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Director of Coral Conservations at the Marine Conservation Biology Institute Dr. Sandra Brooke and Greenpeace submarine pilot John Hocevar ascend in the Dual Deep Worker submarine in the Gulf of Mexico October 17, 2010. A team of independent scientists joined the crew of the Arctic Sunrise to conduct a series of scientific research programs that will further the understanding of the impacts of both oil and chemical dispersants on the Gulf ecosystem in the aftermath of the British Petroleum oil spill. A BP leased drilling platform exploded April 20 killing 11 workers and causing a leak of millions of barrels of oil from a wellhead one mile deep 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Finally capped in August, the leak was treated with more than a million gallons of Corexit, a toxic dispersant. Photo by Sean Gardner/Greenpeace


Stop BP's Next Drilling Disaster

Winter 2008, here are the sparkling white sands of the US Gulf coast! (With tea colored water from an estuary flowing by.) This beach in the Florida Panhandle near Destin is still clean as of June 18, 2010, but the oil is creeping to within 10 miles (16km). This location is 150 miles from the well of the BP oil spill. No HDR.


Free wallpaper for over 100 of my images in 6 different screen sizes is now available!


Here are some aerial views:


See here for the latest as they prepare for the worst:


See the 1200 pixel version!



Settings etc.:



Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @17.5

10-second exposure @F22

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm - 4x6in) 0.9 + 0.75

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Bare feet and shorts

(People laugh, but fussing with trying to keep dry is a distraction!)



The Story



I was attending the annual North American Nature Photography convention on a cold winter day. I left early one afternoon in order to catch the sunset and I'm glad I did. I had to drive about 30 miles until the gradual curve of the beach allowed the sun to set over the water.


The Gulf coast has hundreds of miles (literally) of perfect white sand. Although the beaches are nice to walk on, every photo seems the same, so I found a stream for added interest. The dark layer is from a fire where the charcoal washed over the the sand during a flood and then was buried by more layers of sand.


It is sad to think the the beaches to the right starting about 50 miles away are now polluted by oil tarballs, and some beaches further away are completely covered in oil. I am worried that efforts to stop the flow may fail due to the fragile nature of the non-rocky layers where the well was drilled. The flow is eroding the sides of the well underneath the blowout preventer. That is why BP can not contain all the oil. The back pressure would make the oil come out the bottom and force a collapse. Just watch the videos and you can see it. If it collapses, things could get worse. The new wells are a few weeks from reaching the old well and that is the best hope for now. They are angling the new wells to intersect the original 2-ft. wide bore, 10,000 ft (2km) below the leaking wellhead!


Despite the enormity of the problem, this leak is still smaller than the 1979 Ixtoc I spill in the Gulf further south in the country of Mexico! But this spill could end up being bigger.


People are talking about using nuclear weapons to seal it off, but that would just fracture the fragile layers and send all of the radioactive oil and gas up at once. Not a good idea!


All is not lost however. If the well can be capped, the recovery will be quicker than the Exxon Valdez accident where there is still oil around 20 years later. The Gulf waters are warm and even hot in the summer (90f, 32c), and that breaks up the oil more quickly. (Do you wash your dishes in warm or cold water?) Also, about 2 Exxon Valdez-sized volumes of oil naturally seep into the gulf each year. So the ecosystem is set up to 'need' oil for survival. But not all at once and in such huge quantities!


Once again as with the Wall Street meltdown, corruption of the inspection process has allowed too much risk to be taken by the greedy. There needs to be INDPENDENT oversight into anything that could lead to financal or ecological disasters.


The map shows exactly where this is. It is an easy hike from a the side of the road



Other stuff



My pictures are featured on the front page of the newly redesigned

The state Gov. of California website. Have a look! It is Flash with my pics cut into layers for a 3-d slideshow. If you are into building apps, the State has opened up lots of data to the public, so check it out!






Google Earth


Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)


Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)


Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:


Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.




Boaters make their way along the edge of the oil slick about a quarter mile from the east shore of the Chandeleur Islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. (Carolyn Cole/ Los Angeles Times/ MCT)

Cowichan Bay Seascapes - Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada


Please visit our blog "Two Toads Against The Oil Giants" for the story behind the photo.

I originally planned for this to be a colorful fun shot. But when I noticed the unintentional tear, it hit me.


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Please do not copy, distribute or use my photos in any way, without consent.

For some reason, I just love the way images of piers look under a cloudy sky. Stark, almost forbidding...


The curve of this one makes it different from many of the others I've shot over the past several years.


It's is now known as the Cal Poly Pier, one of three on the San Luis Bay, and oddly enough, you're not likely to find it on any relief maps of the area. Probably because the pier itself isn't open to the general public. But that doesn't mean it hasn't been photographed many times.


It's also 99 years old, having been built in 1914, by the Pacific Coast Railway Company, and first used to ship dry goods.


This is from a trip my buddies Steve, Ian, and I took this spring to Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California.


Reached Explore #102 on Sunday, July 28, 2013, and nearly 5000 views in just 24 hours. Wow, I'm speechless. Thank you all!


this was inspired by oil spills. ugh I actually don't like people at all rn

"World Oceans Day was officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009."


A bit of history on womb ( sea ) death- ...


"Four minutes after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Eleven million gallons of North Slope oil spewed into one of the most bountiful marine ecosystems in the world, killing birds, marine mammals, and fish, and devastating the ecosystem in the oil's path. Exxon says that the Sound has recovered. They're wrong.


Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Could It Happen Again?


Extent of the Spill


In the 1989 spill, crude oil spread across Alaska's coastal seas covering 10,000 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and 25 Washington, D.C.s combined! Within a week, currents and winds pushed the slick 90 miles from the site of the tanker, out of Prince William Sound into the Gulf of Alaska. It eventually reached nearly 600 miles away from the wreck, contaminating 1,500 miles of shoreline -- about the length of California's coast. "




"June 27, 2008 |

Prince William Sound and Fury: Oil Giant Dodges Punitive Damages for Valdez Spill

The U.S. Supreme Court capped damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill at a fraction of what an Alaskan jury awarded"






Visualizing the BP Oil Spill Disaster:


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Australian oil spill recovery plan could take 7 years(AFP) – Nov 3, 2009:



We foolishly assume that with time & the regenerative healing powers of the earth, that the Gulf of Mexico could return to normal.. But it will never be normal & also - this spill is FAR ( unimaginably ) worse than the Exxon Valdez spill..


What I learned from my research is that the damage being done in the Gulf of Mexico is & will be permanent.. - Permanent.






Please do your part in the human experience & do all you can, to save life, create change & inspire others..


Eagle from Exxon spill:


More in note in image...


& please-- join Greenpeace on flickr-


It's a crime - man's dependence on oil is ruining my beautiful Gulf Coast marshes.

done for Macro Monday's crime theme


The roseate spoonbill......on average 3 ft tall & with a wingspan of 50 inches, it looks like a flamingo but for its red legs & spatula shaped bill, which it uses to stir up small fish, shrimp & crabs in the shallow water of the coast's salt marshes. In the early 1900's the roseate spoonbill was almost hunted to extinction, only a few dozen breeding pairs remained, their pink feathers in great demand for hats & fans. Legal protection was established in the 1940's & they now thrive. Like the flamingo, it's believed that the roseate's pink colouring is from the carotene in its diet, such as shrimp. It's one of the many exotic birds we spotted on the gulf coast of Texas just days before the Horizon oil rig explosion & the loss 11 riggers' lives. The resulting crude oil leak, at 750,000 litres per day, a seemingly uncontainable environmental disaster of unprecedented proportions, all attempts to cap the leak having so far failed, today looms ever closer to the Louisiana marshlands, where many bird species, including spoonbills & herons, nest & feed. This disaster & all its many disastrous implications are most prevalent to Canada, even as the deepest offshore oil well ever attempted in Canadian waters is being drilled to a depth of 1.5 miles below the Atlantic sea bed, 270 miles off the coast of Newfoundland!!! The world has gone to hell in a handbasket! Have a good day, folks.

Had a difficult time trying to level the bridge against the horizon. They bend at different rates. Took this a while back. Have been wondering if this Cosco Busan coming underneath the Golden Gate to dock at Oakland Port before it hit the Bay Bridge and spilt on it's way out. Probably not. We are getting into the autumn stellar sunset season in the SF Bay. SFBA expects!

I think I've mentioned before, that I cannot pass a rainbow oilspill on a wet pavement, or street, without thinking of CARNIVAL OF LIGHT.

Today it was cold, wet, and windy... but there has to be an upside...

This is the spectacular remote and once prestine Nightingale Island.


We past this island on our way back from Gough Island in 2009. It as uninhabitat by humans and are the home of about half the worlds population of Rockhopper penguins and other ocean birds.


I am sorry to say that about a month ago, the MS Olivia wrecked onto Nightingale island and

some 1,500 tonnes of heavy crude oil from the ship, which was carriying soya beans between Rio de Janeiro and Singapore, leaked into the sea, causing a huge oil slick around the island threatening the survival of the birds and ocean life.


Luckily there are a lot of people and organizations that care about this island and they are doing everything they can to handle the situation.


Read more about the disaster and the cleanup and rescue efforts..

H's van has been leaking oil on the driveway. Still, makes for a colourful pic when the rainwater sits on it.


'Wet' for SH

Holt Webb, in the "greasy" waters off the Mississippi coast


photo courtesy of Drew Landry (post production by Holt Webb)

I'm not a very political person. It's not what makes me tick or what drives me to comment or write letters. Every once in a while though, I feel like I have something to say...and because I'm not political...I don't really feel comfortable sticking my neck out and saying it. So, I'm not exactly saying it so much as showing it today.


Years ago, in Alaska, we had what was then the most horrific oil spill in American we have the Gulf of Mexico. The title of 'most horrific' is one I was not happy to give away as an Alaskan...I wouldn't wish the ramifications of this kind of man made disaster on anyone.


When I think about this spill, and when I think about what we went through up here...I am incredibly sad. It kills me to think of the life that is lost...not only the animals and plants on the shore, and further inland...but the lives of the families, the kids, the people who will suffer.


Obviously I don't have any answers, I don't have ideas or any witty political commentary to give...but I do know that nature was never meant to be disrespected this way...accidentally or not, and I know that I will mourn the loss of innocence and discovery taken from our country due to this last spill. It's just sad...and this is my way of showing it.

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Oil spill victim. When Oil Rigs spill over, it causes great harm to the animals on land and in the water. People have to clean up the mess before it is too late.

I have donated this 8x8" print to Help the Gulf Coast.

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Drew Landry performing at Tipitina's in the French Quarter


©VanishingAmerica/Holt Webb

Zenit TTL, DM Paradies, iso 200

President Obama has released his last minute Gulf of Mexico rescue attempt. It's been reported that Obama has summoned the great Patricio Villarroel to play for the Gulf of Mexico, hoping to calm the broken oil pipe and channel the oil back into the well where it came from. News footage and music will be in shortly.


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It's been 80 days since an oil well accident started to KILL the Gulf of Mexico. When will man learn that he cannot control the forces of the earth?

The recent oil spill in the town of Rosario, Cavite province, has affected the livelihood of fishing households, including this family. The oil spill has been contained immediately but the effects linger on households that depend on the sea for daily subsistence. The family above inspects the seawater a couple of days after the oil spill.

Reinforced levee to protect the vulnerable marshlands from the oil coming in on the Gulf tide -- Elmer's Island, Louisiana

I was way busy in April. Way busy!! So sorry to have missed all your posts. My loss. I am still busy but can see a light at the end of the tunnel.


I needed some ME time today, so I did a piece that was on my mind.


Be well. Hope to be back soon.


See it on black.

Sorry about the bad photo! Pencil and cutout, 25,4 x 25,4 cm,

July 8th, 2013


I rushed this, but I'm actually really happy with the result. It came out well.

I've been seeing more and more double exposures lately, and have been wanting to try it again after a fairly successful first try (at least in my opinion.) This one is fake, but it's not that often that I can make a legitimate one without access to a darkroom, so it'll have to do. Check out these double exposures that have caught my eye in the past few weeks: 1, 2, 3 & 4.


Credit goes to Nat Geo photographer Joel K. Bourne for the oil spill photo. Taken in Jan. 2010. Link.


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An oil spot on concrete makes a small-scale galactic structure. A cosmic impression in urban schmutz.


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