This diary of movement begins off the coast, in the Pacific Ocean along Coos Bay. These images demonstrate a colorful and dynamic system of life living just below the surface. Where the air ends and the water begins, a whole separate world exists. In the South Cove’s tide pools, in the Marine Life Center’s tanks, and out further into the Bay, little pockets of biology bloom.
Just inland, the salt content of this water begins to subside. Estuaries mark the transition from ocean to river. Here, in these shallow waters, mudflats and salt marshes soak up tides and river flow, mixing the fresh and the salty water. The movement here is the water exchanging the two larger systems.
In the third moment of movement, the river and its human made structures come into focus. The Winchester Dam is one of the oldest dams in the history of the state of Oregon. Since it was originally built in 1890, a fish ladder was put in place to allow for salmon and trout to swim further upstream.