Some landscapes in the world carry us beyond just the power of the geology, and into the realm of human spirituality and the history of religions. The Sinai Peninsula is one such place. Gary Braasch has photographed there, including following the pilgrimage route from Santa Katarina, Saint Catherine's Monastery, to the summit of Gebel Musa -- the traditional Mount Sinai. The exact route and timing of the Exodus from Egypt is not known. But because of the power of the place and the religious significance that has attached to this particular mountain, images of it never lose their significance. LIFE Magazine editor Bobbi Baker Burrows used Gary's photo of the Mount Sinai pilgrimage route as a double-page spread in the recent LIFE Special "Places of the Bible." Thanks to Bobbi and Corbis Images.
Celebrating the art and skill of Brian Schulz, boat builder and natural designer, who among other things teaches kayak building from native woods at his Cape Falcon Kayak company.
The power of our changing atmosphere, climate change mitigation and adaptation are documented in Gary Braasch's exhibition "Climate Change in Our World," which has just been extended through the Holidays at the Boston Museum of Science. The exhibit of 40x60 color prints springs from the book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World and recent documentation in Gary's 13-year witness of the science and effects of rapid climate change. The opening of this exhibit coincided with President Obama's announcement of coordinated Executive Branch actions to limit carbon pollution and the U.S. action on effects and solutions to rapid climate change. The photos and text are a great resource for understanding the latest science from the UN's climate panel, and the urgency and difficulties at the UN climate negotiations. More about climate change and what we can do, here.
Rice is every where in rural Nepal in November as the paddy crop which ripened after the monsoon is cut in the fields, threshed by hand, and spread out on village squares, rooftops and any open space to dry in the autumn sun. Women winnow and sack the rice for sale or distribution to their families and villages. Another reminder that we reap what we sow and the chaff must be blown away from the valuable grain -- as we in the U.S. get on with the important issues facing us now that the President has been reelected. Gary Braasch has reports from his journeys in the Himalaya about climate, glaciers and now Bhutan, on World View of Global Warming.
For more time series visualizations of how climate change is altering the face of the earth right now, try the new App for the iPad and the iPhone -- Painting With Time: Climate Change. Created by Red Hill Studios and World View of Global Warming, and available now at your Apple App Store -- where it is "What's Hot" in the Weather section. With a sweep of your finger, see glaciers melt, sea ice disappear, coasts erode, reservoirs dry up, and world temperatures soar, along with information about the science of climate change from leading researchers. For more information, please see the App developer's facebook page.
Gary Braasch is a leading environmental photojournalist who creates remarkable images and reports about nature, environment, biodiversity and global warming around the world. More...