Alphonse Island, a sandy knoll located 900 miles east of the African mainland and a hair south of the Equator, is hopelessly encircled by what many would argue to be the richest and most challenging saltwater fishery on the planet. It's also the base camp of saltwater explorer Keith Rose-Innes.
"The blueprint of country spread before him, encrypted interstate conduits enmeshed in a transcontinental snarl of pavement—how to select a single paved strand without wanting to see the rest was beyond him."
"In the course of a lifetime, I have heard the voices and met the ghosts who guard the sacred places. Although forceful in their presence and insistent in their will, they have never told me what not to do. But sometimes, when I stray from what is important and what is real, they tell me who I am." --Rene Harrop, Trout Hunter (2004)
Montana's Smith River is perhaps one of the most iconic waterways in the Lower 48. Offering 60 miles of limited river access, permits to float this pristine stretch of water are limited to an annual lottery system. Recent mine exploration permitting on Sheep Creek, the most critical trout spawning tributary, was recently challenged by several Montana environmental groups.
"The incident, for being so fleeting, has really stuck with me. It is humbling to digest that we are not the apex predator in the ecosystem. When I'm in the woods now, I have a level of hyper-alertness that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have if it weren't for the encounter." --Rich Paini, Grizzly attack survivor
It's hard to imagine architects simultaneously designing the glass-cube Apple Store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue and also a new visitor center and educational facility for the wild country of Wyoming. However, that's just what Bohlin Cywinski Jackson did.