Die Arktis aus Drohnen-Perspektive

Vimeo: Svalbard – The High Arctic (via Glaserei)

Landschaftsfotograf Peter Cox nimmt uns mit auf einen siebenminütigen Trip durch die Arktis, teils per Drohne, teils per Helmkamera gefilmt. Die Begleitmusik ist mir ein bisschen zu aufdringlich – unnötigerweise, denn die Aufnahmen von Spitzbergen sind teilweise spektakulär.

A short film showing off the majesty of the landscape of the high Arctic. Experience stunning aerial footage over sea ice, ice caps and glaciers as well as stunning mountain landscapes. See what it’s like to encounter walrus and polar bears from a first person perspective! Please note: Some of this footage is from a small drone, other parts were made with head-mounted cameras. When flying the drone, we took great pains to stay well clear of birds and other wildlife. We explicitly set out to neither endanger nor harass, and to act responsibly at all times. The footage with wildlife close to the camera was all either head-mounted or hand-held camera work. A video summary of the two Svalbard photo tours I ran with Luminous Landscape in July 2014. Footage almost exclusively shot with a pair of GoPro Hero 3+ cameras, one mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 drone.

The Tree of 40 Fruit – Sam Van Aken


YouTube: The tree of forty fruits: Sam Van Aken at TEDxManhattan (via @tanith)

The Tree of 40 Fruit„ von Sam Van Aken ist ein Baum-Hybrid, irgendwo zwischen Kunst und Forschungsprojekt. Der Baum trägt 40 verschiedene Steinfrüchte, wie z.B. Kirschen, Pflaumen, Nektarinen, Aprikosen, etc.  Ausschließlich alte Sorten, jenseits dessen, was sonst heutzutage kommerziell angebaut wird.

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.

Die Bäume von Tschernobyl

Ein paar Wissenschaftler haben die Auswirkungen der Nuklearkatastrophe von Tschernobyl auf die dortigen Bäume untersucht („Tree rings reveal extent of exposure to ionizing radiationin Scots pine Pinus sylvestris„). Wer den Zeitpunkt des Super-Gau auf dem Foto entdeckt bekommt ’nen Keks. Das Abstract:

Tree growth has been hypothesized to provide areliable indicator of the state of the external environment.Elevated levels of background ionizing radiation mayimpair growth trajectories of trees by reducing the annualgrowth. Such effects of radiation may depend on theindividual phenotype and interact with other environmentalfactors such as temperature and drought. We used standardized growth rates of 105 Scots pine Pinus sylvestris located near Chernobyl, Ukraine, varying in the level of background radiation by almost a factor 700. Mean growthrate was severely depressed and more variable in1987–1989 and several other subsequent years, followingthe nuclear accident in April 1986 compared to the situa-tion before 1986. The higher frequency of years with poorgrowth after 1986 was not caused by elevated temperature,drought or their interactions with background radiation.Elevated temperatures suppressed individual growth ratesin particular years. Finally, the negative effects of radio-active contaminants were particularly pronounced insmaller trees. These findings suggest that radiation hassuppressed growth rates of pines in Chernobyl, and thatradiation interacts with other environmental factors andphenotypic traits of plants to influence their growth tra- jectories in complex ways.

(via kottke & BBC)

Adrift: Nebel in der San Francisco Bay Area im Zeitraffer

Vimeo: Adrift (via LWDN)

Über zwei Jahre ist Simon Christen für seine „Liebeserklärung an den Nebel der San Francisco Bay Area“ regelmäßig vor dem Morgengrauen aus dem Bett gestiegen, um sich auf den Weg zu machen. Freiwillig. Das muss echte Liebe sein…

„Adrift“ is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born. The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands. I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands…

Invasive Species – Mobilfunkmasten als Bäume getarnt


In Südafrika hat Dillon Marsh für sein Projekt „Invasive Species“ Mobilfunkmasten fotografiert, die als Bäume getarnt sind. Im alten Blog hatte ich mal Robert Voit verlinkt, der sich ebenfalls der neuen Baumart gewidmet hat. (via Wired)

In 1996 a palm tree appeared almost overnight in a suburb of Cape Town. This was supposedly the world’s first ever disguised cell phone tower. Since then these trees have spread across the city, South Africa and the rest of the world. Invasive Species explores the relationship between the environment and the disguised towers of Cape Town and its surrounds.

Vulkanausbruch aus Perspektive der ISS

Als am 12. Juni 2009 der Vulkan Sarytschew auf der russischen Insel Matua ausbrach und riesige Aschewolken ausstieß, gelangen der Besatzung der Internationalen Raumstation ein paar eindrucksvolle Fotos. Gerne hätte ich mir davon dieses GIF ins Blog geklebt, aber 21MB waren mir dann doch einen Tick zu groß. Stattdessen gibts die Animation als Video nach dem Klick…

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