Monday, November 30, 2015

Weird Modelling Photos from the 1960s (21 pics)

The 2,300 Years Old ‘Tunnel Tree’ (24 Pics)

A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881, enlarging an existing fire scar. Two men, the Scribner brothers, were paid $75 for the job (equivalent to $1,839 in 2015). The tree had a slight lean, which increased when the tunnel was completed. Created by the Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Company as a tourist attraction, this human-made tunnel became immensely popular. Visitors were often photographed driving through or standing in the tunnel.

Construction of the Wawona Tree was part of an effort by the Park Service to increase tourism in the age of the automobile. Stephen Mather, the first Director of the National Park Service, was a main supporter of building a tourist clientele for the parks, which would in turn attract increasing appropriations from Congress and establish the Park Service as a legitimate and noteworthy bureaucratic agency. Mather and his chief aid, Horace Albright, who would also be his successor, worked to make the parks as accessible as possible and, with drive-through attractions such as the Tunnel Tree, as memorable as possible.

Mather and Albright had already worked on the “See America First” campaign, trying to connect with western railroads to increase visitation to the parks. In the 1920s, the Park Service actively promoted automobile tourism. Roads and roadside attractions bloomed on the sites of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. Roads, they believed, would also increase accessibility for “those who are not as strong and agile as you and I, for they too are entitled to their inspiration and enjoyment,” as Albright stated in a 1931 letter about roads in the Smokies. Around this time, the term ‘scenic drive’ became introduced into the national vocabulary. The Wawona Tree may also have served as the inspiration for the 1946 children’s book, Big Tree, by Mary and Conrad Buff.

The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under a heavy load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old. When the giant tree fell, there was much debate over what to do with it. It has remained where it fell primarily for ecological reasons, but still serves as a popular tourist destination. Because of their size, giant sequoias can create vast new ecosystems when they fall, providing habitat for insects and animals and allowing new plant growth. It is now known as the Fallen Tunnel Tree.

The below photo collection shows the Wawona Tree tunnel since the beginning to its very end.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Find Out Why These Creepy Sculptures Have Appeared On A Beach In Alaska (4 pics)

On Point Woronzof, near Anchorage created by artist Sarah Davies. The sculptures are supposed to represent her battle with mental illness and help raise awareness so that others can get the help they need.

Aerial Photos of World's Largest Greenhouse Farm by Bernhard Lang

According to Bernhard, in his latest series he captures Mar del plástico, a greenhouse farm at the region of Almeria (Andalusia, Southern Spain). The patterns in the landscape are thousands of greenhouses and plastic foils used for cultivation of fruits and vegetables.

“It’s the biggest zone worldwide for cultivation underneath plastic foils (about 350 km²). Each year millions of tons of fruits and vegetables are exported. More than the half of the harvest goes to Germany and other western european countries. Photographed in November 2014.”, explains Bernhard Land.


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