Date: September 9th, 2017 | Comments : none | Categories: Environmental issues, Landscape, Oregon, Sky, sunrise, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Forest fires at the Columbia River Gorge, OR

 

Date: August 23rd, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: Elements, Environmental issues, issues, Landscape, Oregon, Seasonal, Silhouettes, Sky, Summer, Travel USA, Trees, USA, Washington State.

Forest fires affecting air quality, Hwy 47 near Amity, Oregon

 

Forest fires in Washington and Oregon affecting air quality, Hwy 47 near Amity, Oregon

 

 

Date: July 12th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Environmental issues, Historic significance, Michigan, Travel, Travel USA, Unusual Interest.

Steam from underground pipes, Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Thermal: steam rising from from 39 miles of piping buried deep underground the city streets of Detroit, Michigan.

 

 

Date: July 7th, 2015 | Comments : none | Categories: conservation, Design, Environmental issues, Green, issues, Landscape, Oregon, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, USA.

Shepherd's Flat Wind Farm near Arlington, ORStorm near Echo, OR on the Oregon TrailShepherd’s Flat Wind Farm near Arlington, OR and storm over flat terrain near Echo, OR on the Oregon Trail, just before crossing the Wallowa Mountains.

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Greenwood Tree Farm, Columbia Basin, Hwy 84, OregonDriving past the perfectly aligned poplar trees on the Greenwood Tree Farm, Columbia Basin, Hwy 84, eastern Oregon. Large sections of trees at various ages can be seen from the highway. The company specializes in the hybridization of fast-growing, high yield poplar trees, and managing sustainable tree farms with the aim to help reduce reliance on natural forests and non-renewable energy sources.

 

Date: January 25th, 2013 | Comments : none | Categories: Arizona, conservation, Environmental issues, Landscape, Seasonal, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA, winter.

Cottonwood-Willow forest, The Hassayampa River Riparian Area, Peoria AZ Endangered Cottonwood-Willow Riparian forest, The Hassayampa River area, Peoria AZ. A local legend says that people who drink from the Hassayampa River will never tell the truth again.

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Cottonwood-Willow forest, The Hassayampa River Riparian Area, Peoria AZCottonwood-Willow forest, The Hassayampa River Riparian Area, Peoria AZ

 

Date: April 9th, 2012 | Comments : none | Categories: Alberta, Architecture, Canada, Design, Environmental issues, Landscape, Moon, Mountains, Sky, Travel, travel Canada.

Full moon, Hwy 1 South of CalgaryFull moon on April 6th, and Alberta Wind Energy generators, Hwy 1 South of Calgary, Alberta

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South Calgary Wind Power, Alberta CanadaSouth Calgary Wind Power, Alberta Canada

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Wind Power, farm and Rocky Mountains, South of Calgary, Alberta

 

Date: March 20th, 2011 | Comments : none | Categories: Cultures, Environmental issues, issues, Reptiles, Seasonal, Series, Spring, Texas, Travel, Travel USA, Unusual Interest, USA.

Children watch on as snake-wranglers demonstrate - fangs have broken balloons, laying on the ground hereLeft: Children watch on as snake-wranglers demonstrate various tricks goading the rattlesnakes. Fangs have broken the balloons, foreground, during demonstrations at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas. The Texan cultural tradition, both horrifying and curiously fascinating, takes place during Springtime every March, when thousands of rattlesnakes are competitively captured each year and placed in pits inside the local arena, with wrangling demonstrations, milking, skinning, tables of bizarre crafts, the sale of deep-fried rattlesnake, and even a meat-eating contest involving Miss Roundup’s participation. Next photo: Individuality – each snake has its own unique markings and colors.

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Individuality - each snake has unique skin color and patternsNow that we have moved from Texas, and may never live there again, I’m so glad we went. View more photos posted on March 15th 2009, the initial post of Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater TX.

 

Date: January 5th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Design, Elements, Environmental issues, Leaves, Oregon, USA, winter.

Gas rainbow at a Portland, Oregon rest stopGas rainbow at a Portland, Oregon rest stop

 

Date: September 29th, 2009 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, conservation, Environmental issues, Flowers, issues, Landscape, New Mexico, Seasonal, Sky, Storms, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, wildflowers, yellow.

Autumn storm near Taos, New Mexico. Wildflowers: Bird's Beak
I recently watched a very interesting documentary about the perilous state of our planet, and things we can do to affect the course of necessary change. Narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio I highly recommend seeing this film,  The 11th Hour

 

Date: September 1st, 2009 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, Canada, Environmental issues, Green, Ontario, Unusual Interest, Urban and Provincial Parks.

Shopping carts in Lake OntarioShopping carts in Lake Ontario

 

Date: February 25th, 2009 | Comments : none | Categories: conservation, Environmental issues, Green, Historic significance, issues, petition, Seasonal, Series, South Carolina, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Unusual Interest, Urban and State Parks, USA.

Thanks to individuals rallying together and signing the petition, we are reassured that small efforts can and do make a difference on this planet. The land surrounding the Angel Oak is no longer in jeopardy. http://www.savetheangeloak.org/

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Update – originally posted September 11, 2008

The 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina
This set of photos honors the efforts of a petition to halt construction on John’s Island, South Carolina that would encroach on an area of land boasting an Oak tree estimated to be between 1,400 and 1,500 years old.
Charleston, SC is proud of its heritage and respected for its commitment to preserving history in the area, so residents hope that plans will not proceed to cut down nearby trees and forest in favor of land development. Charleston, SC is proud of its heritage and respected for its commitment to preserving history in the area, and on the Angel Oak petition website, even if you don’t sign (but please do), you will still be able to read pages of interesting comments and pleas from residents who have fond memories of climbing the immense branches as children, and whose children now do the same; how a nearby elementary school carries its’ name, and exclamations by tourists who have visited the area specifically to see the Angel Oak.

The 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaThe 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaArbourists have propped and supported the weight of the branches of the Angel Oak with stakes and cables.Arbourists have propped and supported the weight of the branches of the Angel Oak with stakes and cables.Arbourists have propped and supported the weight of the branches of the Angel Oak with stakes and cables.
This summer my husband and I drove through South Carolina and took a short detour to John’s Island. We drove through wicked rains at the edge of Tropical storm Faye, so when we arrived at Angel Oak park no one else was there. The tree trunk and lower branches are so immense, they have been propped up with stakes and heavy cables here and there, which is a little intrusive but obviously necessary. Growth is spread outward more than upward, occupying an enormous space at least 150 feet wide.

It occurred to me that this tree has lived through one serious chunk of history, and wondered what was happening on our planet when The Angel Oak was knee-high to an acorn? 1400 years ago it was the year 608 A.D., Common Era. Almost everything we are familiar with; our collective modern identity has been shaped by many of the events and people who lived and died since the Angel Tree established its first roots in the earth.

Some branches measure at least two feet in diameter near the main trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaSome branches measure at least two feet in diameter near the main trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaSome branches measure at least two feet in diameter near the main trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaBranches extend over thirty feet away from the trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on John\'s Island, South CarolinaBranches extend over thirty feet away from the trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaSome branches measure at least two feet in diameter near the main trunk on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina

Angel Oak’s parent-tree was undoubtedly alive for centuries before and during the year 476 A.D. when the last of the Roman emperors died, bringing about the Fall of Rome. Around the 7th Century A.D. an acorn falls from one of the magnificent Oaks on the southeastern shores of a land only known to the indigenous peoples; a land we now refer to as North America. The acorn sprouts along with many others…but this one will outlive the rest, seasoning hurricanes, wars, and countless generations of playful children climbing it’s branches; it sprouts in conjunction with the collapse of Teotihuacan, one of the major cities in Mesoamerica with widespread influence in central Mexico. The Toltec civilization was unheard of, and would not flourish for another 500 years (1100-1521). Aztecs did not seize power until the 13th century.

When this tree was 300 years old during 901 A.D., the Vikings discovered Greenland. In 1066 William the Conqueror and the Norman troops conquered England altering the English culture forever by bringing French rule and rivalry with France until the The French Revolution occuring from 1789 – 1799. Circa 1100 A.D. the famous Buddhist temple, Angkor Wat in Cambodia is constructed to house the Hindu faith. Around 1275 A.D. Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer and trader visits China via the The Silk Road, returning to Europe with new foods and goods from the Orient which impact modern culture, medicine and dietary habits today.

Healthy ferns support other organisms on the branches of 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaHealthy leaves continue to thrive on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaHealthy leaves continue to thrive on the 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina
The Black Death devastates Europe around 1348 A.D., while the 740 year old Angel Oak thrives. Columbus and other adventurers would not claim to discover America for another 144 years (C. 1592). Leonardo da Vinci, a man light-years ahead of his time in the field of science and medicine through his various studies. By the time he would paint the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo would paint the Sistine Chapel, the Angel Oak has lived for 900 years. The Tree continues growth beyond the life of Galileo, father of modern Astronomy, and through the life of Shakespeare, who established some of the most famous English literature in our era (c. 1564 – 1616).

Healthy ferns support other organisms on the branches of 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaHealthy ferns support other organisms on the branches of 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South CarolinaHealthy ferns support other organisms on the branches of 1500 year old Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina
Year 1776 – Angel Oak is 1,166 years old when the U.S. breaks free from British rule and establishes the first Independence Day In 1895, and by the time the Angel Oak had already survived for 1,287 winters Sigmund Freud would bring modern medicine and humanity into a new open-minded age by announcing his theories of dream psychoanalysis and studies of the human psyche.

The First World War between 1914-1918 was followed by WWII, 1939 -45/51.
According to after the Category 5 Hurricane Hugo hit the coast of in 1989, Governor Carroll Campbell is reported to say that the storm destroyed enough timber in South Carolina to frame a home for every family in the state of West Virginia. All those trees and forests obliterated, yet The Angel Oak survived. It has since healed injuries inflicted by Hurricane Hugo.

The petition page has so many interesting comments left by those who signed the petition.

 

Date: January 14th, 2009 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, conservation, Elements, Environmental issues, Landscape, Summer, Texas, Travel USA.

Wildorado Wind Ranch near Adrian, TexasWildorado Wind Ranch near Adrian, TexasWildorado Wind Ranch near Adrian, Texas
Wildorado Wind Ranch
Creating fields of renewable energy themselves, a herd of cattle leisurely does what cows do best on a warm summer day, twenty five miles west of Amarillo, just outside Adrian, Texas at the Wildorado Wind Ranch where there are 70 wind turbine generators spanning the horizon. Each turbine measures 450 ft. from ground to the tip of one of three blades. Wind will generate power to parts of eight southern States: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

 

Date: October 6th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, Autumn, California, Environmental issues, golden light, Landscape, Sky, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, USA.

Mohave Desert sunset near Edwards Air Force Base, CAMohave Desert sunset near Edwards Air Force Base, CA. 5,000 wind turbines all spinning miles into the horizon is a thrilling sight to see, even if you don’t appreciate their great contributions. I suppose I’m pretty naive in assuming that everyone everywhere holds the sake of the planet in highest regard, even at the risk of paying higher taxes and energy bills…which are inevitable anyway no matter what resources we consume, and if we depend on others to create electrical energy for us.
Proposition 7, a Renewable Energy Generation Initiative Statute proposes all Government owned and private Utility companies in the State of California to generate 20% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010, 40% by 2020, and 50% by 2025, with possible penalties for not complying. I was kind of surprised that there is a controversy at all until hearing arguments from both sides. Now I’m confused! Who do I believe? A contraversial statute with good arguements from both sides. For details visit voterguide.sos.ca.gov/audio/proposition7.htm
To give an idea of scale of each Wind Turbine at the Tehachapi Pass, California, apparently six people can fit inside to fix and maintain the turbines.

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Tehachapi wind turbines, CA, read Proposition 7Tehachapi wind turbines, CA, read Proposition 7

 

Date: September 4th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Design, Environmental issues, Green, Landscape, Leaves, Seasonal, Tennessee, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Unusual Interest, USA.

Kudzu - invasive vine species covers forests in TennesseeKudzu, an invasive vine species covers trees in Southern USA, here in Tennessee, creating miles of sculptural shapes.

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Kudzu - invasive vine species covers forests in TennesseeKudzu - invasive vine species covers forests in Tennessee

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Kudzu, an invasive vine species covering trees in Southern USA, creating sculptural shapesKudzu, an invasive vine species covering trees in Southern USA, creating sculptural shapes

 

Date: October 1st, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, beach, Birds, conservation, Environmental issues, issues, Landscape, North Carolina, seascape, Seasonal, Sky, Summer, sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA, Water.

Sunset, Washington, North CarolinaJust off the ferry at sunset, Washington, North Carolina

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Sunrise, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCGrackle - Cape Hatteras, NCRainbow - Swan Quarter, NCOld gas station - Farmville, NC

Alain and I flew to North Carolina for three days – a little business trip and I tagged along—he threatened to take my camera with him and I was sure I could not manage without it! We drove around the eastern countryside between Raleigh and Washington, NC through old, old towns. It takes a looong time for wooden doors to shred, and a looong time for conditions to be just right for vines to sprout then twirl round and round, entwined and squished between panes of glass …old, old farms: tobacco, cotton, peanuts.. and an interesting gas station.

There is a lot of history in North Carolina – fossils, settlers and Civil War history. We stayed at Kitty Hawk (first flight – Wright bros.) and walked the shores at various places along the narrow coast of the Outer Banks. We watched the sun rise and dolphins feed – too far away for good photos, even with the telephoto. As soon as the sun rose they swam away.
Along Cape Hatteras, groups of Grackles ate ripe grass seeds, bouncing up and down on the stems, their bodies too heavy for the tall grasses. Just off the 2 1/2 hr. long ferry at Swan Quarter, and sunset with a short, wide rainbow after a storm that we managed to escape and watch from the better side.

NO OLF – we were curious about this sign in many people’s yards. The following website shows a video describing how the U.S. Navy has purchased over 30,000 acres of land near the eastern North Carolina coast, planning to move their pilot training program from Virginia. Part of the huge controversy is that over 75 families would be forced to leave their homes, many of them farming that land for generations. The human issues are enough, but the cause and effect on the wildlife and ecology would be drastic and irreparable. Thousands of ducks and large flocks of snow geese that feed in the area annually would no longer have sanctuary. The large birds would also be a danger to the jets.

On Pony Island a large sand crab tried to buff up and look tough, but it was quite vulnerable there out in the open; all the other crabs scurried into holes but this one stayed, trying to hide in footprints, which offered no protection if we had been birds looking for a hearty meal. Great fun to watch the behavior for a while. It’s clearly outlined crab-shaped shadow following it everywhere, creating a few graphic photos that are perfect resource material for drawings and paintings but do not stand alone as good photography because it was moving so fast.

 


 

 
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