I took off on Wednesday for a short trip through Oregon with friends. Just upriver of the Hanford Reach on the Columbia, we saw a few white pelicans on their way to breeding grounds in both Canada and the US. I just love this part of Washington and Oregon—while it is only a few hours from the population centers of Seattle and Portland, it has a wonderful feel of solitude. A colder, wetter spring has come late to the region, and there is still lots of snow on the mountains, which is a lovely backdrop to the rural landscape.
Last weekend I was in Montreal to give my presentation of “Between Heaven and Earth” for Photo Life magazine. It’s a beautiful city and I spent a few moments relaxing and photographing families and kids playing in the fountains of Place des Festivals.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2011, to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.
To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
For further information, podcasts, and to find a sponsored event near you: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2011.html
Yesterday morning I had the unique opportunity to attend the Climate Solutions 2011 breakfast, featuring a conversation with Bill Gates.
I was sitting at the “Mellem/Macfarlane” table—coined the Vanity Fair table by Dennis Hayes of The Bullitt Foundation —with Tom Skerritt, Bill Gates, Sr., and SF Giants owner Bill Neukom. Other attendees were Dr. Leroy Hood, Science Educator Valerie Logan, Bryan Weeks, Jim McCurdy, Greg Landis, Roger Mellem, and Ross Macfarlane.
The search for clean energy and solutions to climate change is more critical than ever and innovation in this area must not be crippled by bipartisanship.
Every day is Earth Day!
Here are a few suggestions of ways to celebrate all year:
- Plant a tree
- Go for a hike
- Compost and Recycle even more and reduce trash output
- Take children out to experience nature
- Develop a global green economy inclusive of women
- Celebrate environmental artists
- Volunteer to improve trails and parks and waterways
- Take your footprint test (very sobering) and pledge your “Act of Green” visit http://www.earthday.org
The weather for last two days of our China workshop were a bit dreary, but the subdued light always makes for saturated color. We finally got the mist in Guilin that we had hoped for earlier in the trip in Huanshan. The precipitous karst mountains are at their moody best wreathed in fog and the spring greens of the bamboo are fully evident. We also revisited the marvelous fishermen who still fish with trained cormorants on the Li River.
Please keep up to speed with all things going on at iLCP. Let’s not lose our focus on our planet. Follow the photographers that are keeping an eye on the beauty of the Earth and the atrocities occurring way too frequently .
The weather has been beautiful in Huang Shan, but not conducive to good photography. Without good light, there is a whole lot of nothing going on. In spite of this and the huge volume of tourists that now come here, these mountains remain spectacular. We are heading off to the rice paddies south of Kunming & hoping for better shooting conditions.
More info on Luminous Landscape.
I am very proud to announce that the Urban Forestry Project, created by the Green Seattle Partnership in conjunction with Regalis, has won Environmental Education Association of Washington’s Community Catalyst Award. I worked on and photographed for this wonderful project with the students of Gatewood Elementary School and Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle, my alma mater. The catalyst project for the Urban Forestry Project was cleaning up and planting trees in the Pelly Place Natural Area with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. It was truly inspirational.
• The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) is composed of Seattle-based entities including the Cascade Land Conservancy and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Under their leadership, grant funds were acquired from the US Forest Service with the stated purpose of creating a compelling program that would model educational learning objectives of the Seattle School District and integrate with Seattle Parks’ Environmental Learning Centers.
• The Urban Forestry Project (UFP) is a groundbreaking program that educates and empowers high school, middle, and elementary school students to explore urban forestry issues on lands adjacent to their schools and improve the health of their forests in a sustainable way. Students participate in real-world science by evaluating the habitat, forming a study hypothesis, designing their study, and implementing field investigations based on their research. The UFP provides significant and innovative opportunities for schools to meet state standards, especially in the STEM disciplines. The Urban Forestry Project incorporates multi-grade teaching that begins with high school students conducting scientific investigations that analyze the health of their local forests.