“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed - chased and hunted down as long as fun or a could could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones… It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods - trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving anding singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra. Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries since Christ’s time - and long before that - God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools - only Uncle Sam can do that.”
— John Muir, father of American conservation - 1897 (via sciencecenter)
(Source: The Atlantic, via sciencecenter)
4:10 pm • 7 November 2012 • 329 notes
Hwy 191, Utah. Home is where you park it… #adventuremobile #moab #canyonlands #camping
4:09 pm • 7 November 2012 • 23 notes
Poler Cycling Kits are available for pre Christmas delivery! email firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours. We don’t have these on the site, they are prepay only. #campvibes
6:52 pm • 1 November 2012 • 111 notes
“A spider on the wall said hello to me. And for some reason it didn’t seem too surprising that a spider should say hello. We had a conversation about analytic philosophy, a rather technical conversation.”
— Neurologist Oliver Sacks discusses his experiences with hallucinogenic substances, and his study of how the brain sees what isn’t there. A fascinating conversation about his new book, from The Guardian. (via jtotheizzoe)
10:51 pm • 31 October 2012 • 467 notes
Forests in Alberta, Canada are being replaced by tar sands and refineries
When Mitt Romney cheerily told America that he loves oil, and when Obama was complicit in ignoring climate change during all of the presidential debates, this is what the candidates were ignoring. The Albertan boreal forest above had the misfortune of growing atop a tar sand. It has thus been eliminated in order for the land to be dug up and pumped with chemical-laden water to sluice up the tar, leaving vast amounts of contaminated waste water.
While you’re watching coverage of Hurricane Sandy, and reflecting on what a sincere tragedy it has been, remember that climate disasters are constantly happening, slowly and out of sight, and on a much larger scale than any one storm.
5:25 pm • 31 October 2012 • 371 notes