Henry David Thoreau said, lakes are "Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." For many people, lakes are a touchstone. Few people feel this connection as intimately as those who dedicate their lives to studying lake ecosystems. The collaboration between artists and scientists at UW-Trout Lake Station in Drawing Water seeks to explore the relationships between aquatic ecosystems and changing biophysical setting, climate, and land use. Through this atmosphere of discovery, Drawing Water allows for a deeper understanding of the complex, beautiful systems of the Northern Highland lakes.