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Off The Grid, In The Middle Of The Atlantic

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Clean energy to power El Hierro in the Canary Islands

El Hierro, an island in the Canary Islands, will soon be powered entirely off renewable energy. With no more oil and fuel being imported from far away, this island can truly realize the concept of independence. The island will receive 80% of its energy needs from a wind farm and a hydroelectric plant, and get its remaining energy needs from solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels. Not......read more

Frames of Life

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Watch a gorgeous portrait of the Canary Islands from filmmaker Gunther Gheeraert

For 7stories, a project from the Canary Islands tourism board, seven influential creatives were called upon to make short videos promoting travel in the islands. Each filmmaker was assigned one of the Spanish archipelago's seven main islands to cover, and given creative licence to show off their skills. Parisian director Günther Gheeraert's assignment was La Palma, the Canaries' most......read more

Nightingale and Canary

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Bird sounds visualized by Andy Thomas

Australian artist Andy Thomas created this wondrous short animation using abstract shapes that respond to the songs of a nightingale and a canary. The recorded bird sounds are from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. A specialist in "audio life forms," Thomas experiments with nature and technology by taking photos of plants, insects, and machines and......read more

The Pierre by Olson Kundig Architects

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A San Juan Islands retreat merges with its natural surroundings

As we've mentioned previously, Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects does modern retreats as well as anyone. The Pierre, a concrete bungalow in the San Juan Islands, is yet another fine example. Created for a client who expressed her affection for the rocky outcrops on her property, the structure is nestled cozily into said rocks, and in fact takes its name from the French word for......read more

A Year on the Road: Above the San Juans

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A misty flight over Washington's emerald islands

For 4 years now, I have been dreaming of exploring the 450 islands that make up the San Juans. I knew this year marked my moment to finally visit as they have just been declared a National Monument. In Obama's words, the islands are “a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.”  Home to bald eagles, orca whales, harbor......read more

Pia Riverola: Formentera

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A young Spanish photographer takes a summer boat journey to the Balearic Islands

In popular culture, Ibiza will forever be known for as the hedonistic rave center in the Mediterranean, the place where Brits go to party in the sun. That's how we think of it, anyway. But there are quieter spots in the Balearic Islands, as we discovered from these lovely film photos by Pia Riverola. Shot on a sunny boat journey in and around the island of Formentera, which sits next to Ibiza,......read more

David Cooper: Guide to the Shetland Islands

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Amazing travel photos of Scottish archipelago

Susan Sontag once wrote, "It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along." These words inform Tourisms, a web-based collection of photographic travel guides, with a bunch of different photographers offering visual tours of the places they've been. Great concept. There are plenty to browse through, but "A Guide to the Shetland Islands," from Glasgow-based......read more

Trees Wrapped in Spider Webs After Flood

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Spiders flee to trees to create cotton candy arachnid islands.

Um, wow. WOW. After unprecedented monsoons caused massive flooding in Pakistan in 2010, millions spiders near the village of Sindh found refuge in above ground in trees, where they wrapped the branches in ghostly webs. Although the disaster didn't grip the attention of the media the way the Japanese earthquake has, it was a devastating event, killing nearly 2,000 people and affecting almost 20......read more

Oil Spill Update

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Containment box succcessfully installed as oil slick reaches Lousiana islands.

As the first slicks of oil have officially made landfall, British Petroleum is lowering a four story box over the leak, and using pipes to channel the oil up to a processing ship. This operation is extremely difficult due to the fact that the oil is leaking from about a mile underneath the surface. If it is successful, it will greatly reduce the approximated 200,000 gallons a day that are......read more

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