Water is the driving force in nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci

I grew up and spent all of my life in New Jersey. As a child and until my earty 30's I live in Piscataway, New Jersey. Piscataway is bordered on one side, by the Raritan River. When I moved, it was to New Brunswick, New Jersey, the other side of the Raritan River. Later, my wife and I bought a house in Edison, New Jersey, where the Raritan River flows into Raritan Bay.

With the New Jersey beaches and easy car drive away, it was not unusual to “go down the shore” for the day. In fact, growing up, I spent most of my summers at my grandparents beach cottage in a little town named Lavallette.

When we moved to Las Cruces, we had not been a total stranger to New Mexico. We had visited New Mexico many times over the last 30 years and loved it so much we decided to move here in October of 2018.

Our next exhibit, Water, A Juried Photographic Exhibition at The Southwest Environmental Center, has brought images that range from celebration to warning about this precious resource. It has also brought a range of thoughts and emotions that I didn't think I would experience. The exhibition has triggered a feeling of loss in me, the loss of the sight and sound of flowing and running water.

The Rio Grande is dry, lakes and ponds are few and far between, even rain storms seem small and mild compared to what is normal in the east. All of this has made me appreciate water in ways that I have never thought. And if absence makes the heart grow fonder, then the absence of water has made me realize its driving force in nature and survival.

John Craig
Converge Las Cruces