Living in a Paradox

Mountains and ice-filled basins of Greenland; June 2014.

“I used to think the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don’t know how to do that.” (James Gustave Speth)

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Thoughts on California Proposition 30

Hot-rod detail, Cardiff By The Sea, California; November 2010.

While this coming election makes a lot of choices really easy* there’s Proposition 30, on the California ballot: this is an environmental/climate related measure and simpy put, it would tax higher incomes (above $2 million annually) in order to help speed up the adoption of and transition to electric vehicles (via tax credits, charging infrastructure investments). A smaller amount of the collected tax would go towards wildfire prevention measures, and all that is bundled into some kind of “clean air” language. I guess that all sounds rather good?

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August 2021 End Notes

Frosted Black Oaks with mistletoe in fog, Julian, California; January 2017.

It’s summertime in Southern California and August was, quite expected, a more or less eventless month, photographically. Aside from a short trip that is, but what it yields with regards to photography remains to be seen as I evaluate, cull and develop the images. While that happens, here’s a look back at what’s been going on this month, in my monthly end notes for August 2021.

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Rock and Sun (Earth Remains)

Rock Hatchery, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico;  September 2018.

“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear — the earth remains, slightly modified. Heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break… I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.” (Edward Abbey)

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