As I saw posts on social media from people going to Burning Man next week, I realized that I hadn't gotten through all of my photos from the last time I went, in 2012. Between the heat, the dust and the darkness, the conditions can be challenging for photography, but with hundreds of works of art and mutant vehicles, it's a hotbed of creativity and a riot of color.
In spite of a ban on commercial activity within the event, estimates on the economic impact on Northern Nevada alone ranged from $35 – 44M in 2012 (not including participants' preparations at home). Home Depot, Wal-Mart and many other retail establishments get cleaned out this week, selling building and camping supplies and groceries.
This 320-page guide to California from Yosemite south is the latest volume in the popular collection of books by travel guide publisher Laurent Martres, who wrote the first three "Photographing the Southwest" books.
Hopefully this first book of mine will sell well, so I can start another!
Time-lapse video footage from early yesterday morning of the fire burning south of Lee Vining, southwest of Mono Lake. There are airplanes and satellites as you’d expect, but it looks like the camera caught a few late Perseid meteors as well.
I shot with my Canon DSLR and a 70-200 mm lens in my right hand, while broadcasting a live stream on Periscope via an iPhone in my left hand (great workout). Pre-event estimates were forecasting 2500 to attend but estimates of actual attendance seem to range from 4000-5000, and Periscope said that 2717 more tuned in to the live broadcast from my iPhone!
Although some recent comprehensive polls show Bernie ahead of all other presidential candidates from any party, apparently many states have closed primary or caucus primary elections, and you can't vote for a candidate like Bernie unless you register as a Democrat in time for the primary phase of the elections. Take out moderate Republicans who want to see Citizens united repealed, and Hillary leads Bernie among Democratic-only voters, so voter restrictions in the primaries could eliminate popular candidates like Bernie and Trump before they reach the general election unless supporters make sure that they're registered in the party of the candidate they are most likely to support, and they vote in the primary election.
This is a composite showing a few of the meteors I found in a southwest-facing sequence of images covering over 3 hours in the Mojave Desert. It takes a while to separate out the individual meteors, so I'll come back to the rest of them as time permits.
Fly fishing on the Animas River in Durango, Colorado in the fall.
This is where the toxic spill happened in the past week; over 100 miles of river has been poisoned so far.
That toxic spill is what the "free market" looks like. Mining companies are "free" to fail to set aside enough money to provide adequate cleanup, then go bankrupt, and the executives are free to do this knowingly and remain completely shielded from all liability. It happens over and over and over, all across the country.
So mines that were never really economically viable with cleanup costs considered are free to develop anyway, and the rest of the country is free to have the burden of the costs dumped on them (not to mention having toxic waste dumped in their water supply).
That's why there was a million gallons of toxic waste water for the EPA to (try to manage and) accidentally release in the first place… the market was free and unregulated enough to leave it there.
Such a spill could happen at a mine in Redding, California, where the +U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operates a treatment plant that holds back millions of gallons of Iron Mountain Mine waste that could poison the Sacramento River, then San Francisco Bay. It almost happened already (1997?).
And to think that some Presidential candidates want to eliminate the EPA, and simply let these toxic floods happen at random and with more frequency.
How will the free, unregulated market work for you when your water supply is poisoned?