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Mark Wickens Snaps Sweet Wilderness Pics

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Photos shot in NorCal convey the ethereal beauty of the outdoors.

Born in London, England, Mark Wickens lived in New York and New Orleans before settling to San Francisco, where he currently spends his days working as an architect. On the weekend, when he feels inspired, he packs up his camera and heads for the Great Outdoors to shoot photos.  "Usually, I’ll head out into the wilderness and see how things develop," he says. "Here in Northern......read more

Maine Island Wilderness Retreat

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Off the grid, in style.

This 550 square-foot cabin sits on a tiny parcel of land on a remote Maine island. Designed by Alex Scott Porter, the getaway is entirely off-the-grid. In the architect's words: This three-season retreat house is situated on the outermost inhabited island in Maine. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, water service, year-round inhabitants or ferry service – no grid. The house ......read more

Down to Earth

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Stone Creek Camp by Andersson Wise Architects: A green-roofed getaway in the Montana wilderness.

Long before sustainable design hit the mainstream, Austin-based architects Andersson Wise earned a reputation for creating low footprint buildings that borrow design cues — and materials — from the sites on which they're built. Stone Creek Camp, a rustic wilderness retreat on the picturesque shores of Montana's Flathead Lake, is a case in point. The central building on the property,......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

BBC Earth: Life Is

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The creators of Planet Earth wild out with new interactive site.

BBC Earth is ringing in its 50th birthday by dropping Life Is, an interactive site chalk full of epic nature images, videos and stories from the people behind the mindblowing DVD series Planet Earth and Life. The site's not up yet, but judging from the screenshots, it's going to be equally amazing.   With access to BBC's incredible archive of images and video, site designers Fantasy......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-3-10

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Essential weekly links: Arctic wilderness, coconut water, and a really nice house.

Visions of the Arctic: Earthjustice, Florian Schulz and Patagonia team up to protect Arctic wilderness. Epic photography. Oh no, you don't: A pair of House Democrats seek to stop BP from taking a $10 billion tax write-off for its spill response costs. Widening the electric car consumer base: Treehugger argues the case for EV subsides. Cuckoo for coconut water: Kiera Butler on the latest......read more

Melting Ice World

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Images of an ecosystem in flux by wildlife photographer Paul Souders.

Beautiful, scarily prophetic series of pics taken in Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, where the ice cap is steadily diminishing. See more of Paul Souders' nature and travel photography at World Foto. (Via Telegraph)...read more

Bluefin Tuna Ban Rejected

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A proposal to ban the export of the critically endangered bluefin tuna has been rejected at a UN wildlife meeting.

Some dismaying news for our oceans today, when a bid to ban commercial trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna was shot down at UN endangered species meetings. The proposal, tabled by Monaco, was opposed by Japan, Canada, and many developing countries on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Demand for bluefin tuna is driven by luxury seafood markets in Japan, where it is a sushi mainstay.......read more

Doug Aitken 'Migration'

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Outdoor film installation captures wild animals in the unlikeliest of settings – motel rooms.

Doug Aitken's film installation 'Migration,' in which wild animals of North America are placed in curiously human domains, makes a powerful statement on the domestication of the wild and our isolation from nature. For the piece, the California artist hired animal wranglers from the TV and movie industries to bring the creatures in front of cameras in rented motel rooms. The work......read more

Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat

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Breathtaking photos of East African wildlife.

In Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book "The Eating of Animals" the lauded novelist dives deep into the complex morality of eating meat. An avowed vegetarian, Foer stops short of preaching the vegan way of life, but presents some pretty damning testimony about factory farms and the lives of animals raised on them. The Atlantic correspondant Jeffrey Goldberg had a discussion with Foer......read more

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