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Documerica Returns: San Francisco Debut

2013 July 3

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Francisco Public Library’s Wallace Stegner Environmental Center today announce the installation of EPA’s historic “Documerica Returns” photo exhibit at the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery. The display’s visit to San Francisco will wind down its national tour and will be on view at the library until October 1, 2013.

DOCUMERICA: Hunters Along Route 580, near San Francisco. 10/1972 Erik Calonius.

DOCUMERICA: Along Route 580, near San Francisco. 10/1972 Erik Calonius.

The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, located within the San Francisco Main Library, is a resource center for information about the environment. Its goal is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of life on earth by providing environmental literature and innovative public programs.

WHAT: EPA’s “Documerica Returns” Photographic Traveling Exhibit National Tour

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

WHEN: July 1, 2013 – October 1, 2013 Map and Directions

The call for photos is ongoing, with a special call to match the scenes of the past with what they look like today. State of the Environment will continue accepting and highlighting submissions through the end of 2013. You can search for 1970s images of San Francisco, California and other locations in two places:

1. A selection of Documerica is available on Flickr. Check out the 1970s in: 
San Francisco; California; Hawaii; Nevada; Arizona; New Mexico

2. Search the full Documerica Collection housed by the National Archives. Search by state, landmark, year or topic with in the OPA database. You will see a search page like this. Simply type in your state or key word to get started.

Example of search results OPA Database

 

Documerica covered each of the 50 U.S. states, as well as select territories and international locations from 1971-1977.  Help others match images near them by sharing: bitly.com/DiscoverDocumerica.

All Then and Now entries will be shared far and wide. Check out this entry from Aspen, Colorado:

If you have trouble finding photos, please let us know as a comment here and we will get back to you!

Enjoy, have fun, and we look forward to your contributions to this historic project.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Your Favorite Tree

2013 June 28

Newton had his apple tree. Thanks to Johnny, many more of us do too. If asked, Robin Hood may have said his favorite tree was a grand oak in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

From truffula trees to those that give, trees have not only provided shelter from shade and fresh air for us to breathe, but they have inspired us for millennia.

Maybe it’s one that’s old. Or perhaps it’s one that’s new. Maybe there’s just something about the way the branches curl, or how the blossoms look in spring.

Sadie’s Tree, by ‘jhf23′ on Flickr, November 26, 2011.

For me, it was a tall tulip tree that held my swing. Higher and higher it grew, and higher and higher I flew. I loved how strong it was, and loved even more how my brothers could get a running start to give me a push and I still wouldn’t reach the tip top. The leaves were broad and the bark was strong. What I loved most though, is that tree watched me grow up. Through rain and shine, birthday parties, and first days of school that tree witnessed my formative years – and never judged the silliness or the pink spandex shorts that I wore insistently.

After my freshman year of high school, as my family pulled away from that front yard with cats, dogs, and horses in tow to move to Maine – all of that went flashing through my mind as I took a long, last look. That’s a picture and a place that I’ll never forget.

I hope you’ll take a minute to share a story about your favorite tree and a picture too. If nothing else it might be a trip down memory lane, or a reason to take a shaded picnic this weekend. We’ll share our favorite story here, next week.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

- Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA Project lead for State of the Environment

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Quite a Catch: Today’s Photo

2013 June 27

Sometimes a photograph is simply a picture. Sometimes the moment caught, means so much more. Join us in reveling in this incredible catch from early June. We’re happy to see rainbows back over Boston too.

photo, by ‘mriviere29′ on Flickr, June 12, 2013.

This photography project is challenging our thoughts about our environment. Where, and what is it? Share the places and happenings as you see them. No view is too small to speak up about our world.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Action for our Climate

2013 June 26

Music to many ears, yesterday’s announcement from President Obama was a historic moment for our environment. The messages were clear and tweeted far and wide: “RT @EPAgov President Obama: Today for the sake of our children… I’m directing the EPA to set higher carbon pollution standards. #ActOnClimateSee the President’s remarks on climate change.

While carbon pollution itself can be somewhat difficult to  photograph, the effects of the increased emissions around our planet are becoming more evident by the day.

Today, we are featuring two photos that struck us as poignant, with a larger story to tell.

wildfire and snow

Wildfires are worsening in frequency, flooding is more severe not just along our coastline, but inland as well. Many of you have answered the call to show us the State of our Environment over the past three years. The clock is ticking as this contemporary phase of the project will wind down at the end of 2013. Speak out through your cameras and you have the power to show individual scenes that are building the larger picture of the global environmental challenges we are facing together – seemingly in our own local ways.

King Tide, by Mike Craghan on Flickr, Manasquan, NJ, June 22, 2013.

Last Friday, we gave a heads up to catch a glimpse of a king tide. By catching a photo of the most extreme tidal event of the year, we can actually peek into our future with sea-level rise. Find out when and where you can experience this incredible phenomenon, upload your image with ‘King Tide’ in the description or tag, be part of the collage we share next week.

Together, State of the Environment and Documerica give us the best chance to see how far we’ve come. Now, we want you to join us as we gather these pictures to look to our future. Share with us what you see happening in our environment.

 State of the Environment is a story of our world by you. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

–Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA State of the Environment & DOCUMERICA project lead.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Today’s Photo: Calm by photocafe

2013 June 20

Calm, by ‘Scott’ on Flickr, June 2, 2013.

This photography project is about your view of our world. Share what you see. State of the Environment is open to pictures of our lives and environment as you catch it. No view is too small.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Caption Time!

2013 June 18

Marmot rests on warm rocks, Glen Aulin Trail, Yosemite National Park. June 5, 2013 by John Dreyer.

This caption practically writes itself. Enjoy and have some fun with it. We can’t wait to see your thoughts! We’ll let you know our favorite as a comment to this post as well as on EPA’s Facebook page.

This project is the story of the wild, wacky, wondrous near you. Share what you see through your lens. State of the Environment is open to pictures of our lives and environment as you see it. No view is too small.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Have You Seen a King Tide?

2013 June 14

Who knew you could go back to the future with a trip to the coast? It’s true though. King tides are exactly that; a glimpse to what our future holds with climate change and our rising seas. Once or twice a year, when Earth aligns just right with our moon and sun, the gravitational forces produce higher than normal tides in coastal areas. In many places this can be extreme enough to cause coastal flooding.

In the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration (NOAA) tracks and predicts when these king tides will occur. From Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, this year’s king tide cycle has begun, but many of you can still catch it! Find out when and where you can experience this incredible phenomenon.

If you have seen a king tide, or if you’re headed out to catch it this year, take a photo for State of the Environment. Upload your image with ‘King Tide’ in the description or as a tag. If submissions flow in, we’ll pull them all together for a combined look at our future along our coast and share it back with you.

State of the Environment has helped us to compare our current world to our past, thanks to Documerica, but how often can we get such a look at our future?  

Watching the photos that you have shared with us since 2011, I am left wondering. What else but this, could better represent one of the greatest challenges of our time?

Washington, D.C. King Tide, April 19, 2011 by Jamal Kadri.

State of the Environment is a story of our world through your lenses. It is open to pictures of things that you see. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

–Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA State of the Environment & DOCUMERICA project lead.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

A Reason to Smile Today

2013 June 13

What a beautiful scene! Thanks and congratulations to Michele Reginato for today’s featured photo, taken in McCall, Idaho on June 11, 2013.

McCall, Idaho on June 11, 2013 by Michele Reginato.

This public photography project: State of the Environment is the story of our world through your lenses. It is open to pictures of things that are both beautiful and in need of change. Share what you see. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Today’s Photo: Bohol, Philippines

2013 June 11

Enjoy today’s snapshot! Congratulations to ‘Jennifer H.’ on Flickr for this featured photo of our world. What do you see in your travels? 

Bohol, Philippines, May 17, 2013

Bohol, Philippines, May 17, 2013

State of the Environment is the story of your photos from around our world. Share what you see. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Today’s Pick: Geese Gazing by Jim

2013 June 6
Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, May 31, 2013

What’s outside your window? State of the Environment is the story of your photos from around our world. Share what you see. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.