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Give it your best blurb!

2013 June 4

Give this scene your best caption! Share your thoughts as a comment below, or on EPA’s Facebook page. We’ll be sharing our favorite tomorrow.

"Watch Out" by Craig Leaper, June 1, 2013

“Watch Out” by Craig Leaper, June 1, 2013

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What is the view near you? State of the Environment is the story of your photos from around our world, taking shape together. Share what you see. Be part of the larger picture.

We hope you are inspired to join in. 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.

This weekend, get up close

2013 May 31

Last week, we encouraged you to capture our dynamic world in motion. Today, we were inspired by this photograph submitted by ‘ed’ on Flickr.

As a child, do you remember looking at pictures that were so close-up they were an abstract mystery? The colors and designs looked like the photo was taken from another planet, but when you turned the page, you discovered it was up close and personal with a caterpillar.

What, out there in our mysteriously beautiful world, can you get up close to this weekend?

wings by ed, May 16, 2013 on Flickr.

State of the Environment is about your photos of our world. Tell your story and it will be 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.

Exclusive: Michael Manheim Reflects on Documerica

2013 May 29

Back then, Documerica captured more than photographs. The vision of each photographer captured the emotions and the stories of the people that were living the challenges of the 1970s.

Here, photographer Michael Philip Manheim gives his insight to the story he hoped to tell. We were honored to have this interview opportunity and we thank him for his contributions to this historic project.

Video: Michael Manheim Reflects on Documerica

Slideshow: Michael P. Manheim Documerica set on Flickr

We hope you join our efforts to bridge Then and Now through State of the Environment.

–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.

Scour Your Family Albums

2013 May 28

You just might have some Documerica-era treasures in a photo box near you. If you find something from the 1970s that’s got something to say – like Documerica did – share it with a current view to match. Take a look at this 1973 & current view taken by Nils Tonning on Flickr. This is a great contribution to State of the Environment and we look forward to what you share with us next.

Bethlehem Steel shot from Hoak’s in Hamburg, NY. Before (top) 1973, After 2010. The steam plume is a coke oven quench. ‘Steel Winds’ wind farm is on the slag bed of the former steel mill, by Nils Tonning on Flickr, May 22, 2013.

Since Earth Day 2011, it has been up to you to submit current photos that show our quality of life. Nowadays, our environmental problems may be less obvious than they were decades ago, but finding the old to match with the now, just might help. We also encourage you to challenge yourself as you walk around: what can your camera – or smartphone – show for the State of our Environment today?

This public documentary is the only time that DOCUMERICA has been revisited in the last four decades. It’s about your view of our world. No moment, no picture, is too small to be a part of this story. Share what you see with State of the Environment on Flickr.

This project is collecting current photo contributions from around the world through the end of 2013.

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.

Take a Break on this Bench

2013 May 21

Photographs have the power to show us everything. The sad, the grim, but also scenes that bring us a greater sense of peace. Photographs are simply tools that capture moments in time, moments that we want to hold on to for a little longer. Photographs, can also transport us away in time. They provide a window to the past, or to another place in the near present that we want to be a part of.

Today, take a moment. Let yourself be brought to this beautiful place.

Bench on Mori Point, by charlesmonroe98, April 30, 2013 on Flickr.

What is the view near you? State of the Environment is the story of your photos from around our world, taking shape together. Share what you see.  Be part of the larger picture.

We hope you are inspired to join in. 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.

Puerto Rico, Then & Now

2013 May 20

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Then: “Palo Seco Electric Power Plant Across the Bay from San Juan, Puerto Rico,” February, 1973 photo by John Vachon for Documerica.

Now: “Palo Seco Power Plant, San Juan, PR,” December, 2012 J. Maldonado for State of the Environment.

DOCUMERICA reminds us where we once were. State of the Environment is your chance to to answer: are we better off?

Since Earth Day 2011, it has been up to you to submit photos that show our environment and quality of life. How is it, in front of your eyes?

Our environmental problems may be less obvious today, than decades ago. Some we have even overcome. Yet, new challenges await our action. What can your camera – or smartphone - show for the State of our Environment now?

This public documentary is the only time that DOCUMERICA has been revisited in the last four decades. Now, it is about your view of our world. No scene is too ordinary, no view too small. Share what you see with State of the Environment on Flickr.

This project is collecting current photo contributions from around the world through the end of 2013.

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.

Weekend Challenge: Our World in Motion

2013 May 17

We live in a vibrant, ever-changing world. Just think about it. Have you seen the same clouds twice? The same shadows cast by trees, or the same colors reflected in a puddle or pond? This weekend, we are challenging you to capture our world in motion. Be quick to the draw, or slow with the shutterspeed, but go forth and photograph freely. 

What places, what moments, are  alive with light and movement where you live?

nebulous by photocafe, May 5, 2013 on Flickr.

State of the Environment is nothing without your photos of our world. Tell your  story, share it, and it will be part of the larger picture.

We hope you join us. 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: A Street View Near You?

2013 May 14

The choices we make, the paths we take, lead us to different views of our world. Today’s photo was chosen for its creative angle at a scene many of us see everyday. What choices are we each making that led to this picture? How easily can we make better choices for tomorrow?

Garbage on the Sidewalk, Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, NY by Jared Kofsky, May 12, 2013 on Flickr.

State of the Environment is a collection of publicly shared scenes of our world. Each photo you share has the power to say a simple something about our way or life and our environment. Together, the photos show the incredible collective picture.

We hope you join in. 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.

Photo Theme: Go on, get outside!

2013 May 10

Happy Friday everyone! Get outside, enjoy the outdoors this weekend. Grab your camera, or share by smartphone photos of people, kids, even pets enjoying the day. We just may pick your photo to share next week!

Barnstable Beach, Cape Cod by ad454 on Flickr.

Barnstable Beach, Cape Cod, MA by ad454 on Flickr.

State of the Environment is a collection of publicly shared scenes of our world. Each photo you share has the power to say a simple something about our way or life and our environment.  Together, the photos show the incredible collective picture.

We hope you join in. 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.

Our Environment: Iran

2013 May 7

Our environment is the woven scenes of our world. Where one environment blends into another, is one line that could never be drawn in the sand.

Iran, Kerman, October 5, 2011 by M.Pantoufle on Flickr.

Iran, Kerman, October 5, 2011 by M.Pantoufle on Flickr.

State of the Environment is a collection of publicly shared scenes of our world; scenes that speak to our way of life and our environment. How explicitly they do so, is up to you.

Each photo you share, is another way to be a part of this global picture of our time. Our running display of featured photos, shows just the beginning of the power this collective picture holds. Each image, represents a piece of our environment today from all corners of our world.

As EPA’s modern DOCUMERICA, this is a second iteration of an unprecedented photographic documentary that you can now take part in.  So what do your surroundings have to say?

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.