Colosses Fabrice Fouillet
Statues are often idealized works of art. They are ideological, political or religious representations and attempt to turn their subjects into fascinating, eternal figures. Even when erected to keep alive the memory of a single person, a statue that lasts many generations will eventually establish itself as a symbol for the community.
Statues are even more influential when they are monumental. An edifice can be said to be monumental when it is unusual, extraordinary and physically imposing. It has to be abnormal — as exceptional as the political or religious power itself — and also inseparable from its symbolic aspects.
The series “Colosses” is a study of the landscapes that embrace monumental commemorative statues.
A recent study in Science reported that some of the world’s oldest trees—most between 100 to 300 years old—are dying rapidly, in part because of climate change. This infographic (from 2010, but still relevant) shows the location of trees that are even older, and now at risk.
Source: Flickr / michaelpaukner
Meet Jhennifer Rawlings, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist out of Billings, Montana
Jhennifer combines her love of Montana with her enthusiasm to work with the public in her new position at the Bureau of Land Management.
Rawlings joins the BLM after over 13 years working for U.S. Forest in the fuels and prescribed burns. She earned her degree in resource conservation from the University of Montana.
She is excited to be a part of the Montana team and enjoys spreading awareness on how the public can prevent wildfires. She encourages the public to take an active part in fire prevention and protect their homes.
We are thankful for all wildland fire personnel, especially this time of year! To learn more about BLM Montana’s fire branch, visit http://on.doi.gov/1EJ5npj.
Watch a recent behind-the-scenes interview with Jhennifer on the BLM Montana/ Dakotas Facebook page.
Photos courtesy of Jhennifer Rawlings, BLM.
Source: Flickr / mypubliclands
Live Feed Lets Viewers See Corpse Flower
It’s been a big summer for corpse flowers. The Amorphophallus titanium only flowers once every ten years. And, mere weeks after UC Berkeley’s smelly plant blossomed, the Denver Botanic Garden’s flower has opened.
Fire tornadoes, despite their name, are more closely related to dust devils or waterspouts than to true tornadoes. Though rarely documented, they are relatively common, especially in wildfires. The heat of the fire creates an updraft of warm, rising air that leaves behind a low-pressure region. Air from outside is drawn toward this low-pressure area, gets heated, and rises. As the outside air gets pulled in, any vorticity or rotation it had gets intensified via conservation of angular momentum–the same way a spinning ice skater speeds up when she pulls her arms in. The result is the tightly-spinning vortex at the heart of a fire tornado. (Video credit: C. Fleur; via NatGeo)
Octopuses use coconuts as body armor. They often carry two halves of a coconut when they travel along the ocean floor, so if they need to stop and hide, they can climb inside and pull them together. Scientists argue about whether this classifies as tool usage. Source
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