August 19' Monthly Selects

 
The World is on Fire. Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

The World is on Fire.
Image: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

This month recap is a little different

Don't matter spectacular places or journey notes, will get to that later, climate changes matters, our planet is what really matters.

If you followed the latest news, the Amazon Rainforest is set on fire. On top of that Siberia, Indonesia, Greenland, The Canary Islands, and Alaska forests are on fire too. (Source)

One of the reasons for the fires is deforestation, and that is a massive issue. Not only because it produces nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions. It's also responsible for a major loss of wildlife on earth. And lastly, it is used to generate even more carbon emissions, cattle ranching, mainly beef, and agriculture to feed that livestock, only to send that food to fast-food restaurants around the globe, EU and USA are a big portion in that deal.

Well, I think by now we know, that model doesn't work. This is our irresponsibility, and the worse of all, it seems no one cares.

Hey! Don't lose hope, don't give up.
Earth needs us, and 
these five things are hopeful. 


On top of that, every action we do, it does make the difference, going to list a few here, but hey, these are not the only ones.

  • It's important what we eat, of course, the easy to say would be to become vegan, let's start small, try to avoid fast-food meat, processed beef and chicken products. I think it's something we can all do.

  • Whenever possible choose walking, biking or public transportation over a car. And if you need a car, start a carpool.

  • Support arts, science, and other projects that raise awareness. And let's help each other educating on these issues, share with friends, talk about it.

  • Vote for those who offer solutions, sign petitions, demand actions.

  • Lastly, donate something to and NGO of your choice. (Ideas: 1% For The Planet, Rainforest Trust, Rainforest Alliance)

Don't underestimate the power of a community,
we can make a difference.
And we only have one planet, our planet.

As I said at the beginning, this month is different, let's start with


INSIGHTFUL WORDS

Another Escape: The Water Volume

This volume shares incredibly inspiring stories from people who are deeply connected to water. Whether ocean or rivers all these stories encourage me, and maybe you to think about the health of our rivers, lakes, and oceans, how to protect them, and most importantly, how to become inspired by them, be in contact with them.

Do you live in Madrid? You can borrow my copy! Simply reply to this email.


BITS OF INSPIRATION

ARTIFISHAL

This is a film for the future of wild fish around the globe, in particular about wild salmon, and how it can be extinct.
I can only be thankful for sharing the knowledge and help me to be conscious whenever I crave for sushi.

Watch these two short films to understand the issue, inspiring what these people are doing for us.


JOURNEY NOTES

WEST COAST

By reading the field notes, I now, remember how bad this weather was, I laugh reading notes and feel how frustrated I was in this coast, day after day, rain non-stop and I simply wanted to capture the raw beauty of this coast. There's always something to learn, and honestly, the weather doesn't affect my mood anymore, it's something we can fight against, so deal with it.

48H OF ARTHUR'S PASS

Arthur's Pass was nothing but an incredible place, we hadn't read much about it, nor seen it on guides, yet it had us in awe, even though we had a day where nothing could be seen, and we couldn't do much but drive around. The day after it's landscape blew my mind, most pristine areas I visited.

Chamonix Timelapse 4K

In this short film, you'll be taken to the Chamonix Valley and the beauty of the alps. Having visited this area before it was the time to capture, in a form of Timelapse, the motion of the valley.

Finally, I got more into video and I released this first timelapse, I hope you like it, as part of something different.

Amazing Places

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

Bardenas Reales, Pamplona, Spain

It's been a while since I had this place on my list, yet it was a short visit, totally worthy.

Even though couldn't do sunrise or sunset due to regulations this place deserves more time and definitely a fantastic one for abstract images from top-down. 

These images were taken while in there if you are close or passing by, do not skip it.


Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.


If there's one thing you take from this monthly recap, I hope it's how important our planet and its ecosystems are, adjusting our eating habits is very important, we need to take care of the earth as if its the only one because we have no other.

I would love to hear from you, solutions, stories, anything else, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

Please send me an email at javi@javilorbada.com
or contact me through the contact form.


 

January 19' Monthly Selects

 
Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

Sunset at Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

JANUARY 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

The first month of the year, first newsletter, exciting! 🎉

Hope you liked the last one and went through all the information there, but if you didn’t, no worries, there will be an archive.

Check it out in Monthly Selects

After Christmas, we all start to work out again, back to business and all that stuff. I did my work too, so here I go.

Journey Notes

New South Wales

Queensland

Two more stories from Australia.

First, arriving onto Sydney, a city that really captivated us, we enjoy the vibes and saw us living there for a while.

The latter, Queensland, a huge state in Australia, quite long to drive, but spectacular nonetheless, if I had to choose, Wallaman Falls were the highlight.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in some road tripping vibes to start the year!

Amazing Places

I had the chance to visit a couple of places.

 Asturias 2019, Cangas de Onis, Lagos de Covadonga, Bulnes, Picos de Europa

The first weekend in January I spent a weekend in Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias, in the north of Spain.

I knew it was going to be amazing, however, it really surpassed my expectations. The north of Spain it’s spectacular and once again I saw that.

 Avoriaz ski trip January 2019

Last weekend of the month I went to Avoriaz, France. Past year we missed the skiing trip, and this year we couldn't miss it again.

Avoriaz itself is this amazing, a little village at 1800m, with the slops straight from your apartment. I never thought we could ever stay here.

Snow conditions were superb, and have a few days in the snowed mountains with friends is priceless, isn't it?

Bits of Inspiration

My inspiration comes mostly from the natural world in we live in, whether an expedition, saving the animal kingdom or sharing ways of living more sustainable, this month I bring something that’ll make you think, and maybe drop a few tears.

Community United for Elephants

A four-minute video that shows the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya. The first-ever community-owned and run sanctuary in all of Africa, rescued orphaned elephants are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu community. They are lovingly rehabilitated and raised with the ultimate goal to reintroduce them back into the wild.

104km-40c-mongolia

“Scottish Ultra Athlete & Merrell Brand Ambassador Dr. Andrew Murray ran 11 hour, 104km in -40C in Northern Mongolia.”
Simply stunning. You can read and see the pictures in the story.

The Shadow Campaign Volume V

“It’s pretty simple, it’s dark blues, and it’s whites” - Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a photographer. Today he’s an iconic photographer in the field, and most impressive, colorblind. Truly inspiring video.


Insightful Words

Another Escape, Volumen 11

This volume by itself has been one of the most inspiring I’ve read in a while.

I’m like the cold, the snow, the rain, and, honestly, every single story in this volume got me excited.

On the other hand, this volume tackles a real problem, Climate Change, and its consequences.
We don’t see much of those, however, in the polar regions, those consequences are faster than ever,
shorter winters, unstable climate, less snow, ice melting fast.

I encourage you to read the whole volume, you can purchase it here. And personally, I highly recommend two stories:

  • Get on board, an essay to present the Zero Emissions project.
    Important to Michael is that the project reaches audiences otherwise unengaged with climate change. And hopes to empower younger generations to lead the change towards less destructive lifestyle, to do so he shares his ideas to become more conscious of the daily life decisions such as cycling instead over using the car, or reducing meat consumption.

  • Into de Backcountry.
    A journey over a frozen fjord, using technology and knowledge that’s long been integral to the Inuit way of life in Greenland with dog musher Stella Davidsen Olsen


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  • Do you like what you see?

  • Would you like something else?

  • Do you have an inspiring story to share?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear from you!

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December 18’ Monthly Selects

 
 New Zealand

DECEMBER 18’ MONTHLY RECAP

As you may know, this is something new I would like to do in the new year.

Along the way, I will be introducing new ideas and or removing some others, so any suggestion is more than welcome!

Let’s get to it, here the brief of what happened during December 18.

What did I write?

48h of Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Two stories from the beginning of the Australian trip.

Melbourne was a fantastic way to kickstart the road trip,
and the Great Ocean Road left us in awe.

Looking for ideas to travel in 2019? Check them out!

Where did I go?

I discovered about Mendi Film Festival a couple of months ago,
a Mountain Film Festival in Bilbao, North of Spain.
The past month I attended and watched a few movies.

I was totally amazed by the number of inspiring people out there going in incredible adventures, in this case in the mountains.

So if you have a chance, check them out for next year, or watch their social media for tours around Spain.

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival

If Spain isn’t an option, there a few others you can check out. EOFT, Dutch Mountain Film Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, and much more.

What have I been inspired by?

During the festival above mentioned I had the chance to watch a few movies, some of them really inspired me, so they may inspire you as well.

  • This Mountain Life, inspiring about this girl and her mother going for 6 months in the mountains of British Columbia.

  • The Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell, and Kevin Jorgeson climbed a thousand meters seemingly impossible wall.

  • Free Solo, in which Alex Honnold climbs ropeless another thousand meters wall.

What did I read?

Another Escape, Volumen 9, in particular, a couple of stories.

  • Firstly Brothers by Nature in which Ed & James Harrison combine design and conservation in their new project, Under the Skin of endangered animals.

  • Carving Landscapes, in which printmaker Kelli MacConnell shows how her relationship with nature and her work.