The one I perhaps enjoyed most was called Elk River (you can see a trailer here, or read a National Geographic article about it here) about one of the eight herds of elk that winter outside of Yellowstone and every year migrate to their summering grounds, mostly in the park. It's an epic journey, and one that an ecologist and a migration photographer (he sets up motion-sensing cameras in the most desolate places) decided to follow on horseback and on foot and document.
An artist, the Connecticut native James Prosek, was also featured in Elk River (here's a newspaper story about him called "Why Force Nature into Boxes"), and I was struck by his beautiful depictions of the natural world. So I thought I'd share some of his pieces here, because how else are you going to run into him? The second image here was shown being created in the film. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm sorry I wasn't able to find the titles for many, or dates for any. (Click to view large on black.)
The take-home message from this evening's films was a quote from Edward Abbey: "Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." Every single one of these films involved people who are actively doing something to better understand, appreciate, and help the earth. They are an inspiration.
|A mural created for the Smithsonian's |
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
|From a book by Prosek, Bird, Butterfly, Eel|
|Flying Fox with Gun|
|He writes books (and really likes fish)|
|And engages in taxidermy (often from roadkill that|
friends bring him): this one is called Flying Fox with Lady's Slippers
|Ha ha, just kidding: this is Audubon. But, y'know?|
|Love his workspace!|