Message from GRACE

A Bird Calls, February 6, 2013, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland

A single gull flies in an altered sky, instinct driving survival to pick clean the left behinds of nature and humans. Its solo flight a clarion call, signaling a diminished world as extinctions accelerate.

Branches Weeping, February 5, 2013, Croton Point, Ossining, NY

Bend without breaking, let go and surrender, adapt and thrive. Ancient lore honors the weeping willow as a conduit to powerful visions and its’ affinity to watery domains.

Mustard Marsh, December 28, 2014, Lake Teedyskung, Hawley, PA

Temperatures rise, clear water turns muckish, systems at a threshold alter and the balance shifts. Species adapt, or disappear.

Ghost Shadows, February 5, 2013, Croton Point, Ossining, NY

Atmospheric changes alter the tone, smell and texture of our most visited surroundings, leaving a world devoid of familiar places.

New Earth, December 25, 2015, Halsey Pond, Irvington, NY

Global perspectives shift, new data informs how we can respond to this ever-changing, unfamiliar world. Reflect on the reality, the possibility of a new future.

Black Sky, Flight of White Birds, August 9, 2014, Punchestown, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Startled by a change in atmosphere, a flock of birds instinctively take flight, swooping over horses and farmland, searching for safety.

Deep Dark, June 24, 2011, Scenic Hudson Park, Irvington, NY

Waters run deep in the “river that flows both ways”. Under the surface, residue of industrial waste still pollute this majestic river. Used by many as a source of food, warnings punctuate fishing sites with limits of daily consumption.

Surrendered, December 26, 2014, Lake Teedyskung, Hawley, PA

Is this a surrender to the changing season or photosynthesis run amok? Off-note greens and blues color the reeds and marsh. Will plants’ chlorophyll still serve as antidote to immune systems under stress?

White Out, December 17, 2015, Draper Ridge, Hastings on Hudson, NY

 All is white, but for a blackened sun and refractions of color along the vulnerable edge. Extreme weather events increase in severity and frequency, climates invert and masses migrate to find fertile land.

 

Blue Veined Vines, January 3, 2011, Hudson River, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Jewel toned berries tasty to some but the tangled tendrils invade and conquer, blocking light, disfiguring or killing trees with the added weight of snow and ice.

Off Season, March 3, 2016, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland

A late snow clings to the hedges, fields and coats of grazing cattle. The pristine rural landscape is altered by invasives, covering field and hedgerow. Fresh, crisp celtic air becomes heavy with pollen, asthma and allergies skyrocket.

Between a Rock, September 19, 2010, Christmas Cove, South Bristol, ME

Plants flourish and grow in crevices, shallow roots take hold, blossoms blooming even so.

Updraft, July 14, 2013, Newburyport, MA

Looking up, drawn to watch as to an emergency. Extreme weather events, appearing as if out of nowhere, increase in frequency and severity, creating a vortex of wind and rain at a magnitude previously unknown.

Earth’s Fire, September 16, 2016, Lake Teedyskung, Hawley, PA

Foreshadowing ignored, even moist, forested areas may be the most likely to face greater threats from wildfires as the Earth grows drier and hotter.

Day’s Eye, May 27, 2014, Aghadoe Heights, Lake of Killarney, Ireland

A flower standing on a single stem grows from an ancient cemetery wall. With white petals now black, it turns a watchful eye, waiting for the ritual of pulled petals to ask “he loves me, loves me not”.


Black Star, August 12, 2015, Lucy Vincent Beach, Chilmark, MA

Along an apparent horizon’s rim, the sun turns to black. Doomsday fiction or a temporary phenomenon subject to the physics of time and space?


Glacial Slide, August 12, 2015, Lucy Vincent Beach, Chilmark, MA

Gravity asserts its power, the heavy blue mass stealthily shifts, carving the ground as it covers all in its wake, leaving terrain altered beyond recognition.

Moment’s Meditation, September 17, 2013, Lake Teedyuskung, Hawley, PA

Stillness in the early hours, unexpected shifts of color, lilies float suspended on the mottled surface. Tethered to a murky bottom, plants meet clouds in a tenuous duet.

Invading Beauty, January 13, 2011, Draper Ridge, Hastings on Hudson, NY

The beauty of this common grass is more than skin deep. It offers potential adaptation from traditional uses in Asia for forage, building materials and as a source of biomass.

Black Solar Flare, March 12, 2013, Hastings on Hudson, NY

An intense burst of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots are capable of disturbances in Earth’s atmosphere, disrupting orbiting satellites and ground communications.


Looming Storm, September 17, 2013, Lake Teedyuskung, Hawley, PA

Heavy in the sky, the clouds hang low and the horizon expands. Forecast of an uncertain future when sky and surface converge.

Blue Moon, January 22, 2016, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland

“Once in a blue moon”…a second full moon in a month, lonely hearts, manic episodes, myth or phenomenon. Transparent particles suspended in the atmosphere caused by volcanic eruptions, severe droughts and forest fires blow dust and release smoke in the air, turning sunsets green and the Moon blue.

Land’s End, March 12, 2017, Cliffs of Kogelburg, False Bay coast, South Africa

Near the bottom of the world, at the tip of the continent, warm and cool ocean currents converge. Rogue waves and extreme high tides carve away at the rocky coastline, threatening the diversity in the nearby, singular biosphere.