The aerial view has been a cornerstone of my land ethic ever since I earned my pilot's license during a Master’s program in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and political science. In the classroom, I learned the complex formulas describing erosion, deposition, shear stress, and sediment transport. In the air, I saw these complex relationships sculpted onto Oregon’s coastal, mountain, and desert landscapes. More importantly, I learned about the context, and the interconnectedness of natural and human landscapes.
Photo by Ralph Alswang