On Earth Day, 2020, the world looked and felt a lot different than it usually did each spring. The COVID-19 pandemic has us all quarantined, working from home, making and distributing cloth masks, and hoping to keep enough distance from the actual virus that it doesn’t come any closer to our families than the news. We aren’t all that lucky.Continue reading “Film – Planet of the Humans — and Disappointment in Green Leaders”
Xylem is one of the two types of transport tissue in vascular plants (phloem is the other). Its basic function is to transport water, but it also transports some nutrients through the plant.
If the xylem is the conduit for passing water and nutrients within plants, this and any blog are also xlyem. We are the roots drawing nutrients from the soil and our thoughts to transport them to you, the flower.
I had the good fortune to take a class with a video professor in the early nineties that influenced me deeply.
Paul Ryan taught an upper level Field Production class that went beyond the traditional scope of using video cameras and microphones properly. He introduced us to the use of Ta’i Chi to control our bodies while shooting ‘hand-held’ cameras. Professional cameras you see news photographers lugging on their shoulders are pretty heavy. This approach, lowering your center of gravity and shifting your weight consciously from leg to leg, allows one to walk with a smooth glide producing less camera shake. You get a freedom of movement that a tripod cannot emulate. Your shots gain a fluidity that you can only draw on a storyboard as a curve.
The other major focus of Ryan’s class was to bring in the concept of Earthscore to video production. He has several video examples at his site, earthscore.org.
While at the Sequatchie Vally Institute a few weeks ago, I thought of Paul while shooting this video. The camera was much smaller than the one we used back then. This video doesn’t have a lot of camera movement in it, but is full of movement. What I’m doing here is describing the water.
This is a bit of a stretch, but conceptually, the stream bed, this medium and this conversation with each other is a fluid transfer of nutrients, ideas, stories, experiences.
Florida Herbal Conference
While visiting Florida a few weeks ago, for the Florida Herbal Conference, the ladies met a few people involved in an organization called ECHO, (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) which is,
“a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, FL. ECHO exists for one major reason, to help those working internationally with the poor be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture!”
They help those who help others, in a nutshell.
We’ve helped other organizations over the years like Heifer.org, which provides livestock and education.
This year I’m personally helping a local Atlanta organization called MtotoAfrica.org with their marketing and documentation work to support education efforts in Kenya.