Category: conservation

View of earth from International Space Station

Last month I posted a photo of the International Space Station flying over Jasper National Park. Here is the view from the other side: North and South America from the ISS. The flyover starts over the Pacific NW of Vancouver Island, continues over the western US, down to Mexico, and on to South America. It ends with sunrise over the Antarctic.

The large areas of city lights show how important Dark Sky Preserves like Jasper National Park are.

 

Africa from the air

This short video features George Steinmetz’s stunning aerial photography over Africa. George is a great photographer; his aerial photos are second to none. I once had the fortune to take him around Manokwari in West Papua for a day.

Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world, George Steinmetz captures in his photographs the stunning beauty, potential and hope of Africa’s landscapes and people. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/african-air

Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth

Parks Canada turned 100 on May 19, 2011. In recognition of its conservation efforts it received the WWF Gift to the Earth Award. Watch the video below to learn more about Parks Canada’s recent conservation successes. The addition of Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area is fantastic news – it is home to millions of seabirds, like these thick-billed murres on Prince Leopold Island.

 

Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary video:

 

Arctic photography by Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is probably the world’s top Arctic and Antarctic photographer. His photos are unequaled, as is his zeal to get THE shot. This excellent TED talk gives a taste of the lengths he goes to to get his award-winning photos. Enjoy.

How does photography connect us

David Griffin, Director of Photography at National Geographic, gave a great talk at TED about how photography connects us, and the stories that the best photos tell.

Can I recycle paper and plastic packaging?

Recycle messageHow often have you wondered if you can recycle one of those paper packages with a plastic “window” and some other bits of plastic in it? The plastic usually doesn’t have a recycling symbol. I recently found this excellent recycling messaging on a package for an iPod cover made by Griffin. Simple, clear, and direct. If only all recycling messages on packaging were this clear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Sacred Headwaters in northern BC

Check out the slideshow of the Sacred Headwaters in northern BC.

In northern British Columbia, three of the province’s greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed in the subalpine basin known as the Sacred Headwaters. The land has one of the largest intact predator-prey systems in North America, earning it the nickname, “Serengeti of the North,” and is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation.

The Headwaters is at the centre of a dispute between the Tahltan, resource industries, government and environmental groups. Competing interests concerning land use, mining and hunting have created divides and put the future health of the Sacred Headwaters at risk.

Stunning photos of an amazing landscape. They are worthy of support through The Big Wild’s Big Wild Bucks campaign.