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2016-05-08 20:22:00 (183 comments; 135 reshares; 4,369 +1s)Open 

Happy Mothers' Day! Millennial photographer +Araba Ankuma created a Collection to celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers.

Most reshares: 208

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2016-05-17 14:23:14 (130 comments; 208 reshares; 3,598 +1s)Open 

You polled... and chose +Christian Reese's Inspirational Home Designs as the top Interior Design Collection. Check it out! https://goo.gl/9MokhX

Most plusones: 4693

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2016-04-30 00:14:21 (150 comments; 187 reshares; 4,693 +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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2016-05-24 17:14:05 (43 comments; 36 reshares; 1,486 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member Aamir Shahzad

"By profession I am a physician and at present working as a Professor of Medicine in a medical college. Photography is one of my passion along with literature reading. I have learned photography as an art and pursue it as a creative process of self expression and self actualization. I have a special interest in Portraits and capturing cultural life of Pakistan. In portraits, I try to present ordinary people belonging to different walks of my society, in all trials and tribulations of their life. My aim is to capture the essence of their personality."

Check out our favorite Collections by Aamar: Faces of Pakistan (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/M9KpFB) and Culture of Pakistan (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IfpoFB).

Meet Create Member Aamir Shahzad

"By profession I am a physician and at present working as a Professor of Medicine in a medical college. Photography is one of my passion along with literature reading. I have learned photography as an art and pursue it as a creative process of self expression and self actualization. I have a special interest in Portraits and capturing cultural life of Pakistan. In portraits, I try to present ordinary people belonging to different walks of my society, in all trials and tribulations of their life. My aim is to capture the essence of their personality."

Check out our favorite Collections by Aamar: Faces of Pakistan (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/M9KpFB) and Culture of Pakistan (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IfpoFB).___

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2016-05-23 22:00:42 (24 comments; 27 reshares; 658 +1s)Open 

Whether you're dexterous in drawing, a dabbler in drawing, or a newbie who's dying to dive in... +Zoe Hong has your back with this instructional Collection. Time to get your draw on! 😊

Now that you've drawn your figures, you need to learn how to shade them so they look 3D. ___Whether you're dexterous in drawing, a dabbler in drawing, or a newbie who's dying to dive in... +Zoe Hong has your back with this instructional Collection. Time to get your draw on! 😊

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2016-05-21 20:41:55 (62 comments; 61 reshares; 1,642 +1s)Open 

May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This image is from a Collection by +Atinch NICK Keskin that celebrates cultures from all around the world: https://goo.gl/6CtJ5q

Aztec Warrior___May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This image is from a Collection by +Atinch NICK Keskin that celebrates cultures from all around the world: https://goo.gl/6CtJ5q

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2016-05-19 15:45:47 (64 comments; 38 reshares; 1,534 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Sonali Dalal:  

"She is hobbyist photographer and professional working woman, who is passionately in love with her hobby. Woman who believes, photography is a meditation. She loves to see world in all its abstractness through her photography.

She has won two Gold medals for her pictures "Curious" and "Smile of optimism" in 2012 and 2015 respectively, at The photographic salon of Japan."

Check out our favorite Collections by Sonali: Street photography in india (https://plus.google.com/collection/0h-1Z) and Old is Gold (https://plus.google.com/collection/A-knRB.

Meet Create Member +Sonali Dalal:  

"She is hobbyist photographer and professional working woman, who is passionately in love with her hobby. Woman who believes, photography is a meditation. She loves to see world in all its abstractness through her photography.

She has won two Gold medals for her pictures "Curious" and "Smile of optimism" in 2012 and 2015 respectively, at The photographic salon of Japan."

Check out our favorite Collections by Sonali: Street photography in india (https://plus.google.com/collection/0h-1Z) and Old is Gold (https://plus.google.com/collection/A-knRB.___

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2016-05-18 21:29:38 (70 comments; 46 reshares; 1,039 +1s)Open 

In the spirit of a great I/O today, we're celebrating innovation. Google+ is full of Collections and curators who are talking about innovation and creativity in tech. Here are three of our favorites:

1. +Roy Hembree's Virtual Reality Collection keeps you up to date on all things VR. https://plus.google.com/collection/88OG_?
2.  From humanoids to hexapods, prosthetics to exoskeletons, +Jason Mayes's Robotics Collection has it all. https://plus.google.com/collection/8bgUX?e 
3. +Kailesh Gopalbhai's Health and Innovation dives deep into the intersections of health and tech.  https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/collection/03d9b?e

In the spirit of a great I/O today, we're celebrating innovation. Google+ is full of Collections and curators who are talking about innovation and creativity in tech. Here are three of our favorites:

1. +Roy Hembree's Virtual Reality Collection keeps you up to date on all things VR. https://plus.google.com/collection/88OG_?
2.  From humanoids to hexapods, prosthetics to exoskeletons, +Jason Mayes's Robotics Collection has it all. https://plus.google.com/collection/8bgUX?e 
3. +Kailesh Gopalbhai's Health and Innovation dives deep into the intersections of health and tech.  https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/collection/03d9b?e___

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2016-05-17 19:34:47 (32 comments; 36 reshares; 1,464 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Paul Kenyon 

"I am a qualified fly fishing instructor and guide and devote much of my time to a lifelong love of all things associated with trout and Dartmoor rivers. I run Fly Fishing Devon with Geoff Stephens. Before I retired I lectured in the Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK"

Check out our favorite Collections by Paul: Fly fishing on Dartmoor rivers (https://plus.google.com/collection/40Sux) and Personal thoughts on fly fishing (https://plus.google.com/collection/Ancux).

Meet Create Member +Paul Kenyon 

"I am a qualified fly fishing instructor and guide and devote much of my time to a lifelong love of all things associated with trout and Dartmoor rivers. I run Fly Fishing Devon with Geoff Stephens. Before I retired I lectured in the Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK"

Check out our favorite Collections by Paul: Fly fishing on Dartmoor rivers (https://plus.google.com/collection/40Sux) and Personal thoughts on fly fishing (https://plus.google.com/collection/Ancux).___

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2016-05-17 14:23:14 (130 comments; 208 reshares; 3,598 +1s)Open 

You polled... and chose +Christian Reese's Inspirational Home Designs as the top Interior Design Collection. Check it out! https://goo.gl/9MokhX

You polled... and chose +Christian Reese's Inspirational Home Designs as the top Interior Design Collection. Check it out! https://goo.gl/9MokhX___

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2016-05-13 20:52:47 (49 comments; 19 reshares; 855 +1s)Open 

It's Friday the 13th! +Lou McCorkle's spooky selfie Collection is the perfect way to celebrate.

#wordlessonwednesday  ___It's Friday the 13th! +Lou McCorkle's spooky selfie Collection is the perfect way to celebrate.

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2016-05-12 15:45:10 (179 comments; 206 reshares; 4,288 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +John Getchel: 

"I'm a guy who loves photography and adventure! In fact I've been taking and developing my photos for over 25 years! Recently I've decided to travel around America in my truck and capture its beauty with my camera. I'd love it if you would follow along on my journey! Even better would be to meet you along the way and go shooting together!"

Check out our favorite Collections by John: Stroboscopic (https://plus.google.com/collection/0nAyPB) and Las Vegas Baby! https://plus.google.com/collection/A1hxPB).

Meet Create Member +John Getchel: 

"I'm a guy who loves photography and adventure! In fact I've been taking and developing my photos for over 25 years! Recently I've decided to travel around America in my truck and capture its beauty with my camera. I'd love it if you would follow along on my journey! Even better would be to meet you along the way and go shooting together!"

Check out our favorite Collections by John: Stroboscopic (https://plus.google.com/collection/0nAyPB) and Las Vegas Baby! https://plus.google.com/collection/A1hxPB).___

2016-05-12 03:13:35 (37 comments; 24 reshares; 949 +1s)Open 

It's that time of year again! Which Spring Cleaning Collection inspires you the most? Click to vote for your favorite.

#FeatureFriday : Spring Cleaning & Interior Design

Meet our two talented creators: +Desiree Thomson and +Christian Reese. Click on your favorite Collection!

In her Ideal Home & Garden, Desiree collects and shares tips, intriguing ideas, and inspiring projects related to garden design and home improvement. https://plus.google.com/collection/wSMP9

Christian reveals his tricks and shares his opinions on interesting interior design articles in his Inspirational Home Designs. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QPiPZB

Which Collection inspires you the most? The results will be announced on Friday, May 13th, based on your choice.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their Collections.

Keep creating!___It's that time of year again! Which Spring Cleaning Collection inspires you the most? Click to vote for your favorite.

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2016-05-11 17:04:31 (47 comments; 57 reshares; 2,118 +1s)Open 

It's Wanderlust Wednesday! This Collection of Travel Photography by +Nico Wohlgemuth is bound to give you the travel bug.  

On Thursday we were about to leave Rome for our flight back home to Germany, went for a quick morning coffee and were presented a burning Fiumicino Airport on the caffes TV. To avoid the aftermath (we later got numerous emails about the rescheduled flight (to another airport) being delayed for 6 more times) we just got train tickets to Florence, booked a new flight home from there and had three more great days.___It's Wanderlust Wednesday! This Collection of Travel Photography by +Nico Wohlgemuth is bound to give you the travel bug.  

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2016-05-10 16:47:11 (65 comments; 51 reshares; 2,048 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Janet K. Schmidt and her page +The Art of Fashion
 
"The Art of Fashion is a comprehensive Runway and Editorial blog dedicated to the creative and artistic sense of fashion. Here you will find the latest Fashion news and trends; the source for breaking news in Women’s Fashion, Runway, Haute Couture, Men's Collections, Fashion Editorials, up-to-the-minute Campaigns, Models, and more."

Check out our favorite Collections by Janet: Handbags and Accessories (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/A0xIb) and Fashion News (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8jnqAB).

Meet Create Member +Janet K. Schmidt and her page +The Art of Fashion
 
"The Art of Fashion is a comprehensive Runway and Editorial blog dedicated to the creative and artistic sense of fashion. Here you will find the latest Fashion news and trends; the source for breaking news in Women’s Fashion, Runway, Haute Couture, Men's Collections, Fashion Editorials, up-to-the-minute Campaigns, Models, and more."

Check out our favorite Collections by Janet: Handbags and Accessories (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/A0xIb) and Fashion News (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8jnqAB).___

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2016-05-09 23:20:04 (30 comments; 38 reshares; 1,750 +1s)Open 

Of all the things floating around your stream, +Kenshi Fujimaru's underwater photography Collection is a must-sea.

子の神の滝の滝つぼを・・・水中から。
The basin of a waterfall from in the water.

水中カメラ(RICOH WG-30W)で、子の神の滝を下から覗いて見ました。
I looked with an underwater camera (Ricoh WG-30W).


#underwater  
#RICOH   #WG-30W
#水中カメラ  
#cooljapan  ___Of all the things floating around your stream, +Kenshi Fujimaru's underwater photography Collection is a must-sea.

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2016-05-08 20:22:00 (183 comments; 135 reshares; 4,369 +1s)Open 

Happy Mothers' Day! Millennial photographer +Araba Ankuma created a Collection to celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers.

Happy Mothers' Day! Millennial photographer +Araba Ankuma created a Collection to celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers.___

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2016-05-06 20:55:31 (80 comments; 83 reshares; 2,619 +1s)Open 

A #TopPic by photography explorer +Bo Nielsen. More from Bo's eye view: https://goo.gl/YQmIgp

"The Hawk" Mongolia, 2014

There is something about those eyes, I think they look really sad.

And I can’t blame it for being exactly that, because it was one of those hawks, that tourist can pay, to have up on their arm, and then get their picture taken. And right before the shutter clicks, a guy pulls on a robe, attached to the back of the hawk, which makes it spread out its mighty wings, because it thinks it about to fall of the arm.

I always feel really sorry for those kind of captured animals, and I never paid to get that kind of “entertainment”. Normally I don’t even make any photos of them.

Aperture: ƒ/4
Camera: X100S
Taken: 9 July, 2014
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Shutter speed: 1/2000s

www.justwalkedby.com___A #TopPic by photography explorer +Bo Nielsen. More from Bo's eye view: https://goo.gl/YQmIgp

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2016-05-05 20:44:21 (85 comments; 52 reshares; 1,945 +1s)Open 

Meet Create Member +Azlin Bloor: 

"While I've been in the UK for over 2 decades, I was born and raised in Singapore. My recipes reflect my unique upbringing, a multicultural family that includes ethnicities from Asia to Europe to the Middle East to North Africa. Not only do I cook the food, but I live and understand the cultures (and languages!) behind the recipes. When I’m not blogging, my most important job is homeschooling my 4 young kids; I’m also a private chef, a cookery teacher and cookbook author."

Check out our favorite Collections by Azlin: 10 minute Recipes (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oxBSgB) and
20 Minute Recipes (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wy8UgB).

Meet Create Member +Azlin Bloor: 

"While I've been in the UK for over 2 decades, I was born and raised in Singapore. My recipes reflect my unique upbringing, a multicultural family that includes ethnicities from Asia to Europe to the Middle East to North Africa. Not only do I cook the food, but I live and understand the cultures (and languages!) behind the recipes. When I’m not blogging, my most important job is homeschooling my 4 young kids; I’m also a private chef, a cookery teacher and cookbook author."

Check out our favorite Collections by Azlin: 10 minute Recipes (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oxBSgB) and
20 Minute Recipes (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wy8UgB).___

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2016-05-04 16:49:46 (82 comments; 63 reshares; 1,605 +1s)Open 

One year ago, we introduced Google+ Collections: a platform for curating and sharing the coolest content about anything and everything that you're into. From cats in Tokyo (https://goo.gl/YV1zHg), to original poetry (https://goo.gl/OA94cc), to Copenhagen street photography (https://goo.gl/PzS9ue) -- you've created and shared Collections about everything under the sun (https://goo.gl/JqdVzO). Today, help celebrate one full year by sharing your favorite Collection or making a new one with the tag #CollectionsTurn1. Cheers (https://goo.gl/jYvMZ0) to more years of #DiscoveringAmazingThings.

One year ago, we introduced Google+ Collections: a platform for curating and sharing the coolest content about anything and everything that you're into. From cats in Tokyo (https://goo.gl/YV1zHg), to original poetry (https://goo.gl/OA94cc), to Copenhagen street photography (https://goo.gl/PzS9ue) -- you've created and shared Collections about everything under the sun (https://goo.gl/JqdVzO). Today, help celebrate one full year by sharing your favorite Collection or making a new one with the tag #CollectionsTurn1. Cheers (https://goo.gl/jYvMZ0) to more years of #DiscoveringAmazingThings.___

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2016-05-03 20:21:36 (75 comments; 88 reshares; 2,715 +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 (38 comments; 54 reshares; 1,419 +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 (171 comments; 85 reshares; 2,698 +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 (150 comments; 187 reshares; 4,693 +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 (123 comments; 196 reshares; 4,095 +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 (106 comments; 94 reshares; 2,402 +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 (46 comments; 26 reshares; 1,079 +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 (60 comments; 56 reshares; 1,975 +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 (53 comments; 61 reshares; 1,945 +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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2016-04-23 02:48:43 (30 comments; 35 reshares; 1,377 +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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2016-04-22 23:44:24 (23 comments; 12 reshares; 439 +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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2016-04-22 22:41:37 (27 comments; 32 reshares; 789 +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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2016-04-22 22:39:48 (20 comments; 34 reshares; 1,193 +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 (14 comments; 21 reshares; 784 +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!


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.

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!


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 22:39:20 (47 comments; 93 reshares; 2,050 +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.

#CreateCommunityEarthDay 

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 (19 comments; 42 reshares; 1,187 +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 (18 comments; 27 reshares; 911 +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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I sell prints and other photo products at http://www.alexlapidus.com .

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2016-04-22 20:18:43 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 267 +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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Image Credit: All images taken by Heiko Mahr The image are remaining the properties of Heiko Mahr but is shared on Google Plus in accordance with Google Plus terms and conditions. I grant Google an irrevocable licence to use this image to promote Google Plus and Earth Day.___

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2016-04-22 20:17:26 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 446 +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 (18 comments; 16 reshares; 334 +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 (10 comments; 13 reshares; 267 +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 (51 comments; 63 reshares; 1,520 +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.

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

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2016-04-22 20:16:46 (23 comments; 53 reshares; 1,217 +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 (13 comments; 22 reshares; 373 +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; 12 reshares; 557 +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. *
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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. *
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2016-04-22 20:14:30 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 259 +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. 

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#CreateCommunityEarthDay

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2016-04-22 20:14:19 (10 comments; 17 reshares; 587 +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 (6 comments; 16 reshares; 474 +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!

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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 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 386 +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!
 
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2016-04-22 20:10:37 (24 comments; 45 reshares; 1,259 +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. 

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2016-04-22 20:09:42 (12 comments; 22 reshares; 584 +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. 
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2016-04-22 20:09:26 (6 comments; 15 reshares; 328 +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.
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2016-04-22 20:09:07 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 374 +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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