Five for Friday: George Masa, Changing Economies, and Controlled Burns

1.   George Masa, a photographer who worked on maps for the Appalachian Trail and what would become Great Smoky Mountain National Park, is being inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame next week. Read about him here, or view photos of him here.

2. From the Poetry Daily website, “A Landscape,” by Carl Dennis.

The North Carolina seashore on an impromptu walk before a funeral a week ago.

3. Speaking in front of Congress Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron referenced, in relation to climate change, the concept of economies, saying, “Some people think that securing current industries and their jobs is more urgent than transforming our economies to meet the global challenge of climate change. I hear these concerns. But we must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy.”

Adapting to a changing environment is so much more than, say, recycling every week.

In 2008, Wendell Berry wrote about the falsity (and fantasy) of limitlessness in the way we view economies and ways of living. For a more recent take on the topic, see “The Unacceptable Collateral Damage of Overconsumption.”

4. Take virtual walks in two very different worlds when you contrast photographer Roger Minick’s early 1980s “Sightseer” series, documenting National Parks tourists with his more recent “Cell People,” featuring candid shots of, you guessed it, people and their cell phones.

5. View and read a photo-documentary, of sorts, about controlled burns meant to sustain various ecosystems, in Setting Fires and Restoring an American Landscape.





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