Meet Orcas Island Author Robert Dash

Posted September 12, 2017 at 5:49 am by

“On An Acre Shy of Eter­mi­ty, Micro Land­scapes at the Edge”

Be sure to set aside some time to stop in Grif­fin Bay Book­store on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 16, 2:00—4:00 pm to see what Orcas Island author and pho­tog­ra­ph­er, Robert Dash, has cre­at­ed in his gor­geous book, On An Acre Shy of Eter­ni­ty, Micro Land­scapes at the Edge. He’ll be there to talk to cus­tomers about his for­ay into his own land­scape and the mag­ic he cap­tured there.

In On An Acre Shy of Eter­ni­ty, Micro Land­scapes at the Edge, Robert Dash takes nature explo­ration to new depths. He views the mys­tery of this land as one might read a book, pro­mot­ing a visu­al, poet­ic, and eco­log­i­cal lit­er­a­cy that he calls “loca­vore art and ecol­o­gy”—the art, sci­ence and dis­cov­ery that beck­ons in one’s own front yard. Over a three-year peri­od he trav­eled from bluff to tree, feath­er to seed on a near-acre of for­est, mead­ow and cliff shoul­der­ing the Sal­ish Sea. Using metaphors, a cam­era, and a scan­ning elec­tron micro­scope, Dash fea­tures beau­ty at scales rang­ing from craters on the moon to grains of pollen a few thou­sandths of an inch wide.

Grif­fin Bay Book­store, Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 16, 2:00—4:00 PM

About the Author

Robert Dash — Con­tributed photo

Robert Dash is an Orcas Island pho­tog­ra­ph­er, nat­u­ral­ist and edu­ca­tor whose book invites read­ers on a wild, con­tem­pla­tive, minia­ture hike. His pho­tographs have been pub­lished by Nation­al Geo­graph­ic, Time, The Week, and Lenscul­ture, and have appeared in gal­leries and juried shows around the coun­try. Dash pre­sent­ed the Orcas TedX talk, “The Inter­course of Nature: It’s What We Are” in 2016. Sev­er­al images in his book were cre­at­ed with the scan­ning elec­tron micro­scope at Fri­day Har­bor Labs.

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