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Wednesday, 09 March 2016


We have one of Gary's prints, purchased many years ago at a benefit for http://www.oregonwild.org

By all accounts Gary walked the talk and although he traveled all over, I think his strongest work was done here in the Pacific Northwest — a region he photographed, perhaps, better than anyone else.

I totally agree with you, the scariest, and most important, thing facing us is climate change.

I'm not being political with this comment I'm being sincere... short of something sudden like a meteor strike suddenly altering climate in dramatic, extinction level event like fashion I honestly don't understand feeling fearful about climate change. Wherever you come down on the continuem of "cause", "pace" and or "prevention", living fearfully seems fruitless at best and bad for your health generally. 2cents.

leaf blower = climate change

not even the phrase "President Trump"

That scares the rest of the world too. Hopefully it won't happedn or even be allowed to happen.

Two points: one general, one not. Gary wanted to have us understand Global Warming, and on a personal aspect, I too am now age 70. For me numeral 50 and then numeral (age) 60 seemed such a very short while ago.

You shouldn't get so upset about fairy stories...

Climate change is perfectly normal, it is out of our hands, so why worry?

The southern checkout girl gave good advice.

I don't know Gary's work, but it's always sad to hear of an untimely death - and 70 does now feel untimely.

I'm completely with you on climate change and it amazes me that, given the growing certainty within the scientific community Iver such a long period, we still haven't built a strong democratic and political will to address the issues in timely manner. Even now, when governments are trying to take the matter seriously, we seem more likely to be delayed and derailed by the interests of 'capital' and the unstable economic situation it has helped to create than to actually achieve enough in time.

Enjoy the warmer weather while you can...

I went looking for Gary's website after reading about him in this post, it is: http://www.braaschphotography.com
Which lead me to thinking about how many other photographers do I have to read about only when they die? Who really should be more widely known while they are alive, especially those who are doing important work.

* Mike can you do more on inspirational photographers like Gary as it would be great to read about them while we can still engage with them directly.

Weird coincidence, March 8th 2016 was hottest night ever in Melbourne, Australia in March (29.3 degrees C ) -smashed previous record by nearly three degrees Celsius . And 74 percent of Republicans in the US don't believe climate change is real.......

I find I have to filter some of my climate change discussions around my daughter. At 18 it's just too depressing. Just never go to a Guy McPherson talk. His prognosis is so dire he became a certified grief counselor to help his audiences deal with it.

In 1980 I quit a very well paying job in Tierra del Fuego because I hated the cold weather. I returned to work there from 2013-2015, and found it quite tolerable. Sometimes climate change seems OK.

Gary's hometown newspaper, The Oregonian, has this obit:


Well, if you need something to be scared about, try this: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/10/dangerous-global-warming-will-happen-sooner-than-thought-study

It's from yesterday's Guardian. How anyone can deny global warming is beyond me. It is real, it is happening, it is going to affect you and especially your kids. Of course we can do something about it, but it's almost too late now.

In Western Australia every summer is hotter than the last, every winter is drier than the last. We had four days in a row above 40C a few weeks ago, bookended by 38Cs and 37s, and our dams are virtually empty. We're reliant on underground aquifers and desalination now. This is unprecedented.

The only good news is that if you like solar power, WA is the place for it. If we didn't have air conditioning, I'd be moving south (to cooler climes) by now.

Yes, I saw the redbuds in bloom Monday and thought "Holy c**p!". My unscientific perception is that the last few years have been consistently abnormally warm or had other abnormal features, compared to the previous 20 years at the same location. I have to wonder why people over the age of 40 have a hard time believing that climate change is real. I am 59, and I remember very clearly how different the winters were when I was a child.

P.S. If you want to know why climate change is worrisome, and you don't happen to be one of the people living in a near-sea-level locale like Miami FL and waiting to be flooded out, consider the public health implications of changing insect vector distribution. Zika virus, and the associated often severe congenital brain malformation, is the current hot topic. Zika virus has a mosquito vector, and that species is making its way north and is found in the southern US.

[My aunt, who is 78 and still very active, is a longtime hiker (she went on Outward Bound at age 40, with a bunch of 20-year-olds). She says there never used to be ticks in the woods in northern Michigan, and now they're so bad she stays out of the woods because of the risk of various tick-borne diseases. I was astonished to hear this, as she has been a lover of walking in the woods all of her life. --Mike]

Mike, we have tons of ticks and chiggers in Missouri, and I have found a very simple solution that you should pass on to your aunt.
Permethrin-treated long-sleeved shirts, pants, and crew socks (pant legs tucked into socks). Permethrin is a chemical that kills ticks and chiggers on contact, and is harmless to humans. You can spray your own clothing, pack, tent(Sawyer Permethrin spray, available at outdoors and hunting/fishing shops), you can buy pre-treated clothing (brand name of treatment is Insect Shield), or you can send your own (washed) clothing to the Insect Shield company, and they will treat it so the treatment lasts for at least 70 wash cycles. I use very light nylon fishing shirts and pants, and wool socks - the treatment works fine on those and doesn't cause degradation or color running. Yep, it is hot wearing long pants tucked into high socks and long sleeved shirt - but you are safe from ticks and mosquitos, and the amount of DEET you need to use on exposed areas is minimal.

The info on sending your own clothing:
Instructions on DIY

Thanks so much for posting about Gary's passing, and for the informative links. Gary and his work were a huge influence on me, even though I knew him only for a week at the Maine Media Workshops one summer. My condolences go out to his family and friends. I've written a blog piece about my time on the path with Gary, http://markdannenhauer.com/on-the-path-with-gary-braasch/

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