Five thousand years old —
Apple Tree Bay, New South Wales, Australia–
A small species of bee might not seem like much, but it’s worth recalling that for thousands of years a traditional, interrogative answer to questions about humanity’s place in the world has been a reminder that we are part of a larger, created order.
How can we care about something that we barely see or know? This the question that the photographer Clay Bolt sets out to answer in the documentary A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. Dwindling bee populations have been highly publicized, but the insects are still not included in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species List. By traveling from state to state, Bolt tells the story of the rusty-patched bumblebee—one of 4,000 species of native bees in North America—and the scientists and conservationists working to preserve it.
Via The Atlantic.
Retracing the year-long journey of a snowy owl.
At 85 years old, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy. Driven by his passion for the river, and despite worn out knees and joints, he takes us on a journey to help us understand why this river is so important to all of us as well.
NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory tracked Mercury making a rare transit across the face of the Sun [on May 9th]. The last time this event happened was in 2006, and NASA predicts it will happen again in 2019.
Via CNN @ YouTube.
May 7th —