dogwood photography’s photo challenge: Inspiration – the elements

Week 39 Inspiration: The Elements (Earth, Fire, Wind, Rain, and Spirit. Find inspiration in the elements of our world.)

Nikon D750 f/5.6 1/400 250mm 800 ISO

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.


lens-artists photo challenge: countryside

Sony REX-5N f/9 1/160 70mm

Ten years it took

To build my little cottage.

Now the cool wind inhabits half of it

And the rest is filled with moonlight.

There is no place left for the mountain and the stream

So I guess they will have to stay outside.

~Song Sun (1493-1583) Trans: V O Baron & C S Park

Wyoming landscape and poetry submitted in response to Amy’s (The World is a Book) lens-artists photo challenge: countryside and/or small towns.

i yearn for a tranquil moment

I yearn for a tranquil moment
To be out upon the sea of harmony,
In that enchanted boat.
Oh, boatman, do you know my heart?

~The Sarashina Diary (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

A small section of the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coastline (2010) and a poem from The Sarashina Diary submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s six word challenge.

seven remembrances…

The Seven Remembrances of a Changing Planet

The causes and conditions which support life on Earth are of the nature to change. There may be no way for me to escape the consequences of a changing global climate.

The vegetation of Earth is of the nature to die. There may be no way for me to escape the death of crops, forests, and wild ecosystems.

The animals and insects of Earth are of a nature to become extinct. There may be no way for me to escape the sixth mass extinction of water, land, underground, and air beings.

The seeds of racial and social justice, which are planted to nourish me, other beings, and Earth, may not germinate. There may be no way for me to escape hatred, cruelty, and injustice.

Civilizations of Earth are of a nature to die. There may be no way for me to escape the collapse of societal cooperation, communication, and stable food production.

My unbroken wholeness, which exists independent of causes and conditions, is my true gift to the world. My ethical actions, rooted in love and self-restraint, are expressions of gratitude toward Mother Earth.

Earth, precious jewel of the cosmos, who transcends notions of birth and death, who is not limited by signs of vegetation, animals, justice, and civilizations, is continuing her long journey of beginning anew.

cited: Earth Holder Community

forests, sea ice, soil, rain, ecosystems, sentient beings

Nikon D750 f/5.3 1/400s 105mm 1250 ISO

The heat of a warming planet, like an artist’s palette knife on a canvas, etches its way across Western forests, slowly altering ecosystems that have flourished for centuries. cited: Climate change is transforming Western forests. Mark Jaffe, The Colorado Sun July 25, 2019

  • “As ecosystems change, there are going to be winners and losers,” said Thomas Veblen, a biogeographer and distinguished professor at the University of Colorado. “The regulator function of the forest could diminish … leading to more runoff and flash floods. With a reduction of the forest canopy, we are going to see the potential for greater erosion. The question is how much of the forest will fail to regenerate.”

Coasts, oceans, ecosystems, weather and human health all face impacts from climate change, and now valuable soils may also be affected. Climate change may reduce the ability of soils to absorb water in many parts of the world, according to a new study. And that could have serious implications for groundwater supplies, food production and security, stormwater runoff, biodiversity and ecosystems. cited: Climate change may cut soil’s ability to absorb water. Rutgers University, Science Daily, September 11, 2019

  • … a study published in the journal Nature last year showing that regional increases in precipitation due to climate change may lead to less water infiltration, more runoff and erosion, and greater risk of flash flooding.

The Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in the summer in the next 20 years due to a natural, long-term warming phase in the tropical Pacific that adds to human-caused warming, according to a new study: cited: Ice-free Arctic summers could happen on earlier side of predictions. American Geophysical Union, Science Daily, February 27, 2019.

  • There are different climate models used by researchers to predict when the first ice-free Arctic September will occur. Most models project there will fewer than 1 million square kilometers of sea ice around the middle of this century, but projections of when that will occur vary within 20-year windows due to natural climate fluctuations.
Nikon D750 f/3.2 1/4,000 40mm

A global study has found a paradox: our water supplies are shrinking at the same time as climate change is generating more intense rain. And the culprit is the drying of soils, say researchers, pointing to a world where drought-like conditions will become the new normal, especially in regions that are already dry. cited: The long dry: Why the world’s water supply is shrinking. University of New South Wales, Science Daily, December 13, 2018.

  • “It’s a double whammy,” said Sharma. “Less water is ending up where we can store it for later use. At the same time, more rain is overwhelming drainage infrastructure in towns and cities, leading to more urban flooding.”

hot spots

“Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases.” –Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007

Climate Hot MapGlobal Warming Effects Around the World

Why You Need to Act Now
Substantial scientific evidence indicates that an increase in the global average temperature of more than 2°F above where we are today poses severe risks to natural systems and human health. To avoid this level of warming, the U.S. needs to reduce heat-trapping emissions by at least 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050. Delay in taking such action today will mean facing the need for much steeper cuts later, which will likely be more difficult and costly.

Impacts of Global Warming

Global warming is already underway with consequences that must be faced today as well as tomorrow. Evidence of changes to the Earth’s physical, chemical and biological processes is now evident on every continent.

  • Sea levels are rising and glaciers are shrinking;
  • record high temperatures and severe rainstorms and droughts are becoming increasingly common.
  • Changes in temperatures and rainfall patterns alter plant and animal behavior and have significant implications for humans.

The Climate Hot Map arranges current and future climate impacts into five main groupings:

  • People
  • Freshwater
  • Oceans
  • Ecosystems
  • Temperature

cited: Union of Concerned Scientists

students call on pitkin county commissioners to declare climate emergency

“…hopeful that their request would not fall on deaf ears…”

Alex Hager, September 11, 2019 Aspen Public Radio

“It was no ordinary lunch break for a group of eight students from Aspen School District and Aspen Country Day School. They came to the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners with a list of climate-saving suggestions and a request that the county declare a climate emergency.

“While the climate emergency would serve as a symbolic label for the students’ efforts, they also provided a number of action items such as reducing or eliminating single-use plastics, adopting the use of solar energy systems and reducing consumption of animal protein.

“The students said their future will be impacted by climate change, and the need for action is urgent.

“‘We only really have ten to twelve years to reverse it before it’s too late,’ said Willow Poschman. ‘So we need to act now.’

“The group seemed hopeful that their requests would not fall on deaf ears, but one student said they will not lose steam if adults are not listening.

“’If they don’t believe us at first,’ Willow Poschman said. ‘We’re going to keep doing it. Show them that, yeah, we do care. We’re going to make change whether you like it or not.’

“In their call to action, the students urged others to join them in a climate strike on September 20, when they’ll take part in a global school walkout demanding action on climate change.”

Call to Action

Climate change is the most serious issue facing humanity today. It is already seriously impacting economies, ecosystems, and people worldwide. Left unchecked, it will cause tremendous suffering for all living beings.

The Earth as Witness

Climate Strike Week of Action

What is the Climate Strike Week of Action?

If we don’t act soon, continued fossil fuel expansion will drive increasingly dangerous climate impacts — dwindling snowpacks, drying rivers, hastened extinction and bigger forest fires. Every aspect of our life in … is affected by these environmental changes, from our mountains and wildlife, to our food and water supply. Climate change is real – and an issue that needs to be acted on now.

Global Week for Future

#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 year old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schooldays for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.

Earth Holders’s Call to Action

Earth Holder Call to Action

We are responding to the Earth Holders Call to action to support the young people’s School Climate Strike on 20 Sept as part of the wider Global Climate Strike.

Earth Holders from the heart of London

September 20, 2019

Colours of Compassion, Heart of London, and Wake-Up sanghas are offering a mindful walk and meditation in Trafalgar Square.

Colorado Youth Call for Massive Climate Strike

“We are striking to ensure that Indigenous voices are being represented in the fight for Climate Justice. As marginalized communities we are disproportionately impacted by climate change and often excluded from the climate crisis discussions. We bring with us the teachings and prayers of our ancestors and the voices of those that were never heard. We are here to dismantle the beliefs systems that divide us to unite the people on all fronts. Every voice is important no matter how quiet. A’ho Mitakuye Oyasin / All My Relations,” said Thomas Lopez, International Indigenous Youth Council. 

Climate Strike Eco-Celebration

September 20, 2019 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Fort Collins, Colorado

FCCAN Community Action Network

A joyful gathering and celebration of the support we offer one another and an honoring of the sustenance we receive from the Earth.

dogwood photography’s photo challenge: composition – rule of odds

Week 38 Composition: Rule of Odds (The rule of odds is easy enough to understand and employ. So use the rule of odds in an Urbanscape/Architecture photo.)

Nikon D750 f/3.5 1/500s 28mm

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.