October 31, 2016

Ghost Water

By Hollis Moore
Valle Vidal
October 4, 2016


The Valle Vidal left me with an impression of ghosts. While hiking throughout the canyons the first 2 day I came across: barbed wire, remnants of hunted elk, campsite platforms, an old wooden trailer, windmills, fracking sites, dirt roads, water meters, horseshoes, logged trees, old railroads, graveyards, and the historic Ring Ranch.


At Shuree ponds, another abandoned structure, the mad-made fishing ponds were infested with algae. I came across Ryan fishing and he showed me how the trout got stuck in the algae when he released them...soon to become ghost trout. I harvested a couple pounds of the algae and dried it out (despite it’s fishy smell).  When dry, the algae resembled green wool and I decided to weave the strands together. I made a hat for the ghost of McCrystal Creek and floated it downstream. In a matter of minutes the transformed back into heavy, wet slime and sank to the bottom.


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Drying out algae, photo Ruth Le Gear


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McCrystal Creek ghost hat


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Hat lined with tarp for floatation and pH strips to take a reading of the water quality



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Releasing the hat into McCrystal Creek


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Floating down McCrystal Creek

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Waterlogged hat sinking to the bottom of the creek


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Ghost water tag on soggy algae hat

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