What we have forgotten: When the world and wonder are reborn Continue reading What we have forgotten
I didn’t stay up late to watch television so I could see the famous ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. I didn’t get drunk on champagne or stay out all night dancing. I didn’t even stay up late playing Scrabble. Nope, I went to bed around 9 p.m. so I’d be ready to head for the hills & hit the slopes this morning. … Continue reading Volcano Stomp: Ringing in the New Year Pacific Northwest Style
A walk in the woods today….that almost wasn’t. Thank you, defenders of nature! Continue reading Into the woods
When I first saw Italian photographer Michel Giaccaglia’s images from his “Wild Garden” series, shot near his home in Le Marche region of Italy, I instantly felt transported. There is magic in his images that took me inside of the secret natural world that lives on around us — whether we are in the thick of it on a hike or merely peering at pieces … Continue reading Featured at LensCulture: Michel Giaccaglia’s ‘Wild Garden’
When photojournalist and conservationist Luca Bracali first told me of his recent return trip to document the nomadic Tsaatan people of Mongolia, I didn’t fully understand the scale or scope of his journey. Now, via his reportage in National Geographic Italia, it is possible to peer inside this incredible and shrinking world. See the full image set via the article here and an English translation below.
Sono gli ultimi testimoni di un tempo. Oggi di questa grande etnia millenaria e di origine turca si contano solamente 50 famiglie. Conosciuti anche come Tsaatan o uomini-renna, i Dukha sono “il popolo della taiga” oppure, come loro stessi amano definirsi, “i cavalieri delle r
*Translated for context from the original text in Italian by Luca Bracali
They are the last witnesses of an era. Today in the new millennium, only about 50 families, originally of Turkish origin, remain. Also known as Tsaatan or reindeer men, the Dukha are “the people of the taiga” or, as they themselves like to define themselves, “the reindeer men.”
We are on the border between Mongolia and Siberia, in a remote and isolated area covered with fir trees and larches, in a portion of that which is the largest forest in the Northern Hemisphere.
The air is so thick with smoke in Portland, Oregon USA from wildfires burning all around us this summer, that I can feel it in my eyes and throat. A light dusting of ash is visible on lawn furniture and cars. A couple of days ago, one of our most beautiful gems, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, erupted into a human-caused inferno. The blaze … Continue reading Too Close to Home: Flames Licking at our Heels
The weight of the world / is love / Under the burden / of solitude, / under the burden / of dissatisfaction / the weight, / the weight we carry / is love ‘Song’, Allen Ginsberg Continue reading of solitude
Infrared photography has long been an interest of mine. I shot a little infrared film in college and have dabbled in it ever since. One aspect of photography that I’m fascinated with is capturing a view of the world that is real and surreal at once. I also experiment occasionally with long exposure digital infrared using an IR filter. Recently, I finally had my old … Continue reading The Magic of Infrared
“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” –Navajo Proverb I recently flew into Las Vegas & rented a car for a whirlwind canyon lands tour to handle a few freelance assignments. The entire journey was outstanding. I finally took the plunge and purchased a new-to-me Fuji X-T1 as well & am certainly enjoying getting to know this amazing little machine. The beauty of … Continue reading A Perfect Peace: Red Canyons & Earthen Domes