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A Face Only A Newt Could Love?

2011 May 20

By Jeanethe Falvey

Rather doubtful I’ve concluded. Honestly, look at them!

Excited “oh my goodness’s!” and in some cases squeals, were exchanged offices, halls and states apart. I haven’t been the only one to gasp over the tiny newt toes and the little orange (feet? my paleontology know how escapes me…).

Hugging newts has been just one of the many surprises we’ve seen since the State of the Environment call for photos began. If you think they aren’t hugging, well, to each their own opinion.

The first photo we chose to feature tells the other side of the story, that our environment needs help. A striking photo of an osprey in flight holds a black plastic bag securely in his or her talons. Speaks for itself doesn’t it? It’s our hope that these images will captivate and inspire all of us. If you’re reading this, you’ll probably agree that the environment isn’t isolated from any of our actions. It surrounds every one of us and the state of it is a responsibility shared by all.

We set up the Flickr group on April 1st and have enjoyed every entry. This is the really fun part. Not only do we get to see your best and favorite photos of the environment as you see it, but every photo is a window into the world of what you think is important, beautiful, troubling, in need of protection and deserving of widespread attention. It’s incredible to see what you see and we’ve only just begun this year long project.

As much as I loved the newts, the osprey, the breaching humpback, or the stunning artistic quality of the windmill against the Cincinnati skyline, my favorite photo so far is none of the above.

A little girl sits on a dock, with her sandals off and a notebook, backpack and water bottle handy for an afternoon of coloring. Swap out the cityscape in the distance and the swamp for evergreen trees in the deep woods of Maine and a few years ago that was me. After a double take and the conclusion that my parents did not learn Photoshop overnight, I just sat back and smiled. This, is what this project is all about.

About the author: Jeanethe Falvey, State of the Environment Project Lead U.S. EPA Office of External Affairs in Boston, Massachusetts

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    May 20, 2011

    Unfortunately, All Of The Things Depend Of Us…

    They didn’t care about the environment, bright or the dark. They just following the circle of life, death and birth, or annihilated. Naturally, the human too, except the environmentalists community. (Like you and friends). Look, a little girl in the photo, she is not shot the birds, or fish, or destructed the docks. She just explored her loves to the environment, that indicate the human always care to protect this planet. Not like Them…..-

  2. mymoonlog permalink
    May 20, 2011

    tres jolie image sentimentale…..merci

  3. Chiefs tickets permalink
    May 23, 2011

    these are so cute. nice photography.

  4. Alexander permalink
    July 17, 2011

    Your fotoes look so pretty that I sing a song!

  5. World ebook library permalink
    August 1, 2011

    So nice,so cute and it’s really a nice photography.Amazing data or infromation sharing to all to read it.Love this post!Million thanks for sharing such a great site.God bless you.

  6. Jason permalink
    June 25, 2012

    So cute picture i do agree that I Sing a Song

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