Today is International Polar Bear Day and Polar Bears International are marking the day with a petition urging world leaders to take decisive action at the UN climate change summit in Paris this December. You can read more about the petition here.
To help spread the word, I’m taking a look through my travel photos for shots that suggest environment in some way. I’m starting with a tree, because trees really are the lungs of our planet. This is not just any old tree; this is a gorgeous, moss-cloaked tree in the depths of a foggy Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula.
Water is one of our most precious resources and with drought on the rise and big business contaminating groundwater, it is also one of our most endangered. I have long been enchanted with photographing the tiniest of freshly fallen droplets of rain; water in one if its purest stages. This little droplet was photographed on the volcanic slopes of Mount St. Helens.
Clean air is another resource we need to protect; for me, air always smells cleanest and freshest when a crisp layer of snow cloaks the earth. Snow is also a ridiculous amount of fun and I don’t understand people who complain about how inconvenient it is. Every single snowflake that has ever fallen on our planet is entirely unique. I find that pretty magical and would happily be inconvenienced for something that magical. This squirrel in Central Park agrees with me.
So what does the environment mean to you? Get your greenest, cleanest, eco-friendly shots at the ready. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Environment
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
- Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!
In addition, if you like, include in your post the link I gave at the top of the page – to the petition – in your post to help spread the word. This one’s for the polar bears.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. – David Attenborough
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. – Ansel Adams
Those are some wonderful photos.
Thanks Mani, Happy International Polar Bear Day. ❤
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Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/making-correct-change/
Stunning post, Naomi, it’s poetic. That third photo, the stairway of trees, is divine. I do love New York. 🙂
Thank you, Ailsa! Coming from you, that means a lot. I hadn’t been there since I was a college kid, and then I promised my aunt I’d take here there. I was SO glad I did because it ended up being a wonderful surprise over and over again.
Traveliing to WA in September I am looking forward to visit the Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula.
Oh Angela you will love it out there, it’s very otherworldly.
It’s hard to choose which photo I love most, the one with the little jewels of water or that gorgeous, mossy tree, so I choose both!! Love the quotes too! Thank you Ailsa.
Glad you enjoyed it, Ardy, Happy Polar Bear Day! 🙂
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That squirrel is adorable, Ailsa!
I know that jetboats might initially sound like an odd topic for a post about ‘Environment’, but you can’t get much closer to nature than this….
Haha, I loved that squirrel too, he was quite a cheeky chappie. Your Niagara photos were fabulous, I can’t believe you’ve been so many times, that looks like quite a boat ride. 🙂
lovely photos – those droplets are magnificent, and the squirrel is so cute.
here is my contribution for this week – how to reduce your carbon footprint:
Perfect, Klara, and such a cheery shade of orange too! 🙂
wow !!!! the second picture is my favorite , the others all come in the second place!!!
So glad you like it, Gwennie, I could spend days on end just photographing raindrops, I find them magical. xxx
raindrops are like tiny mirrors, always different so I can understand why they are so much fun to photograph, I love them !
Why can’t we come up with a way to save or transport all this snow to reservoirs/cisterns or places that need it…the Romans did. Water is valuable and precious.
(oh, recent research has proven that snow flakes do repeat crystal shapes and flakes are not completely unique. But they still are pretty magical.)
As usual your pictures are elegant and outstanding. Had to smile at the squirrel
Haha, that squirrel was pretty funny, he was loving the snow. You just made me go a-googling, found an interesting article in the Smithsonian magazine http://bit.ly/1JYumMV fascinating stuff! 🙂
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😍😍😍😍😍 BEAUTIFUL post!!
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Hello Ailsa, That little squirrel is so cute. Here’s a dose of my favourite environment. F
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Good theme for today Ailsa I think National Parks are helping save our environment, here is one near me. https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/travel-theme-environment
Beautiful photos. Here is my contribution. https://aquamarineeyes.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/remembering-our-earth-home/
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such pretty photos… ! 🙂
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Great article and photos.
Wondrous shots, Ailsa, and especially that squirrel.
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wonderful photos, thank you, my aspect of the matter is the contrast of the environment and the will to survive of nature: http://cubusregio.com/2015/02/28/travel-theme-environment-umwelt/
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Wonderful post Ailsa – love the subject this week. Hope you get tons of responses and increased awareness.
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I had no idea polar bears had their own day, but why shouldn’t they, they are amazing! 🙂 Beautiful pictures!
Gorgeous photos and important issue. Thanks for posting this.
Great photos and I’ve been a fan of David Attenborough since my childhood in England.
He feels like a grandfather to me, RMW, he’s been such a constant, knowledgeable presence in my life for as long as I can remember. 🙂
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I love the squirrel in the snow. It would be such a shame if scenes such as this were to disappear for ever due to man’s misuse of the planet.
Here are my photos of the Remerschen gravel pits
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That moss covered tree reminds of what we see in Tasmania’s forests. My take is similar to my sister’s.
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Lovely and comprehensive post, Ailsa. 🙂
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Seeking an inside environment during the frigid weather: https://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/travel-theme-environment/
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Nice pics and great post we must as a society protect our most precious commodities.
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