"Thunderous Power," Photograph, Julie David
Friend of Terry Ryan, Rita Prigioni and Stan Johnson, DHS Employees
Was on Display:
December 2010 - February 2011
Floors B1 and B2
"In the northern forests, Murchison Falls is the mighty Nile River. It
demonstrates its powers while thunderously moving through an austere 6
meters of separation in the rocks. This is truly nature reminding us of
her fortitude. The savanna here also bolsters an abundance of animal life!
Traveling southwest the topography changes along the Congo border with
the rise of the Rwenzori Mountains. Dormant volcanos from another place
and time dot the country side with reflective crater lakes. As the day
comes to an end, the suns rays give a glow to these craters that magically
bring them back to life. Kibale National Park is nestled here, home to one
of our closest living primates, the Chimpanzee. A sense of intensity was
felt while in the presence of these individuals. There was the peaceful
group busy grooming one another. At the same time your body was shaken by
the piercing battle screams from the males echoing through the forest. All
Queen Elizabeth National Park. A savanna that supports many of the
African animals. To mention a few, 600 specie of birds, families of
giraffe, herds of elephant, antelope, and of course the king of the
jungle... the majestic lion. There are two areas in the world where lions
live in the trees, one of these area’s is in the south of QENP. The
lioness looks so regal as she lays across the branches of the sycamore
Gorilla’s in the mist. This is Bwindi Impentratable National Park.
Thick, dense moisture clouds float over the mountainous African jungle.
Again, home to our primate relatives, the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
There are few words to describe the moments we experienced sitting with
these gentle giants,... peaceful, magnificent, and awe inspiring. The
inner core of one’s spirit, and soul has been touched, you can feel it.
Senses become full. You hear it, smell it, see it, taste it. The
intensity, the simplicity. It is full circle.
People of Uganda. Resilience, with a spirit of survival. Women working
in the fields with their little ones close by, collecting wood for cooking
that days meals. Men moving a herd of cattle, or pushing bikes up hill
loaded with 150 pounds of green bananas. Yet there seemed to always be a
moment to stop for a friendly wave as we passed through the countryside.
Colorful uniforms saturate the sides of the road as the children’s
school day comes to a close. Visiting 4 schools as we traveled was a heart
warming experience! Items we had collected from friends and business’s
before we left, were graciously appreciated. We were presented with hand
written letters from the children. Messages filled with love, respect and
thankfulness. This giving and reaching out fills ones spirit, it’s about
the core of being human.
My life has once again been blessed. Giving back is part of all my
travels. E.D.G.E. (Empowering Development Gender Equality), is a student
led initiative here at the University. This summer, 7 UW students spent
the month of July on Lingira Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda. These
adventurous students worked with the island community in various areas of
sustainability, improving the lives of many. My commitment is to give back
to Uganda through the E.D.G.E. Project. I will donate 20% of all sales to
this initiative. My sincere “thanks” for your support.
Thank you for taking time to share in this photographic journey."
Sample images from the art display at 1 West Wilson
Street. Select each image to open a larger version.
website: www.inphocusmadison.com (exit DHS)
September 03, 2013