FRISCO — In between fretting about Colorado River flows and reporting on the travails of endangered lynx and sage-grouse, it’s good to get out and see the world. It helps look at issues in a global context — and so many issues these days are global. Of course, not every story is environmental. Sometimes, travel comes down to the simple task of trying to find a Frisbee in Rome … Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee.
Travel doesn’t necessarily require a passport. There are plenty of adventures to be had within a few hundred miles of anywhere, especially when you set out for the remote hinterlands north of the Grand Canyon with what you know is sketchy starter in your engine … Travel: Karma and climate change in the Southwest.
Little things can be the most memorable, like buying a big box of blueberries from a roadside vendor at a dusty, nowhere crossroads in Slovenia, then eating on the train while watching a blazing Adriatic sunset … A Balkan sampler: Blueberries and mopeds in Slovenia.
Environmental groups sue to block financing plans by U.S. Export-Import Bank
By Summit Voice
Conservation activists are suing to block the U.S. Export-Import Bank to finance a natural gas operation near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The groups claim the plan violates the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, which implements U.S. obligations under the World Heritage Convention.
SUMMIT COUNTY — If you ever wondered what Xanadu, the western Ghats of India and the birthplace of Jesus have in common, think about it this way: All three are part of Earth’s shared natural and cultural heritage.
Last week, UNESCO recognized the gobal significance of all three sites, inscribing them on to the ever-growing list of world heritage sites along with 23 other locations around the world. The annual June voting helps spotlight renowned archaeological sites, natural wonders and historic treasures, often boosting preservation efforts and fostering local initiatives to increase sustainable tourism.
Colorado’s only world heritage site so far is Mesa Verde. Others in the U.S. include Redwoods National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, the Everglades and the Grand Canyon. No new U.S. sites were added this year, but the San Antonio missions were nominated and could be added to the list in the next few years, representing the important Spanish influence in the settlement of North America. Learn more about World Heritage sites in the U.S. at this National Park Service website.Continue reading “Xanadu, western Ghats added to World Heritage list”→
SUMMIT COUNTY —Stone is such a fundamental part of the human experience that an entire age was named after it, coinciding with the emergence of Homo sapiens as tool-using animals.
Though we’re now living in the age of information and technology, we’re still surrounded by structures that were built of stone thousands of years ago — cathedrals, walls, spiritual sites — that will probably remain long after the last computer chip sizzles into oblivion.
At our worst, we use stone as a symbol of power and control; to imprison, enslave, and in the worst case, to kill our fellow man. It’s no wonder stone figures so prominently in some of the essential mythologies and religions of various cultures, from David and Goliath, Uluru and Medusa, to the stone figures on Easter Island.
So how about a definition: The hard, solid, nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, esp. as a building material.”
And here’s another, from Merriam-Webster online: 1: a concretion of earthy or mineral matter: a (1) : such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape (2) :rock b : a piece of rock for a specified function: as (1) : a building block (2) : a paving block (3) : a precious stone :gem (4) :gravestone (5) :grindstone (6) :whetstone (7) : a surface upon which a drawing, text, or design to be lithographed is drawn or transferred.
Today’s photo essay was prepared for the #FriFotos Twitter chat started by @EpsteinTravels. The weekly social media gathering features a different theme each week. It’s become one of the liveliest venues on the web, with hundreds of travelers and photographers sharing their interpretations of each week’s topic. I wasn’t sure how many stone-related photos I’d be able find in the archives that are worth posting, but in the end, there was quite a trove of interesting shots. Continue reading “Morning photo: Neolithics”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Scrolling through my Blackberry, I found a trove of photos that I’d nearly forgotten about. It’s quite amazing what a halfway decent phone camera can do, as long as the light is good.
That’s what my dad emphasized when he gave me my first camera when I was 12: “Make sure the sun is shining over the back of one of your shoulders,” he said.
I carried that Asahi Pentax Spotmatic everywhere for a few years, trying time exposures on city streets, looking for snowy scenes in the Taunus Mountains outside Frankfurt, and playing with the aperture to adjust the depth of field and find the sweet spot of the lens. Eventually I learned that you can break the rules sometimes and still get a good shot.