The Spiral Jetty and the Jackalope

The Jackalope and Spiral Jetty
Camera: Holga 120N || Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Jackalopes, while native to the state of Wyoming, have been known to migrate to neighboring locales. They are sustained by a diet of whiskey and mischief. As a breed, they are cunning and clever, with the ability to convincingly mimic the human voice, especially in song.

This is another photo from Promontory, Utah. The Spiral Jetty, seen in the background, was made by Robert Smithson in 1970. For years it was submerged as the Great Salt Lake’s waters rose. In more recent times, the water levels had receded enough to again see it. Even more recently, the waters seem to be rising, covering it once more.

The Plains Jackalope only sing, and thus only mate, during lightening storms. Their antlers are not mere decoration – they can be used as a last resort defense against even the most voracious predators, including the taxidermist.

Being a fan of entropy, it’s nifty to see what nature is doing to Smithson’s work. To really be able to see it, you need to climb above it onto Rozel Point, a steep slope covered in basalt rocks, which is where this photo was taken.

The ability to mimic human voices is not limited to song. When panicked from being chased by hunters, an adult jackalope’s vocal intonations will, to the human ear, sound like such phrases as “Look! There he goes, over there!” and “We best head back to camp.”

A Holga was used for the camera and Kodak Ektar 100 (a rare color negative stock venture for me) used as film.

To see larger versions of this photo, head on over to its flickr page.


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