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October, 2011

International Day of Climate Action

See how‘s the International Day of Climate Action went.

On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.

Learn about what 350 stands for, see photos of this event from around the world.

Bunea Vista, CO - celebration. Courtesy of video showing the worldwide support of 350 day!

National Museum of the American Indian

The waterfall at the National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian Waterfall and Pool

The reflecting pool below the waterfall.

The Pool Below the Waterfall

Outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, they have a fabulous water feature that is part of the entire outdoor environment.  It’s supposed to be much like it used to be when the Native Americans populated the land around Washington DC.  From their website:

Culturally significant to many tribes, wetlands are rich, biologically diverse environments. The museum’s diverse wetlands area—and the ducks, squirrels, and dragonflies that make it their home—represent the original Chesapeake Bay environment prior to European settlement. Chesapeake means “Great Shellfish Bay” in the Algonquian language. River birch, swamp milkweed, pond lilies, silky willow, and wild rice abounded in the dense marshes, as they do in the museum’s natural habitat.

If you get a chance to see it next time your in or near DC, I would highly recommend it.

Off the Oregon Coast

Manzanita woods in Oregon

A forest off the Oregon Coast

Several years ago we had the pleasure of spending a week or so on the Oregon coast.  We stayed at some wonderful friend’s beach house just south of Manzanita (more pictures on that later) and had an absolutely fantastic time!  Besides the beaches and ocean, One of the things I really love about Oregon is the forests.  This is one of my Manzanita, Orgegon Coastlinefavorite shots I took in a second generation hemlock forest just north of Manzanita.  It’s a pretty famous place to take photos of the beach to the south of this coastal mountain, as I have done also (see photo to the right), but on that same hike, there are fabulous forests like the one here.  It was very difficult for me to keep up during the hike because I love forest views like this.  There’s so much depth and interest in these trees and ferns and the moss on the trees….  Can you tell which way is North?

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