Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thinking of the Planet


A beautiful image, isn't it? I would think so too, If I didn't know that it was in fact an aerial photograph of the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an endless slew of environmental disasters. There's so much I could say on this topic, but I'd rather let the professionals do the writing. I only hope that there is a way for humanity to put aside greed and think of everything nature has given us, and everything it still might have to offer –if we let it.

The above photo is from a fantastic New York Times photo essay on the BP oil spill. Of course our constant thirst for oil does more than just ruin the ocean . . it is ruining the planet. I thought this Op-Ed piece in the NYT was particularly poignant.

Even Smash Mouth knew what was going on back in 1999:

It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older
But the meteor men beg to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture
The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The waters getting warm so you might as well swim

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ocean




















In the spirit of yesterday's post I thought I would include some more of my favorite sea images. I love the ocean and the mystery of it.

The first image here is taken by Morris Rosenfeld, an amazing nautical photographer.
I recently became even more amazed by whales after I read the book The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, by Philip Hoare. He follows the life of Herman Melville, and along the way tells an incredible story about whales and the history of the whaling industry. He even talks about sea monsters! Here is a quote I particularly like:

"Cities and civilizations rise and fall, but the sea is always the sea. 'We do not associate the idea of antiquity with the ocean, nor wonder how it looked a thousand years ago, as we do of land, for it was equally wild and unfathomable always,' wrote the philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. 'The ocean is a wilderness reaching around the globe, wilder than a Bengal jungle, and fuller of monsters, washing the very wharves of our cities and the gardens of our sea-side residences.'
The sea is the greatest unknown, the last true wilderness, reaching over three-quarters of the earth. Its smallest organisms sustain us, providing every other breath of oxygen that we take. Its tides and shores determine our movements and our borders more than any treaty or government. Yet as we fly over its expanses, we think of it –if we think of it at all– merely as a distance to be overcome."

Pirates!





Seeing as today is Wednesday, and I did have a request for humor, I thought –of course– pirates! Because who doesn't like pirates, really? Ok, maybe you don't like pirates if you're Peter Pan, but that's besides the point.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Snapshot

I took this photo a few months ago with my new little point-and-shoot camera which I now carry everywhere with me. There are so many things to entertain the eye in New York! I can't stop from trying to capture it.

Location: 6th Ave & 59th Street, at Central Park

An Update

So I have spent some time "revamping" my blog, which has been an on again, off again, pursuit for a little while. However, this time I intend to stick to it and actually add new posts on a regular basis. I can't say that there is a particular theme, except it is composed of the things I see and think about that I find the most engaging and I'd like to share with someone other than myself.

Enjoy!