Stanchions | Badger Mountain, WA | October 2019

They’re seemingly everywhere in Eastern Washington. Stanchions and the electric lines that connect them stretch across some of the region’s most dramatic vistas. I cursed them at first for slicing through my landscape photos, but soon realized they are landscape. Or, at least, a major element of what makes this area so livable — cheap hydro power. Sure, Photoshop can erase all blemishes. But when it comes to power lines I now offer gratitude for hydro technology and, in particular, the brave souls who string wires over canyons and chasms. When I click the shutter, I give a nod of thanks.