Springs are sacred places to almost all cultures, particularly those in arid regions. Humans have used springs for water, habitat, and hunting sites throughout our evolutionary existence…
Lawrence E. Stevens and Vicky J. Meretsky, authors, Chapter 1, Springs Ecosystem Ecology and Conservation, p.3 from Aridland Springs in North America
Natural springs struggle to persist within the drying climate of the western US. These photographs address the arid landscape's reality of vanishing springs, portraying three periods of time, pristine, exploited and dried up - the past, present and future.
Despite any appearance that we have conquered nature, we remain at the mercy of hydrologic cycles of drought and rapidly diminishing and over exploited water resources. This is a black and white dilemma of life and death, as a land without water cannot sustain life for long.