Roundup: Photographers, skiers and pollen-counters

Landscape photographer uncovers the beauty of mother nature

“Mother Nature’s show is fickle, fleeting and often demanding. As an emerging landscape photographer, I am quickly learning the emergency-of-now; how once-in-a-lifetime moments are immediately lost if not acted upon. There is no safe, warm studio to snuggle up in and no way to get the content without being outside, in the land, surrounded by the elements and forced to contend with the kindness, fury and temperament of Mother Nature. Simply put, if I do not show up (and react to impulses) I will not get the photograph. 

This emergency-of-now is also inherent in the translation of a photograph that can project the voice of the land. It is my wish that the land’s call for help, glory and cognizance will be heard far and wide via whatever community flows from my photographs, be it a gallery’s walls, a website, a magazine, airplane seat conversations and for the one-on-one conversation between my partner and I as we stand somewhere far from home, snapping shots and swimming in awe — feeling the urgency to expose the encounter while pushing “POST” to our Facebook feed via a rented hotspot connection.”

Mendenhall Glacier by Jodi Patterson

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Slalom course for ski areas facing future without snow

“Grenoble (France) (AFP) – As temperatures rise there is less [snow] or sometimes even none at all — global warming is forcing ski areas to think about the once unthinkable, a future without snow. Some in the French Alps have gone beyond thinking and begun diversifying the activities they offer visitors, particularly those at around 1,300 metres (4,300 feet) altitude.”

“According to Educ’Alpes, the glaciers have lost 26 percent of their surface and a third of their volume over the past 40 years, leading ski areas like Val Thorens to close its glacier to skiers a decade ago to ensure its protection.”

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Recent and Holocene climate change controls on vegetation and carbon accumulation in Alaskan coastal muskegs

“Pollen, spore, macrofossil and carbon data from a peatland near Cordova, Alaska, reveal insights into the climate–vegetation–carbon interactions from the initiation of the Holocene, c. the last 11.5 ka, to the present (1 ka = 1000 calibrated years before present where 0 = 1950 CE). “

“Highlight of the research:

  • Early Holocene deglaciation leads to foundation species Alnus dominance.
  • Climate-driven vegetational change drives carbon storage in southeast Alaskan bogs.
  • Sphagnum peat drives highest rates of carbon accumulation (50 g/m2/a).
  • Mid-Holocene dry climate favors sedge and low carbon accumulation (13 g/m2/a).
  • Last century of Alnus expansion signals glacial retreat with 2 °C warming.”
Dandelion flower Stigma with Pollen, Flickr
Dandelion flower stigma with pollen, Flickr

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