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A Damp Winter Brings a Green Spring to The golden state (11 pictures).

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Till Friday, California had remained in a state of drought emergency because 2014. Reservoirs had gone down to a portion of ability and also locals were needed to conserve as well as reduce back on water use for several years. Now, big areas of north The golden state have actually just experienced the wettest wintertime on document– months of rain have replenished tanks and also as much as 7 feet of snowfall has covered the Sierra Nevada mountains. The golden state Guv Jerry Brown just authorized an exec order to raise the state’s drought emergency situation in all but 4 areas. Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan reviewed scenes he shot in the summertime of 2014, to rephotograph them this springtime. Editor’s note: This essay initially recommended that the images listed below, taken in various periods, showed the difference between an area in drought versus an area in recovery. Actually, they show the outcomes of a spring following an extremely damp winter, timed to the training of the state’s drought emergency.

State of minds of Manhattan by Elia Locardi

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Moods of Manhattan by Elia Locardi Back in March

when we first arrived for a shooting job in New york city, it was a cozy spring environment of 65 degrees. Then, the next evening when I captured this photo on the Brooklyn side, it was 12 degrees with a severe wind chill! It was so cold that I could not feel my fingers while I was adjusting my 10-stop ND filter. Luckily all of it exercised since the sundown was definitely extraordinary, and as a bonus offer, I additionally didn’t end up with frost bitten fingers.;-RRB- I’m delighted to share this shot today due to the fact that it’s component of a collection of pictures I functioned to record in cooperation with Fujifilm making use of the GFX 50s Mirrorless Tool Format Camera and the new 23mm GF Lens, which was introduced previously today. As well as without obtaining also technical concerning crop factors and medium format, the 23mm lens effectively provides an 18mm focal length that makes it excellent for broad angle landscape and cityscape digital photography. I’m also delighted to share this since with the cascade of back-to-back digital photography tasks I have actually had so much this year, together with that these new GFX 50s images have been secret till today, I haven’t had the chance to share any of my new pictures this year. That is, till now.:-RRB- If you intend to learn my whole cityscape photography and post-processing operations from start to complete, both in the field and in editing and enhancing, I’ve developed an extensive video clip tutorial training course: http://bit.ly/cityscape-tutorial

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Photos from our trip to Point Roberts in Washington State

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Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Point Roberts, Washington

A couple of weeks ago we spent a few nights in Point Roberts, a peaceful seaside village located in the Pacific Northwest that is technically a part of mainland United States, but it’s not physically connected to it (we shared a map of its peculiar location in our last post).

Point Roberts is close in proximity to the skyscrapers of Vancouver but its chilled out vibe makes you feel as if you’re hundreds of miles away from the big city lights. In fact, I don’t even remember seeing a traffic light in Point Roberts? Yes, Point Roberts that kind of place. Small, friendly, safe and quiet.

There are lots of things to do in Point Roberts, like biking, hiking and beach combing, but the most common activity is doing nothing. By that, I mean waking up in the morning with no agenda and letting the mood dictate how your day will play out.

For us, that meant frequent visits to the beach equipped with pail and shovel.

The beaches in the Pacific Northwest are different from those found in the south or in tropical climates. They are not made of soft white sand that feels silky smooth on your feet. They are quite the opposite, actually. The beaches in this part of the world are rocky, rugged and filled with driftwood, sea shells and coarse sand.

Although we rarely swim in the water here, because the water is often too cold and most beaches are full of slippery rocks, we love spending the day walking along these rocky beaches. The fresh ocean air cleanses the soul.

At low tide, the ocean floor is exposed and a world of treasures is revealed. We have fond memories exploring the many tide pools found on these quintessential Pacific Northwest beaches. They never get old.

It’s important that we share our love of the outdoors with our impressionable boys. We want them to have similar memories when they get older and we want to feed their curiousity with nature. Point Roberts is the perfect place to do this.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from our trip to Point Roberts.

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

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Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

Beach, Point Roberts, Washington

RCA in “state of jeopardy” after Design Interactions staff departures

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Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art has suspended its world-famous Design Interactions course after failing to find replacements for staff who resigned earlier this year.

RCA rector Paul Thompson announced that no students would be admitted to Design Interactions this academic year in an internal email earlier this summer.

He accused departing staff of causing “considerable upset” and endangering the RCA’s financial security.

“Apart from letting down our students, the cost of closing the first year is estimated at £300,000,” he wrote.

Together with lower than anticipated numbers of fee-paying students across the RCA, Thompson said this left the school with a £750,000 shortfall and put it in “an unnecessary state of jeopardy”.

The admissions shortfall has since been resolved, the school said.

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Design Interactions student Celine Park proposed using fungi as a new method of delivering vaccinations

In his monthly internal newsletter to staff on 29 July 2015, Thompson wrote: “Very regrettably, we have been obliged to ‘pause’ the intake of first years into Design Interactions, due to three members of staff choosing not to honour their notice periods up to December 2015, leaving the programme with no choice but to concentrate on the second years and encourage first-year applicants on to alternative courses or to defer a year.”

“This has caused considerable upset for a number of individuals who had accepted places,” he added. “One had resigned from a job, moved to the UK and signed a tenancy agreement.”



A spokesperson for the college told Dezeen that the majority of those who had applied to Design Interactions had since accepted places on the RCA’s Architecture, Design Products and Information Experience Design programmes instead.

The Design Interactions course, which has produced alumni including Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Revital Cohen, was rocked by the resignation of course head Anthony Dunne and his partner, Design Interactions tutor Fiona Raby, in March this year.

Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne
Anthony Dunne, former head of Design Interactions, and Fiona Raby, a former tutor on the programme. Photograph by AFP/Stringer, courtesy of Getty Images

Senior tutor Noam Toran and tutor Paul Auger left at the end of the last academic year, while electronics tutor Tom Hulbert left in June.

A tutor from the Design Products course had been due to step in to help the course continue running, but was offered a professorship elsewhere.

Thompson said the college was considering legal action against staff who leave before working their full notice period.

ed mitchell gives 50 US state flags a unified redesign

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mitchell embarked on a project to redesign all fifty state flags, paying homage to the collective spirit that has led the united states forward throughout history.

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What’s The Most Popular Word Used In Online Dating Profiles In Your State?

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On the web relationship profiles may possibly not be the very best location to locate sincere representations of individuals, but on a macro degree the internet sites them selves can be a excellent knowledge source for sussing out patterns, tendencies and values of a given state. As the above map underscores, some stereotypes are empirically audio. Texans intrigued in long, night walks on oil rigs? Pacific Northwesterners just acquiring out of a extended-time period connection with the open up path? You do not say…

The Tufa Towers of Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in California, USA

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Traveling around California won’t be complete without visiting the famous Yosemite National Park, which is best known for its deep valleys, high waterfalls, and vast wilderness area. If you’re visiting Yosemite, don’t forget to make extra time to visit Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. The reserve is 21 kilometers east of Yosemite National Park, just near the town of Lee Vining, California.

Photo Source :Stephen Oachs

Photo Source :Stephen Oachs

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve was established to preserve the spectacular rock formations called the “tufa towers”. These towers standing on Mono Lake create an otherworldly feel around the area attracting visitors. Tufa towers form in a variety of ways in Mono Lake but if you want to see the greatest concentration of these towers, you can head to the South Tufa Grove. The grove is located just off Highway 120 East at the south end of Mono Lake.

Photo Source :Jeff Sullivan

Photo Source :Jeff Sullivan

Photo Source :Hal Janzen

Photo Source :Hal Janzen

How are tufa towers made? The underwater springs rich in calcium mix with lakewater rich in carbonates. This mixture creates a chemical reaction that builds a calcium carbonate limestone. The calcium carbonate precipitates around the spring and the columns will start growing for decades to centuries.

Photo Source :Hal Janzen

Photo Source :Hal Janzen

However, one must take note that these limestone formations differ from the hot spring (thermogene) travertine, which is created from geothermally heated hot-springs but with less porous carbonate deposits. Tufa also differs from a porous volcanic rock called tuff.

Photo Source :funtor

Photo Source :funtor

Tufa towers grow underwater and can reach to a height of over 9 meters. Nowadays, it’s easier to see the tufa system in Mono Lake due to the water diversions in 1941 that made the lake’s water level drop dramatically. The drought from 2011 made the lake’s water level drop to almost one vertical meter but manage to attract more visitors since more tufa towers became visible.

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