I thought to myself, “This is it... THIS IS IT!!! They are going to meet each other and I’ll finally get my two-swan-necks-forming-a-heart shot!” But they paddled right past each other. And they kept on going.
The Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the world, and it’s long been a representation of the rugged California coastline. Older than the United States of America, this iconic tree is also on private property. The Pebble Beach Company has trademarked the actual living tree. A sign close to the tree states: “Lone Cypress is a corporate logo and trademark of Pebble Beach Company. As such, the use of the tree’s image is regulated by law. Photographs or art renderings of the Lone Cypress for commercial purposes or promotional purposes cannot be taken or created without permission from Pebble Beach Company. Photographs and art renderings for personal use only are welcomed.” An attorney representing the company once said, “If the Lone Cypress tree dominates the picture or the photograph, and is clearly the reason people are buying it, then it does serve as a source identifier. And when it serves as a source identifier, as a matter of law it functions as a trademark. If that's the reason for the sale, if that's what motivates the sale... then it serves as a trademark, and the unauthorized use of that clearly violates the law... People couldn’t go and reproduce the copies of Clint Eastwood [photographs] and sell it. He's a living person. There’s no difference between a living person and a living tree." If anyone wants to buy this photo, please comment below.
It is absolutely frightening to think how much trash is in our oceans.
To acknowledge #WorldOceansDay, I became a citizen of “The Trash Isles” by signing the @changedotorg petition and making a contribution. I have also stopped using single-use plastic bags, bottles and straws.
We were at Dockweiler State Beach the other day, enjoying the Southern California beach experience while airplane and dolphin watching. It was hard to avoid these black clumps in the sand. Thinking they were “man-made” as a result of offshore drilling, I started getting more angry as the sticky tar got stuck to our feet and to the feet of the lifeguards who were training there. I was surprised to learn later that these particular tar balls were the result of natural oil seeps.
Natural oil seeps are a geological occurrence and are not caused by any human activity. On average, about 10 barrels (420 gallons) of oil from the seeps reach the sea surface daily in Santa Monica Bay. Surface oil generally drifts northward, towards the shore, reaching the beaches from Redondo Beach to Malibu in a few days.
Let’s keep our oceans as natural as possible, shall we?
Standing 20 feet tall and 40 feet long, the world’s largest roadrunner was first sculpted 25 years ago out of recycled trash by Olin Calk and Dan Smith.
Its original home was the Las Cruces Foothills Landfill, and the reality of solid waste was visible alongside the artwork. The intention of the work was to draw attention to issues regarding consumption, the potential reuse of some materials, and the recycling of mass consumed packaging residuals.
Currently, the Roadrunner sculpture is perched high above Interstate 10 at a rest stop just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Road trip, anyone?
Unlike most pieces of outdoor public artwork, the sculpture is largely composed of materials that are not permanent. Due to the harsh southwest climate and its close proximity to human exposure, the artwork’s appearance has changed over time as visitors have removed pieces or made their own modifications.