Ansel Adams water photos featured in Mariners' show in Newport News

Among her most compelling sequences of images is a series that combines Monnelly's shots of the rocky Maine coast with Ansel Adams' views of rocky creeks and eroded desert canyons.

Another group pairs their studies of the near-abstract designs created by the freezing, melting and refreezing of water into ice.

"These three are such great photographers that you can hardly go wrong by playing them off each other," the curator says.

"They're really the best at what they do."

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"Fragile Waters," featuring photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

Where: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News

When: Through Sept. 2

Cost: $12 adults, $7 children 6-12

Info: 757-596-2222;

Online: Go to to see a gallery of images from the show.