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A detail from Bixby Creek Bridge, BigSur, CA.

A scrappy "boat barn" in Maine, a sunny beach in Santa Monica, a Brooklyn shipyard - we never see such places as linked, but they are all joined by the coastline of North America.

Canadian photographer Scott Conarroe has made that perimeter his subject, from the Bering Strait to the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coast in his new series, By Sea. In 2009, Mr. Conarroe began shooting these locations in his pastoral style.

The result is a sweeping document of environmental change, but also of the beauty that people and nature together make by accident. This year, Mr. Conarroe will travel to the Arctic to continue his work.

You can see the pictures in this series by request at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.