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The Flows Exhibit Waxes Eloquent About Craters Through Photos and Poetry
Roger Boe has captured the unique landscape of Craters of the Moon, which was formed during eight major volcanic eruptions.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Be transported to one of Idaho’s most unique landscapes through a new exhibition, “The Flows: Hidden Wonders of Craters of the Moon.”

The Community Library Jeanne Rodger Lane Center for Regional History will open the exhibition on Wednesday, July 29, at The Regional History Museum in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park at First and Washington streets.

The exhibition features the photography of retired Pocatello pediatrician Roger Boe, who has filled a hard-cover, full-color coffee table book titled “The Flows: Hidden Wonders of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.”

The book, which has been 30 years in the making, features a foreword written by Bellevue historian Tom Blanchard, who has spent a great deal of time in the Great Rift himself.

It also features the poetry of Pocatello poet Will Peterson, who runs the Walrus and Carpenter bookstore in Pocatello.

“The Flows” is the result of a collaboration with the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association, which provided grant funding for the printing, and the Idaho Museum of Natural History, which hosted an exhibit of the book’s contents last year.

The Great Rift, about which the two photograph and write, features evidence of volcanic eruption dating back as far as 10,000 years and as recently as 2,000 years. They’ve captured the beauty and lore of the plants and animals that make the lava flows their home, as well as the craters and cinder cones themselves.

Retired Pocatello pediatrician Roger Boe, who has had a love affair with photography since he was given a camera while in Japan with the Armed Forces. He was a co-founder of Portneuf Valley Photographic Society and has participated in numerous photography exhibitions at Idaho State University and the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

Peterson is the author of “Crawl on Your Belly like a Man” and books of poetry, including “Idaho Out There.”

“Through the generous work and vision of the Idaho Museum of Natural History and their Idaho Bound traveling exhibition program, we are able to provide this community with an artistic view of our nearby geological phenomenon, which is Craters of the Moon,” said Marty Tyson, director of Regional History. “Art meets science.”

The exhibition will run through Nov. 28.

The Regional History Museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.


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