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Righteous! My friend’s daughter keeps changing her mind from being a vet to an ornithologist and loves photography. From her love of birds, she’s already identified over 300 species. She’s 10. Go Bella!
I know there will be a huge number of March For Science and Earth Day blog posts out there, so just add mine to the fray. The premise of this march meant enough to me to actually join in – at age 56 – my first protest march ever.
Was it a “protest”? The March for Science was meant to be a bipartisan event, promoting the scientific method, fact-based approaches to the study of the environment and climate change, and the benefits to humanity which have resulted from science. As my friend’s daughter points out in the photo above: her little brother would not be alive were it not for the accomplishments of medical science. He was born 3-1/2 months early. He’s now a sweet, happy, laughing 15 months old (11-1/2 months adjusted – they do that for preemies).
So, back to the March. Was it a protest in addition to a celebration of all things and people scientific? Ultimately, yes. We probably should be having marches like this every year in celebration of scientists and all the things they’ve learned and created through science that aid us in our daily lives (Hubble telescope, space shuttles, internet, radio, iTunes, cell phones, velcro, medicine, photography, coffee makers, planes, trains, automobiles, etc). We should be doing this not just because of the current administration. It’s this current administration, however, that impelled these world-wide marches. I still find it mind-boggling there are people out there (including the elected president) who deny climate change and want to cut funds to health and other scientific research. America has been at the forefront of so many scientific discoveries, and now we should take a back seat?? I’m uncertain as to how this is “making America great”. Whenever I think about this, I become that “mad scientist” you’ll see in one of the signs below.
Ok, enough of politics. I leave you with images I captured during this very short, but very transformational march for me.
The number of marchers 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the event. And more people kept streaming in.
In all honesty, I’d be kinda lost without coffee, wine and beer. Just sayin’ 😉
A scientist who votes. Somebody in government should be getting a little nervous, I should think.
Marchers were there of all ages. Made me proud to know so many people care about fact-based research and the scientific method.
Let’s see … I was born in 1961 so the CO2 level was probably around 318 – 319 ppm, approximately.
My favorite sign was the “Mad Scientist” sign. The next time I reach that boiling point of anger, I’ll think of this sign.
The Planet Dress
The Brain Hat. I saw a number of them in varying colors during the march. And they all looked very neat, and very hot. While it was not particularly humid, it was quite warm and sunny (thankfully, since thunderstorms were predicted).
The march ended at the Houston City Hall. So many people! It’s estimated as many as 15,000 people participated in this event.
Let’s not forget that it was Earth Day, as well. This gentleman saw me with my camera and came up to me to tell me he’d worn this same shirt during the very first Earth Day march. I told him that definitely merited a photo.
For those of you interested, I used my Canon 1DX and 24-105mm lens to capture these images above. The 24-105 is the perfect walking-around lens with a good number of focal lengths from which to choose. All this, courtesy of science.
Your’s truly with a couple of friends she walked with at the march.
Twins? Triplets? The science of cloning? Nah – well, not really – actually it was the science of Photoshop!
An afternoon view from the south end of Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.
In a roundabout way, I owe this 3-day jaunt (not counting the day to get there and the day to return to TX) to my company taking away a “floating holiday” (to be used at each employee’s discretion). I always used those floating holidays in conjunction with a planned vacation. In return, the company gave to us what the masses apparently wanted: Martin Luther King Day.
Hey, I have absolutely nothing against MLK day. A holiday is a holiday. But I much preferred that floating holiday to use as I wished, versus a “fixed” holiday. So, I decided in an I’ll-show-them sort of way to take a long weekend and head on out someplace away from Texas (all of my vacations are taken away from this state in which I’d rather not be). I’d been hankering for some winter weather, instead of the humid 78-degree weather here in SE Texas (I want my winters to look and feel like winter, dammit). To that end, I flew to Montana and snow shoed in Glacier National Park.
It was heaven on earth, despite the sub-zero temps.
-4 degrees F and frost on the tripod.
Colorful icicles off the side of Hwy 2 just before entering Hungry Horse, on the way to the park.
Some very long icicles at the West Glacier entrance to the park. I look like a bright pink beluga whale but I’m definitely warm.
Moon set during the pre-dawn hours at Lake McDonald. It was silent except for the ice cracking and the distant hooting of an owl.
The look of sub-zero at Lake McDonald.
A frosty sunrise at Lake McDonald. The mountains were still in hiding that morning.
Scenes while snow shoeing near Lake McDonald Lodge in the park. The lodge was as far as the Going-To-The-Sun Road was open.
Late afternoon brought out the mountains, along with some clear skies and lake reflections.
So, thank you, Company, for the MLK Day, because if you had not taken away a floating holiday and given us this day off instead, I doubt I would have given second thought to a deep-winter photography trip to Glacier National Park. And that would have been a shame.
Good night, Glacier National Park. See you in September 2017.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY
(yes, one day early – at least it’s not one day late as is my usual timing)
As I look back on 2016, I see a mix of good and bad, as is usual over the course of a year. The good stuff had to do with travel and photography and getting closer to what is left of my family. The bad stuff – well, let’s just say 2016 was marginally better than 2015, which was a horrible year.
Sooooo, I’m truly hoping that 2017 makes up for all the bad stuff. And I also hope the New Year 2017 is a start of many good things for all of you out there.
Now, for this photo: I had the great good fortune to stay in London over Christmas and New Year. It was my last hurrah to close out that horrible 2015 year I mentioned earlier. I deliberately chose that time of year to fly to London because I wanted to especially see the fireworks over the London Eye.
I remember joining the hordes to wait about 45 minutes for the security lines to open up so we could go find a spot around 7pm (nothing ever opens up exactly on time, you know). I went through 3 checkpoints before squeezing into a spot along the Thames in front of the Royal Horseguards Hotel and across from that great wheel on which one can get an amazing view of the surrounding land. It was a good thing I didn’t have to go to the toilet because we all stood there, cheek-by-jowl, for about 5 hours, waiting for the countdown to begin. I got acquainted with the family from the Midlands and the young lady from Dubai standing behind me who was there for some sort of news service.
It was worth the wait. The 10-minute display of fireworks was amazing and I alternated between having the camera up to my eye and then putting it down so I could just enjoy the fireworks without looking through a lens. It was such a neat feeling to realize I was actually standing there, in London, watching the New Years fireworks from a prime spot, surrounded by people from all over the world.
Again, Happy New Year! I hope everybody’s 2017 adventures far surpass those embarked upon in 2016.