One Year Later

Photograph by Dave Martin/AP

Powerful pictures can have the strange effect of making us remember while wanting to forget. On this anniversary of the BP disaster, and many thousands of images later, we share a visual chronicle of particular moments captured by land, sea and air - from the high drama of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, to the granular evidence of a single, oil-slicked bird, and our massive communal response.

Audubon's September/October cover image for the magazine's Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Disaster takes us back a year, but it doesn’t leave us there. This simple, elegant image of a cresting , oil-stained wave looks forward as well, to the challenge of remaining engaged in the longer range problems and solutions that continue to unfold.