If alphabets represent the sounds of language, can texture articulate the harmonies of nature?
USA: California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach (aka Hendry’s Beach)
USA: California, Ragged Point, southern end of Big Sur, Monteray cypress trees (Cupressus macrocarpa)
USA Vermont, Lamoille County, Stowe (Morrisville), Jopson Lane, after winter icestorm
California: Death Valley NP, Artist’s Drive, detail and texture of rock formations, mineral deposits and volcanic ash cemented in rock.
ARG Valdes Peninsula, Argentina: Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Chubut Province, Punta Delgada, beach on Atlantic Ocean, red seaweed on sand
Canada: British Columbia, Mica Dam Road views, rivulet of water (marked # 243) near Downie Creek flowing into Lake Revelstoke (part of the Columbia River), Indian Paintbrush in bloom
USA: California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Hendry’s Beach in morning mist,
East Africa, Kenya, Pammie’s safari, Amboseli Reserve, dried surface of Amboseli Lake bed (soil is white from the alkalinity)
USA: Oregon, Columbia River Basin, Columbia Gorge, wet cliff wall vegetation at Wahkeena Falls
USA New Jersey, Watchung, Raritan River Basin, Green Brook subBasin, Watchung Reservation, Green Brook just below Seeley’s Pond in winter, sun and trees reflected in water
USA California, Los Padres National Forest, (from Paradise Road access off Rt 153 to Santa Ynez Valley), Santa Ynez River, dry stream bed due to 3 year drought
Canada: Alberta, Columbia Icefield Parkway, Sunwapta Falls
USA: Wyoming, Mississipppi River Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Artist Point, southern rim of canyon with conifers below Lower Yellowstone Falls
East AFrica: Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park /Ishasha, African common white butterflies (Belenois creona severina) on moist patch in road after rain, aqua-green swallowtail butterfly (Papilio Bromius , Broad green-banded swallowtail) flying off
We wish you the Magic of water, the Rhythm of rivers and the Joy of friends and family on our riverbanks!
“THE RIVER SPEAKS” – Poem by Gene Lindberg
Down from the mountains of eternal snow
The streams come tumbling, joining as they flow
To send a river winding toward the sea.
I listen, and the river speaks to me.
It tells of meadows on a thirsty plain;
Of gardens blooming where there is no rain;
Of mighty cities built upon its banks;
Of living things that owe the river thanks.
The waters speak to me, and hurry on,
Eager to come and eager to be gone.
Almost it seems as if the river knew,
How many things there are for it to do.
Sometimes it pauses,
to lay up a store of liquid wealth in lake and reservoir,
Then leaps a dam and hastens on again,
Turning a wheel to light the homes of men.
The river speaks, and deserts cease to be;
Wide fields grow green, and ships go down to the sea,
I hear the water singing as it goes:
“Let life go on, because the river flows.”
A STRONG PUSH… In Paris this month 195 countries tackled climate change together, due to increased public awareness. TO KEEP MOVING… Climate change is still in question, NOT out of the question! AND PAYING ATTENTION. Climate change is invisible, but its causes and effects are visible.
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Maasai women walking on plains
Canada: Alberta, Athabasca Glacier
USA: New Jersey, Raritan River Basin spring floods
Photography has been a critical tool in communicating the dire need for the cooperation and progress that began at Paris COP21.
Let’s all continue this conversation and purposefully work to create a world that sustains itself with recycling and renewable energy sources.
“This problem isn’t for another generation. It has serious implications for how we live right now.” -Anonymous
One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than on what they have to gain. -Anonymous
Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.
-Alice Walker, American author
The last few months have been charged with galvanizing grassroots energy. We’ve seen ‘Kayak-tivists’ halt Shell’s Arctic icebreaker, and campaigns such as Keep it in the Ground and DIVEST. People are increasingly gathering and marching in hundreds of cities around the world and calling for clean energy solutions.
In NYC this past weekend, global activism cried out:
“Hey Obama! We don’t want no Climate Drama!” Whatdo we want? CLIMATE JUSTICE!!! When do we want it? NOW!!!”
We each have the power to make a difference. We are one Earth. There is no “Planet B!” Decisions are now being formed at the Paris Climate Summit. Let’s support today’s spirit of hope and determination.