Tuesday, 29 March 2016

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

National Geographic Photo Blog Becky Harlan Photos Beth Moon

In 1999, photographer Beth Moon began documenting some well seasoned trees. Specifically, she sought out aged subjects that were “unique in their exceptional size, heredity, or folklore.” 

 Heart of the Dragon

And it was a quest. “So many of our old trees have been cut down,” she says, “that without a concerted effort you are not likely to run across one.”
The great western red cedar of Gelli Aur, Thuja plicata, in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The arboretum at Gelli Aur (Golden Grove) is home to an impressive selection of mature specimen trees, but none so magnificent as the multitrunked western red cedar, thought to have been planted in 1863.

Many of the real trees represented, however, face hard times ahead. “Quiver trees are dying from lack of water in Namibia. Dragon’s blood trees are in decline and on the endangered list, and three species of baobab trees are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List” says Moon. “The disappearance of old-growth forests may be one of the most serious environmental issues today.”

http://www.bethmoon.com/TouchWood01.html [image: Quiver Tree, Aloe dichotoma, ub Keetmanshoop, Namibia. The Quiver Tree Forest in southern Namibia is home to a spectacular collection of some of Earth’s most unusual trees, some of which are three centuries old. Strictly speaking, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow up to 33 feet high. The Bushman and Hottentot tribes use the hollow branches of this plant to make quivers for their arrows. The forest was made a Namibian national monument
for full article please visit http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/24/these-ancient-trees-have-stories-to-tell/ or www.bethmoon.com

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Exclusive! Sophie Robinson Interviews The Great Interior Design Challeng...

Stripes on the Runway SS16 Collections inspiration from the street to the catwalk

Taking inspiration form the urban street stripes lose their Nautical influence and take reference from the Urban jungle street culture and Arcitecture. Photo picture credits James Cochrane courtesy of Vogue online.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Sony World Photography Awards final Shortlist 2016

 Sony World Photography Awards 2016: the final shortlist

More than 230,000 images were entered into the World Photography Organisation’s professional, open and youth categories, encompassing the delicate handling of private moments to the capturing of the year’s biggest news stories.
Themes covered include the Ukraine conflict, Europe’s refugee crisis, and drone and underwater photography.
All shortlisted images will go on show at London’s Somerset House from 22 April to 8 May

A worker walks through dry farm fields in Los Banos, California. Water regulators have adopted strict quotas in urban areas as the state’s drought enters its fourth year.

Alexander Semenov, Russia

Professional; Environment

“This series represent exploration of the most extreme and far cold-water seas, washing the coasts of Russia, because only few people in the world had chance to dive there. These seas are true pearls of nature, hiding mysteries and treasures not only for divers and scientists - there is another universe with it’s own aliens and fantastic creatures.”

#Hoxton Old_Street Painted Building

Found this in #Hoxtons in the summer our own UK finest exciting #painted #building in the heart of #Shoreditch just off #Old_Street roundabout. So lovely to find a #contemporary #urban #painting to liven up the streets will be posting more here when I find them..


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