Chaotic Utopia


Raindrops fall into the Farmer’s Highline Canal in Westminster, Colorado.

Here, cottonwood trees, coyote willows, and town homes sprout along a canal, once primarily used for agricultural purposes, now supporting these suburban communities. Not too long ago, this was a dry ridge, and the only cottonwoods in the area were found along Big Dry Creek below.

All photos by the author, unless otherwise noted.


  1. #1 RP pedestrian
    June 5, 2007

    I love learning something about the evolution of hybrid landscapes like this. Thanks for sharing these words and pictures.

  2. #2 Karmen
    June 7, 2007

    RP, it’s certainly my pleasure to share these. There should be plenty more to come this summer, like the video I just posted today. 😉

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