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Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story

Of all the rivers that spill from the dizzying array of Olympic peaks, 
none issues from so grand and powerful a source or nourishes so rich and
 productive an ecosystem as the Hoh. — Tim McNulty, Poet and Conservationist

In the Burke Museum's environmental photography exhibit, Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story, acclaimed nature photographer Keith Lazelle uses his keen artistic eye to capture the dramatic beauty of the Hoh River, one of only a few virtually intact and pristine rivers in the contiguous United States. High from its source in the Olympic mountain range, the Hoh River flows naturally, as it has for thousands of years, over 50 miles into its estuary at the Pacific Ocean. The Hoh River valley supports an inspiring array of wildlife such as Bald Eagle, Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, Roosevelt Elk, Bull Trout, and Salmon, and is also home to one of Earth's last intact temperate rainforests — the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park — where annual rainfall can exceed 200 inches.

Organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the Hoh River Trust, Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story presents fourteen large-format color photographs of the Hoh River ecosystem. Visitors follow the story of the Hoh River, from its rich history and cultural significance, to the ongoing tale of efforts among environmentalists, local communities, tribes, and government to protect and preserve the river.

Accompanying the lush visuals, the nature sounds of Emmy-award winning sound recordist Gordon Hempton immerse visitors in the experience of one of the last great American rivers.

Book available for purchase: Lazelle's work is also available for purchase in a companion book, Fast Moving Water: Images and Essays from the Hoh River, published by the Hoh River Trust.

Itinerary and Availability Information

Exhibit Specifications:


14 framed color photographs, text panels, and captions, and audio CD of nature sounds

Participation Fee

Contact Mark R. Hand at 206-616-0268 or e-mail atmrhand@u.washington.edu


Approx. 75 running feet




250 pounds





Tour begins


Photo by Keith Lazelle
Hoh River in Storm Light
Photo by Keith Lazelle
Mossy Maples
Photo by Keith Lazelle
Hoh River enters the Pacific Ocean at Sunset

Exhibit Support and Registrarial Requirements

Exhibition Support

As a host of Fast Moving Water, you will receive the following:

  • Complete shipping, handling, and installation instructions
  • Public relations support in the form of digital press releases, images, and logos; and advice on promoting the show
  • Educational and programming resources


Registrarial Requirements
This exhibition has been designated moderate security. It contains wall-hung elements consisting of 14 framed color photographic prints, text panels, and captions. Additional requirements may be added.


  • The exhibition may be displayed in a gallery, lobby, or a conference room open to the general public, but not in a hallway or cafeteria area. The exhibition cannot be displayed outdoors, in a tent, or temporary building.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking must be prohibited in the storage, receiving, and loading spaces at all times when the exhibition is within those spaces.
  • No part of the exhibition may be stored, crated, or moved off the premises without prior authorization from the Burke Museum. Empty crates for all exhibit contents must be stored in secured, pest-free, and fire-protected storage.


  • Venue staff and/or volunteers must be present in sufficient numbers to protect the exhibition adequately throughout the time it is on site (during truck off-loading, unpacking, installation, deinstallation, repacking, and truck loading) and on view.
  • The exhibition area must be locked and secured during closed hours. Alarms and/or guards during closed hours are preferred but not required.
  • Functioning fire-prevention systems and other fire-protection devices that meet local ordinances must be available in the exhibition, staging, and storage spaces.

Environmental Controls

  • The exhibition, staging, and storage areas should ideally have a temperature range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity range of 40-60% relative humidity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • There must be no direct sunlight in the exhibition, staging, or storage areas. Light levels must be limited to 20 foot-candles. Light must be filtered for UV.

Exhibition Care

  • Venue staff handling the exhibit contents during unpacking, installation, deinstallation, and repacking must follow guidelines contained in the technical manual and/or provided by Burke Museum staff.
  • The exhibition may contain crates weighing up to 100 pounds. Venues will need to have the facility and staff for crate delivery and movement.
  • The exhibition contents must be left in their crates for 24 hours before unpacking.

For more information, please contact:
Mark R. Hand
Traveling Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 206-616-0268
E-mail: mrhand@u.washington.edu