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Serpentine!

Photographs from some local serpentine barrens — areas that are naturally toxic due to the magnesium, cobalt, nickel, chromium, asbestos, other nasties leaching out from the green serpentine rocks (California’s state rock). Serpentine soil is also famously low in phosphorous and potassium, so not many plants can grow on it.  Here’s a typical patch of rock (from Nottingham pine barrens in Pennsylvania):

At the Nottingham serpentine barrens in Chester County.

Below is a close-up of the rocks themselves.  I liked the central rock because of its serpentine (wavy, snakelike) marbling. From Pink Hill barrens at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, Pennsylvania.

Here’s a view of a serpentine barrens at Nottingham barrens.  If you were to take a close look at these pines, a lot of them have scorched bark from a recent prescribed burn that was conducted to restore native plants to the area.

At the Nottingham serpentine barrens in Chester County.

The flower below is moss phlox (Phlox subulata) at Pink Hill.  The plant is absolutely adorable.  I’m a sucker for any plant that assumes a moss-like habit.

Below is a close-up of some sort of sedge, possibly Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica), but I didn’t have any fruit so I can’t be sure (tentative ID courtesy Dr Roger Latham of Continental Conservation).  But I’m positive it’s adorable, though not mossy in habit.  Photograph also from Pink Hill barrens.

Richardson's sedge (Carex richardsonii), I think. Happy to be corrected.

More serpentine photographs here.

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Plastic is oil

Even though water bottles are often made of #1 plastic, quite a bit of oil is used (or burned) to make, decorate, fill, transport, chill, and recycle them.  (Energy details here, if you’re interested.)  And most people don’t recycle them.  If you are a fan of sustainability and a less-polluted world, you should stop using them except in emergencies (e.g., if you have a few cases in the basement for end days, that’s great).

plasticisoil, plastic is oil, water bottle, disposable, recyclable, energy, green, waste, garbage, environmentalBut everyone loves water bottles.  Some people use half-dozen per day.  So how to get people to question their addiction?  As a fun diversion, I designed the sticker at right.  The idea is to discreetly put them up at schools, workplaces, and stores, with the hope of slowly nudging people into ending their addictions to disposable plastic water bottles.

1. Download one of these two files:

2-image PDF for 4×6 sticker sheets
8-image PDF for 8 1/2 x 11″ sticker sheets

2. Print (I know, pretty obvious). I recommend Post-It printer paper (or equivalent) because it allows stickers to be easily removed by coworkers, bosses, police, etc. Similarly, using magnetic inkjet paper results in “stickers” that are perfect for refrigerators and beverage dispensers.

3. Attach onto water bottles at stores, or on shelving. Attach on counters at coffee shops. Etc…anywhere near where plastic water bottles are sold or handed out for free. And don’t get caught…bottled water is an $8 billion dollar a year business, so people who make money on this are rather fond of the scam.

4. If you have situated a sticker in a place that you think is just great, take a photograph and Tweet with the #plasticisoil tag. Or post a photograph and link back here. Or post a comment below with URL to photograph.

The above is probably futile, and potentially just a waste of sticker paper, ink, and associated printer and computer, but it seems that disposable water bottles are becoming more and more a ritual in peoples lives, and a little sticker shock might help alert a few people to how monumentally idiotic and wasteful they are. If you’d like to be better informed on the issue, please check out Inside the Bottle and Ban the Bottle.

Some colleges and universities have stopped selling/serving water bottles (article), and some stores have done the same (e.g., Mom’s). But institutions and stores won’t just volunteer to do this … they need to be nudged, and agitation via stickers or other ploy will be needed to get people’s attention (I think).

Colin Purrington Photography: cute legs with green shoes &emdash;

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Attractive alternatives to water bottles

The companion photo to my previous post. My favorite among them is the insulated Thermos behind the model’s right leg.  Ice cubes stay solid for over 24 hours.  Coffee stays lawsuit-hot for the entire morning.  Don’t try that with a water bottle.  My daughter steals it, so sometimes I hide it from her.

Reusable beverage containers

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Kicking your water bottle habit

If you read this post for 60 seconds, that’s how long it will take Americans to use 90,000 water bottles…that’s 1,500 every second, folks (source). A shameful statistic, for sure, and many people have decided to stop using them except for that stash in the basement set aside for the Apocalypse.  But individuals need to do more than just model conscientious, “green” lifestyles, they need to somehow shock or influence others — lots of others — into following their lead.  Because I have a blog and a camera (and a model!), I thought I’d make some lame attempts.  Here is the first contribution, a photograph that might be useful for others writing about kicking our collective water bottle habit.  More to come.

Kicking the plastic bottle habit

There is also great information over at Food & Water Watch.  And there’s also a book on the topic, Inside the Bottle (it’s on my Christmas list).

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