Archive for the ‘Cover’ Category

December 2013 cover photo

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Along with a gazillion catalogs, your December 2013 JAWRA should hit your mailbox this week. The cover photo was taken at one of my favorite places, Overlook No. 1 at Great Falls National Park, Virginia. The tree is an old friend, the subject of many photos including a previous JAWRA cover (December 2008). For this one, shot early on a crisp October 2012 morning, I used a 400mm lens. It’s one of my favorites.

October 2012 Cover Photo

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” immortalized Lake Superior’s Witch of November. The waves here are only from a brisk October high pressure system. But, I wouldn’t care to be out in there in a canoe! And the cold water could make capsizing fatal.

The big, clear expanse of this inland ocean fills the eye, and the rugged shoreline rings it with plenty of character. The refreshing wind hints of colder blasts to come. This photo was taken on the North Shore, near Lutsen, Minnesota, in October 2010.

June 2012 Cover Photo

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The subject of our June cover is water lilies in Monet’s garden in Giverny. Old Claude had the right idea: Why walk all around France when you can build a garden in your back yard and paint to your heart’s content?

Monet’s garden is a magic place. You could almost randomly point your camera and come up with a pretty scene. Lots of tourists, of course, but Monet hosted a lot of guests in his time, too.

The gardens are right near the Seine, and fed through a clever system of canals. No problem with water rights here!

April 2012 Cover Photo

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The April cover photo comes out of my archives. It’s from a business trip I took to Ireland in May, 2000. Dirty job, but someone had to do it! ;-) Turned out to be the warmest and most beautiful May weather in memory. At least, that’s what they’d like you to believe. I teased my colleagues at the Irish Geological Survey: All those stories about the cold, wet Irish weather were just a plot to keep the Irish Americans from coming back and spoiling the place.

The scene is along the Grand Canal, which runs just south of downtown Dublin. Completed in 1804, the last commercial barge sailed in 1960. Today, the Grand Canal remains operational for a few recreational boats, but mostly it’s just a delightful place to stroll.

August cover photo

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Lightning strikes near the Potomac River during a storm in Alexandria, VA on June 9, 2011

If it weren’t for the economic storm of our own making, 2011 would be remembered as the year of violent weather: floods on major rivers, monster tornados, extreme heat, widespread drought. I suppose if nature were kind and people lived in harmony with their environment, we’d be out of business. But does business have to be so good?!

So, in choosing the August cover, I wanted to show some violent weather. The photo was shot by my son, Michael, a professional photojournalist. A severe thunderstorm was crossing the Potomac River south of where he lives in Alexandria and putting on a spectacular show. You can see the full news video here. I, too, could see the storm from the heights of JAWRA World Editorial Headquarters, about 30 miles away. I just sat on my balcony and marveled at the light show.

A single year doesn’t make a trend, but 2011 certainly makes us think about climate change.

December 2010 Cover Photo

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The December 2010 issue is in members’ mailboxes. The cover photo was snapped during theĀ 2009 National AWRA Conference in Seattle, during a Ferry Excursion Trip led by Pete Sturtevant. I stood on the back of the boat headed towards Bremerton, sheltered from the fierce wind, and did my best to steady the camera. The lights of Seattle present a splendid sight over the water.

August 2010 Cover

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Recent storms here in the east made me think more about the August 2010 cover. I took this photo in the afternoon from our 4th floor window in the Hotel Berchelli. (We splurged; Florence was too pretty to scrimp on!). Of course, I am well aware of what even such a peaceful-looking river can do.

Photo of Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River

In the early morning of November 4, 1966 the Arno River rampaged through the center of Florence leaving 5,000 homeless and damaging much of the priceless books and artwork of this Renaissance city. Photos show trees and debris piled up to the first level of windows on the upstream side of the bridge (opposite shown here). It’s a wonder the bridge survived at all. The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s great collections, can be seen just upstream to the left of the bridge, also in harms way.

Truly heroic work was done to restore much of the damaged treasures. The disaster ultimately contributed to significant research in the science of restoration. Some flood control measures have been taken upstream, though I don’t know the details. Practical museum administrators, however, have their own ways of reducing the risks. We noticed in visiting the galleries, while offices and shops were downstairs, one had to climb up to the second or third floors — well above the river — to see any artwork of value.

April 2010 Cover

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Watch your mailboxes — the real ones — for the April 2010 cover. It’s a spectacular photo by Brian Walsh of our Washington State Section. The section holds a photo contest every year, with the winner being considered for JAWRA. Brian’s photo is titled, “Waterfall on the East Fork of the Lewis River in SW Washington State.”

The JAWRA cover format imposes rather strict cropping requirements. Brian and I worked to represent his photo within these constraints. So you can see his original composition, I’m including the original below, albeit in a reduced form. Congratulations Brian, and thanks!

Lewis River

Waterfall on the East Fork of the Lewis River in SW Washington State. Photo copyright by Brian Walsh, used with permission.