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takayna | What If Running Could Save A Rainforest?

Patagonia has some really good short films and documentaries, there’s no arguing that. But last week I happened upon one that, for some reason, had been elusive to me up until that point but which I consider one of my favourite ones now. (Ouch, this was a super hard thing to say — nearly all of Patagonia’s short documentaries are my favourite ones!)

And because I’m publishing this from an airport, which means that in a few minutes, I’ll be on an airplane, re-watching this documentary, and because I genuinely think this short documentary is as heart-breaking as it is beautiful, and as important as it is, perhaps, unwanted, I thought the best course of action would be to share it with you all.

We all have probably heard about deforestation and realize that it poses a certain amount of threat to our future and the future of the planet. But how often do we hear about how bad it really gets, or about the people who are putting their own bodies on the line against heavy machinery to save the lungs of the planet and the homes of millions of species?

“I’ve felt Country talk freely to you and then run back to the same place months later to a silent and sterile wreck of splinters and dirt. This is a fundamental fight. The disease of man chasing money is real and it’s an epidemic… We fight on.”

Stills Hunter

What is being done? What can we do? And how is one runner helping save the Tarkine forest?

Patagonia answered this and more in takayna | What If Running Could Save a Rainforest.

Point Reyes, Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Point Reyes is an amazing place with its geological past and future, Tule Elk, endemic to California, nesting Sowy Plowers, and Elephant Seals. And yet, it still brings more with its wide variety of plants that bloom in all the colours of a rainbow all throughout the year.

I’ve photographed quite a few of these in the years I spent hiking in Point Reyes and would like to share a few of them with you today, in all their majestic beauty. I shall even try to correctly identify them. (Please don’t take these identifications at face value. I’m not that good with plants. There’s a non-negligible chance I might be wrong.)

I will keep trying to improve my identification skills and update this post if/as it needs be.

Montbretia

Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:28 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

Brass Buttons

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location: Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)

Pine

(Don’t know which species exactly)
Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:29 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

California Poppy

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.236282 Lon: -122.990906)

Cobwebby Thistle

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:42 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.230461Lon: -122.986198)

Rabbitfoot Grass

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)

Variable Linanthus

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:02 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.216686 Lon: -122.975685)

Coastal Bush Lupine

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:43 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.194775 Lon: -122.963013)

Tidy Tips

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:37 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.197056 Lon: -122.963539)

Forget-Me-Not

(Don’t know which species exactly.)
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 3:07 PM PDT
Location: Earthquake Trail (Lat: 38.041569 Lon: -122.797531)

No Idea.

Please help me identify this one. I know it’s not the best photo for identification but wanted to share anyway because I relly like it. 🙂
Location: UC Berkeley Point Reyes Field Station Research Institute

Marigold

This is a guess. In fact, I have nearly no supporting evidence. Feel free to help me identify it in the comments 🙂
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 2:34 PM PDT
Location: Point Reyes Station (Lat: 38.068233 Lon: -122.804779)