The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta exists in a state of confluence. It is where California’s two largest rivers meet its most famous bay. It is a place where wild waters are subdued by man made levees. It is a place that exists in some distant past while being thrust into an uncertain future.
At a time when the state is desperate for water, the Delta is at the heart of the debate over California water security. As politicians and big cities act out a tug-of-war over the precious resource, the Delta maintains a quiet poise only small towns know.
For decades the Delta has existed in this quiet space, largely unnoticed by the rest of the world. But as neighboring cities expand encroaching on the edges of farming towns; as overuse and pollution takes its toll on the environment the region stands to lose its identity and spirit.
Behind the Levees is my love poem to the region, capturing these quiet spaces where man and nature meet.
Behind the Levees was made possible with help from the National Geographic Explorers program.