Confucius called them the “king of fragrant plants,” and John Ruskin condemned them as “prurient apparitions.” Across the centuries, orchids have captivated us with their elaborate exoticism, their powerful perfumes, and their sublime seductiveness. But the disquieting beauty of orchids is an unplanned marvel of evolution, and the story of orchids is as captivating as…
How long will it last before the hungry developers begin to consume this quiet side of Cozumel?
“As I stood on the deck of the Professor Khromov in the Chukchi Sea and strained to see the lone swimming polar bear buffeted by waves as she disappeared into the distance, the uncertainty of her fate weighed heavily on me. But the uncertain future of her entire species, and indeed the uncertain future facing all life on Earth, weighed on me even more.” -Jenny Ross
The good news: the black turtles are back. The bad news: so are the poachers.
What do you think of when you hear the word “scientist”—white-bearded men scribbling formulas on blackboards or huddling over bubbling test tubes? These are not the scientists I know.
In 1892, Livingston Stone, a Minister and avid fisherman called upon the US government to create a salmon park, saying, “Let us now, at the eleventh hour, take pity on our long persecuted salmon and do him the poor and tardy justice of giving him, in our broad land that he has done so much for, one place where he can come and go unmolested and where he can rest in safety.”
Imbedded with the field team I am absolutely overwhelmed by the professionalism, scientific rigor and discipline. The daily grind for this mainly female field biology team starts at 7am with a calorie laden breakfast fit for a logger or two.
Why are cycads, plants that thrived in the Mesozoic, full of toxins so powerful that they will alter your DNA if ingested?
In the mornings and afternoons I watched thousands of Tibetans, even elders crippled with bad hips and knees, make their daily walks around stupas, temples and mountains, spinning their prayer wheels and chanting their mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum.”
Just west of Telluride, lies the Paradox Valley, a broad agricultural valley bordered by farms, ranches, red rock canyons, and rivers. Abandoned mines, ghost towns evacuated due to radioactive poisoning, elevated cancer rates, and radioactive tailings for which there is no long term solution dot the landscape, bearing witness to the failed legacy of uranium mining.
We set up tripods, we followed guides, we lived on sailboats and tugboats, we were welcomed by the Gitga’at community, we took to the air – swam in the ocean and shimmied on our stomachs with salmon working their way upstream to their spawning grounds…
Bristol Bay is America’s last, clean seafood resource. Now that’s a funny place to put a mine. An eye-witness account of the unique beauty and economic value of the region by Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
“I have found it is often best to work from the air, which more easily allows for the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by industrial accidents. Aerial photography gives us a wider context to the beauty and destruction happening on the Earth.” – Daniel Beltra
“Very few people know of the existence of true wilderness in Europe and even less understand the very strict, but necessary, conservation measures needed to protect this lingering natural heritage” – Bruno D’Amicis
“Crowd funding a project allows the photographer complete creative freedom and control over his project, which most don’t have when working for media organizations.” – Tina Ahrens, COO Emphas.is