September 4, 2014

kateoplis:

Carleton Watkins and the Photographs that saved Yosemite, 1861

In 1861 – only 10 years after it had been ‘discovered’ – Carleton E Watkins wandered the Yosemite valley, with camera equipment that weighed close to a tonne strapped to his team of mules, and snapped the awesome images that inspired Abraham Lincoln to secure the world’s first national park. Here is a selection of those images by one of the world’s earliest environmentalists.

(via glynnis)

September 3, 2014
September 2, 2014

hannahkc:

I spent my birthday hiking the Tongariro Crossing. It’s not really a crossing anymore since the volcano erupted last year, but it was still every bit as beautiful as I had hoped. Volcanoes are cool.

September 1, 2014
August 31, 2014
melanyouth:

(via indiantalkingmachine):

Colors. Kalighat, Calcutta.

I know I always bitch about how monochromatic it is in this country, especially the Pacific NW. Most people don’t seem to notice, or care.
But look at how cheerful and wonderful it is to have all the colors of the rainbow all around! I think everyone’s mood would improve if only we could experience this sort of lively colorfulness, every day and every place. I feel better just looking at a picture like this!

melanyouth:

(via indiantalkingmachine):

Colors. Kalighat, Calcutta.

I know I always bitch about how monochromatic it is in this country, especially the Pacific NW. Most people don’t seem to notice, or care.

But look at how cheerful and wonderful it is to have all the colors of the rainbow all around! I think everyone’s mood would improve if only we could experience this sort of lively colorfulness, every day and every place. I feel better just looking at a picture like this!

August 30, 2014

martinekenblog:

A Maldives Beach Awash in Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Looks Like an Ocean of Stars

(Source: thisiscolossal.com, via travelthisworld)

August 29, 2014

thingumbobesq:

So, I hear New Zealand is pretty neat

August 28, 2014

Water people have begun whispering the years of other bad droughts, almost like incantations. ’91-’92. That one was bad. ’76-’77. Oh. That one was terrible. Average precipitation is 50 inches for California; that year it was 17. And, Lord, ’23-’24, you don’t even want to know. There was so little river flow that the San Francisco Bay swept far, far into the Delta. During the dry season, sugar refiners at the C&H factory at the mouth of the Bay, in Crockett, California, had to send their barges 40 miles inland looking for fresh water. Eventually, they gave up, and started sucking in fresh water from across the Bay in Marin.

These recollections are soothing because the specter of climate change hangs over California. Could this unseasonably warm, dry weather be a casual occasion for a February picnic? Or is it a omen of doom? Will melting ice sheets lead to sea level rise that drives salty Bay water deep into the Delta?

August 27, 2014

irun2much:

Salomon Running TV - Season 3 Trailer

(Source: vimeo.com, via wildrejoicingwaters)

August 26, 2014
August 25, 2014
harriscountypl:

Very cool gif showing the evolution of the American states.
via Upworthy

harriscountypl:

Very cool gif showing the evolution of the American states.

via Upworthy

(via macindy)

August 24, 2014

stuckinabucket:

Least weasel (Mustela nivalis sp.)

In spite of the smaller subspecies clocking in at less than half a pound (for comparison, domestic ferrets typically weigh at least a pound and a half), these little bastards are still quite capable of taking down a five-pound rabbit.  Babies are killing things by the time they’re two months old, which is rather to be expected from kits reared in dens lined with the skin of their mothers’ victims, so, you know.  Weasels.

(via northernbushcraft)

August 23, 2014
coffeentrees:

From the helicopter looking down, along #Greenland’s coast, an #iceberg surrounded by drift #ice. On assignment for @natgeo, shooting a global story on the #Evolution of #Diet - how we are what we ate. What will people be eating down there? Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) - @thephotosociety by natgeo

coffeentrees:

From the helicopter looking down, along #Greenland’s coast, an #iceberg surrounded by drift #ice. On assignment for @natgeo, shooting a global story on the #Evolution of #Diet - how we are what we ate. What will people be eating down there? Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) - @thephotosociety by natgeo

(via wildrejoicingwaters)

August 22, 2014
August 21, 2014

stuckinabucket:

Least weasel (Mustela nivalis sp.)

In spite of the smaller subspecies clocking in at less than half a pound (for comparison, domestic ferrets typically weigh at least a pound and a half), these little bastards are still quite capable of taking down a five-pound rabbit.  Babies are killing things by the time they’re two months old, which is rather to be expected from kits reared in dens lined with the skin of their mothers’ victims, so, you know.  Weasels.

(via northernbushcraft)