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Green Marines

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A U.S. military base goes solar.

On the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina, families are turning to solar panels to heat the water in their homes. Eventually, 900 homes on the military base will have the shiny reflective panels on the roof. By transfering heat via pipes to a water tank that reaches temperatures of 180 degrees fahrenheit, the solar panels can heat around 75% of the water used by families living on......read more

SHFT Pop Up Gallery: A Few Pieces

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A closer look at some of the artists and their work.

Our pop-up gallery in downtown LA brought together 25 artists whose work shares the loose theme of man's relationship with nature. Some of the work is violent, some of it beautiful, but taken as a whole, they reflect man's increasingly fragile relationship to our planet. Here is just a handful of what our SHFT online 'gallery' can accomodate: Deb Ris (a.k.a. Anne Shackman):......read more

California Roaming

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On the road with photographer Elizabeth G. Brown.

Is it summer yet? It's barely halfway through February and we're already pining for our first summer road trip, even moreso after checking out this collection of pics from Elizabeth G Brown, in which the LA-based photographer captures her adventures rambling around California, enjoying the Great Outdoors. More "California Roaming" here....read more

Nature, the Great Equalizer

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We may be broke, but we have our wilderness -- for now

With the U.S. economy experiencing its worst downturn since the Great Depression, these will go down as dark days in American history. But, argues Nicholas Kristof in an NYT op-ed this week, there is one thing we can feel good about: nature. Our national parks and forests don't contribute in GDP, but their value is immeasurable. But they need our help, now more than ever.......read more

Nich Hance McElroy: The Great Divide

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Seattle photographer shoots nature at its most unforgiving

Thanks to an introduction last year from 01, we've been keeping an eye on the photographic work of Nich Hance McElroy for a while. Judging from his Flickr-folio, the Seattle-based photographer regularly ventures into the great outdoors to capture shots of wilderness at its most sublime -- and unforgiving.  This selection, from his latest series entitled "The Great Divide," looks to......read more

River Rafting in Sweden

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A Scandanavian eco-tourism outfit lets travelers embrace their inner Huck Finn

Thanks to Mark Twain, the image of a timber river raft drifting lazily downriver is forever embedded in the American consciousness. Over the years, it's become the ultimate symbol of escapist freedom. Now, you too can enjoy that very activity on your next holiday. The only catch? You have to travel to Sweden to make it happen. During the summer months, a Swedish eco tourism outfit called......read more

In Big Sur With Pascal Shirley and Friends

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A road trip to California's rugged central coast

The portfolio of Venice Beach-based photographer Pascal Shirley is heavily weighted toward images of outdoor travel and beautiful women -- and combinations thereof. This selection, discovered on his personal photo blog, sticks with that general theme. The photos were shot on a recent camping trip to Big Sur, that rugged coastal landscape that has inspired so much great art, music and literature......read more

McSwain and Chambard: Off the Grid

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Outdoor product design comes indoors for an exhibition at NYC's Gallery R'Pure

As lovers of both product design and the great outdoors, we're pretty into this collaborative project from designers François Chambard of UM Project and Frederick McSwain. Currently on display at Gallery R’Pure  in NYC, "Off the Grid" is an eclectic collection of objects inspired by the outdoors.  Included among the items are a tent that doubles as lighting, travel......read more

Fantastic Photos of Nature Lovers by Sophie Haber

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Teen photographer captures friends enjoying the open air

What's going on with kids these days? Last week we showed you some mindblowing digital artwork made by a 14-year-old, and now we have some excellent nature photography from Sophie Haber, who at the tender age of 17 has an impressive portfolio that runs the gamut from fashion editorial to ethnocultural/travel work. But it's the high school student's personal work that has us most jazzed. From......read more

Backwoods Travels With Alana Paterson

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Vancouver photographer takes us on a mellow adventure around the mountains and inlets of the Pacific Northwest

With a client list that includes brands like Brixton, HUF, and Poler, Vancouver photographer Alana Paterson has carved out a well-defined commercial niche for herself. Once you have a look at her personal work, you can see why. She lives the lifestyle that those brands represent: skateboarding, camping, riding motorbikes, etc. These photos from Alana's most recent personal series, That Was Then,......read more

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