanks for the info. I like the sounds of the books. The book by elliot, the Indian agent in C.B. sounds especially interesting because he would have first hand knowledge..
My brother still lives in Glenwood and will be very interested in this information too. Thanks again.

Beautiful picture Like_1 Greetings. Best regards from spain feduca

First of all, I apologize for having such a post appear on your site, Saad. Second of all, in America we spell it "harbor" not "harbour". I suspect that USA ROCKS is perhaps Canadian and is trying to give Americans a bad name. Thirdly, as if the aggressive rhetoric and foul language were not enough to indicate that USA ROCKS is an unstable sociopathic moron, Pakistanis are not Arabs, a difference any respectable American would know. All of this evidence points me to the conclusion that USA ROCKS statements are blatantly un-American, as any self respecting American would spell "harbor" correctly, would know the difference between Arabs and Pakistanis, and wouldn't stoop too such despicable language in response to what should be a reflective moment in history.

Salam,

Blake

Well, now I know the true story behind the rogue llama. My wife almost went into the ditch when we drove by! Thanks for sharing.

What's the story behind Burgerville Hill?

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