A long-exposure taken of one of many tiny waterfalls. These tiny flows exist in deeply carved troughs. Lack of sunlight and cold air drainage create a chilly microclimate. Mosses blanket these moist and chilly places, a community of species that exist in these challenging regions. Climate change risks mosses, as with most species.
This historic site is where eastern humanity, the Vikings, met western humanity, Canada's First Nations. After leaving Africa, this is the place where folks met on the "other side".
As a designer, learning that the Vikings made crucible steel led me to imagine why they built it. Making steel isn't something one does for entertainment. There was a need. Where the Vikings in need of repairs, lose a ship, or did they need another ship to return home with high-grade steel for Ulfberht Swords?
This picture is taken inside the historic replica blacksmith's building. Here, the master blacksmith operates the bellows while giving the apprentice specific instructions on where to place the steel and for how long to cook the steel. Having studied metallurgy science, it was fun watching a master and the craft.
I learned to cook steel before I ever cooked a pie. I make great pies, too.
High Tides Past
Green Point, Newfoundland, Canada
This beach picture has a lot going on.
Green Point is the recognized geological reference of the Ordovician Extinction Event. One can walk along the beach at low tide and look at the now-vertical stratification of Earth's third largest extinction event.
This picture impacted me, pun intended because our Anthropocene Era may be the largest extintion event if humans choose to do nothing.
This picture also represents the beaches in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that would be covered in oil, if oil drilling proceeds.
So many tiny surfaces and places for toxic oil to stick to, this beach would be ruined for generations.