Friday, February 29, 2008

Galapagos National Park & Marine Reserve

Galapagos, located on the Equator at the juncture of the East & West trade winds, the Humboldt and South Equatorial currents, and the tectonic fissure of the Nazca and Cocos plates, is a forge of new life forms. At 600 miles from Ecuador, it is isolated enough that the evolutionary vectors in simple ecosystems and the few animal populations are visible right before your eyes. The stunning oceanic vistas, volcanic peaks and lava shores with low-growth tropical forest, empty of human habitation, is an immersion in the natural world that is rare today. Peace and connectedness, life and death, rhythms of storm, rain and sun, remind me of the vital essence being lost to human development. View a panorama here. Fortunately, it is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was encouraging to learn that these established ecological reserves are able to trump industrial development vectors once they are established, such as the Gulf of California at Baja, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the focus of port and rail proposals to accommodate shipping needs for products produced and consumed between China, US and Latin America. The Nature Conservancy is also establishing projects in Baja's Sea of Cortez.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Artist's presence dissolves into the earth

Take a look at the January/February 2008 issue of Orion magazine and read about Healing Sculpture: Art installations that help restore damaged watersheds, by Daniel McCormick. Sculptures sited in watersheds act as silt traps that allow rivers to heal. These sculptures slowly dissolve as the stream banks stabilize and nature takes over.

See the article at Orion