Mar 282011

Wanted to pass along these beautiful shots from as I look out my window at a fresh layer of snow that fell this morning!  Smile with tongue out

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It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

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April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  ~Hal Borland

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Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done…
~Matthew Arnold

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An optimist is the human personification of spring.
~Susan J. Bissonette

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Sweet springtime is my time is your time is our time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love.
~e.e. cummings

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A little Madness in the spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickinson

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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year."
~Robert Frost

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All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
~Helen Hayes

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No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
~Samuel Johnson

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If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. "
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
~Ellis Peters

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Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Spring An experience in immortality.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Fled now the sullen murmurs of the North,
The splendid raiment of the Spring peeps forth.
~ Robert Bloomfield

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Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
  Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.
~ William Cowper

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All flowers of Spring are not May’s own;
  The crocus cannot often kiss her;
    The snow-drop, ere she comes, has flown:–
      The earliest violets always miss her.
~ Lucy Larcom

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O, how this spring of love resembleth
  The uncertain glory of an April day,
    Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
      And by and by a cloud takes all away!
~William Shakespeare

Spring! (RJ EVans)
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:59:00 GMT

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Aug 032010

After a couple experiences with some of the adult versions of these tearing up my pond and eating my fish to the tune of a few hundred dollars, I’m still holding quite the grudge against them.  I know their just trying to make a living and survive, and I feel for that, but they’ve unfortunately have grown way too comfortable in neighborhoods and around the human population.  Yeah, you can make the “We encroached on them” argument, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve built a reputation as a pest because of their persistent, destructive manner.

Either way, I can’t think off the top of my head any animal that doesn’t look cute when their age is measured in weeks.  This little guy is doing wonder for their reputation in my eyes:

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Jun 212010

Thank you Louie for taking the time to help expose this recklessness and massacre of our oceans!

I’m in the Gulf now with the OPS crew shooting a horror of epic proportions unfolding here. Reading that BP CEO Tony Hayward is off yachting while whole towns are all out of jobs is so out of control – I’m incredulous – you couldn’t make this stuff up. We were trying to get a tour of the estuaries by an out of work fisherman today but he was forced to take a job with BP – suddenly he couldn’t talk to us. We’re finding that getting anyone to talk is pretty difficult in the Gulf. The oil companies, one of their own effectively destroying the only competing industry, hold all the cards in this fragile high stakes game with the environment now. Hard working people are left with no alternative but to sign non-disclosure agreements and start working for the dark side.

At a time when Japan is being questioned for censoring The Cove the hypocrisy of the right wing in our country (and England) forcing poor fisherman to be silenced is not lost on us. Seeing oily pelicans, egrets and spoonbills trying to feed their young in their breeding grounds in what has becoming the biggest environmental disaster in America is heartbreaking. We aim to give these animals and the environment a voice. But we’re going to use this opportunity to help tell the story of what I believe is the crime of the century, how the burning of fossil fuels is destroying the oceans. The oil spill is just the most visible manifestation of the bigger disaster that has been unfolding in the environment for quite some time.

Acidification of the oceans, which results from the burning of fossil fuels, has been destroying the oceans since the industrial age but only in the last few years has it been found to be one of the largest environmental problems we face.

The only solace I find is that we are on the side of the good fight. It gets me up in the morning, it motivates me to do what we do at OPS against overwhelming odds. Next week The Cove comes out in Japan and that effort made the front page of the NY Times yesterday. People told us that would never happen but we have 20 theaters still holding there. After the Oscars, we used our cameras to reveal an LA restaurant that had secretly been serving sushi made from the endangered sei whale. They were shut down. We recently found restaurants in Seoul, Korea to be serving this fare as well and this morning I was told that DNA tests trace the origin to guess where? Taiji! Like I said, you couldn’t make this stuff up. The restaurant owner is facing five years in jail.

This week the IWC votes to abrogate the moratorium on whaling and I’m told by colleagues there The Cove has stirred up a hornet nest – abuzz also by the London Times creating a sting operation that exposed the Japanese vote-buying scheme.

Thank you all for your support and helping us keep shine a light on the good fight – this kind of evil can’t stand the light!

Onwards and Upwards,


image, Gina Papabeis, OPS

Report From The Gulf
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:06:00 GMT

Jun 092010

Doing what I can to spread the word…

I understand that people and humanity have certain ‘needs’, but I also understand what a ‘NEED’ is. 

In recent months, members of a right-wing nationalist group in Japan have been protesting outside the Tokyo office of Unplugged, the Japanese distributor of The Cove, criticizing the film as a betrayal of Japanese pride. The group uses loudspeakers to shout slogans like "eco-terrorist", and have even protested outside the home of Unplugged CEO Takeshi Kato.

After a flood of angry phone calls, three movie theaters in Tokyo and Osaka have cancelled showing The Cove due to threats of protests outside of screenings. Citing fears about the safety of moviegoers and nearby businesses, these theaters have been intimidated by this small group of extremists in what amounts to censorship of the film.

Kato said in a statement, "Since The Cove won the Oscar, our office and my house has been relentlessly attacked by propaganda activities. Now these attacks have begun on theaters. [These theaters] made a tough decision. The Cove is not anti-Japanese film. We need to debate the content in constructive way. We lament that we are losing opportunities to see the film about Japan, in Japan. We will continue to discuss the situation carefully with other theaters and exert maximum effort to release The Cove."
A letter supporting the release of The Cove was signed by 55 public personalities in Japan, saying that the suppression of the film "underlines the weakness of the freedom of speech in Japan."Despite the nationalist group’s attempts at threatening and intimidating the Japanese distributor and exhibitors, the film is still scheduled to screen in 23 other theaters on June 26th.

Ric O’Barry, former Flipper trainer, is currently in Japan for the premiere of the film and will be talking to media and other groups leading up to that date.

Watch Director Louie Psihoyos’ reaction to this censorship.

Video of nationalist protestors outside the home of Takeshi Kato, CEO of Unplugged, the Japanese distributor of
The Cove.

Censorship of The Cove in Japan
Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:28:00 GMT

Nov 162009

Been a while since I posted anything…just ran across this amazing video from National Geographic posted on Gizmodo!:

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen was in Antarctica to capture shots of leopard seals. One approached him, jaws wide and ready for biting…and if you haven’t heard the rest of the story yet, you need to watch this brief clip.

I’m not man enough to dive into freezing waters to document the lives of animals that could rip off my head without a second thought, but I’m sure glad that YouTube exists so I can sit here in my underwear and enjoy the experience vicariously.

National Geographic Photographer Meets Deadly Leopard Seal [Photography]
Mark Wilson
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 19:34:48 GMT

Oct 022009

From Gizmodo.


Wildlife photographer Michael Nichols wanted to photograph a 300-foot-tall redwood in a dense forest with no clear lines of sight. So he built a custom camera rig to take tons of close-ups to stitch together.

The result is a stunning composite of 83 different shots of this incredible tree. Look for a huge foldout of the image in the October issue of National Geographic, and here’s a video of Nichols talking about the process of capturing the image.

Custom Camera Rig Allows For a Stunning Vertical Panorama of a Giant Redwood [Nature]
Adam Frucci
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:40:00 GMT