by Garethin Environment, General0 commentstags: australia, Environment, photos, stuff, sydney
(*Nabbed from The Guardian…) Australia has been engulfed by dust storms as wild winds sweep millions of tonnes of red dust from continent’s drought-ravaged interior and dump it on the coast… Storms of red dust produced a supernaturally orange and glowing sky over much of Australia’s east coast as the country experienced a day of freak weather conditions.At Sydney airport, where visibility was cut to 400 metres, flights were cancelled while several international flights were diverted to Melbourne, where flights were also delayed. Flights were also delayed at Brisbane airport in Queensland. As dust ravaged the east coast last night, heavy rains lashed Adelaide in the nation’s south where streets were flooded.Then as morning dawned, two tremors shook Melbourne. Later in the day, hail stones as big as cricket balls pelted parts of New South Wales where heavy rainfalls are now expected and flash-flood warnings have been issued. The Bureau of Meteorology said it was the worst dust storm since the 1940s, with particle pollution up to 10 times worse than the previous record and was predicting another storm would hit in the next day or two.
by Garethin Environment, General, Media0 commentstags: Environment, photos
In one of those truly remarkable photos that turn up so infrequently, marine photographer and environmental lecturer Michael Nolan has captued an iconic image that is bound to be used for envoronmental campaigns for years to come (providing we’re actually still around and haven’t destroyed the place *completely* by then , of course…) – showing, as it appears to, the face of earth mother Gaia herself weeping from the edge of a melting ice cap located on Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway.It’s not, of course. But it’s a hugely impressive photo and one that deserves to be exploited for the cause of good nonetheless. Makes those “Jesus in a burnt waffle” photos look pretty bloody silly really, doesn’t it.
by Garethin Environment4 commentstags: Environment, pandas, photos, stuff
What is it with pandas? Why are they so unfeasibly adorable? Why do we love them so much, when they seem to be genetically predisposed to their own utter oblivion? (Pandas are all impotent, and they lie on their backs 19 hours a day only to get up, eat bamboo that they can’t actually digest, have a fag and go back to sleep… Fact…)Maybe it’s because I was given one on the day I was born – not a real one you understand, that would be absurd even in my family circles – but, because I had one from the start that saw me through my childhood (and even today is stowed away somewhere in a cupboard) that I have a peculiar emotional attachment to the fluffsters and sets of photos like these reduce me to being able to say little other than “Awwwwwwww” for stupid amounts of time. I’m a grown-up for christ’s sake… There was a time when their precarious position in the equation of survival/extinction was symbolic in a very singular way of man’s relationship with nature. Sadly now there are hundreds of other species lining up to be the poster-boys of mass extinction. Not only have […]
by Garethin Environment0 commentstags: Environment, photos, stuff
Had to post up these… some of the stunning, beautiful and touching entries from the Natural History category in the Sony World Photography Awards… Bait Ball Symphony #2, by Alexander Safonov, Japan A Cape gannet diving after fish during the sardine run off the east coast of South Africa. Waiting for an amber, Motiejus Salkauskas, Lithuania Amber collecting is an old custom along the Lithuanian coast of the Baltic Sea. Nowadays the custom is rare because the lack of large stones. If collectors are lucky, stones are sold at the local markets as ornaments. Baby koala, by Lisa Maree Williams, Australia A joey koala clutches a fake substitute mother at the Australian Wildlife hospital, the largest wildlife hospital in the world, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
by Garethin Art & Design, Environment0 commentstags: art, light, long exposure, photos, stuff
Apologies for nicking the Guardian’s headline – it’s not laziness, it’s just I couldn’t think of anything better to describe this.It *is* fantastic.Artist Michael Bosanko makes these pictures using coloured torches at night… His digital camera stays on a long exposure, ranging from 10 seconds to one hour to create the images against the backdrop of Cardiff, Newport and the Brecon Beacons in south Wales.There’s a set of 11 shots here on the Guardian website…
by Garethin Environment, General0 commentstags: boa vista, cape verde, Environment, photos, stuff, travel
I’ve put up a page of holiday snaps from Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands here…A beautiful place, in a barren windswept kind of a way. Vast beaches, volcanic mountains, a desert and mile after mile of scrub and tundra.It’s peaceful and tranquil; really beautiful actually – although the hotel RIU Karamboa turns out to be a huge 750 room monstrosity, soon to be dwarfed by another RIU hotel in the south of the island on the stunning and pristine Santa Monica beach (to be twice the size of the Karamboa apparently, and surely to have a huge impact on the island’s landscape, environment and culture).And although RIU’s “News” magazine goes to great lengths (over several pages) to emphasise its environmental commitment, you do have to wonder just a little when they proudly boast, after all the environmental blurb that they built the Karamboa – and I quote this verbatim – “on the very beach where the famous caretta-caretta sea turtles’ egg-laying ritual takes place.” Ecology rules, eh…?