Not even close to Edward Burtynsky, I know. But that was who we thought of when we saw this power station cut. It made me glad that I’ve had the opportunity to see (and live in) places that have large expanses of real wilderness with actual wild animals. I love cities, don’t get me wrong. But these places in America that are free from industrial smoke stacks, giant superstores surrounded by asphalt blankets, and sprawling fractal subdivisions are becoming more and more rare.
Science fact: blood/watermelon/red snow is caused by Chlamydomonas nivalis, a cryophilic species of algae that becomes concentrated in the melt pockets of summer alpine snow near coastal Alaska. Most people try to avoid it when melting snow for drinking water. The algae itself isn’t toxic, but there are often other bacteria eating Chlamydomonas nivalis that aren’t particularly friendly for humans.
These brave dudes stood on that rock and debated for about 10 minutes. But with their girlfriends watching (one holding a gopro) and their dog jumping in and out of the water every 10 seconds, there was no going back. Much cursing followed their entry.