Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Timelapse Rain in Santo Domingo City

Timelapse Rain in Santo Domingo City

Timelapse Rain in Santo Domingo City

Posted: 09 Sep 2014 07:31 AM PDT

Timelapse Rain in Santo Domingo City

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Goodbye Summer Welcome Autumn

Posted: 09 Sep 2014 12:56 AM PDT

Late September 8th and early morn September 9th 2014 the cricket's and the katy-did's said good bye to the last summer Super/ Harvest Moon. Their tired song a little less loud as Autumn is upon us.
Once again thick cloud cover dampened the big moon's
brightness but presented quite a rainbow of colors in the clouds.


Photography and video Janie Lambert
Hughesville Maryland

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911 "Waves of Flags" Pepperdine University, Malibu

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 08:39 PM PDT

On Saturday, September 6th, volunteers from all over Southern California joined Pepperdine University staff,students, and the Malibu community, to plant nearly 3,000 flags, in honor of those lives lost on September 11, 2001. The flags represented both national and international vicitms. People had individual reasons to join this collective gathering paying respect and tribute to the victims and their families.

It is difficult to express the profound impact one has, standing beside row upon row of flags. As they wave in the wind, you are dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of the lives lost, a shadow in this sea of flags. Pepperdine University's "Waves of Flags", in honor of 911, is a humbling reminder to embrace every moment we are blessed with.

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Our society accepts domestic violence (unless there's a camera)

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 06:30 PM PDT

For many of us, accepting domestic violence starts in very small ways like the language we use on a daily basis. We need to make small challenges on domestic violence before we see the ultimate manifestations of it such as with this Ray Rice assault on Janay Rice.

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California Water Wars

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 12:15 PM PDT

During the last week of August and beginning of September I traveled the back roads of the Central and San Joaquin Valleys to document, in photos, the effect of California's ongoing drought and water wars.

The story of the dried up San Joaquin River is but a small piece, a symptom really, of this complex situation.

Traveling some of the same roads that Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange drove, during their Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration in 1936-37, I found much of the same devastation, desolation and despair that gripped the area in their time.

Picking up Route 99 just north of Wheeler Ridge my first stop was the Kern Lake Basin.

What you're looking at in the first photo is, facing west, the Kern Lake Basin with the Temblor Mountain Range nicely lit by the rising sun. The water is part of what is known as the "Connecting Slough," or an offshoot of it. 

Once a huge thriving inland lake that spanned almost the entire south end of the San Joaquin Valley from the Tehachapi Mountains in the east to the Temblor Range in the west, it is now a dry lake basin that is used for farming by pumping water from deep in the aquifer. 

On the west edge of the lake basin they are building housing at an alarming rate that will also require water for the residents. They keep digging deeper and deeper wells, but sooner or later (probably sooner at this rate) it won't matter how deep they dig. The water won't be there.

I continued north on the 99 making a side trip to the small town of Porterville.

What I found there broke my heart. Once a busy little hamlet at the gateway to the Sequoia National Forest it is now a place that wreaks of desperation.

Made up of mostly smoke shops, bars and fast food franchises I was struck by the irony of the beautiful town clock topped with a band leader and inscribed with the words "Time Marches On."

Time, it appears, has marched on without Porterville.

The last thoughts of a shop owner scrawled on his window seemed more like an epitaph for the town than just his parting words. I couldn't help but wonder if this is just a preview of the America my son will grow up in.

I again picked up Route 99 and just past Turlock headed west at the town of Ceres traveling the J16 through farmland once watered by the Tuolumne River and Laurel Slough.

The images I captured there are compelling. I was only able to upload ten photos for my iReport, but the full series is on my website at

Because of the immense size and incredible diversity, in both environment and social make-up, the state of California over the years has consistently been a bellwether for the rest of America.

What we are experiencing now is, no doubt, just a preview of what will be experienced by the rest of the country, probably sooner rather than later.

Ignoring the lessons this situation has to teach would be a grave mistake.

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oceans in the desert

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 08:11 AM PDT

Flooding in surprise AZ and surrounding areas schools closed due to flooding. I10 & 43 ave picture shows the freeways as rivers . Cars floating due to high waters

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