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"Landscape consists in the multiple, overlapping intricacies and forms that exist in a given space at a moment in time.  Landscape is the texture of intricacy, and texture is my present subject."        -Annie Dillard

 

Bonaire is an island in the Netherlands Antilles chain, off the coast of Venezuela.   One third of the island is devoted to the harvest of salt, and the huts of the colonial era slaves who worked the salt pans are preserved within the modern salt production facilities.

 

The silent slave dwellings and the obelisks that warned ships to avoid the area are neatly arranged along the coast, surrounded by the towering mounds of salt.  It is a treeless, windswept, and curiously appealing place.

 

Sometimes the marks of our cultivation are both beautiful and terrifying.