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  • Thanks for being my laugh invoking, trail wandering, creative musing, morality pondering, snow sliding, fire dancing, porch shoveling, skinnydipping, bushwhacking, foodyumming, tidynagging, river floating, treehouse schlepping, community animating, letter writing, land advocating and heart pumping partner in the small crimes of love and life⁣⁣⁣
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#theother364forloving #iknowypuhatephotosofyourselfbut #icanthelpit #firecats #pumpkinbritches #honeymuffin #areyoustillreading #sorrygross #filmemoriesmakemehappy #35mm #yashica #leica
  • Happy birthday my dear little brother, thankful for you in my life and for the unique perspective you bring to the world! ⁣
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I don’t know exactly how old you are, nor do I care, what matters to me is your deep thoughtfulness and empathy, your willingness to listen, your contagious laughter, your care for others, and your dedication and commitment to stand up and show up for the people and places which you love.⁣
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Proud of you for choosing to spend your birthday - again - surrounded by other young folks who believe in a better future for our planet. ⁣
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When I spoke with you on the phone today and asked you what you were doing for your birthday you said “I’m headed to a Divest Harvard sit in!!” ⁣
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Turns out this is the way you spent your birthday five years ago as well - then as a member of @divestharvard and today as a leader in the @divestharvardalumni movement. I am proud of you. these threads through your life are threads of morality, threads of hope, threads of commitment and community. Hold on to them and weave them well. ⁣
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Thank you for spending your birthday advocating for our shared futures, speaking and acting out a birthday wish for all of us, and all who are yet to come. ⁣
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It will take more than the blowing out of a few candles, but I can see the light around the bend, there are good things to come downstream. ⁣
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Cheers to another brilliant and wild circle around the sun 🧡 #divestharvard #divest #climatejustice #climateaction ⁣
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  • Touchstone III / Getting by with a lot more than a little help from my friends - with ages ranging from 8 weeks to 8 decades. Had a lot of fun capturing moments on film during the early days of the build - simple and honest the medium fit the process in a way that was grounding and connective instead of distracting or ulteriorly motivated. this roll in particular was memorable - a gift of expired fujifilm from my buddy @ben_moon’s freezer that ended up being etched with the reflected light of some of my favorite humans #homeisnotplacesitislove  #thebackofbeyond #35mm #leicam6
  • Touchstone II / As with most things worth doing, beginning was the hardest part. days turned weeks into months, pouring over books and making time to listen. A rodeo of doubt, uncertainty, fear, paralysis; hope, humor, ideation and hard work. conversations with old timers who knew the woods, with friends and family who had built in the area, with folks who knew the land, and folks who knew trees - and how to build in them. as time passed and friends and family joined in both the dreaming and the work, I realized it was not about a structure. and that a home is not made of walls. home is about people and land, connection and rootedness, a space to return, to learn and share and listen to the rhythms of heart and earth and be reminded of that which is worthy of wonder #beyondandbackagain #roomtoroam #spacetowonder #thebackofbeyond #roll1 
#35mm #leicam6 #kodak
  • [12.27.19 excerpt] Touchstone / The Important Places. May you always remember the path that leads you back he said. The arms of the oak that hold you high, the cave behind the waterfall. later that poem came back to me, or me to it, and we traveled back through layers of time, following the winter green waters of the Colorado, weaving threads of that poem and our shared experiences into a film, another chapter in an ever unfolding story. Today, the lines and currents of that poem and the journey with dad still swirl and pull at my center, orienting me back towards the canyons and mountains, the branches and caves, and the place where I was raised, the back of beyond. ⁣⁣
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It’s been a couple years now since mom and dad and I crawled through thick briars on a grey December day and found the trees and together sketched the first beginnings of a treehouse design. A year and a week since Donny and Tabor and I put the roof on, watching the moon rise and set, tacking the last of the sheathing on as the first light eased from a darkest blue in the east and the coyotes laughed down on us from the ridge. ⁣⁣
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The eventual result in a physical form has been the construction of a treehouse, sketched and hammered, sweated and bled, laughed and cried over, ever evolving in vision and form, but rooted in its essence as a physical touchstone for family, in blood and heart. Beyond the physical forms lie a host of memories, mistakes, celebrations, connections, lessons, ideas, dreams, and relationships swirled and swirling together in a continuing evolution.⁣⁣
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Last night, in a rare moment sitting alone under silver winter branches i watched Orion’s bow tilt slowly, pointing the way. the way back. In that moment, however briefly, everything balanced, the wandering and the seeking, the struggle and the angst, and I felt the full up with gratitude and love for the family and friends who - each in their own way - have marked a path back to the important places, lending lungs and laughter to breathe life into a spark of a dream, a home fire burning, a touchstone for returning.
  • I met Ben during a very formative period of my life. We premiered our films together - Denali and The Important Places - and on a rainy evening in Carbondale in 2015 we laughed and cried and danced with friends into the night in a celebration of life. ⁣
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Over the years I have been so grateful to get to witness and learn from his kindness and volnuerability, his passion for the world and companions and the wild humor and quick laugh that he lights it up with. ⁣
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So stoked to see the evolution of his story unfold in his most recent labor of love, Denali the book finally taking flight out in the world. Onwards brother! ⁣
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@ben_moon @norinythesea @penguinbooks #DenaliBook #35mm #leicam6 #analogphotography
  • found myself both delighted and mesmerized by family and flames last night, watching my little nephew Rowan watch his first solstice fire as grandpa tended to the flames, keeping fire through the longest of nights
  • Once more into the folds of time. Morning light, rising and stretching, slow and languid across the ridges that line the valley where we grew up. memories folded and layered into landscape. salutations of the forgotten familiar. dark loam and the earthen drift of winter oaks, the red tail low and lazy across the pasture. the frozen drift of smoke above a tin roof. calf turned to cattle, pasture to forest, a church shuttered, another opened, a graveyard full.⁣ ⁣
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Somewhere there, the deer who will be in the field this evening, past the church that closed, just before the driveway dips and disappears up towards the holler. Silver shadows, each of us still and always surprised by the sweep of if, the headlights and the things that don’t change. Speak nothing of those that do. once more, towards the warmth of home, dirt track and deer trail, the familiar not forgotten. ⁣
  • Excerpt and outtakes from recent article for @Patagonia with @laura.yale about what it takes to sustain a conservation movement to protect a mountain, a community and the headwaters of the Colorado across 40 years [hint it involves having fun]⁣
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“The longest running mine fight in North America has been a hell of roller-coaster for those involved since the beginning. People like Sue Navy, High Country Conservation Advocates , Sandy Shea and Glo, Margot, Jim, John and so many others can serve as role models to all of us for their long-term dedication to the headwaters of the Colorado and the greater good of this community. Everything flows downstream⁣
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A younger generation here has helped carry the torch, Julie Nania Brett Henderson Alli Melton and so many others have joined in community to keep Red Lady mine free. This mountain has bonded multiple generations and many who would otherwise see themselves on opposite sides of the aisle. As Julie says, “Maybe us ‘raising awareness’ for Red Lady is actually her raising our awareness.”⁣
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There’s still a lot of work to do locally, but for the first time since molybdenum was discovered here, the community is in good faith talks with the mining company who holds the rights, and everyone is working toward a mutually benificial solution.⁣
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Raul M. Grijalva and Senator Tom Udall are putting efforts to reform the antiquated 1872 Mining Law that has changed very little since it was written to “encourage mineral development in order to settle the west.” Under the current interpretation of this law, our government can not say no to a mine, and mining claims take precedence over all other public land uses including clean drinking water, hunting, ranching and recreation.⁣
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And, fun fact! Patagonia is matching donations to High Country Conservation Advocates through the month of December. It is a small organization with huge impact, and has been leading the charge to keep Red Lady mine free for almost half a century. A little donation will go a long way.” [Link in profile to donate]
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Tonight was quiet. Just the moon and us, town looking pretty peaceful down below, the headwaters of the Colorado moving slow through a valley cloaked in winter whites.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Spent some great days on this mountain last winter along with @laura.yale and friends working on a story for the current @patagonia journal about the longest running mine fight in North America. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Thankful for places like this and for all the folks who have quietly carried and passed torches through the generations in community building acts of bipartisan stewardship. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Snag a copy of the Patagonia journal for Laura’s written piece and a deeper dive into the complex history of this mountain, mining in the west, and the importance of joy and play in building and sustaining long term advocacy movements. ⁣⁣⁣
  • Quite a treat to get to gather with local legends and river rats here in Asheville this past weekend for the opening of the Whitewater Museum. 
Dad shared his slides and stories of building their own boats and exploring first descents on now classic rivers in the Southeast, Hollywood stunts that they filmed on the set of Deliverance as whitewater advisors, Alaskan adventures, and mischief and inappropriate jokes a’plenty. 
Through the evening, it was the stories that spoke to the passion and foresight of the early boating community to steward the rivers they loved that really struck me. ⁣
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Dad wrote a thoughtful article in the latest @americanwhitewater publication recounting Jimmy Carter’s introduction to the Chattooga, and the ripple effect that trip had over the next five decades, as Jimmy returned to the Chattooga numerous times, eventually designating it as the first Wild and Scenic River in the southeast. Over the course of his political career, Jimmy went on to expand Wild and Scenic protections to thousands of miles of rivers across our country; including the rivers my family grew up on and still return to frequently, ribbons in time that connect us to the land and one another. ⁣
Dad also shared stories about their 430 mile trip down the Noatak in 1978, and his testimony in front of the House Subcommittee on Alaskan Lands which played a small part in the eventual bipartisan push to protect over 100 million acres of land, including what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ⁣
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Ultimately Dad’s stories left me feeling motivated to take actions, however small, to share my appreciation and love for wild spaces with those around me, and to continue speaking up for landscapes whose voices, powerful as they may be, do not reach to the fluorescent halls and paneled offices of the buildings where their fates are so often signed and sealed. ⁣ [photo captions continued in comments]
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