Using low flight path Lidar laser technology these maps have been made to document the historic chanelling of the Willametter River. Made by the Oregon Department of Geology..
These images remind us of a time traveling with the Zimbabwean Chigamba family performing and doing ceremony with and for the water spirits. Irene has the ability to see imaginations emanating from the earth which can have very practical implications. She was being driven to the SeaTac airport at one point by a local who got disoriented and lost. Without missing a beat Irene gave her driver directions without ever having been in the place before. Impressed we were!
Along the way she commented with dismay at the willingness of Americans to build so close to water. She is a woman of ancient memory and knows that water needs space to be free. Loss of that kind of memory leads to “natural” disasters. These maps are an amazingly beautiful reminder of the space and motion free Rivers will claim over time.
The Historic Missoula Floods at the end of the last Ice Age have shaped much of the landscapes along the CheeAwana Basin – this is a Lidar created image of the flood levels at the conjunction of the Willamette and CheeAwana in what is now the Portland/Vancouver Metro area.