DC -- Natl Museum of Natural History -- Exhibit: Turtle Ocean:
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Description of Pictures: Turtle Ocean
June 8, 2016 – Closing TBD
An art installation by Angela Haseltine Pozzi of the Washed Ashore Project composed entirely of marine debris, Turtle Ocean depicts an entangled Hawksbill turtle swimming in an environment of water bottle sea jellies and beached flip flop anemones along with marine debris seaweed and coral made of old buoys, crates and buckets. Hawksbill sea turtles face many threats, including mistakenly ingesting marine trash for food. All six species of sea turtles found in U.S. waters are threatened or endangered. Included in this display is a partially bleached coral reef depicted with faded plastics and polystyrene foam to raise awareness about the plight of coral reefs worldwide.
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Entangled in a fishing net, Maury the hawksbill turtle swims toward a bleached coral reef in search of a tasty meal. To Maury's dismay the tempting jellyfish and sea sponges are deadly plastic bags and polystyrene foam.
Every piece of plastic in this display, once discarded, ended up on an ocean beach. Plastics don't just go away. They fill our watersheds and wash out to the ocean, where they break down into pieces often ingested by marine animals.
Plastic pollution is a global problem. You can make a difference by creating less waste, purchasing renewable and biodegradable products, and making sure your trash ends up in the trash.
Art to Save the Sea
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2016 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Seven relatively short trips this year:
two Civil War Trust conference (Gettysburg, PA and West Point, NY, with a side-trip to New York City),
my 11th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Utah, Nevada, and California),
a quick trip to Michigan for Uncle Wayne's funeral,
two additional trips to New York City, and
a Civil Rights site trip to Alabama during the November elections. Being in places where people died to preserve the rights of minority voters made the Trumputin election even more depressing.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 610,000.