Trail Option: A personal geography of landscape and place...

Photography — Blog Projects — Field Journals

LightOpt Photography Blog

Iceland 2018 Travel Series

Lost Journals

Argenta Rim, out and back, a worthwhile jaunt.

2019 LightOpt Project

Remnant Pines — An Island on a Mountainside.

An island of Jeffrey Pines, alone in an alcove of the Pine Nut Mountains, is visible from the comfort of my front porch. It rises over a sea of sagebrush and sometimes punctuates a seasonal snowfield below the broad spine of a seemingly barren mountain ridge. The contrast of the small stand of pines in the open space of the range draws my daily gaze. I have watched fires run around it, lightning and lenticulars dance above it, and deer seek refuge in it. Otherwise it stands alone, protected by its distance from well-used roads. My goal is to get to know this island of remnant pines, documenting its life and light through the seasons.

Field Journals -- Geoarchaeology and the Geometry of Landscapes

Archaeologists ask questions about the technology and culture of people, past and present, to better understand changes in human adaptation and lifestyles  across time and space. And yet, archaeological observations wrestle with geological problems. People leave traces of their passage on and in landforms shaped by natural processes–the dynamic landscape influences and alters people’s behavior, and continues to alter and mask the materials and patterns left behind. We must understand these processes, along with the climatic and environmental conditions driving them, before we can find answers in the sample of artifacts and features we are fortunate to encounter and document.

This is the realm and discipline of geoarchaeology–using geological methods to document and evaluate the landform processes that influence archaeological site formation, alteration, preservation, and discovery. My goal, through photography, blogging, and occasional short videos, is to provide some background and simple tutorials on geoarchaeological methods, landform descriptions, and general case studies.

I have had the good fortune of a long geoarchaeological journey in the Great Basin, and beyond. It is time to expand on that journey, encouraging everyone to share in the wonder and respect for the people, places, and processes of Earth’s natural landscape.