One of my images in the series Beauty And Destruction was on view in the 2023 CoCA Members’ Show: REIMAGINED in Seattle.
In Beauty And Destruction I photographed calligraphic markings that bark beetles had left on driftwood logs on a Salish Sea beach. The abstract beauty in these intricate engravings enthralls me, and—at the same time–is a visible sign of the destruction bark beetles cause. The beetles inflict serious damage when they attack healthy trees. Infestations of bark beetles have been spreading rapidly to new areas due to drought and warming temperatures, in some cases leveling acres of pine forests.