[Vision2020] Fw: Sunday Stills: What Does Nothing Look Like?

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 Sunday Stills
Sunday, February 22, 2015

 What Does Nothing Look Like?
 The longest night of his life, photographer Murray Fredericks says, was spent on an ice cap in Greenland in March 2010. He had been dropped off by helicopter about ten days earlier to begin work on his Greenland Ice Project. After braving the minus 50 degree windchill alone, he got a call on his satellite phone. An expedition team passing within a couple of miles were being followed by two polar bears, who had since changed direction and were heading his way. “I got a call saying, ‘Get your gun ready, and don’t fall asleep,’” he remembers. And then a blizzard blew up, threatening to collapse his tent and clogging his gun with snow.

 Picturing Love: The Stories Behind 8 Indelible Images
 “Years ago on assignment for National Geographic magazine,” writes photographer Gerd Ludwig, “I traveled eastward on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, traversing the Ural Mountains. It was a time when U.S.-Russian relations were improving and Westerners were welcomed with open arms. The passengers on the train had been informed about my mission to photograph on the train and had been asked for their support. After a couple of days most passengers, many of them long-distance travelers like me, were quite used to the sight of me with my cameras. A couple that occupied the compartment next to me had always given me warm smiles, but we had not found a chance to talk. One day, on my way back to my compartment, through the closed compartment door, I could see them engaged in a lovely conversation. I assumed they possibly were newlyweds in love. I signaled them to please not move. For a short
while, I became the proverbial fly on the wall, silently witnessing tender, flirty moments unfold in front of my camera. When I quietly left, they barely took notice. A day later the young man was gone, and an elderly couple occupied the compartment with the young lady. Only then did I learn that the couple I had photographed had just met on the train. I did not ask more … I wanted to believe in the fleeting moments of love I had seen through my camera. But was my impression real? I will never know.”

 Our Lonely Sun Is a Universal Exception
 Astronomers have gotten their first good look at the beginnings of a quadruple-star system.

The discovery could lead to a better understanding of why some stars, such as our sun, are loners, while many others are born into systems with two, three, or more stars.

 Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms

 The ability to make light—bioluminescence—is both commonplace and magical. Magical because of its glimmering, captivating beauty. Commonplace because many life-forms can do it. On land the most familiar examples are fireflies, flashing to attract mates on a warm summer night. But there are other luminous landlubbers, including glowworms, a snail, some millipedes. The array of such species was the subject of a recent National Geographic feature story.

Among the more curious examples of this dazzling phenomenon are the more than 90 species of glow-in-the-dark fungi, including Brazilian “coconut flower” mushrooms. The light may lure insects that spread mushroom spores. But ecologists aren’t sure.

“Right now, we’re not sure why the fungi bioluminesce. That’s what we’re trying to do right now, is figure out why,” says Hans Waldenmaier, a Ph.D. student at the University of São Paulo.

“Fungi are at this special moment right now where the research is really beginning to progress, and we’re likely to figure out the mechanism within the next few years.”

 No Longer Neutral Observers
 Growing up in a large, Italian-American family in Connecticut, Lynsey Addario had no idea that her job would one day take her to some of the most dangerous places in the world. But a trip to Argentina in her 20s opened her eyes to the wider world and made her curious to see more. As a photojournalist, she went on to cover war zones from Iraq to Syria to Afghanistan for numerous publications, including National Geographic, where she is one of our Women of Vision.

“In my 20s and early 30s, I felt invincible,” Addario says. “I hadn’t lost friends. I hadn’t been kidnapped twice. Motherhood has made me realize that I need to stay alive. I have this tiny little person who’s depending on me. I’m more cautious. I don’t go right to the front line. I cover the same places and the same stories, but I try and stay back a little bit. But am I giving up the work? No! Will I give up the work? No!”

 We’re All Just Dreamers
 “We all have things that we want to do, but more often than not, life gets in the way,” writes Your Shot director Monica Corcoran, who edited the community’s latest assignment, entitled Someday. “What do you daydream about doing eventually? Maybe you want to make the leap to owning your own business or spending more time with your family. Perhaps you go to the beach every year for vacation, but you dream about moving there permanently.”

In the photo above Your Shot contributor Donato DiCamillo captures his desire to one day have a family. “The body language [says] it all,” he writes. “One small towel is all they need as the father keeps his son nestled with such a closeness. Someday I wish to have a son of my own.”


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