Feeling Blue


“Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?” 

~ Jane Goodall

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

Pasadena 2020

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

Crescent Lake 2017

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

Tofino, BC 2017

 

“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.

I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis.

I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”

~Greta Thunberg

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

San Francisco 2018

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

Banff 2018

 

 

Climate Change, Environment, Wildfire, Smoke, Photography, Fujifilm XT-2,

Olympic Peninsula 2017

 

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”  

~Albert Einstein

 

 

 

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109 comments

  1. The peaceful skies soothen my soul….

  2. Heartbreakingly beautiful images, Jane. I read in a science study that the last time the human population was within carrying capacity on the Earth was in 1974. Since then we have been on a crash course toward death and disaster. Hope? I haven’t felt hope in quite some time. I can recycle and avoid driving and turn down the thermostat in winter all day long, but until people stop having so many children we are simply not going to turn this around.

  3. Beautifully atmospheric captures.

  4. I am so sadden by all what is happening along the west coast. Those fires have really shown us that we need to start doing something. Right now. We have no time to waste. Thanks for the great quotes and for keeping us alert.

    • Thank you, Otto. If the fire disasters here don’t open the eyes of climate deniers, I don’t know what will. I remember you’ve spent time in the PNW. Portland area has been ravaged by fires…some of those wonderful small towns along Hwy 5 are gone. Really tragic. 💔
      Appreciate you sharing your thoughts and I hope you and yours are safe and well.

  5. “Don’t make my ‘green’ eyes blue?” 😉
    Great blues my friend.
    I am a big fan of Jane Goodall. Have several of her books on the shelves.
    Though I would question the word ‘clever’. Recent evidence and literature
    does suggest we may the ‘dumbest’ species on Earth… 🙏🏻

  6. I looked a bunch of times… came back several times to drift. Trying to cope with the feelings that these images elicited. Not a bad thing, but also not a fun place to be. It seems to be getting a bit harder to find those glorious happy places these days. Your images hit me with a full spectrum of emotions. You go, girl! 😀

  7. I think we are all feeling blue this week Jane with the passing of RBG as we brace for the week ahead. Your photos however show the beauty and calmness that blue can also be and for me your photo of Tofino has made my day – just wonderful. Warmest wishes as always…Andrew

  8. Wow, beautiful. There is something about layers in landscapes. I love the mood in these images.

  9. Powerful post, my friend…and much appreciated. Photos are superb, and the quotes are chilling. Everyone better vote this time.

  10. These are blue times for so many reasons. My heart breaks for all affected by the fires … wildlife and human. Your layered images are beautiful and I have been creating some too. It is so smoky today I can only see a faint outline of the peaks. We’ve had fires here in Colorado but they say the smoke we are getting now is from California. Praying for rain soon!

    • Hi Denise, I thought of you in CO with wildfires… so sorry. Yes, I think the west coast smoke is blowing all the way to NY now.
      Well, a positive note is creating images that document this period of time, at least when it is not unhealthy to do so. I hope you get some rain soon – we probably won’t see it for months. Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked these images. Please take care and be safe. 💙

  11. Beautiful series of photos, Jane, and they all capture the importance of the first quote by Jane Goodall ~ continue working your magic.

  12. so blue-tiful – 🙂 I mean beautiful

  13. These could all be postcards that I would love. Perfect choice of words, too. I wonder what it will take for the world to really take action. Why is our current situation not enough?

  14. Your words (and especially those borrowed from Greta) and these pictures give us something to reflect on.

  15. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Please Come and Enjoy the Photos and the Quotes!!!!

  16. Really loved this post, Jane!! Wow! And the quotes are so Awesome!!! Thanks so much for them too!
    xoxo
    😍💕🌹👍

  17. When misguided/foolish/uncaring people like Trump are in power, problems become bigger and bigger.

  18. Well done, Jane, and what can we say? We know what needs to be done. You’re doing your part by flinging these images and quotes into the world together, getting the message across. (And oh, I love the symmetry and asymmetry of “Tofino” – and the way the distant parts are flattened but the rocks are three dimensional, which keeps my eyes going up and down, up and down. Wow, one terrific image!).

    • Thanks so much, Lynn. If my small outcry is heard by one, then I am happy. Plus, it helps to calm my nerves. ☺️
      Glad that Tofino speaks to you- one of those incredible scenes made rather otherworldly by the haze. Yes, flat and three dimensional coming together- great description.

  19. It’s with a heavy heart I see all the news about fires in California. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and important reminders. Everyone can do something. Thank you.

  20. Albert Einstein’s quote at the end sums it all perfectly. Thanks Jane for sharing, so eloquently, once again. 🙂

  21. Beautiful and heartbreaking 😦
    Alison

  22. Beautiful stuff, Jane. Crescent Lake 2017 really stands out for me, and I very much like Olympic Peninsula 2017 too. 🙂

  23. 🤍 the shot of Crescent Lake – such a picture of serenity.

    ✨☀️🙏🕉️♾️☮️🙏☀️✨

  24. These pictures … mannnnn! I can’t even with that. It just sucks. Completely. The air will has been terrible! I mean the heatwaves were bad enough but the fires? C’mon now. These gender reveal parties that caused one they definitely need to be fined a BIG bill for al this damage. Jane, Greta, and Einstein were on point! Thanks for sharing those pics people don’t believe it unless they see it.

  25. Impressing and very descriptive images for the theme, Jane, Greta’s words are so wise and full of fire.

  26. A lovely set, Jane. My favorite is Tofino, BC. I love the reflections and rocks in the foreground.

  27. As the Bay Area turned orange earlier this week the word “apocalypse” was spoken many times. From Berkeley I have not seen the City for a week. They tell me it’s still there. November 3 fast approaches… These photographs are stunning, every single one of them.

    • Hi Michael, I’m so sorry for you and all of the Bay Area. The images have been stunningly frightening. And yes, apocalyptic. Glad you enjoyed these- much less frightening yet a sad reminder of our terrible situation. Thank you- take care and be careful. We must make changes!

      • We are staying inside as much as possible. The AQI is about 170 this morning. Got over 300 the other day. Best wishes to you in Pasadena. It’s no picnic there either. If you ever encounter someone who thinks they don’t have a voice, assure them that they do and make sure that they vote.

        • Thanks, Michael. We are hovering around 150. The Bobcat Fire is only 8 miles from here and some towns in the foothills have been evacuated.
          I sure hope people look at the issues closely, funnel out the lies, use some critical thinking and realize that they must vote in leaders who will make positive changes in our dire situation.

          • I agree, Jane. One thing that frightens me is that it is demonstrable that many people are incapable of critical thinking and can’t distinguish between truth and lies. Complicated by the fact that although there are near-absolutes, there are no absolutes.

  28. Fantastic, Jane, although we are watching a catastrophe. So sad!

  29. So sad! It’s horrible here in Vancouver right now. Your photos are both magnificent and shocking.

  30. I think you did portray “feeling blue” with these pictures very well. They can be felt as calm but I think they have hints of sadness.

  31. Were I living in your neighborhood “feeling blue” would be an improvement. We are destroying our home. We can hope a change in leadership will right the ship but we may have gone too far already. We have hope going for us. Albert was prescient and Greta wise beyond her years. Despite the phenomena represented, your images are beautiful. Making the best of a bad condition that I am sure you would rather be photographing under different situations.

    • Hi Steve, You are correct, that is an understatement. How much evidence do people need? And another hurricane heading to flood the Gulf Coast. Glad you like the images- the haze makes for some unusual effects. Thanks so much and stay safe.

  32. Very dramatic images, Jane.

    I do hope we start working on solutions. The climate-impact problems that are present now have been allowed to fester over many years (at least two generations), the solution may take the same amount of time to work. Some may need to be draconian in nature. Renewables like solar and wind may not be sole solution since they carry their own consequences.

    Regarding the fires, the solution may be harder – the persisting drought and fire management policy. When Yellowstone caught on fire in the 1980s, the National Forest Service had decided to let the fire burn because of too many dead and dying stands of trees. Yes, more than 2.3M acres were lost. But when the fire was extinguished by winter snows, the eco-system was much healthier. But the uproar of letting the fire burn in Yellowstone, fire management was changed to aggressively fight forest fires, even if it means defending stands of dead trees. Colorado is primed for a catastrophic fire due to 2M+ acres of dead trees, plus we are overdue in the fire cycle. Where we live now, the Norris’ at JN Ranch says they haven’t had a range fire since the 1930s, which cycled every 8-10 years before then. They’ve done a lot of fire mitigation and land conservation, but it is a matter of time. On the adjoining BLM land, the last major fire was around the 1950s. It has a cycle of 45-50 years. No easy solution here.

  33. Wow, Jane. Very powerful–both images and words. Greta’s quote is a perfect choice. I couldn’t agree more with her.

  34. wonderful pictures jane and great play of colors i like them very much, especially the 1st, 2nd and 3rd and the last one.
    many greetings robert

  35. Such soulful wisdom to accompany your powerful images, Jane. Your talent humbles and inspires!

  36. Sobering testament to the ‘house on fire,’ Jane. Your beautiful photos show what’s at stake and what we are losing.
    ‘Tofino, BC 2017’ is a particularly stunning image, made me gasp. ❤

    • Hi Eliza, Documenting our world is more important now than ever. Some places will never be the same. The Tofino images I shot were stunning moments of how smoke changes the perception of the landscape. Thanks so much. ❤️

  37. Well done; sobering images which ask the question “When will we learn?”

  38. Your photos show a beauty that is eery and shocking, Jane.

  39. wow reminds me of earlier this year in Melbourne, the fires burned for a long time and we had smoke everywhere.

  40. I heard on the news about the devastating fires in California, almost unimaginable horrible…
    I feel with you, and fully agree with the quotes. Often I am quite pessimistic, especially when you realize that people like Trump and Bolsonaro are chosen to have power, but luckily there are always inspiring people and there must be always hope to turn things, to take care for nature and our planet. It must be possible…

    • Hi Noortje, We must have hope that those with influence will wake up and initiate programs and laws that mitigate the tragic damage that climate change has wrought on our world.
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Keep on celebrating the natural world with your stunning images. 💙

  41. What a powerful post. The Thunberg quote says it all.

  42. From what I’ve seen of California in the news recently, your Crescent Lake picture could well be now.

  43. Time for action, Jane. If we’re not scared now, when will we be?

  44. Striking images, many of places I’ve lived or visited. It shouldn’t look like that…
    We have very poor air quality and visibility right now on VI, due to the smoke drifting up from California and Oregon. It’s pretty bad, but nothing like how awful it must be further south for residents and evacuees.
    Feeling blue indeed. I hope your family and friends are safe.

  45. Melting glacier. Polar ice disappears. Permafrost thaws. Forests are being burned and cleared. The seas suffer from pollution. 70% of the species have disappeared in the last 50 years. Pandemics are spreading across the globe. Covid 19 is just the beginning! The earth will survive. Not humanity. Even emergency braking doesn’t help anymore. I too am guilty of the legacy we leave our children. Too negative? I am afraid not! We see the reports about the fires in your home every day. Terrible pictures. Please stay healthy!

  46. Strong quotes with a powerful message. I hope the world can hear it.

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