Venice Minus the Water.

venice-low-tide-62For the second year in a row, low tides in Venice have sunk to such record levels that it has left the city almost entirely without water.
Visitors who came to the city expecting to ride gondolas through the city’s famous blue-green canals have found their plans foiled, as without water many of the city’s primary transport have been left grounded on the canals’ muddy beds.
The exceptionally low water levels have been caused by abnormal tides this year, combined with drastically reduced rainfall across northeastern Italy. Although low tides are common around this time of the year, this year the water levels have gone down some 70 cm below average.
The phenomenon is surprising given that Venice is slowly sinking and floods are a more common feature of the city today than low tides.
The low water levels have exposed the city’s filth. Years of poor maintenance on the city’s waterways is showing through the buildup of large banks of mud and silt around the canals’ edges, drastically reducing the canals’ depth and increasing the likelihood of propellers snagging on floating junk.
The lower than normal water levels have also exposed the crumbling brickwork at the base of historic buildings.Venetian authorities have always shown a lackadaisical attitude when it came to canal maintenance.

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Dredging of the canals first started in recent times in the late 1990s, after almost half-a-century of neglect.
The city also lacks a modern sewage system.
Historically, all waste produced by humans have been dumped into the canals although larger buildings are required to carry some kind of sewage treatment before dumping the filthy stuff into the canals.
Some palazzos have their own septic tanks but there is always a certain amount of leakage, lending Venice its characteristic and at times overpowering stench.
Read on via Venice Minus Water | Amusing Planet

Pine Trees in Wolcheon, South Korea.

Kenna’s 2007 photo of a group of pine trees in Wolcheon, South Korea was used in an environmental campaign, leading to the protection of the trees (Credit: Michael Kenna)
Some landscape photographers now keep their locations secret.
Many, like Kenna, also donate prints and help raise funds for conservation projects, disaster relief and other charities.
Landscape photos not only capture the beauty of the natural world, but can also help protect it.
Kenna cites one example where his photo of a group of pine trees in Wolcheon, South Korea was used, without his knowledge, by environmental groups to successfully campaign for an industrial development to be built in a different location.
“The trees remain where they are, protected and now quite famous.”
Source: BBC – Culture – The photos that change lives

Beached Boat on Lake Urmia is an image of Environmental disaster.

The Iranian photographer Saeed Mohammadzadeh has been named Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year.
His haunting image of a beached boat on the solidified salty remains of Urmia Lake, illustrates how climate change, water mismanagement and drought have decimated the landscape.
This stunning image shows a ship sitting in salt in the Urmia Lake in Iran.
Climate change is intensifying the droughts that speed up evaporation in the country.
The lake is also suffering from illegal wells and a proliferation of dams and irrigation projects, causing it to shrink.
Noxious, salt-tinged dust storms inflame the eyes, skin, and lungs of residents in surrounding areas.
The drying up of the river is also destroying local habitats.
With extreme salinity levels of 340g per litre, the lake is more than eight times saltier than ocean water
Image Credit: Photograph by Saeed Mohammadzadeh/Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018
Source: Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018 winners – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

The Dragon’s Blood Trees of Socotra Island.

Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island.
Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon’s Blood is the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen.
Image Credit: Photograph by Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters
Source: A Walk in the Woods: A Photo Appreciation of Trees – The Atlantic

‘The Watchman’ by Douglas Croft

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Watchman” by Douglas Croft. Location: Zion National Park, Utah.
“It looked as though sunset was going to be washed out by clouds, but then the sun sank below the overcast and still above the horizon,” says Croft.
“The face of The Watchman was lit for a few short minutes, and we were certainly glad we stuck around for it!”
Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests.
Source: Photo Of The Day By Douglas Croft – Outdoor Photographer