Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents Emmy Award-winning author and world-class kayaker Doug Ammons as he presents “Riverscapes: The Geology and Human Culture of Rivers,” on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Join Ammons as he explains in words and pictures how we humans weave ourselves into nature in the “hows” and the “whys” of our relationship to nature. They include all the adventure sports, but also weave the ideas into quieter and more contemplative outdoor activities like fly fishing, birding and hiking, along with culture, science and technology.
Ammons explores the different ways, with very different moods and purposes, and what we get from it — excitement and quiet, action versus serenity and contemplation, sweeping vistas contrasted with intimate focused intensity.
“We’re no longer living with horse and steam trains or sailing ships, but with jets, cars, helicopters, GPS and cellphones.
“However, we have the benefit of all the quiet contemplative poetry of nature’s beauty, mixed with the action adventure that takes us to places that Muir could never reach,” Ammons said.
“All of them have the purpose of melding us with nature. The sheer reach of modern adventure sports into extreme environments is amazing, but the same is true of our forays with natural science — whether biology, ecology, geology.”
Tickets are $10; available at in advance at Columbia Center for the Arts, online at www.columbia arts.org and at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.
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