Monday, August 31, 2009

Maine sustainability with GLP

In Maine still hosting for Green Living Project, one sustainability
project at a time. Guyot designs making Eco friendly outdoor gear,
windmill tower going up on island off coast, dinner on Deer Island
from local fishermen and organic producing restaurant Primo in
Rockland, Maine.

Stay tuned amigos!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gurus of Composting in Maine...

We had the great fortune of meeting the four muskateers of composting at the Maine Composting School. These guys were so passionate about the science and benefits of composting for large scale industrial uses, as well as the backyard compost-ers.

We started out talking over a few large pizzas about what we wanted to shoot and convey. The space is a beautiful 100 year old farm with apples, vineyards and big ass pumpkins. There are many types of agricultural elements being studied and researched for better farm management, as well as a refined approach to effective compost practices.

We delved into manures, woodchips and shavings to learn more about the ingredients needed to create better recipes of compost.

The interesting thing was seeing all the bones of animals strewn out over the soil rows! Carcasses are composted here too and adds to the richness of the soil destined to grow better crops and organic material....

I also stuck my foot into a compost pile which was 140 degrees in the center, for an optimum environment of microbe activity... I was told if I stuck my foot in there, I would never have toe fungus again, and for those of you who have sucked my toes, that is welcome news no!!?:????

Monday, August 24, 2009

Out here......

First day shooting in Maine...

We meandered for a short while through picturesque towns and woodlands
of Northern Maine, looking for the rustic sign pointing to the dirt
road leading to the Ninth annual Burdock Gathering.

Burdock is a burning man-esque affair with hippies, back-to-landers,
and good wholesome earth lovers camping out for a week on loaned out
farm land.

We came document this community effort, which is an extension of local
sprouts cooperative in Portland, Maine.

Organic cooking and hollistic workshops are the mainstay of the week
long, event where everyone interacts and contributes. The vibe was
mellow, the hairy body parts were abundant, and the nudity was a
sometimes harsh site to see.... But the idea was admirable; people
getting together and forming a community to practice healthy cooking
with local farmed veggies and a slough of short workshops to educate
and skill build anyone participating.

We met some cool people, including a young guy named Coyote who had a
great ease about him, and had some good info about his lifestyle and
natural living.

We're shooting a series of projects for Green Living Project. I'm
hosting with two camera shooters, a writer and the founder Rob Holmes.

Some details about Maine Compost School coming next....

Some photos soon to come!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shooting tomorrow!!

I'm Freeport, Maine at the moment about to get some sleep after a full
day in transit. Met up with crew, had some cervezas and some mighty
fine Mexican food in the misty evening.

East Coast vibe going, like a swordfish boat captain heading out past
the breakers........

We begin shooting some segments tomorrow at an organic farm.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Maine Sustainability Expedition

I'm heading out this Friday to Maine, to shoot a pilot with Green Living Project. Myself, a crew and GLP founder Rob Holmes will spend a couple weeks documenting some great projects in and around the great state of Maine.

I'll be giving daily updates and photographs of our adventures, and all the cool stuff regarding sustainability and practical green ideas. We'll be camping and trekking a fair bit.

Some of the stuff we'll be covering:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fortunes of Pine...

Just in from a fall-about with my boys in the forest and rivers, California.

trout photo - k.morrissey

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blog has a new home!

Check out

Wanderlust Review has picked up my blog for their site.

Go check them out!
Great photo essays and travel stories from around the world..

Friday, August 7, 2009

Nature Lovers Must Die....!!

Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but honestly I was depressed yesterday while up in Yosemite National Park. I was up for the day guiding a trip, which makes me one of those nature lovers, and the only sights I could see were the MASSIVE crowds and the traffic back-ups thicker than the 405 in LA at 5 o'clock.

Lines, cars, hummers and fuel exhaust surrounded me like a band of ragtag Taliban forces high in the Hindu-Kush mountain range! I was consumed and could only resign myself to moving slowly with the packs of people trying to get up a trail or two.

I revolted and screamed! " c'mon lets get out of here, follow me and we'll scramble up the side of the hill to find a pristine patch of wild flowers and fresh air!!' The answer from one of my clients was 'hold on Steve, I need to wait in line for my nacho/bean salad , then I can go...'

WTF? at least get my name right buddy!

I do hope the idea of making vehicles prohibited in the park will come to fruition soon. She just cannot handle the ever increasing crowds coming to walk through her hills and meadows, whilst driving and parking in insanely with like they were on vacation or something!!

Until then, I guess I'll have to retreat further and further into the back country and make the Winter months my time for enjoying her; Yosemite.

A nature lover...

Sunday, August 2, 2009