Fresh and Flowing Water

John_bennett In an effort to connect the reading of THE DOAN BROOK HANDBOOK and the CUYAHOGA NATIONAL PARK HANDBOOK, we asked participants in the RRR Summer Institute 2008 to find fresh and flowing water near their homes.  The intent of the assignment was to deepen understanding of the Doan Brook by observing water in the neighborhoods.

John Bennett called me excited about what he’d discovered about Yellow Creek.  He knew that the water was near his home, but he didn’t know the name of the stream, nor did he know the history of it.  I reminded him that he had only 25 words or fewer to s compare his stream with the Doan Brook.

Jann I always do the reading and complete any task I assign to the participants.  Like John, I was amazed with what I learned about the fresh and flowing water near my home in Wooster, Ohio.  Throughout their childhood, my four children played in two creeks on opposite sides of town.  For the past three years, I have been walking each morning in another park that takes me over a small creek.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were all the very same creek.  The headwaters began in the park I know best, and the creek continues through town to the other two parks before it dumps into the Killbuck Creek.  I have lived in Wooster for more than thirty years.  I took this stream for granted all that time.

Timothy Timothy Gallagher connected the reading to his own childhood memories.  Notice in this picture reflects the rule of thirds, and we hadn’t even talked about it yet.

Like many other photographers, Timothy was able to catch the reflection in the water.

Andreas  Andreas e-mailed me his water photo before the first day of the Summer Institute.  I almost wept when I saw what he’d done. 

Around his beautiful photograph, he’d written the word for water.  Then he’d written statements in English with Swedish beneath.

I was touched with his creativity and the risk he took with this assignment.

Janie You can find Janie Talbott’s fresh and flowing water in rural Ohio.

Janie wrote a poem about her babbling brook.  She has a dream of authoring and illustrating a children’s book about this brook.

Her photo is framed with the leaves in the foreground.  Capturing the brook on a diagonal gives the image energy and direction.

Dawn_2Dawn Cancelliere’s photo is rich with depth and texture.  I almost wish her words were not at the top of the image so that I could see more of the photo.Her words, however, demonstrate the depth of the research she completed for the assignment.

SteveSteve Testa realized that he had spent his entire life on some bank of Weills Creek.  Like Andreas, Steve expressed his feeling for the creek in a poem.

His photograph is rich with detail. 

Steve’s words show the inner connectedness of the stream and his life. 

I was so pleased with the assignment.  This is the first time we required an assignment before the Institute began.  I am glad we did.  Everyone was proud of their image.  Everyone wanted to share.

As Justin reported in one of his entries, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday morning reviewing the images.  Reviewing each one provided the opportunity to honor each work and each voice.

I scanned twelve assignments and posted them on the RRR Flickr site.  I hope to scan all of the images in and post them on Flickr.  Look for it!