Friday, February 22, 2013

Environmental Photographer Exhibit

Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photography in Context it currently showing at the Middlebury College Museum of Art until April 22.
"In this exhibition of Burtynsky's iconic photographs of the quarries of Vermont are explored within the context of the geological and social history of the area including in particular the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre. "

This rather stunning display of large frame photography in Vermont quarries is jaw dropping.
The large panels of photographs have a mixture of texture, shapes and color that pull the viewer in and won't let go. This free display is not to be missed by lovers of Vermont history and photography. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Climate Commitment Needed at the White House

Epic Rally Advances Climate Change Action

The buses converged on Washington DC with what was the largest rally demanding action to mitigate Climate Change. I was fortunate to be able to join 3 bus loads of fellow Vermonters on what turn out to be quite chilly and blustery even by Vermont standards.

It really didn't matter that almost no one was downtown when we marched, it really didn't matter that Barak was golfing with Tiger Woods as we chanted at the White House. We were there to show the world that complacency is not sustainable. And, if you tried to ignore the issue on this day and the days that followed, you had better not watch NBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, Univision, Telemondo, The freakin Weather Channel, or just about any other media.

We, the voice of sanity, clearly are not going away. You could feel that in the commitment and emotion from the speakers as well as the chanting and signs of the marchers. A serious commitment was made by 50,000 people, many who travelled long distances to march in the cold.

 It became clearly obvious from Robert Kennedy Jr. in the days before the rally that this problem will not be solved clearly by litigation, it is going to take civil disobedience. Van Jones proclaimed that civil disobedience was a fight for civil rights, fighting climate change is much bigger, we are fighting for all of humanity.

You can find the rest of my photos from the rally here

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Forward On Climate


Bus loads of Vermonters will be driving 10 hours on Saturday to get to Washington DC to partake in a protest to get us on track with limiting the destruction caused by excessive carbon in our atmosphere. For anyone who has been reading this blog since 2004 will know, that it is real, and business as usual presents a bleak future. This blog is not going to change anyones mind about climate change, however, the collective we must change habits and change them quickly. 

It is scary to think that even if we release 0 carbon, there will still be a lag time when carbon will continue to be released. Anyone with any interest can search this information on the web. It becomes quite plain and simple. We need a massive redirection and will power is the only thing standing in the way. Individual and political will power to make change our approach to using energy and moving people from one place to another. 

Join us won't you?


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bounty

It was a dreary rainy day with matted leaves and partially naked trees getting ready for a hibernation of sorts. Misty clouds and fog obscured the mountains around us, half hiding, as if they were playing a game of hide and seek. Many of the vegtables are in their final throws as the season changes and tells them to to relinquish their bounty. What to do?

The photographer in me wants to post a picture, however, imagination is a powerful tool that pulls out smells and sights from years of stored up experiences, so I post none today.

I picked the leeks this morning from what started as puny little sprouts now with massive dark green leaves and stocky snow white roots. I picked three for the potato leek soup we had been holding of on making until today. The recipe called for basil, chives and parsley, all picked from the same plot. A pot cooked this afternoon a released it deliciousness for the evening meal. We baked a meatloaf with carrots, and some of the onions so we would have it for the week. All of this of course baked within reach of the woodstove that we kept going throughout the day. Stir fried chard to boot. A wonderful way to enter a kitchen, especially when someone as lovely as Kathy is there to greet.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chopping Wood, Carrying Water...


Gorgeous, beautific day in autunmal Vermont today. Spent the day raking leaves with loved ones, loading the truck with wood and stacking a row on the front porch in preparation of blustery days ahead. What more could one want, really? Breathing, loading, raking, vibrance, laughing, it's what we do this time of year.



Dalai Lama Comes to Vermont



The Dalai Lama visited Middlebury College today on the leg of a short tour through the US. Tickets were sold out quickly, though it was possible to watch through closed circuit TV at a variety of locations at Middlebury, and it was streamed through the colleges website. I got to watch it at home, coffee in hand this Saturday morning.
What can be written about this man in this limited space. He is the nearest thing we have to Ghandi. I talked to someone at a work who was pissed that the tickets were "sold out." I told him that he could stream it from home, and he said " I want to feel his presence." Ya, we all want to feel his presence. His themes are compassion and respect.......he bolded stated that he is a marxist in regards to the equal distribution of income, yet praised capitalism for the tremendous innovations that have resulted. The dude is unflinching in his ability to seek the truth, no barriers, no limits. His holiness emanates love.

I believe that his message is the only thing that will save this planet. It is a message we all must consider if we want to heal the wounds of a dying planet.

You can find his recorded talks at middlebury.edu

Mike