Five things from the Internet that I’m a fan of on this Friday:
- National Geographic’s beautiful feature story about New Zealand’s Whanganui River – the first river in the world to be granted the legal rights of a person. This follows a similar designation for NZ’s former national park Te Urewera, which I was lucky enough to visit in 2015 during a stoat-trapping trip. While the United States still leads the way in many ways on public lands, this is one idea we could (but likely never will) adopt.
- Sticking with the subject of New Zealand, I inordinately enjoyed Max Olsen’s account of his attempts to board an airplane with a camping stove. Wilderness is New Zealand’s premier (and only) hiking magazine, and I often find their content refreshingly unfiltered compared to US publications.
- This amazing collection of photographs from the International Space Station in Colossal – available as a book too!
- While doing some research about the effects of Instagram on our behavior in nature, I was reminded of that time someone illegally landed their helicopter in a state park to take some pictures of poppy fields. While this behavior is revolting, on some level it does fill me with a sick sense of satisfaction that it actually happened. I mean, seriously??
- As California faces down yet another vicious fire season (and by the way folks, while August is fire season for most of the West, it’s actually about a month or a month and a half early for California…) its a great time to plug PBS’s The Big Burn. If you can only watch one documentary about wildland fire, make it this one.