7 posts tagged powerful nature

Draining a Reservoir

Explosive Breach of Condit Dam

This is phenomenal video; I had to share it. Every time I’m out hiking around a reservoir (which, here in the West are primarily our only large bodies of water) I end up trying to imagine the land before the dam—as a pristine valley or canyon. What would happen if you could remove the dam and drain the water? How would nature shape the valley again?

Last week, on the White Salmon River in Washington state, we can answer part of that question. A hole was blown in the 125 foot Condit Dam and the water—in only about two hours—drained from the reservoir and the river began the process of reshaping the former lakebed. It’s an amazing explosion followed by an even more amazing time-lapse.

I’d love to see another time-lapse of the valley as nature begins to re-assert itself.



by w+k

I just ran across this excellent fundraising poster by the fine folks—specifically Max Erdenberger—at Weiden+Kennedy. Absolutely beautiful execution. All proceeds go toward the cause (though, they don’t mention which charity specifically). They’re asking for a $25 donation, minimum.

(via Matthew Allard)

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Japan and Pacific Relief T-shirt Challenge

Create an inspirational tee around the theme of "Sunrise."

Threadless Causes has been one of my main client projects for the last few months. One reason it was built was to make it easier for Threadless to respond quickly to current events and initiate the relevant design challenges that their community wants to participate in. True to form, we had this new challenge—with proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Japan relief effort—up in a matter of hours yesterday.

If you are a designer—or, at all creative—and are wishing there was something—anything—you could do to help the people of Japan as they respond to the devastation caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the corresponding tsunami, check this challenge out. The design challenge is appropriately based off of the theme: Sunrise, and I love the gorgeous graphic my cohorts at Good Apples came up with for the main banner.

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Travel Norway. The Architectural Way.

Travel Norway. The Architectural Way.

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I had no idea Norway had this kind of gorgeous scenery. It just jumped up to the top of my travel wish-list.

This photo series (be sure to click through, there are many more) is focusing on a specific project by the Norwegian government. The idea was to pick several different scenic locations (currently 18) and combine “bold architecture” with “magnificent natural scenery.” They enlisted the help of some of the country’s best designers and architects for the project and the results are stunning. More info here.

Huge hat-tip to my buddy Matt Gist for turning me on to this one.

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False Dawn & Fire Miles

by Drew Levin

False Dawn & Fire Miles

Yesterday was a weird day in Boulder. So many of our friends that live in the foothills directly west of town have been asked to leave their homes. I met several people in the course of the day who were pretty sure there was nothing left of theirs.

I woke up several times during the night as my apartment filled with smoke—and I’m in town, 2-3 miles from the flames. Today promises to be just as interesting as the firemen try to get ahold of everything. Hopefully the winds will cooperate.

It’s hard to put in perspective. We live at the foot of the mountains. We know this kind of thing can happen—that we really can’t control nature, like we tell ourselves we can. But the chances of it happening in your area are so slim.

The Photos

My buddy Drew Levin pinged me on Twitter with these late last night, early morning. They’re gorgeous and haunting.

Drew says it best:

“Marvels can come in many forms—It’s a shame that such a beautiful thing as this fire can also destroy so many homes and burn a swathe through all those lives. One man, interviewed by the local paper, said that the canoe he built with his dad when he was sixteen was in the house he narrowly escaped this morning.

Maybe the point of a marvel is to help us value our own lives more – to go back and build or preserve or create on that same level of grandeur.

Here’s my effort for tonight.

Four Mile Canyon fire, shot from Flagstaff. Composition and processing inspired in part by antimethod."

Be sure and click through to his flickr to leave comments on them.

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Venice under water

Just another day…

I never feel right reprinting pics from The Big Picture here because the experience is so much better on the site itself. Go look at the photos.

What really caught my eye is how the locals seem to be dealing with this event. It’s a big deal – the highest floodwaters in 30 years, but at the same time, it’s a city that is somewhat used to flooding and water. I think my favorite shot is of the women standing at the deli counter, going about their business of ordering food as the water laps at their feet inside the store. Crazy.

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