Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The Southeast Climate Science Center recently co-sponsored a viewing of the documentary "Chasing Ice" on campus at North Carolina State University. A lively discussion panel followed the viewing. The Technician, a Raleigh, NC news source, covered the event:
"The Southeast Climate Science Center and the University Sustainability Office sponsored a screening of Chasing Ice, a documentary about climate change, Wednesday at the Campus Cinema in Witherspoon Student Center.
The film detailed the expeditions and discoveries of National Geographic photographer James Balog and sparked a provocative discussion among faculty and students who were present.
Independent filmmaker Jeff Orlowski's most recent creation, Chasing Ice, follows Balog and his crew as they seek to provide a detailed record of the world's changing glaciers. The film, primarily composed of interviews of crewmembers and footage of the journey, makes a concerted effort to look at the different perspectives regarding global warming and how it affects the world's population.
Kenneth Zagacki, professor and head of the N.C. State communication department, said he found the film fascinating. During the panel, Zagacki talked about the significance of climate change in today's society..."