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Greetings from the Arizona desert. I have been browsing the Art & Ecology
Web site for the last few days and am intrigued by the article by
Elizabeth Garber about the photographs that were done by Susan Middleton
and David Liittschwager. They have taken photos of probably zillions of
species that are in danger of becoming extinct, including the cute and
charismatic North American otter, as well as species that are not so
cutesy. With the skill of a photographer and the eye of an artist they
can make even the desert grub worm assume value, personality, uniqueness.
Why, the viewer may even find herself/himself saying aloud, "See how
fearfully and wonderfully this grub worm is made!"
I focus on the desert grub worm, because it is not a creature we see
unless we go out with spade in hand and work the soil for awhile. But
every day, contractors, in every part of the city of Tucson, and in other
cities in Arizona where there is on-going and rapid growth, are leveling
the ground and preparing it for commercial and residential development.
Elizabeth Garber notes that change is an ever present theme. Change is
one part of the ecosystem can mean disruption of the whole system because
species are locked into symbiotic relationships. That sort of change can
mean that entire ecsosystems disappear. What about the organic species
that are literally "erased" when large scale construction takes over? My
question is: How can photos of the not-so-cute, but endangered desert
species be used to restore or preserve the ecosystems that construction
sites are destroying?
Are there any folks with ideas, thoughts, suggestions, comments, or words
of wisdom on this issue?
>From a green Artsednetter,