Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
On Sunday, April 25, I headed out with two climbers, students at MIT, to Crow Hill Ledges, a popular climbing and hiking destination in DCR’s Leominster State Forest.
I have been rock climbing off and on in gyms in Boston and in Sydney, Australia, for a couple of years now. However, climbing outside is a relatively new experience for me. Climbing has mostly been about facing my fear of heights. Trusting that a few straps of nylon, some sticky shoes, and that my belay partner can keep me safe from falling dangerously is a big step for me, and for most anyone that climbs. It is no wonder that I hear from veteran climbers joking about how finding a solid climbing partner is often more stressful, and more difficult, than finding a significant other!
Climbing partners Zenith Zhang, age 29, and Ross McKinney, age 23, seem to get along famously—trusting each other with their lives each time they attempt to send, or complete, a route. This post is largely a photo story on both climbers, with detailed captions to accompany each photograph.
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!