The first light of morning glows gently on an alpine lake, as day begins in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
This spectacular lake in the wilderness is Ice Lake, the result of nine miles of hiking uphill on trails that are rocky and sometimes quite steep. For many months of the year, Ice Lake is covered in snow, and it is the intrepid hiker indeed who makes it up here.
Because of the altitude, even in the summer the mornings at Ice Lake are Cold, and the artwork, First Light, captures this sense of brisk coolness. One feels what it would be like to emerge from the tent, quickly donning one’s coat, and setting about building a campfire with which to heat water. Once the water is boiling, the cocoa is quickly made, and it is time to sit at the banks of the lake, gently sipping the hot liquid, and reflecting upon the quiet and peacefulness of the time and place.
Because it is quiet here. The hiker may or may not be alone – many people hike to Ice Lake and tents can be seen dotting the area – but at the same time, most of these people came here because they value the quiet, and they want to experience it. Hikers like these do not tend to have radios, and even cell phones frequently don’t work – so one is forced to disregard the trappings of modern life and immerse oneself in a landscape that is timeless and majestic.
First Light invites the viewer to step into this landscape of peace, quiet, and majesty, reflecting upon the day that is just dawning, and where things will go as the sun rises in the sky and warms the air. This is a place worth spending time in.
November 9th, 2017
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