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2016-04-30 00:14:21 (108 comments; 138 reshares; 3,561 +1s)Open 

On the Edge,   Eldorado Peak

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After climbing Eldorado Peak I was able to take this photo of the next team climbing this distinctive ridge. I spent 3 days and 2 nights on an ice cap with various climbs. All of the climbs were exceptional and the views and photography were also great. 

- Randy
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Climbing Junkie Story
At night I would sleep with at least one quart of water so it would not freeze. I was able to make several quarts of water each day using a couple of methods and excluding a stove. Even though this area gets the worlds record of snowfall time and time again. There was no melt-off that was easily accessible to gather.  ....Our record snows; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow#Records  
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2016-04-30 00:14:21 (108 comments; 138 reshares; 3,561 +1s)Open 

On the Edge,   Eldorado Peak

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After climbing Eldorado Peak I was able to take this photo of the next team climbing this distinctive ridge. I spent 3 days and 2 nights on an ice cap with various climbs. All of the climbs were exceptional and the views and photography were also great. 

- Randy
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Climbing Junkie Story
At night I would sleep with at least one quart of water so it would not freeze. I was able to make several quarts of water each day using a couple of methods and excluding a stove. Even though this area gets the worlds record of snowfall time and time again. There was no melt-off that was easily accessible to gather.  ....Our record snows; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow#Records  
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My original photo;ht... more »

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2016-04-30 00:14:21 (108 comments; 138 reshares; 3,561 +1s)Open 

On the Edge,   Eldorado Peak

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After climbing Eldorado Peak I was able to take this photo of the next team climbing this distinctive ridge. I spent 3 days and 2 nights on an ice cap with various climbs. All of the climbs were exceptional and the views and photography were also great. 

- Randy
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Climbing Junkie Story
At night I would sleep with at least one quart of water so it would not freeze. I was able to make several quarts of water each day using a couple of methods and excluding a stove. Even though this area gets the worlds record of snowfall time and time again. There was no melt-off that was easily accessible to gather.  ....Our record snows; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow#Records  
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My original photo;ht... more »

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2016-05-03 20:21:36 (32 comments; 34 reshares; 1,144 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Massimo Marengo:

"My name is Massimo Marengo, and I live in Iowa, one of the prairie states in the US Midwest. I am a professional astronomer, and my creative outlet is photography. My work involves a lot of travel, which I document in images and words in my photoblog. I often travel in the exotic locales where top astronomical observatories are situated: Chile, Hawaii and the US Southwest, all desert mountain areas that I love to explore with my camera."

Check out our favorite Collections by Raquel: Smartphone Photography (https://plus.google.com/collection/ESJsh) and Captured Light (https://plus.google.com/collection/Q2UZi).

The attached photo was taken at the Las Campanas Observatory, Norte Chico, Chile. The dome in the foreground is the Swope telescope.

Meet Create Member +Massimo Marengo:

"My name is Massimo Marengo, and I live in Iowa, one of the prairie states in the US Midwest. I am a professional astronomer, and my creative outlet is photography. My work involves a lot of travel, which I document in images and words in my photoblog. I often travel in the exotic locales where top astronomical observatories are situated: Chile, Hawaii and the US Southwest, all desert mountain areas that I love to explore with my camera."

Check out our favorite Collections by Raquel: Smartphone Photography (https://plus.google.com/collection/ESJsh) and Captured Light (https://plus.google.com/collection/Q2UZi).

The attached photo was taken at the Las Campanas Observatory, Norte Chico, Chile. The dome in the foreground is the Swope telescope.___

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2016-05-03 18:03:45 (23 comments; 25 reshares; 710 +1s)Open 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Reach out to the teachers who have impacted you, and help us give a special thanks to our very own Professor Sooraj. In the spirit of #TipTuesday and Teacher Appreciation Day, here are our favorite Prof. Sooraj G+ Collections tips:

1. Credit the Content your share: https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/XiLUGgxTRY4

2. Why should my Collection posts have a catchy intro?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/AjKfKZsJSmQ

3. Why I should have a good cover photo?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/Pwp41B6rVSy

4. Why should I have more than 1 post in a Collection?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/i1TTX6v6VV6

5. Moving vs Resharing a Post
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/DYoB6uUgPCG

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Reach out to the teachers who have impacted you, and help us give a special thanks to our very own Professor Sooraj. In the spirit of #TipTuesday and Teacher Appreciation Day, here are our favorite Prof. Sooraj G+ Collections tips:

1. Credit the Content your share: https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/XiLUGgxTRY4

2. Why should my Collection posts have a catchy intro?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/AjKfKZsJSmQ

3. Why I should have a good cover photo?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/Pwp41B6rVSy

4. Why should I have more than 1 post in a Collection?
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/i1TTX6v6VV6

5. Moving vs Resharing a Post
https://plus.google.com/+SoorajWadhwa/posts/DYoB6uUgPCG___

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2016-05-02 21:47:42 (47 comments; 37 reshares; 1,489 +1s)Open 

Photographer +Middleton Joshua bridges art and nature through this captivating image. #TopPics

Jurassic Park reminiscing .

Once i look through the viewfinder on my camera my world collides with reality ,images start to morph with visions and thoughts of an existence way before that of our own.
What crossed the path from where i stand now ? I love the thought of what was, its so intriguing.

This was taken at the Tropical Garden as part of the/ Fantasy Collection, Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand .
If you are ever coming through these ways make sure to drop in and check out .

#Lovethetron #Hamiltongardens #nzphotographs #middletonjoshua #google #tropical #pentax #nonhdr #plants   .

https://instagram.com/middletonjoshua/
https://www.facebook.com/MiddletonJoshua/

Middleton Joshua Imagery © copyright 2016___Photographer +Middleton Joshua bridges art and nature through this captivating image. #TopPics

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2016-04-30 00:14:21 (108 comments; 138 reshares; 3,561 +1s)Open 

Making it to Friday is kind of like climbing a mountain. Get lost in some cool Collections this weekend to celebrate: https://plus.google.com/collection/IpLqR?e #TGIF

On the Edge,   Eldorado Peak

Photo
After climbing Eldorado Peak I was able to take this photo of the next team climbing this distinctive ridge. I spent 3 days and 2 nights on an ice cap with various climbs. All of the climbs were exceptional and the views and photography were also great. 

- Randy
*********************************************
Climbing Junkie Story
At night I would sleep with at least one quart of water so it would not freeze. I was able to make several quarts of water each day using a couple of methods and excluding a stove. Even though this area gets the worlds record of snowfall time and time again. There was no melt-off that was easily accessible to gather.  ....Our record snows; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow#Records  
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My original photo;
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/81137822
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Link to slide show of this trip; Use arrow key!
Climbing on Eldorado and others on an Ice Cap
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Eldorado%20Trip%20Slide%20Show
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Hero Shot
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/75431873
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My Bivouac
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/75183314
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Congratulations! If you made it this far, there is more good stuff to come. I have included some slide shows that were taken while climbing.

The Ptarmigan Traverse, Washington Cascade Mountains.
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Ptarmigan%20Traverse%20Slide%20Show

The North Ridge of Mt Stuart
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Stuart%20Slide%20Show

Some Personal Favorites
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Personal%20Favorite%20Slide%20Show

Slide show of nameless lakes, un-mapped lakes and others;
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Tarn%20Slide%20Show

Climbing on Eldorado and others on an Ice Cap
http://www.panoramio.com/user/2707898/slideshow?tag=Eldorado%20Trip%20Slide%20Show

Thanks for taking the time to look. It would be nice to hear your thoughts and comments.
- Randy
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#mountainmonday  +Mountain Monday  +Michael Russell 
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#landscapephotography   +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow   
+Kevin O'Connell +***
+David Liu        
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#stunningmoment   +Stunning Moment by +Alycia Cai +Zvonimir Fras
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#breakfeast   +Breakfast Club  +Gemma Costa +Rob Heron    
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#georgsramaphotography   (+Georg Srama Photography) curated by +Georg Srama
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#promotephotography   +Nikola Slováková  +Gittan Beheydt  
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#hqsplandscape   +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy +Luca Ferroglio +Craig Loxley +Dorothy Pugh +Jesse Martineau +David D
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  #cascades   #northcascades   #cascademountains   #climbing   #climbingjunkie   #randylikestoclimb   #ice   #snow   #drama   #adrenaline   
*********************************************___Making it to Friday is kind of like climbing a mountain. Get lost in some cool Collections this weekend to celebrate: https://plus.google.com/collection/IpLqR?e #TGIF

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2016-04-29 20:25:31 (84 comments; 122 reshares; 3,044 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to this week's Environment themed #FeatureFriday winner +Luciano Cruz. Time to dive into his Collection: Water! https://plus.google.com/collection/oSvEx

#FeatureFriday : Environment

Congratulations, +Luciano Cruz, your Water Collection has been selected by Google+ Users!

Thanks to everyone for sharing their environmentally themed Collections!

You can get a head start on next week's  #FeatureFriday  and submit your favorite Spring Cleaning & Interior Design -themed Collections by filling out the form linked here: http://goo.gl/forms/x4Al76mjcZ

Happy Friday and keep creating!___Congratulations to this week's Environment themed #FeatureFriday winner +Luciano Cruz. Time to dive into his Collection: Water! https://plus.google.com/collection/oSvEx

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2016-04-28 18:58:34 (71 comments; 63 reshares; 1,804 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Dirk Puehl 

"I stand like some lone tower / Of former days remaining", Tennyson once said. I’d like to invite you to the tower, gather around the fireplace, and listen to stories that might begin with “Once upon a time”, about blood and thunder, artsy, weird and wonderful things, curiosities and lots of ships, told with a twinkle in the eye, here on Google+ and my blog."

Check out our favorite Collections by Dirk: Poet's Corner (https://plus.google.com/collection/slP_c) and Boney was a Warrior (https://plus.google.com/collection/ccC_c).

Painting: "The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up" by the English artist J. M. W. Turner, in 1838

Meet Create Member +Dirk Puehl 

"I stand like some lone tower / Of former days remaining", Tennyson once said. I’d like to invite you to the tower, gather around the fireplace, and listen to stories that might begin with “Once upon a time”, about blood and thunder, artsy, weird and wonderful things, curiosities and lots of ships, told with a twinkle in the eye, here on Google+ and my blog."

Check out our favorite Collections by Dirk: Poet's Corner (https://plus.google.com/collection/slP_c) and Boney was a Warrior (https://plus.google.com/collection/ccC_c).

Painting: "The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up" by the English artist J. M. W. Turner, in 1838___

2016-04-27 20:43:46 (39 comments; 22 reshares; 843 +1s)Open 

This week's #FeatureFriday celebrates our environment. Which of these two Collections speaks to you most? Click to vote.

#FeatureFriday   : Environment

This week’s Feature Friday celebrates the world around us, and we are happy to announce our two talented finalists: +Luciano Cruz and +Margaret Tompkins.

Now the decision is up to you! Check out the Collections:

Water - Luciano's Collection's tagline is "Water is what brings Life to our Planet" and it showcases beautiful images of of rivers, waterfalls and oceans (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oSvEx?e).

Wildlife Photography - Margaret's Collection showcases gorgeous wildlife images of birds and other animals in their natural environment (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/MIlrDB?e=).

Which Collection inspires you the most? The results will be announced on Friday, based on your choices. 

Vote now!

Thanks to everyone who shared their environmentally themed Collections!

Keep creating!___This week's #FeatureFriday celebrates our environment. Which of these two Collections speaks to you most? Click to vote.

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2016-04-26 19:58:17 (45 comments; 40 reshares; 1,568 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Raquel Hunter  

"Raquel S. Hunter is a writer, health enthusiast, animal lover, STEM advocate, space exploration kookoo bird, architect of change, and an aspiring vegetarian. An avid gardner, Raquel has harvested hundreds of pounds of food every year from her small urban homestead. As an architect of change Raquel created a health website, planted over 5000 trees with Trees for the Future; and has given away 100s of fruit trees, 1000s of reusable tote bags, and 100s of pounds of fresh produce to friends, family, and strangers. 
Raquel bakes bread every Saturday and Sunday in a cast iron skillet she inherited from her grandmother."

Check out our favorite Collections by Raquel: Living to 100 (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/szUuJB) and Explorations in Space (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4AxZf).
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Meet Create Member +Raquel Hunter  

"Raquel S. Hunter is a writer, health enthusiast, animal lover, STEM advocate, space exploration kookoo bird, architect of change, and an aspiring vegetarian. An avid gardner, Raquel has harvested hundreds of pounds of food every year from her small urban homestead. As an architect of change Raquel created a health website, planted over 5000 trees with Trees for the Future; and has given away 100s of fruit trees, 1000s of reusable tote bags, and 100s of pounds of fresh produce to friends, family, and strangers. 
Raquel bakes bread every Saturday and Sunday in a cast iron skillet she inherited from her grandmother."

Check out our favorite Collections by Raquel: Living to 100 (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/szUuJB) and Explorations in Space (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4AxZf).

This photo was taken on the Urban Homestead. It symbolizes life, amidst necessary, and beautiful messiness.___

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2016-04-25 18:33:04 (46 comments; 41 reshares; 1,597 +1s)Open 

Last week, dozens of Create members took to Google+ to celebrate our planet on #EarthDay. What actions are you taking to #CreateABetterEarth? https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB

I happened to witness a slice of heaven that fell into mother earth's lap! 
Well.. it didn't have to fall from above. It already is the heaven that we all inhabit, called mother earth. Do we realize it? Yes, we think about it and we do celebrate our mother earth many times a year. But shouldn't we celebrate her every day? Shouldn't we be conscious of each act of ours in realizing how it affects her? It's just like we celebrate out loved ones in every day lives and take care of them. Because she takes care of us every day of our lives.. in fact she provides us each and every one of our breath, from birth to death!
 
Let's remember how precious she is and the great care that we need to apply in anything and everything we do to keep it that way!

This image is taken over the Caribbean islands through an airplane window with my head and neck pushed out (in actually) behind the camera onto my fellow passenger's face who luckily happened to be my husband!
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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
#BeenaRPhotography   #landscapephotography   #arialphotography #caribbeanislands   #earthday2016   #motherearth   #nature   ___Last week, dozens of Create members took to Google+ to celebrate our planet on #EarthDay. What actions are you taking to #CreateABetterEarth? https://plus.google.com/collection/cz5DTB

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2016-04-23 02:48:43 (29 comments; 30 reshares; 1,242 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Over the years I have connected with local Brazilian communities that are struggling to preserve the botanical ecosystems of their ancestral lands, along with their way of life.

According to Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE), five to six thousand square miles of forest are lost every year in the Amazon rainforest alone.

The large-scale destruction of forest ecosystems not only threatens native communities, but also results in the extinction of hundreds of thousands of rainforest species.

Numerous devastating projects are underway in the Amazon, including the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, displacing 18 ethnic groups living near the Xingu River; and the dam at the Tapajós River, displacing 10 ethnic groups.

For the last few years I have been working on a independent documentary film project... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Over the years I have connected with local Brazilian communities that are struggling to preserve the botanical ecosystems of their ancestral lands, along with their way of life.

According to Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE), five to six thousand square miles of forest are lost every year in the Amazon rainforest alone.

The large-scale destruction of forest ecosystems not only threatens native communities, but also results in the extinction of hundreds of thousands of rainforest species.

Numerous devastating projects are underway in the Amazon, including the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, displacing 18 ethnic groups living near the Xingu River; and the dam at the Tapajós River, displacing 10 ethnic groups.

For the last few years I have been working on a independent documentary film project (http://documentario.com/uprooted/) about the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies. I hope to raise awareness about the problems local communities face because of deforestation and the construction of mega structures.

On the occasion of Earth Day 2016, I ask you to join me and sign the petition to stop the construction of the Tapajós Dam. http://goo.gl/EO5ciC

Image: Valdermir Cunha, +Greenpeace Brasil 

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay___

2016-04-22 23:44:24 (20 comments; 9 reshares; 404 +1s)Open 

My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.

The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of thewor... more »

My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.

The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of the world. One recent example of this was an article that came out last year of a hawker bust attempting to sell cockatoos transported in soda bottles (http://goo.gl/x4jd67). Other ways that exotic birds are taken for granted are by simply abandoning them in a house, or putting them in cages/containers that are not big enough for them. This NY Times article goes into the details of PTSD in exotic birds, and how war veterans and these birds go through their healing process together: http://goo.gl/VGyGB8.

This Earth Day, I would like to bring attention to animal conservation around the world. Our animal friends are very much an important part of the earth, and we should do our part to make sure we don’t take advantage of them. I actively do my part by volunteering for a non-profit organization called Nubs. Their mission is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance. We believe that every child should know they are deserving of a happy life, and that they are strong enough to keep moving forward -- just like Nubs! (http://www.houseofnubs.org/)

I’d like to end this post on a more colorful note by sharing +Chwee Hock Low’s Collection entitled My Feathered Friends (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/sil1RB). It’s a beautiful display of just how diverse our “modern dinosaur” friends can look, and their unique moments in the wilderness.

Every animal friend deserves a chance at a wholesome, fulfilling life. We should do our best to reduce the endangerment risk of exotic birds. Adopt birds who are looking for a second chance at living in a “forever home”. If you have a feathered friend, give them a little skritch on my behalf!
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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay___

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2016-04-22 22:41:37 (21 comments; 27 reshares; 688 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

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Happy Earth Day, Folks!
 
For many years, my husband and I have shared a fondness for all that Mother Nature offers us. When we first met nearly 20 years ago, we found much joy in bonding with the Earth, by planting seeds, watching them sprout with great anticipation, and then drinking in the resulting beauty.

We educated ourselves by speaking with local experts, diving into as many gardening books as possible and learning by trial and error, of course! For us, it was critical to seek out not only plants and flowers that would yield beauty, but to also be cognizant of making wise choices when it came to water needs, disease and insect resistance and overall survival capacity within our growing zone. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rates our particular area in NorthernC... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

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Happy Earth Day, Folks!
 
For many years, my husband and I have shared a fondness for all that Mother Nature offers us. When we first met nearly 20 years ago, we found much joy in bonding with the Earth, by planting seeds, watching them sprout with great anticipation, and then drinking in the resulting beauty.

We educated ourselves by speaking with local experts, diving into as many gardening books as possible and learning by trial and error, of course! For us, it was critical to seek out not only plants and flowers that would yield beauty, but to also be cognizant of making wise choices when it came to water needs, disease and insect resistance and overall survival capacity within our growing zone. For example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rates our particular area in Northern California a hardiness zone of 9. This is a super important factor in deciding which plants we choose, so that they will survive the climate in this zone. In our case, this means plants should survive temperatures as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s only one aspect of gardening efficiently. It would take days to go into all the ways we could help ourselves and the Earth in our gardens. Here are a few more things we’re doing at home. For example, due to the severe drought we are experiencing, two years ago we began the process of an aggressive redesign of our yard and garden. It’s being done in stages, as it is time consuming and requires budgeting. We removed a large portion of grass from our front yard to eliminate wasting water to maintain a beautiful green lawn. It was replaced with the natural beauty of local river rock. Additionally, we painstakingly reviewed and redesigned our yard’s water delivery systems – we checked valves, nozzles and secured the proper placement near the plants. Most everything is now on a drip system. We refer to all of this as xeriscaping. We will soon be considering a newer generation smart controller with sensors.

We will continue to improve upon the efficiency of water use over time. We’ve removed plants that are water hogs ~ some we will miss for their beauty and others for sentimental reasons ~ they’re our children, in a way! There are many varieties of drought tolerant plants in our yard, but I’ve chosen to share two of our personal favorites. I shot these images over the last week to capture the plants in various blooming stages. 
 
First on the list, is the hearty perennial, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas Purple Ribbon). There are many varieties of lavender to choose from. This plant is a great multi-functional plant. It attracts hundreds of honey bees to our yard, which is perfect for the pollination of our fruit trees. Butterflies like them, too. The flowers blooms profusely from early to late spring and the shrub is a fast grower. When the flowers end their reign, the bush remains an attractive silver-grey, full of texture and vigor. It does require a couple of trim backs during the year to keep it in good shape, but that’s simple to do. They also make wonderfully fragrant cut flowers ~ just cut a bunch, place in water and a pretty vase, and enjoy!

Second, on the list is the Manuka shrub (Leptospermum scoparium) ~ also called Tea Tree, New Zealand Tea Tree, etc.  In spring it is covered in small magenta flowers and bees like them, too. It can get fairly large, five to six feet tall and wide, but we keep it trimmed back to about 5 feet for simpler handling. It’s a real survivor! It tolerates the arid climate and nutrient-poor clay soil. In New Zealand it’s cultivated for essential oils, honey, etc. When the flowers are gone, it remains strong and vibrant with its many textures.

Well, that’s our personal part on Earth Day ~ let’s all unite and make a big splash in saving our planet, folks!

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
 
© Alex James Photos 2016
 
#earthday #earthday2016  ___

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2016-04-22 22:39:48 (20 comments; 27 reshares; 1,108 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Taking care of the Earth is taking care of yourself.
We live in it.
We ARE part of it.
And it's something we can't choose.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Taking care of the Earth is taking care of yourself.
We live in it.
We ARE part of it.
And it's something we can't choose.

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2016-04-22 22:39:31 (11 comments; 19 reshares; 707 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

My planet - full of miracles!

Our planet, what does this mean? Isn't it the planet of all living things : humans, animals, plants!? Even the smallest and most fragile creatures should be seen and respected!
So let's show everyone the miracles of our planet!


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Earth Day 2016 -My planet. My part.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

My planet - full of miracles!

Our planet, what does this mean? Isn't it the planet of all living things : humans, animals, plants!? Even the smallest and most fragile creatures should be seen and respected!
So let's show everyone the miracles of our planet!


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Earth Day 2016 -My planet. My part.

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2016-04-22 22:39:20 (40 comments; 77 reshares; 1,777 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Oceans are the source of all life on this planet. They cover about 70% of Earth's surface, play an elemental role in our climate, and are the habitat for hundreds of thousands of species. Oceans are also a wonderful place to visit. So there is absolutely no reason to not take care of them now as much as we can.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Oceans are the source of all life on this planet. They cover about 70% of Earth's surface, play an elemental role in our climate, and are the habitat for hundreds of thousands of species. Oceans are also a wonderful place to visit. So there is absolutely no reason to not take care of them now as much as we can.

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2016-04-22 22:39:07 (17 comments; 36 reshares; 1,037 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria, UK

There are many ways of celebrating #EarthDay and rather than give yourself a hard time that you should make a special effort every day to be more conscious of the footprints we leave on this earth. Instead, think back to how little you were doing in comparison on a daily basis a few years back.

Special days shouldn't be just about making a special effort of awareness that day, but raising that awareness over time. Think of it as lots of small light footsteps, rather than irregular thumping big bootprints....

#ExcuseTheMixedMetaphors

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Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria, UK

There are many ways of celebrating #EarthDay and rather than give yourself a hard time that you should make a special effort every day to be more conscious of the footprints we leave on this earth. Instead, think back to how little you were doing in comparison on a daily basis a few years back.

Special days shouldn't be just about making a special effort of awareness that day, but raising that awareness over time. Think of it as lots of small light footsteps, rather than irregular thumping big bootprints....

#ExcuseTheMixedMetaphors

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Posted as part of #CreateCommunityEarthDay
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. ___

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2016-04-22 20:18:53 (16 comments; 25 reshares; 806 +1s)Open 

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Forecast: Cloudy, with Rays of Hope
 
It was low tide last night at sunset.  I’m standing on the seawall that protects my little town; you can see the green algae-covered rocks that are covered twice a day.
 
The wall has already been deemed inadequate to protect us from rising seas and the possibility of more violent storms.  Long term weather and climate models remain highly imprecise, due to their great sensitivity to modeling assumptions, but their direction is clear: tens of millions of people at the very least risk being displaced over the coming century from coastal areas around the world.  Populated islands may be submerged or made uninhabitable.
 
Land at the edge of the San Francisco Bay is pretty expensive by most standards; I’m fortunate to live in an area that can afford to take steps to mitigate, at least to a point, the effects of the sea– and of ... more »

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Forecast: Cloudy, with Rays of Hope
 
It was low tide last night at sunset.  I’m standing on the seawall that protects my little town; you can see the green algae-covered rocks that are covered twice a day.
 
The wall has already been deemed inadequate to protect us from rising seas and the possibility of more violent storms.  Long term weather and climate models remain highly imprecise, due to their great sensitivity to modeling assumptions, but their direction is clear: tens of millions of people at the very least risk being displaced over the coming century from coastal areas around the world.  Populated islands may be submerged or made uninhabitable.
 
Land at the edge of the San Francisco Bay is pretty expensive by most standards; I’m fortunate to live in an area that can afford to take steps to mitigate, at least to a point, the effects of the sea – and of course I’ll end up paying my own share of that tab.  I’m even more fortunate that my town has generally proven itself competent at planning ahead, and that we have already launched a project to define and implement what protection we can against the risks of man and nature.  Of course, earthquake is probably our greatest risk in the near term; climate change is a longer term problem, but with substantial and enduring effect.
 
What of the places that are unable to afford major changes, or to plan effectively to protect their population from the sea and other impacts?  Even our local planning may need to encompass not only geology, meteorology and engineering, but also demographics and the future of human migration.  And as the river mouths, bays and harbors to which people have long gravitated for access to trade start to become problematic residences, we need to expect upheaval in our infrastructure around real estate, transportation and more.
 
How do we develop strategies for coping with dramatic change?  What I do in my own life, and what my town is engaged in now, is to think in terms of scenarios.  It doesn’t matter only what you believe is likely about climate change, your nation’s politics or economy, or the impact of artificial intelligence on human civilization; what also matters is: what a) could happen; b) that would matter to you; and c) that you can do something about.  As you start to lay out the possibilities, you’ll discover that some problems aren’t worth addressing until they appear, while for others, some simple action far in advance may be a wise choice.  Some solutions will be beyond your reach, but, in many cases, you and those around you may be able to maintain your own little wall against the rising sea.
 
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2016-04-22 20:18:43 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 239 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

I love my home - and I guess if wild bees could speak to us they would tell us that they love their homes as well.

In parts of our world their homes are endangered - as we chop down old wood trees which the need to build a home or seal down ground due our spreading cities and ground.

Even if they are wild bees they have a important role in our environment. They are pollinators for trees and fruits and thus needed by us humans to harvest fruits and vegetables.

So you might think you can’t do nothing..
But that’s not true..
You can help the wild bees into a new home - just by building them a new condo.



The easiest designs can be build by a 4 to 5 year kid alone, we build our design in just one day..
The house for the wild bees was build by a group of people some years ago, andyou... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

I love my home - and I guess if wild bees could speak to us they would tell us that they love their homes as well.

In parts of our world their homes are endangered - as we chop down old wood trees which the need to build a home or seal down ground due our spreading cities and ground.

Even if they are wild bees they have a important role in our environment. They are pollinators for trees and fruits and thus needed by us humans to harvest fruits and vegetables.

So you might think you can’t do nothing..
But that’s not true..
You can help the wild bees into a new home - just by building them a new condo.



The easiest designs can be build by a 4 to 5 year kid alone, we build our design in just one day..
The house for the wild bees was build by a group of people some years ago, and you see it is densely populated. As you can see it was built mostly from natural materials,
Artificial materials like bricks or a tar board for the roof.

Our design is
Two egg boxes - painted with red color for and with some holes are a condo for Green lacewings. Green lacewings are controlling populations of other insects like aphids and are a gardener's friend.
The tin can are filled with elder twigs which are a perfect condo for wildbees
The wood box is filled with straw for Earwigs which also live from aphids or other insects which you not want in a garden
The bricks are filled with cast and provide a condo for some sorts of bumblebees which need a harder ground to make their home.



Here are some building instructions from various organisations ranging from very easy to more advanced
https://www.growwilduk.com/content/how-build-your-own-solitary-bee-house
https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/resources/building-houses-for-native-bees/
https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/bee_hotel.pdf
http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp

So why don’t you go out and collect some raw materials and start building some condos for wild bees...
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2016-04-22 20:17:26 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 403 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme:  Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

My Contribution:

Take a look at Earth as a painter does. In the process of painting, Earth becomes part of the painter; As Earth is part of us and we are part of Earth. 

Background: 

For this work, I harvested the light, and use the resulting texture and contrast of it. Sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract. It works best, as we are all familiar with it, and as a result, react easily on it. According to the more free use of natural elements in paintings, starting around 1850, where from my point of view the elements, e.g., trees, were more used like“word... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme:  Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

My Contribution:

Take a look at Earth as a painter does. In the process of painting, Earth becomes part of the painter; As Earth is part of us and we are part of Earth. 

Background: 

For this work, I harvested the light, and use the resulting texture and contrast of it. Sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract. It works best, as we are all familiar with it, and as a result, react easily on it. According to the more free use of natural elements in paintings, starting around 1850, where from my point of view the elements, e.g., trees, were more used like “words" to create a new meaning, in contrast to reproducing an exact reality. It works as we carrying it inside of us! It is not just something outside of us. 

Earth Day is celebrated to remind us on this. We have Earth in us, we are part of it. There is no separation; If we feel that way, we need to connect.

To connect, we need to be in communication. A painter does it by allowing himself to be impressed and, after processing this (internalizing it), to be expressed on the canvas. The resulting image is based on fragmenting the time, often with a great duration in total.

In photography we assume a one click and done, perhaps post processing it. We mustn’t be part of it, to press a button. To overcome this limitation, and to introduce the time more than with just long exposures, I like the need and obstacle to take many, or even way over a hundred, of images for one spherical capture of the context. This huge amount of work, allows (or even requires) to carefully pre-visualize what I’m doing. The result is like the painting, created in many steps. (Cameras with a 360ºx180º view, would not work for this, they take away most of this aesthethic and certainly the conceptional base of my art.) I typically call this the memory image, and a main characteristic is given in the fact that our direct “field of view” does not produce a spherical image all at once.
In this work, I even express that with camera based motion blur. The stitched images are not montaged along an artificial border. I even layer them on top of each other by masking them out, and allow a similar progress as I would do holding a wet brush in my hand.
The final processing part of my work is expressed in the way I project the content similar to an earth map projection, to overcome the sphere-to-flat-plane problems. It is by itself another layer of meaning. In this example I used a Guyou projection (this projection was developed by Émile Guyou of France in 1887), but I tilted the “underlaying sphere” (Earth) to get the result I was after. Which I hope speaks for itself in this “light-painting".

May I assume we have learned from the Impressionists, that we might be already satisfied by seeing only points or in this case pixels? What ever we see must be already inside of us. (Bohrer, Plötzlichkeit, 1981) We can’t see what we haven't already duplicated. Whatever this image means to you, it is what you carry already inside of you. In this way, I hope to support the Earth Day with my doing. My wish: Be aware of what is already inside, and that will allow to see the connection to the outside.

ENJOY.


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2016-04-22 20:17:17 (15 comments; 13 reshares; 288 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

A long time ago, I inspired by "The Man who Planted Trees" (by Jean Giono), I decided to become a man who plants trees. Through my life, I must have planted over 1000 trees (including transplanting those college-days avocado seeds which are now huge trees), just as many bushes & a countless perennials & annuals.

This has been a feel-good, warm & fuzzy love affair, but, I think, not my most important lifetime contribution to the planet. Roughly the time I started planting, I had a life-changing conversation with an eminent professor of mine, a biologist that was very concerned about the fate of the planet (this is back in the days before global warming was even suspected to occur).

I was a 18-year old from Europe (where a squirrel is considered "wildlife") at a California campus where... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

A long time ago, I inspired by "The Man who Planted Trees" (by Jean Giono), I decided to become a man who plants trees. Through my life, I must have planted over 1000 trees (including transplanting those college-days avocado seeds which are now huge trees), just as many bushes & a countless perennials & annuals.

This has been a feel-good, warm & fuzzy love affair, but, I think, not my most important lifetime contribution to the planet. Roughly the time I started planting, I had a life-changing conversation with an eminent professor of mine, a biologist that was very concerned about the fate of the planet (this is back in the days before global warming was even suspected to occur).

I was a 18-year old from Europe (where a squirrel is considered "wildlife") at a California campus where mountain lions roamed. Concerned about "losing" the paradise of California to a european fate, I asked the wise biologist how I could contribute.

What he told me, changed my behavior forever....

https://youtu.be/m73hkZX2j1Y
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2016-04-22 20:17:08 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 228 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part :
Nurturing - A Mother's Instinct

" Love and abusive cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care .” ― Bell Hooks

Well, I'm neither a natural scientist nor a green builder nor an environmental activist. I am not even that photographer who, for example, shoots lovely landscapes and natural life, preserves what they see today for future generations and contribute to efforts for saving the magnificence of Earth.

So how do I connect with Earth Day celebrations ?

I'm a mother who is wired to love and nurture. That's one quality I share with Earth. She and I both are mothers: we create, nurture, heal and comfort. What can a mother do to save another? Maybe, I can't save a forest from getting cut down today but I can raise my kidsin ... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part :
Nurturing - A Mother's Instinct

" Love and abusive cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care .” ― Bell Hooks

Well, I'm neither a natural scientist nor a green builder nor an environmental activist. I am not even that photographer who, for example, shoots lovely landscapes and natural life, preserves what they see today for future generations and contribute to efforts for saving the magnificence of Earth.

So how do I connect with Earth Day celebrations ?

I'm a mother who is wired to love and nurture. That's one quality I share with Earth. She and I both are mothers: we create, nurture, heal and comfort. What can a mother do to save another? Maybe, I can't save a forest from getting cut down today but I can raise my kids in a manner so that another forest doesn't get cut down tomorrow.

My strength is my home. It all begins in my own backyard for me, no? As a cook, growing your own vegetables is the perfect way to seize control over your ingredients. There are a few vegetables that everyone can grow in their backyards; all they need is a little bit of patience and good sense. I can pass that simple knowledge on to my girls.

My mom couldn't cook a large variety of foods. But whenever I returned home from school, freshly cooked food always awaited me. I might not have appreciated the value of home-cooked meal then, but it introduced me to the incomparable satisfaction of eating honest and wholesome food cooked from scratch. I'm glad that my girls also appreciate eating home-cooked food rather than tinned, frozen and processed foods.

I know sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is make dinner. Cooking one pan meals and cooking in bulk is my simple solution to this problem. My food blog started as my little effort to convert elaborate recipes to simple, one pot meals, in a hope that when my daughters grow up to be busy working women, they will still manage to find some time to cook for themselves and their families.

This is my unique way of caring for Earth - nurturing my family one home-cooked meal at a time and raising my kids as responsible human beings. The cool thing is, there is no one answer, but there always is the proverbial first step. Taking that step, no matter how big or small, is the key to healing the earth and the place in our hearts where earth actually exists.

I have just harvested a gorgeous little cabbage head, some green onions and a few sprigs of fresh coriander from my kitchen garden, let's create a mini feast with these and whatever I have in my spice cupboard to celebrate this Earth Day. I'll make some super easy and quick Patta Gobi ki Sabzi ( Spicy Stir fried Cabbage ) and will serve it with some poppadums over a banana leaf.

This is a simple side dish from the Sindhi cuisine. You can also add boiled gram lentils to it to change it into a vegetarian main. Serve warm or at room temperature. Happy Earth Day !

Ingredients :
1 small head cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
2 stalks spring onions, chopped
A small bunch coriander leaves and stems, chopped
2 green chilli peppers, finely sliced
2 tablespoons coconut, shredded
2 tablespoons peanuts or pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
salt to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon

This Is What You Do :
Heat a skillet or pan on medium heat. Add peanuts and coconut. Toast for a minute or till you can smell the beautiful earthy, nutty smell. Remove from pan, set aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli flakes and turmeric. Cook for a few seconds or until the seeds have stopped popping. Add shredded cabbage, carrot, chopped spring onions, coriander and green chillies to the pan.

Season with salt and toss for a minute or two so that the cabbage and carrots are slightly tender and coated with spices and oil.

Squeeze a lemon on top right before serving.

Serve with any crispy bread, crackers or poppadums.
Roll into wraps or stuff pita pockets.
Serve as a side with any vegetarian or non vegetarian main.

Serves 4


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2016-04-22 20:16:57 (39 comments; 53 reshares; 1,215 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016. My planet. My part.

I usually stay out the picture, but today we are celebrating the Earth Day and I am all in on this one! This topic is profoundly dear to my heart.

About a year ago, I found out the Earth Day Network community started a campaign that have the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billions trees until the year of 2020. I felt deeply touched and had a call to action moment.

All of sudden, protecting and giving trees back to nature became an essential part of my life. I understood I could make a significant impact on the Earth by collaborating with others and now, I protect, save, donate and plant trees  whenever possible.

Indeed, my profession has been a wonderful vehicle for me to support and contribute in so many ways, but regardless of the kind of work I do, I know the capacity for generating thekin... more »

Earth Day 2016. My planet. My part.

I usually stay out the picture, but today we are celebrating the Earth Day and I am all in on this one! This topic is profoundly dear to my heart.

About a year ago, I found out the Earth Day Network community started a campaign that have the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billions trees until the year of 2020. I felt deeply touched and had a call to action moment.

All of sudden, protecting and giving trees back to nature became an essential part of my life. I understood I could make a significant impact on the Earth by collaborating with others and now, I protect, save, donate and plant trees  whenever possible.

Indeed, my profession has been a wonderful vehicle for me to support and contribute in so many ways, but regardless of the kind of work I do, I know the capacity for generating the kind of environment I want to live in is literally in my hands.

We can’t forget that trees are vital and so important to support our existence. The value of a tree is simply immeasurable. Humans and many other species probably would not exist without them.  They give us life!!!

Together, we can protect life and create a greener, healthier and sustainable environment for generations to come.

So, if you are like me and think this is important; today I invite you - whenever you are in the Earth to join me. Let’s cherish, save, and plant a tree to continue our existence.

Remember, life is an echo. What we give, we get. After a year, I can certainly attest the journey is amazing!

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay  #CalltoAction   #TreesfortheEarth  

Creation and Design by +Valeria Bressan 
Photo Credit by +Teresa Nora Trobbe ___

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2016-04-22 20:16:46 (22 comments; 46 reshares; 1,037 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet, my part

I had many grand ideas for a project on this theme. Having spent years walking around the world, traversing over fifty countries, living side by side with people who are - by Western standards - under developed and living in poverty, but who are the happiest and most open, generous people I've seen... I thought about what My Planet means to me.
The past 15 years, on Earth Day, I was in India, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Israel, Turkey, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and of course now Australia (and everywhere in between).

My place now is life in the rainforest, creating community, building tree houses. It's working to raise awareness of the wildlife and protect endangered species... It's raising a free range child.

But the past two weeks I've been very sick and my world got smaller. Shrunk to... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet, my part

I had many grand ideas for a project on this theme. Having spent years walking around the world, traversing over fifty countries, living side by side with people who are - by Western standards - under developed and living in poverty, but who are the happiest and most open, generous people I've seen... I thought about what My Planet means to me.
The past 15 years, on Earth Day, I was in India, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Israel, Turkey, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and of course now Australia (and everywhere in between).

My place now is life in the rainforest, creating community, building tree houses. It's working to raise awareness of the wildlife and protect endangered species... It's raising a free range child.

But the past two weeks I've been very sick and my world got smaller. Shrunk to the size of my room. I haven't been out of bed, the most of the world that I can see is the view from my window. Which is the best view in the world.

So rather than making an elaborate, creative post of my own, I'll ask everyone: what does Earth Day mean to you? Make a post (or comment), what is your planet and your part?
 
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2016-04-22 20:16:34 (11 comments; 19 reshares; 328 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Today is Earth Day. In recognition of the day I am sharing this 360° video of endangered species. I don't know if augmented, virtual, or mixed realities can do anything to save the planet on which we live, but they can certainly remind us of what's at stake and of what we've lost.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay


Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Today is Earth Day. In recognition of the day I am sharing this 360° video of endangered species. I don't know if augmented, virtual, or mixed realities can do anything to save the planet on which we live, but they can certainly remind us of what's at stake and of what we've lost.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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2016-04-22 20:16:26 (11 comments; 11 reshares; 509 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Small in stature, and almost overlooked, these gentle creatures play an important roll in fertilizing crops. Without bees our tables would almost be bare, and our ability to feed a growing population all but impossible. To see a Blue Mason Bee up close reveals just how beautiful they really are.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: *Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. *
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Small in stature, and almost overlooked, these gentle creatures play an important roll in fertilizing crops. Without bees our tables would almost be bare, and our ability to feed a growing population all but impossible. To see a Blue Mason Bee up close reveals just how beautiful they really are.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: *Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. *
#CreateCommunityEarthDay___

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2016-04-22 20:14:30 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 227 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part: Plankton and MicroPlastics

Phytoplankton can travel around the world in less than 10 years, according to new research from Princeton University. 

They created a computer model for objects travelling in the oceans that have no ability to control their movement. They tested it by feeding in data from real events, like the destinations of the 29,000 rubber ducks which fell off a Chinese freighter in 1992. 

Phytoplankton are not the only things in the ocean today which can't control their movements. One of the problems marine animals face is the amount of microplastics in the sea. Microplastics are tiny plastic granules. Once in the water they attract toxins to their surface.  Zooplankton mistake the microplastics for fish eggs and eat them. From the zooplankton they pass up the food chain. 

One source ofmicr... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part: Plankton and MicroPlastics

Phytoplankton can travel around the world in less than 10 years, according to new research from Princeton University. 

They created a computer model for objects travelling in the oceans that have no ability to control their movement. They tested it by feeding in data from real events, like the destinations of the 29,000 rubber ducks which fell off a Chinese freighter in 1992. 

Phytoplankton are not the only things in the ocean today which can't control their movements. One of the problems marine animals face is the amount of microplastics in the sea. Microplastics are tiny plastic granules. Once in the water they attract toxins to their surface.  Zooplankton mistake the microplastics for fish eggs and eat them. From the zooplankton they pass up the food chain. 

One source of microplastics is from cosmetics and personal care products like handscrubs, soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Things are improving though. In 2017 microplastics will be banned from products in America. Canada and several EU nations are set to follow suit. Many though, like the UK, aren't.

So now I always check before buying products that I am ultimately going to wash down the drain, do they contain microplastics - namely Polyethylene / Polythene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)? 

The trigger for this post? I've become a member of  the  Google+ Create community. To celebrate Earth Day they  invited their members  to post something on the subject relevant to them and add the paragraph below. I saw Tuesday's published research about the plankton and pollution dispersion which made me think of the microbeads and led to this post. 

"We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part." 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

Photo by my friend Tim Nicholson, taken in the Irish Sea___

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2016-04-22 20:14:19 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 490 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part: the beach

Each year I spend countless hours walking the Spanish and Danish beaches, trying to find spots to capture photos of a perfect world. But reality is not always like this and I often find myself spending a lot of time trying to avoid litter on my photos or removing it afterwards in post processing.

When I first posted this photo I wanted to remove the blue litter bin (small, in the left side of the photo) because my thought was that it didn’t belong on my photo of a perfect world. But on second thoughts I decided to leave it there because I’m actually glad that it’s there. Even on a remote Spanish beach we don’t have to leave our garbage on the beach. There’s a place to put it.

So with this post on Earth Day I would like to invite the people of our world to go to the beach and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.But at th... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part: the beach

Each year I spend countless hours walking the Spanish and Danish beaches, trying to find spots to capture photos of a perfect world. But reality is not always like this and I often find myself spending a lot of time trying to avoid litter on my photos or removing it afterwards in post processing.

When I first posted this photo I wanted to remove the blue litter bin (small, in the left side of the photo) because my thought was that it didn’t belong on my photo of a perfect world. But on second thoughts I decided to leave it there because I’m actually glad that it’s there. Even on a remote Spanish beach we don’t have to leave our garbage on the beach. There’s a place to put it.

So with this post on Earth Day I would like to invite the people of our world to go to the beach and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. But at the same time bring some of the stuff you find, that does not belong on a beach, back home and put it where it belongs. Make a difference.

Location: south of Santa Pola, Spain

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2016-04-22 20:13:39 (5 comments; 15 reshares; 411 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

As large-scale housing developments take over iconic seaside towns like Catherine Hill Bay, north of Sydney, scenes like these will soon be a thing of the past.

But while it's inevitable, we  have the responsibility to ensure that progress will not destroy what's beautiful. We have to make everyone accountable.

And before this pristine place is completely destroyed, let's capture it and preserve it for those who are unfortunate to miss it.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
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Location: Catherine Hill Bay, NSW, Australia... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

As large-scale housing developments take over iconic seaside towns like Catherine Hill Bay, north of Sydney, scenes like these will soon be a thing of the past.

But while it's inevitable, we  have the responsibility to ensure that progress will not destroy what's beautiful. We have to make everyone accountable.

And before this pristine place is completely destroyed, let's capture it and preserve it for those who are unfortunate to miss it.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay


Location: Catherine Hill Bay, NSW, Australia
Photography and Copyright by +Nila Sweeney​​ 

#landscape   #sunrise   #naturephotography   #seascape   #earthday2016  ___

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2016-04-22 20:12:00 (9 comments; 13 reshares; 339 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
My bees.
 
With Earth Day one can feel a bit overwhelmed. Seems that the things we do as individuals just don't add up enough to create the real change we desire. "What can I, a single individual do to make a difference?" In actuality it's the single well meaning acts of the individual that creates the change we desire. Here at our nursery we decided that raising bees was a way to pollinate our crops, reap the delicious honey, introduce people to beekeeping, and all the while helping the bees. 
 
Seems most people understand that for a number of reasons bees are in decline accross the globe. This includes not only the domestic honeybee, but other native bees we may not be as familiar with. What can one person do to help counteract this decline? Here are 3 ways you can make an immediate differencewhen ... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
My bees.
 
With Earth Day one can feel a bit overwhelmed. Seems that the things we do as individuals just don't add up enough to create the real change we desire. "What can I, a single individual do to make a difference?" In actuality it's the single well meaning acts of the individual that creates the change we desire. Here at our nursery we decided that raising bees was a way to pollinate our crops, reap the delicious honey, introduce people to beekeeping, and all the while helping the bees. 
 
Seems most people understand that for a number of reasons bees are in decline accross the globe. This includes not only the domestic honeybee, but other native bees we may not be as familiar with. What can one person do to help counteract this decline? Here are 3 ways you can make an immediate difference when it comes to helping the bees.
 
1. Learn about bees. Did you know the honeybee is a domesticated version of the wild bee? Besides honeybees, there are native bees that live all by themselves, and not in a hive. There is a real lack of understanding by most people concerning the natural world. Just by learning more about how the natural world works, we develop a deeper connection to that world. Just by following this bee collection your learning the beauty and mysteries of the bee. There are many other interesting collections and groups involved with bees right here on G+. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/210MDOp
 
2. Raise bees. This could include becoming a beekeeper, and raising domesticated honeybees*. We have done just that here at our nursery in northern California. We now have 12 hives, honey, and the knowledge that our bees are helping pollenate the neighborhood. They can fly up to 2+ miles from the hive! Here is a link to what it takes to become a become a beekeeper. http://bit.ly/1Wg2AiF
 
If you don't want to raise honeybees, you can buy or make nests for native bees, like the Mason Bee. The Mason Bee is a solitary bee that makes an individual nest in natural, or man-made tubes. They very rarely sting, and are quite happy travelling from flower to flower collecting nectar. They don't produce honey, but are fantastic pollinators. Here is a link for building a native bee nest. http://bit.ly/1Wg2l7s 
 
3.Plant a garden for bees. Bees need flowers from which to gather nectar, so how you garden makes a difference. Planting special flowers that attract and provide nectar will help the bees, especially in the more urban areas where there may be a lack of flowering plants for bees. Each region is different, so I would inquire with your local garden center, bee club, or agricultural extension service as to which are are best in your area. Here is a link one website that can help. http://bit.ly/1Wg45gY
 
Most people can do the above suggestions no matter where they live, city or country. You'll brighten up your living space with flowers, helping the bees, helping you neighborhood with pollination, and all the while helping yourself connect with the earth we celebrate today.  
 
Happy Earth Day!
 
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
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#bees 
#news 
#earthday___

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2016-04-22 20:10:37 (21 comments; 38 reshares; 1,143 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
 
22 April is Earth Day, an annual event held since 1970 and now celebrated across the globe to demonstrate appreciation and support for the natural environment and environmental protection. Accordingly, the Wunderkammer opens its doors for a field excursion, this time to have a look at wolves and their gradual return to Europe where they had almost died out over the last 150 years. And naturally, it begins with “Once upon a time…”
 
When the Ice Age mega fauna, predators and prey, disappeared along with the mammoth steppe, grey wolves became top dog of the food chain in many regions from Spain to the Ural and the narrative of their long competition with mankind began that ended with the extinction of wolves in most European regions by the end of the 19th century. Or almost. Over the last 30 years, wolves returned to their old haunts,their n... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
 
22 April is Earth Day, an annual event held since 1970 and now celebrated across the globe to demonstrate appreciation and support for the natural environment and environmental protection. Accordingly, the Wunderkammer opens its doors for a field excursion, this time to have a look at wolves and their gradual return to Europe where they had almost died out over the last 150 years. And naturally, it begins with “Once upon a time…”
 
When the Ice Age mega fauna, predators and prey, disappeared along with the mammoth steppe, grey wolves became top dog of the food chain in many regions from Spain to the Ural and the narrative of their long competition with mankind began that ended with the extinction of wolves in most European regions by the end of the 19th century. Or almost. Over the last 30 years, wolves returned to their old haunts, their numbers increasing slowly and their existence is discussed as controversial as it was during the end of the Middle Ages. In the meanwhile, they had left a major footprint in the psyche of humanity populating the world’s northern hemisphere. Starting out as something along the lines of family in the shamanistic belief systems of the nomadic and half-nomadic steppe peoples, they became the uncanny emissaries of darkness, companion of witches and sorcerers and chief enemy of civilisation and everything that was good. And were hunted almost wiped out. However, over the last three decades, wolves began to come back to their old haunts in Europe and there is more than a gleam of hope that sooner or later, European forests as an ecosystem gradually return to a more primeval state than the mix of park and timber yard they had degraded to over previous decades and a peaceful co-existence of a natural cycle with predators and prey and humanity in the neighbourhood is indeed possible. Despite the myths of the past.
 
But read more on:
 
http://wunderkammertales.blogspot.de/2016/04/whos-afraid-of-big-bad-wolf-wolves.html
 
Depicted below is Dakota, a she-wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, howling archetypically on top of a snowy hill. The image was taken by Retron, released into public domain by its author and was found on
 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Howlsnow.jpg
 
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 

#CreateCommunityEarthDay
 
#earthday   #culturalhistory #europeanhistory #history #mythology
 
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2016-04-22 20:09:42 (10 comments; 18 reshares; 503 +1s)Open 

Portrait of a Siberian Tiger | Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Earth day is nearing an end in my part of the world and I just managed to finish this image, just in time to post it before the day is gone. The thing is learning to love the planet and all its lifeforms is not a one day affair. It is all our responsibilities to care for the Earth simply because we are not only citizens of a country but more importantly, we are inhabitants of Earth.

I have chosen the tiger as my image for celebrating Earth day. These amazing cats share the world with us but they are now endangered with around 3, 890 left in the wild. Conservation efforts are also not a one day affair and I hope that this Earth day will remind us that life on the planet is fragile and it takes conscious efforts to keep it alive. If you study and understand the connection of tigers to us, especially how... more »

Portrait of a Siberian Tiger | Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Earth day is nearing an end in my part of the world and I just managed to finish this image, just in time to post it before the day is gone. The thing is learning to love the planet and all its lifeforms is not a one day affair. It is all our responsibilities to care for the Earth simply because we are not only citizens of a country but more importantly, we are inhabitants of Earth.

I have chosen the tiger as my image for celebrating Earth day. These amazing cats share the world with us but they are now endangered with around 3, 890 left in the wild. Conservation efforts are also not a one day affair and I hope that this Earth day will remind us that life on the planet is fragile and it takes conscious efforts to keep it alive. If you study and understand the connection of tigers to us, especially how they function in the food chain, you will understand that everything we do affects one another. The destruction of wildlife on the planet will ultimately bring about our own destruction. We may not experience it in this lifetime but the following generations will suffer the outcome.

It is said that we are only borrowing the planet from our children, the least we can do is to leave the place better than we found it.

Happy Earth day everyone and hope you enjoy this piece of work.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

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#siberian #tiger #bigcats #endangered #animalphotography #animallovers #nature #naturephotography #OlympusInspired #olympusphotographers___

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2016-04-22 20:09:26 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 282 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
 
When I want to take a few Lego photos I’m lucky to be able to visit the Warren G Magnuson Park only a few minutes from my house and step into another world. It hasn’t always been this way. This park was a functioning Naval Air Station until 1970. Over the years these 350 acres of have slowly been transformed into the second largest park in Seattle with a boat launch, playground, sports fields, tennis facilities, school, public housing, public gathering spaces and my favorite area – the restored wetlands.
 
The restored wetland area, the original location of the airfield, is now home to the second richest bird habitat in Seattle with 170 different species reported. It is also home to a very industrious beaver family. It’s also happens to be the backdrop to some of my favorite LEGO photos.
 
Each day I visit this park, Isee how al... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
 
When I want to take a few Lego photos I’m lucky to be able to visit the Warren G Magnuson Park only a few minutes from my house and step into another world. It hasn’t always been this way. This park was a functioning Naval Air Station until 1970. Over the years these 350 acres of have slowly been transformed into the second largest park in Seattle with a boat launch, playground, sports fields, tennis facilities, school, public housing, public gathering spaces and my favorite area – the restored wetlands.
 
The restored wetland area, the original location of the airfield, is now home to the second richest bird habitat in Seattle with 170 different species reported. It is also home to a very industrious beaver family. It’s also happens to be the backdrop to some of my favorite LEGO photos.
 
Each day I visit this park, I see how alive it is. I’m continuously amazed at how quickly it changes, and heals, with the seasons and each passing year. I marvel that planes used to land in what I have come to view as my escape from the fast paced city life. It’s also a constant reminder of the strength of nature to recover from the damage we inflict upon it. This park, and its restoration, also gives me hope that we can change the path that we’re on. Every day I visit the park I see that we have the power to restore what we've damaged. We have the capability, we have the resources, we only need to give Mother Nature a helping hand. Part of that process is realizing what we have and placing a value on it. 

Through my photography I want to show you how beautiful this planet is on a macro level. I love LEGO, but I love my planet even more. If you want to see all the photos I’ve taken at Magnuson, I created a unique hashtag to bring them together - #secretworldofmagnusonpark
 
Lets protect and restore the one we love!
Happy Earth Day everyone! 
 
 
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

#lego   #xxsjc   #legography   #toyphotography   #Seattle   #earthday   #pacificnorthwest   #STuckinplastic   #macrophotography   #bokeh  ___

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2016-04-22 20:09:07 (7 comments; 18 reshares; 327 +1s)Open 

Dark Sky-  Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

A simple question for Earth Day....Have you ever seen the Milky Way?  Most people have not, because of all the lights of the city.  Light pollution fills the night sky where most people live.  Even rural areas are lit by many lights.  To truly find Dark Sky you have to seek out ever shrinking areas.

I am lucky enough to be able to visit west Texas on a regular basis and experience true Dark Sky (a zero on the Bortle Scale).  I was in Big Bend National Park last week and took this image of the Milky Way over the remains of an ancient volcano under a very dark and wonderful night sky.

Taken on my Sony A7S with Samyang 12mm Fisheye lens.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic artproje... more »

Dark Sky-  Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

A simple question for Earth Day....Have you ever seen the Milky Way?  Most people have not, because of all the lights of the city.  Light pollution fills the night sky where most people live.  Even rural areas are lit by many lights.  To truly find Dark Sky you have to seek out ever shrinking areas.

I am lucky enough to be able to visit west Texas on a regular basis and experience true Dark Sky (a zero on the Bortle Scale).  I was in Big Bend National Park last week and took this image of the Milky Way over the remains of an ancient volcano under a very dark and wonderful night sky.

Taken on my Sony A7S with Samyang 12mm Fisheye lens.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay

#wildernessphotographer   #texas   #bigbend   #nationalpark   #nightsky   #texasnightsky   #milkyway   #darksky   #astrophotography   #earthday   #sonya7s   #a7s   #samyang   #fisheye  ___

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2016-04-22 20:08:48 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 173 +1s)Open 

Today is Earth Day
This is a simple detail shot of a plastic bottle. We use these to hold one of our planet's most precious resources: Water. I know I can do better to conserve water. I also know that when I see one of these laying on the ground, I try to pick it up and deliver it to a recycling bin.

Did you know each day in the US more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away. Most end
up in landfills or incinerators, and millions litter America’s streets, parks and waterways.
Please do you part and make sure to recycle! (source: http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/issues/bottled-water/91-media/outsidenews/275-down-the-drain )


We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme:E... more »

Today is Earth Day
This is a simple detail shot of a plastic bottle. We use these to hold one of our planet's most precious resources: Water. I know I can do better to conserve water. I also know that when I see one of these laying on the ground, I try to pick it up and deliver it to a recycling bin.

Did you know each day in the US more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away. Most end
up in landfills or incinerators, and millions litter America’s streets, parks and waterways.
Please do you part and make sure to recycle! (source: http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/issues/bottled-water/91-media/outsidenews/275-down-the-drain )


We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay___

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2016-04-22 20:07:57 (10 comments; 41 reshares; 999 +1s)Open 

Human Charger

On this day we celebrate the Earth (shouldn't we celebrate the Earth every day?) I thought this shot from a few years ago from Zurich seemed to sum up the meaning of the Earth and what it does for us.

Nature charges my batteries, charges my soul and my well being. I hope you all take a few minutes today (and every day) to recharge yourselves, to do something to help keep Mother Earth happy and healthy! Think about what you're doing today that has an impact on your world, on the air, the water and the ground you stand on.




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We are a group of members of Google+ Create , a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. ... more »

Human Charger

On this day we celebrate the Earth (shouldn't we celebrate the Earth every day?) I thought this shot from a few years ago from Zurich seemed to sum up the meaning of the Earth and what it does for us.

Nature charges my batteries, charges my soul and my well being. I hope you all take a few minutes today (and every day) to recharge yourselves, to do something to help keep Mother Earth happy and healthy! Think about what you're doing today that has an impact on your world, on the air, the water and the ground you stand on.




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We are a group of members of Google+ Create , a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay___

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2016-04-22 20:07:43 (4 comments; 11 reshares; 239 +1s)Open 

Google Crea+e Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Call to Action: Take part/all of your yard and give it back to Mother Nature.

That’s right, share it with butterflies whose numbers are declining steeply...Live with Nature by Providing for Nature. I did it with our home. This G+ Collection has photos of butterflies in our yard thanks to flower plantings; now it’s your turn :-) If you think somebody else has it covered, well...

Monarch Habitat estimated to be 4 times the size of Illinois has been lost since 1992 (http://goo.gl/VAjTP4). Monarch populations have declined 80% (http://goo.gl/soaOaW) says the Xerces Society. That is just examining one species of butterfly; there are about 750 species of butterfly in the U.S.

The Atlantic magazine (http://goo.gl/QYD9Sm) analyzed American lawns.There is an estimated 40 million acresof ... more »

Google Crea+e Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Call to Action: Take part/all of your yard and give it back to Mother Nature.

That’s right, share it with butterflies whose numbers are declining steeply...Live with Nature by Providing for Nature. I did it with our home. This G+ Collection has photos of butterflies in our yard thanks to flower plantings; now it’s your turn :-) If you think somebody else has it covered, well...

Monarch Habitat estimated to be 4 times the size of Illinois has been lost since 1992 (http://goo.gl/VAjTP4). Monarch populations have declined 80% (http://goo.gl/soaOaW) says the Xerces Society. That is just examining one species of butterfly; there are about 750 species of butterfly in the U.S.

The Atlantic magazine (http://goo.gl/QYD9Sm) analyzed American lawns.There is an estimated 40 million acres of lawn in the continental U.S., that is three times the acreage of irrigated corn! Imagine, it costs homeowners about $20 billion dollars and 9 billion gallons of water/day (California) to maintain the biological desert that is your yard.

Public lands won’t be enough. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell just gave a policy speech (http://goo.gl/vWgpI7). "Major course correction" needed for conservation... "If we stay on this trajectory, 100 years from now, national parks will be like postage stamps of nature on a map, isolated islands of conservation with run-down facilities, that crowds of Americans visit like zoos to catch a glimpse of our nation's remaining wildlife and undeveloped patches of land."

Imagine our wildlife diminishing to a point that it becomes a freak show. That’s a pretty stark message, It’s up to us. Do something today no matter how small...take a baby step and get rid of some Kentucky bluegrass by planting flowers instead.


We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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2016-04-22 20:07:25 (5 comments; 18 reshares; 389 +1s)Open 

Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part
Your existence and actions are already changing the Earth. Awareness and purpose can make you change it for the better. That’s why a group of members of the Google+ Create program celebrate Earth Day with an art project and encourage you to join.

The project
Earth Day, each year on April 22, is an international event for raising awareness around environmental issues and our planet. The theme of our 2016 project is Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. It focuses on our personal role on Earth Day and our special part of the world, near home.

How to participate
Make an impact by taking action for the environment and posting about it to Google+ with the #CreateCommunityEarthDay hashtag, wherever you are on Apr 22, 2016.

Clean a beach or woods in your area, work on ac... more »

Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part
Your existence and actions are already changing the Earth. Awareness and purpose can make you change it for the better. That’s why a group of members of the Google+ Create program celebrate Earth Day with an art project and encourage you to join.

The project
Earth Day, each year on April 22, is an international event for raising awareness around environmental issues and our planet. The theme of our 2016 project is Create Community Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. It focuses on our personal role on Earth Day and our special part of the world, near home.

How to participate
Make an impact by taking action for the environment and posting about it to Google+ with the #CreateCommunityEarthDay hashtag, wherever you are on Apr 22, 2016.

Clean a beach or woods in your area, work on a community project to improve your neighborhood, tend a garden, develop an app for using resources better, learn how to recycle materials, let imagination guide you to act.

Use your talent and expertise to make a difference. Create something that expresses your role on the Earth Day. We want personal posts that address your involvement and contribution to our environment and ultimately the Earth.

And don’t stop. Go on with the project after Earth Day to make your actions really change the planet.

Our contribution
We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. Here are our contributions to the project. We hope they’ll provide examples and inspire you to join. Comments are locked, please comment on the original posts.

Thanks
Thanks to the Google+ Create member participants for their submissions. Thanks also to +Azlin Bloor, +Valeria Bressan, +nomad dimitri, +Alex James, and +M Sinclair Stevens for organizing this project, and the +Google+ team for the support.

Cover image
My astronaut friend +Samantha Cristoforetti took this photo of the Earth from the International Space Station on Feb 15, 2015. My part, where she was born and I live, is below the clouds at right, in Northern Italy.

The view symbolizes my look at the big picture, collecting and reflecting on the art the participants contributed to this project. Credits: ESA/NASA. Original image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrosamantha/16323466769/___

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2016-04-22 20:07:08 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 155 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
It is also Earth Day in Russia so I thought I would share this post in this collection as well. This reminds me how nature has proven to be unbelievably resilient in Chernobyl and I shall dedicate a post about that in the future (meanwhile https://goo.gl/2zGzTB).

At the occasion of Earth Day I would like you to ponder on the following two questions:
➤ What does our species obtain from earth and its ecosystems?
➤ What is the contribution of humans to the well-being of our planet and its ecosystems?

The answer to the first question is everything and the answer to the second question is essentially nothing. The best that some of us can achieve these days is to limit damages, or revert some which have already been done.

Nonetheless I do believe that respect can be learned or encouraged and I have beenpro... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
It is also Earth Day in Russia so I thought I would share this post in this collection as well. This reminds me how nature has proven to be unbelievably resilient in Chernobyl and I shall dedicate a post about that in the future (meanwhile https://goo.gl/2zGzTB).

At the occasion of Earth Day I would like you to ponder on the following two questions:
➤ What does our species obtain from earth and its ecosystems?
➤ What is the contribution of humans to the well-being of our planet and its ecosystems?

The answer to the first question is everything and the answer to the second question is essentially nothing. The best that some of us can achieve these days is to limit damages, or revert some which have already been done.

Nonetheless I do believe that respect can be learned or encouraged and I have been promoting this through words and images for several decades already, like in this album.

❝Restoration ecology is experimental science, a science of love and altruism. In its attempts to reverse the processes of ecosystem degradation it runs exactly counter to the market system, to land speculation, to the whole cultural attitude of regarding the Earth as commodity rather than community. It is a soft-souled science.❞
― Stephanie Mills (http://www.smillswriter.com)

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2016-04-22 20:05:48 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 137 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part:

Solid waste disposal is one of the biggest problem faced by the world today. Its collection and disposal needs to be properly taken care of, otherwise it can lead to serious health issues as well as environmental pollution.

For any , dyeing unit, solid waste disposal is a big issue to be tackled. Few years ago, incineration and land filling at approved site were the only two alternatives available for solid waste disposal. Both had their limitations. As awareness about pollution control rose, different alternatives have become available . Vermi-technology is one such sustainable organic solution. Burrowing earthworms are used for converting organic waste into bio degradable compost. Bio-digestion of solid waste using vermiculture system can provide the output in the form of digested solids with good NPK value, which can be used as an organic... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part:

Solid waste disposal is one of the biggest problem faced by the world today. Its collection and disposal needs to be properly taken care of, otherwise it can lead to serious health issues as well as environmental pollution.

For any , dyeing unit, solid waste disposal is a big issue to be tackled. Few years ago, incineration and land filling at approved site were the only two alternatives available for solid waste disposal. Both had their limitations. As awareness about pollution control rose, different alternatives have become available . Vermi-technology is one such sustainable organic solution. Burrowing earthworms are used for converting organic waste into bio degradable compost. Bio-digestion of solid waste using vermiculture system can provide the output in the form of digested solids with good NPK value, which can be used as an organic natural fertilizer.

I have been closely involved in one such initiative at the place where I work and it is matter of immense satisfaction for me.


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2016-04-22 20:05:29 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 275 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Clean Up after the Summer Party
No one likes to clean up after a party but in Oakville, we have piles of enthusiasm.

Oakville is a small town just outside of Toronto, we have trees, lots of trees, and you’ve got it…Oak trees. During the summer months Oakville is covered with a cooling green canopy of shade. Autumn is equally as beautiful with the shimmering colours of reds and golds dancing with the fall wind. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder at autumn’s end, the party is over.

For almost 20 years, the residents of Oakville have come together for the clean-up party in late autumn, putting the loose leaf collection programme in full swing.

The programme works like this: residents rake up their fallen leaves, pile them along the roadside curb, then a very cool vacuum truck comesaroun... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Clean Up after the Summer Party
No one likes to clean up after a party but in Oakville, we have piles of enthusiasm.

Oakville is a small town just outside of Toronto, we have trees, lots of trees, and you’ve got it…Oak trees. During the summer months Oakville is covered with a cooling green canopy of shade. Autumn is equally as beautiful with the shimmering colours of reds and golds dancing with the fall wind. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder at autumn’s end, the party is over.

For almost 20 years, the residents of Oakville have come together for the clean-up party in late autumn, putting the loose leaf collection programme in full swing.

The programme works like this: residents rake up their fallen leaves, pile them along the roadside curb, then a very cool vacuum truck comes around and does a slurp and chew.

Once collected, the leaves are taken to a 13-acre compost field that looks like an airport tarmac. They are first placed in Windrows or rows for a few weeks to heat activate. Front-end loaders then put these rows into massive piles. To keep the temperature around 55°C, the leafy cocktail piles are turned, not shaken but stirred. These piles of party mix are so hot that they can heat up to around 60°C, even in the winter.

The recipe to make compost is simple, it calls for four ingredients: organic matter, air, moisture and micro-organisms to do the feasting and chewing.

The whole decomposing process from leaves to compost take only 6 to 8 months. Then, it is time for another party.

Twice a year, the Regional Waste Management site holds a free compost give away. The shindig is buffet style and B.Y.O.S., bring your own shovel. The residents can fill up to 7 garbage bags and offer a cash or food donation for Food Banks.

Sometimes, happiness is just a bag of dirt.

In my little corner of the world, it is this community event that brings residents together, participating in nature’s recycle programme.

Sure, Earth Day comes around once a year, but Earth, our home should be celebrated each day.

Photo/Gif:  Mee Ming Wong

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2016-04-22 20:05:11 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 355 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Although this collection is for landscapes from 2016 I want to post this one from 2012 to celebrate the Earth Day.
I do feel that the climate change is one of the biggest problems in the world and one that concerns us all. As the somewhat positive outcome of Paris Climate Summit gives hope, that maybe we still can - as a human race - to be wise enough to put an end to it, one still can't help to think am I doing anything to stop it myself. 

Here in Finland we still are quite far from real problems caused by the climate change compared to many other places on earth. Here the biggest problem is that we don't seem to have proper winters anymore, and even that is for some only positive (and also widely debated if it actually has anything to do with climate change). Not all of us loves... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Although this collection is for landscapes from 2016 I want to post this one from 2012 to celebrate the Earth Day.
I do feel that the climate change is one of the biggest problems in the world and one that concerns us all. As the somewhat positive outcome of Paris Climate Summit gives hope, that maybe we still can - as a human race - to be wise enough to put an end to it, one still can't help to think am I doing anything to stop it myself. 

Here in Finland we still are quite far from real problems caused by the climate change compared to many other places on earth. Here the biggest problem is that we don't seem to have proper winters anymore, and even that is for some only positive (and also widely debated if it actually has anything to do with climate change). Not all of us loves snow and freeze as much as I, it seems. Because of that it is sometime hard to see the bigger picture, although in general these questions are taken quite seriously in here, which I am happy about.

But what can I do other than recycle, ride my bike instead of using a car (which is easy since I don't own one), buy electricity that is produced by renewable energy sources and  try to consume ecologically and so forth. Not much I guess except to teach my daughter to take these things into account too. And donate a little for a good cause every now and then, like Trees For Earth https://donate.earthday.org/events/trees-for-earth/e76443

I'm so happy we still have plenty of trees and clean nature in here - and I'd like it to stay that way also for my great great grandchildren.

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#earthday2016   #finland   #suomussalmi  

Find more information in here http://www.earthday.org

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2016-04-22 20:04:21 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 707 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Every spring, I start drawing the flowers that bloom at my house. 
But Earth Day got me thinking - there's more to it than just planting pretty flowers! You could plant flowers that are good for bees, or can help the environment in your area! Here are some links I found - 

Here's a list of flowers that are good for bees:
http://honeylove.org/top-30-flowers-for-bees/

Here's a list of flowers that are great for environments dealing with drought:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/drought-tolerant-gardening/40-drought-resistant-flowers-plants/

Best flowers for hot climates:
http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/18-flowers-take-heat

Are you doing anything special for Earth Day?
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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google programf... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Every spring, I start drawing the flowers that bloom at my house. 
But Earth Day got me thinking - there's more to it than just planting pretty flowers! You could plant flowers that are good for bees, or can help the environment in your area! Here are some links I found - 

Here's a list of flowers that are good for bees:
http://honeylove.org/top-30-flowers-for-bees/

Here's a list of flowers that are great for environments dealing with drought:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/drought-tolerant-gardening/40-drought-resistant-flowers-plants/

Best flowers for hot climates:
http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/18-flowers-take-heat

Are you doing anything special for Earth Day?
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#illustration   #flower   #eartthday  ___

2016-04-22 18:47:26 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 379 +1s)Open 

In honor of Earth Day, the members of Google+ Create have worked together to build a Collection that celebrates our globe and calls on the world to make it better. Dive in for cool content about the planet we share and amplify your own content using the tag #CreateCommunityEarthDay  or #CreateABetterEarth  

In honor of Earth Day, the members of Google+ Create have worked together to build a Collection that celebrates our globe and calls on the world to make it better. Dive in for cool content about the planet we share and amplify your own content using the tag #CreateCommunityEarthDay  or #CreateABetterEarth  ___

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2016-04-22 18:41:00 (16 comments; 11 reshares; 551 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part.
"I am but The Earth"

We gave up our morning today to clean up the local beach.
What have you done for Earth Day today?

Yes, we reduce.
Yes, we recycle.
Yes, we reuse.

But it goes beyond that.

I plant. I have always planted. I firmly believe in the farm to fork approach and to that end, we love growing stuff to eat. My kids pick an edible plant or two for the summer every year and learn to grow their plants organically.

We make our own compost.

We buy local as much as we can.

We walk instead of driving when we can.

We cycle.

We regularly do local park and beach cleanups.

As SCUBA divers, we are involved in marine conservation projects.

Not just today but as much as we can, everyday.... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My Planet. My Part.
"I am but The Earth"

We gave up our morning today to clean up the local beach.
What have you done for Earth Day today?

Yes, we reduce.
Yes, we recycle.
Yes, we reuse.

But it goes beyond that.

I plant. I have always planted. I firmly believe in the farm to fork approach and to that end, we love growing stuff to eat. My kids pick an edible plant or two for the summer every year and learn to grow their plants organically.

We make our own compost.

We buy local as much as we can.

We walk instead of driving when we can.

We cycle.

We regularly do local park and beach cleanups.

As SCUBA divers, we are involved in marine conservation projects.

Not just today but as much as we can, everyday.
Because no matter how much we do, we can always do more.

What about you?
What do you do to save Planet Earth?

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2016-04-22 18:40:24 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 270 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
I love my home.
So often we feel that the idea of trying to change the circumstances of our world is too overwhelming. What can one person do, really?! Take some time to find the beauty in your own neighborhood. It’s a fact that the more we appreciate something, the more we want to take care of it. No one who destroys their environment is really lazy or disinterested in caring for it; they only need to learn to love it more. If you want to help the Earth, start locally. Help others to cultivate their gratitude for what they have to amplify their desire to keep it from harm.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.#... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.
I love my home.
So often we feel that the idea of trying to change the circumstances of our world is too overwhelming. What can one person do, really?! Take some time to find the beauty in your own neighborhood. It’s a fact that the more we appreciate something, the more we want to take care of it. No one who destroys their environment is really lazy or disinterested in caring for it; they only need to learn to love it more. If you want to help the Earth, start locally. Help others to cultivate their gratitude for what they have to amplify their desire to keep it from harm.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. #CreateCommunityEarthDay

#EarthDay #rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #LandscapePhotography #hqsplandscape #BTPLandscapePro #California #Sky___

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2016-04-22 18:39:57 (8 comments; 20 reshares; 534 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016
What we're going to do today matters. Our impact is significant. Individually, we write a piece of history every day.

The Earth doesn't belong to us, we belong to the Earth.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay #EarthDay  

Earth Day 2016
What we're going to do today matters. Our impact is significant. Individually, we write a piece of history every day.

The Earth doesn't belong to us, we belong to the Earth.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay #EarthDay  ___

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2016-04-22 06:26:04 (22 comments; 27 reshares; 852 +1s)Open 

The drought

Southern and Central of Vietnam is suffering from worst drought and saltwater.
We can blame on El Niño and its impact on the Earth, but I think we didn't treat Mother nature well, we destroy nature forests, we throw pollution into the air,......and make it worse.

In this point I feel helpless, but I hope mankind has sollutions and I want to do something for my country my people, farmers.....

To my G+ friends : feel free to join us to this community, Google create. And let's make our Earth become a better place for future generations

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The drought

Southern and Central of Vietnam is suffering from worst drought and saltwater.
We can blame on El Niño and its impact on the Earth, but I think we didn't treat Mother nature well, we destroy nature forests, we throw pollution into the air,......and make it worse.

In this point I feel helpless, but I hope mankind has sollutions and I want to do something for my country my people, farmers.....

To my G+ friends : feel free to join us to this community, Google create. And let's make our Earth become a better place for future generations

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#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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P/s: this picture was taken 4 years ago in Central VN and posted on G+ the first I started. But it looks exactly like in the South Vietnam now.___

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2016-04-22 06:24:41 (8 comments; 15 reshares; 441 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part
... the ill tree

This sketch was improvised on a Post-it paper during a meeting in which we were doing the same things for the tenth time. I was so disappointed : how can the world change if we are not able to agree, 5 in a room, about futile things ? Can the COP21 (for instance) really drive us to a better world ?

My tree, a part of my mind, is ill. Potentially beautiful, it's partially dead.

What can I do ? What do I do ?

I try to reduce wastes as much as I can. I choose local products, I avoid non seasonal vegetables and fruits, I walk a lot instead of driving or I take public transports.

I want to give here an exemple of a great approach. The kind of approach I support :

More and more, we understand that our consumption of meat is catastrophical. For the environment. And... more »

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part
... the ill tree

This sketch was improvised on a Post-it paper during a meeting in which we were doing the same things for the tenth time. I was so disappointed : how can the world change if we are not able to agree, 5 in a room, about futile things ? Can the COP21 (for instance) really drive us to a better world ?

My tree, a part of my mind, is ill. Potentially beautiful, it's partially dead.

What can I do ? What do I do ?

I try to reduce wastes as much as I can. I choose local products, I avoid non seasonal vegetables and fruits, I walk a lot instead of driving or I take public transports.

I want to give here an exemple of a great approach. The kind of approach I support :

More and more, we understand that our consumption of meat is catastrophical. For the environment. And sometimes for health. These animals are nor considered as animals,  nor fed with good food. Some people want to stop that.

In Switzerland (and maybe somewhere else), there is a new concept : the Crowd butchering platform (http://kuhteilen.ch/). The animal is killed only when all the parts are sold. No waste.

Nothing is perfect. But small steps are, together, a big one for our planet !
 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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2016-04-22 06:24:06 (8 comments; 18 reshares; 504 +1s)Open 

Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part

I would like to share with you a close-up of a very beautiful and durable material... the pine logs in this cabin has been dated to be more than 500 years old. 

Trees can have an impressive longevity... As an example some Cedar trees can reach an age of a thousand years. An average mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide and release enough oxygen back to support 2 human beings per year. Keep breathing!

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We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic art project with the theme: Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part. 
#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part

I would like to share with you a close-up of a very beautiful and durable material... the pine logs in this cabin has been dated to be more than 500 years old. 

Trees can have an impressive longevity... As an example some Cedar trees can reach an age of a thousand years. An average mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide and release enough oxygen back to support 2 human beings per year. Keep breathing!

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#CreateCommunityEarthDay
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