OVER THE YEARS, the University of Washington has produced some of our country’s greatest artists: Painter Chuck Close, ’62; glass artist Dale Chihuly, ’65; and photographer Imogen Cunningham, class of 1907, just to name a few. As a gift to our readers during the UW’s 150th anniversary, Columns magazine is proud to present this photo essay by Art Wolfe, ’75, one of the premier wildlife and nature photographers of our time.
During rare breaks from traveling the world, the lifelong West Seattleite returned to some of his favorite spots—the wild places on the UW campus, the Union Bay Natural Area and Washington Arboretum. “I often go out there when I am feeling squirrelly,” he said. “At fi rst glance, it may not seem spectacular. But you can fi nd quieter shots here that challenge you, and are true beauty.” We couldn’t agree more. —Jon Marmor