“In Wildness is the preservation of the world” H.D.Thoreau
The scenic quality of the Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is outstanding due to the interaction of mountainous landforms; multi-colored rock strata; diverse vegetation; and vast, open vistas. Handies Peak itself rises 14048 feet over the area and is the highest point of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside of Alaska. This WSA also hosts 12 other peaks that rise over 13,000 feet, three major canyons, numerous small drainages, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. The geomorphology shows a variety of volcanic, glacial and Precambrian formations. A rock glacier formation is also located at the head of American Basin.
Vegetation consists mainly of mixed sprice, fir, aspen, alpine grasses, sedges, and forbs. Fauna includes elk, deer, black bear, various small mammals, bighorn sheep, and very rarely, mountain goats.
Recreation activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing, and photography. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Hints to Young Yacht Skippers is the name of the book and “don’t go in the water” is hint #1.
The shark pictured (obviously showing off) is a Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, which you can find in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Shark Week Collection, or their Flickr set, Sharks!
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Per quanto l’essere umano cerchi di reprimerla ed educarla, la natura selvaggia che alberga in ogni forma di vita resta un bisogno primordiale di tutti, oltre ad essere divenuta una vera esigenza spirituale da preservare da usi ed abusi di cupidigia e razionalità dell’uomo. A cinquanta anni dall’approvazione del Wilderness Act (3 settembre 1964), la prima legge mondiale e per certi versi anche l’unica, a riconoscere, definire e tutelare con rigore le ultime aree selvagge della terra, continua ad estendere il suo raggio di azione per garantire la biodiversità di flora e fauna negli stati più ‘originari’ possibili, ma la strada per giungere ad un livello di armonia ideale è ancora lunga.
Per celebrare i 50 anni del “Wilderness Act”, lo Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History ha organizzato a Washington la mostra fotografica “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places” dove sono esposte molte spettacolari fotografie che mostrano la bellezza dei paesaggi e della fauna americana. Le 50 immagini sono state selezionate da una giuria tra le oltre 5mila inviate da fotografi professionisti e amatoriali che hanno aderito al progetto. In 50 anni il “WIlderness Act” ha permesso di identificare e definire 758 diversi posti in giro per gli Stati Uniti con particolari tutele per la bellezza del loro paesaggio, o per le specie viventi che li popolano. Nel complesso si tratta di circa 440mila chilometri quadrati in 44 stati.
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Sam Shepard in “Don’t come knocking” directed by Wim Wenders, 2005
Sam Shepard worked at an early age in a jazz club where performed such figures as Nina Simone and Woody Allen and he first caught the attention by writing avant-garde plays and played music in rock bands. He starred in the classic Zabriskie Point, in 1970 and created The Tooth of the Crime, in 1972, while leading a memorable relationship with Patti Smith (although he was married). He continued his love affair with music and joined Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and he continued producing challenging works such as Angel City, in 1976 and Buried Child, in 1978. From the 1980s, Sam Shepard landed more and more roles in such films as Frances, in 1982 on the set of which he met his future partner, Jessica Lange and Fool for Love, in 1985 while he scripted Wim Wenders’ Paris Texas, in 1984. In the 2000s, he left his experimental theatrical work aside for more cinematic features and starred in such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, in 2007, Mud, in 2012 and August: Osage County, in 2013. With an exhaustive existentialist body of work, Sam Shepard imagined fantastic stories with inventive language and edgy music – a concept he perfectly mingled with commercial popularity.