September 20, 2017

Ladling For Gold

Issy Arnold
Rio Grande Headwaters, CO
September 1, 2017

Things that happened at the headwaters
  • Me and Ruby discovered our ‘rainfly’ was a flap of fabric approximately 10cm long
  • Met two pack lamas
  • Discovered washing up outside is 100% more jokes than washing up inside
  • Met Bev from the museum who told us all about the characters that used to live in the red light district of Silverton  
  • Made raspberry leaf tea
  • Watched a herd of mountain sheep from the opposite mountain
  • Found a moose’s skull which turned out to be a moose’s pelvis
  • Saw an alive moose
  • Found the headstone of a man from Scotland named Andrew ‘Andy’ McAndrews
  • Discovered the magnificence of the humble woven wheat

On the first day I set off my way to the Great Mary Lakes but got distracted by a waterfall. I’ve been collecting water from each site we visit and I decided I wanted to collect water from the bubbly space in between the water falling off a ledge and into a pool. I couldn’t reach it with my hands so I scavenged some scraps of metal and wire from the ruins of the old mine next to the waterfall and fashioned my self a big ladle to extend the reach of my arm so I could collect the white water.


September 19, 2017

Light and water play

By Ruby Pluhar
Rio Grande Headwaters, CO
September 7 , 2017

I was totally enthralled by a snow structure that had formed to the right of our campsite which was rapidly melting under the sun’s heat. One was able to climb underneath the structure which felt like a little ice palace one you were underneath it. It was so meditative to stand and listen to the melting drops of the snow dropping in to the Rio Grande river which flowed through the structure. Different intensities of light would totally change the atmosphere of the space and I began becoming interested in capturing the spirit of light and water, and how these play with each other. In hope of highlighting this, I creating a series of short videos and began using an emergency space blanket over the lens of the camera to bring an ethereal dream like quality to the image, which became very cinematic. The effect of this over the lens shows abstracted reflections of the light passing over the lens. It gave me freedom to move the blanket with the rhythm of the water and light. I decided to use moving image to show this movement and buildup of energy.

September 18, 2017

Untitled (Self Portrait)

By Amy Catherine Hulshoff
Rio Grande Headwaters, CO
August 30, 2017

I hiked to about 12,290 feet to get to the Highland Mary Lakes. On the way up I would stop and draw on different surfaces with a length of yarn predetermined by certain measurements of my own body. At the top, on the shores of one of the lakes, I found myself unable to move, my feet were screaming for me to just sit still for a minute. So I was staring mostly at the ground and traced the cracks in the dried mud with my eyes. Like the peaks of the canyon we were camping in, even the numerous and delimited cracks were difficult to cope with and take in all at once. Using the yarn I am able to essentialize a pattern in the cracks, and with each push of my fingers tips I gently lined the cracks with the red string, learning intimate details and textures.

The line is informed by the topography of the dirt, but the intervention of the colored string into the naturally formed cracks becomes a type of self-portrait, warped to the agency of the found earth, and not entirely an imposition of my own will. I will try and push more of my own physical self into the image or at the very least document the process of the unification of human and non-human agencies. Forming an intimate and genuine relationship between the dirt and myself is an essential step in establishing an eco-sexual companionship that will involve sincere listening and looking on my part to exchange knowledge with the environment.

September 17, 2017


By Mikala Sterling 
Rio Grande Headwaters, CO 
August 30, 2017 


  1. Head South and pass RV park 
  1. Decide to go right at the fork, instead of left 
  1. Follow small trail uphill and climb up a few rocks 
  1. Trail ends abruptly 
  1. Might not have been a trail in the first place… 
  1. Go back down a bit 
  1. Realize you could save time by crossing the stream and meeting up with the other trail 
  1. Find semi-small crossing area in water 
  1. Note slippery rocks 
  1.  Cross stream! 
  1.  Climb through old mining rubble