Category : Nature

Street Skiing

December 2nd, 2011 by Jeff | 0

From the movie All.I.Can by Sherpas Cinema, this is the JP Auclair Street Segment directed by Dave Mossop & JP Auclair and shot in the town of Nelson, B.C.

Walking in L.A.

May 25th, 2010 by Jeff | 0

Interesting series from Brooklyn writer Ryan Bradley, where he chronicles a 70-mile walk roundtrip across the L.A. Basin. And he’s not the first to try this stunt. In 2007 British novelist Will Self walked from LAX to his downtown hotel 17 miles away.

New Trees

May 9th, 2010 by Jeff | 0

German photographer Robert Voit has taken a terrific series of photos of what he calls New Trees, examples of cellphone antennae camouflaged as trees.

Matthew Albanese

January 26th, 2010 by Jeff | 0

Photographer Matthew Albanese uses household items like grout, paprika and steel wool to build elaborate little miniature worlds to photograph. Read more about how the photos are made.

 

Chernobyl

January 22nd, 2010 by Jeff | 0

Tropisms > Chernobyl > Lost Souls from POLYMORF.

Alex Fradkin

November 27th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

San Francisco photographer Alex Fradkin has made some beautiful photos of concrete bunkers ruins around the San Francisco Bay Area. Built by the U.S. military to defend against an enemy that never came., some have fallen into the Pacific Ocean and some just sit quietly as they are absorbed back into the earth.

Reimagining the Mall

November 13th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

You think times are tough for you? At least you don’t own a mall. Once a bulwark of American economy, culture and probably its soul, the shopping mall has fallen on hard times. And to see the decline close up you should check out the site deadmalls.com. So what should we do with this new surfeit of empty big boxes surrounded by oceans of asphalt? There are a few good ideas submitted to Reburbia, a design competition to re-imagine suburbia. One suggestion from the Alabama-based architecture firm Forest Fulton suggests that perhaps the mall should see a reversal of a function and go from being:

a retailer of food – food detached from processes from which it came to be – to producer of food. The parking lot becomes a park-farm. The inside of the big box becomes a greenhouse and restaurant. Asphalt farming techniques allow for layering of soil, compost in containers on top of asphalt. The big box store’s roof is partially replaced with a greenhouse roof. Other details, such as the reversal of parking lot light poles into solar trees that hold photovoltaics can be implemented. One can imagine pushing a shopping cart through this suburban farm and picking your produce right from the vine, with the option to bring your harvest to the restaurant chef for preparation and eating your harvest on the spot.

See more finalists in the Reburbia design competition.

ReNew Orleans Update

October 13th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Where y’at New Orleans? Four years after Katrina, architects, planners and builders have made messy, heterogeneous efforts at rebuilding the Crescent City. There’s a great article in the recent Atlantic Monthly profiles some of the approaches to rebuilding that are underway.

In the absence of strong central leadership, the rebuilding has atomized into a series of independent neighborhood projects. And this has turned New Orleans—moist, hot, with a fecund substrate that seems to allow almost anything to propagate—into something of a petri dish for ideas about housing and urban life. An assortment of foundations, church groups, academics, corporate titans, Hollywood celebrities, young people with big ideas, and architects on a mission have been working independently to rebuild the city’s neighborhoods, all wholly unconcerned about the missing master plan. It’s at once exhilarating and frightening to behold.

RockRockRockaway Beach

August 21st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

This weekend New York and New Jersey beaches should see the best surfing conditions in years. Thanks to Hurricane Bill, surfers should see 8-12ft swells. Check out some photos of the Jersey swells.

The End of the Road

May 31st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Sunset at the end of the road on Google Streetview.

The Mannhatta Project

May 20th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Spend some time exploring the amazing map of the Mannahatta Project. If you zoom in and click around, you can explore every damn block on the island of Manhattan and see what was there before 1609. After nearly ten years of research, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, working through the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, has used old maps and modern spatial analysis techniques to map every hill, valley, stream, spring, beach, forest, cave, wetland, and pond that existed on the island of Mannahatta. It also lists all possible animals, humans, and plants that could have been in there– on every damn block! The project claims the GIS database for the project is the most complete description of a landscape ever attempted. This year marks the 400th anniversary of of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York Bay and other coinciding history goodness includes the exhibit Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City, at the Museum of the City of New York and the publication of Sanderson’s book, Mannahatta: Natural History of New York City.

Big Plans After She’s Gone

March 21st, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India, is going to be very busy after she’s dead.

Travis

February 16th, 2009 by Jeff | 0

Travis wanted to go for a ride.

Griffith Park Fire Photos

May 9th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

Some amazing photos in the New York Times of the Griffith Park fire. Especially this one from inside a house.

Running the Sahara

February 23rd, 2007 by Jeff | 0

3 guys just rain 4000 miles in 111 days. They ran across the Sahara Desert– the entire Sahara for the– H2O Africa Foundation. That’s nearly 2 marathons a day along camel tracks in 130F degree heat. See photos of their tired asses at National Geographic’s Running the Sahara.

Coyotes

January 17th, 2007 by Jeff | 0

As bizarre as it seems that packs of coyotes are now living in Golden Gate Park, right in the center of San Francisco, it’s worth noting that dense urban areas are actually great habitat for coyotes. Read more about how coyotes are thriving in Chicago.

Black Sun

September 2nd, 2006 by Jeff | 0

During spring in Denmark, at approximately one half an hour before sunset, flocks of more than a million European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) gather from all corners to join in the incredible formations shown above. This phenomenon is called Black Sun (in Denmark)