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.


 

April 19' Monthly Selects

 
Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

APRIL 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

Another month another newsletter, a special one!

Finally! Fine Art Prints online shop is live! Every print has been carefully selected from all around the globe.

But what's most important is that, for every purchase, you not only support my work, you will donate 6% of the print total value to an NGO on the quest to save our planet! That's amazing!

If interested to purchase any of the available, use “LAUNCH” code for 20% off your first entire order.

Did you miss previous month newsletter? Does sound interesting? Well, you can read all about that here March Selects

Let's dive into April's stories!

Journey Notes

Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo we spent about 24h long, it was intense, yet we brought amazing memories from that place in New Zealand.

Terrific night skies, mind-blowing sunrise and fantastic area to roam around. Sure 24h isn't long enough, but we made the best out of it and this story is all about that!

Amazing Places

Spring is here, well not really in Spain, but we thought it was the time to get abroad, usually, we like to get somewhere during this time of the year, its shoulder season, not too crowded, cheaper fares and weather normally respect us.

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Destination: São Miguel, The Azores.

It had been on my list for a while now, glad we made it there. The island is truly a pearl, its natural gems, evergreen forests and rugged coastlines make it look like a paradise for nature lovers. I can't wait to share more of the images the coming days over Instagram.

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Bits of inspiration.

This month the great documentary of Our Planet was released on Netflix, haven't had the time to watch yet but it looks promising!

I could watch his speech over and over, listening to Sir David Attenborough it always inspiring, however, this time he is so touching.

To mention a few quotes:

“right now we are in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction”

“96 % of the mass of mammals on earth our planet today are us and livestock we domesticated only 4% is everything else”

And one more:

“Nature once determined how we survive, now we determine how nature survives.”

I really hope we simply watch him and think twice about our actions, we are here to learn and it’s in our hands to get our planet back on track.

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, and that has been quite inspiring, not only the ascent but to actually see how these expeditions get prepared.

They filmed themselves while climbing, but what I found most interesting was the short movies about how to prepare the route, how to get fit, how to pick up a partner and how to get back home safe.

Both videos and reading material are amazing, simply check it out.

Insightful Words

Its the first volume I read from Wilderness Magazine, and I'm impressed, it's been truly inspiring as a whole, but if I had to pick one essay, it would be this one "Adventure is Ruined".

The essay speaks about the Adventure true meaning as of today, and there were a few sentences that really called my attention and maybe it gives you a bit of insight and gets to read the story.

German sociologist Erich Fromm put it like this: "We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent -- people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save"

Chris Wiersma defines "authentic adventure" as activities involving some small measure of high managed thrills with little or no real risk.

Great read sharing 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In the western world we pretty much consider these goals for granted, we have access to clean water, energy, quality education, and very decent health care systems, if not the best health systems in the world. Those though aren’t as granted for everyone, unfortunately, there are many people who don’t have access to that, or they live in poverty.

Reading through this post it really inspired me to do more, we have the resources to make the change and it seems we don’t do enough. Hope inspires you as well and makes you feel privileged for having all the above easily accessible.


One More Thing

For the coming month, May, on the 30th, Thursday, I'll be sharing my first ever photography exhibition, and I can't be more excited about that! 🎊

It will be in Madrid, at Sala Siroco from 21:00h to 01:00h I wish all of you could attend and enjoy some time with you, so for those who can come here all the details.


Sigh! That was all about April! Wish you the best for the coming month full of surprises and joy!


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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


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March 19' Monthly Selects

 
Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

MARCH 19’ MONTHLY SELECTS

What a month, busy in the making for the prints online shop,

Creating a business and preparing spring trips! How was your month?

Did you subscribe after in March?
Didn’t have a chance to read the previous month newsletter?
No worries, head over February Selects and check it out.

Journey Notes

48H of Banks Peninsula

Mt Sunday

I’m truly behind sharing these stories and somehow I love it. Going through all those images reminds me so much of the trip aroundNew Zealand, and even though in the northern hemisphere we are entering spring, these two stories will transport you back to Autumn and Winter.Landing in New Zealand couldn’t have started better, just at sunset over the Southern Alps, majestic mountains in the south island. Got me excited already before stepping in the country!

The other destination turned out to be, one of the highlights, if not "The Highlight" of New Zealand. Mt Sunday aka Edoras, or Rohan from the Lord of the Rings, what a site!

Amazing Places

Once again traveling back and forward between hometown and Madrid, preparing all the formalities for business creating, left not much time for pleasure, although sometimes a weekend is just enough.

 Denia, Alicante, Spain.

A new area on the coast of Spain I hadn't visited before. Cap the San Antoni, a wonderful marine reserve in which to see the city of Javea (in the picture), Ibiza island and impressive cliffs to the Mediterranean Sea.

Bits of inspiration.

Personally, winter is a season I really appreciate, different to many I enjoy the cold crisp air in the morning and don’t mind having to wear a few extra layers. This winter though has been rather short, and there’s no other way that seeing others to be inspired and get that feeling.

This family had been in expeditions before, from Alaska to Japan they had skied all.In this story, they explore and reconnect an area in their home country in the North of Sweden.

Their story is also to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the planet we all live in.

”Statistics over the last 20 years show a one metre per year decrease of the south peak, due to snow melt”

During January, Gilly McArthur undertook a challenge to swim in the local Cumbrian lakes and tarns every day to raise money and awareness for the health charity, Mind.Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?The answer is simply inspiring.

Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?

The answer is simply inspiring.

These two stories brought a bit of winter cold and now I’m ready to face spring! Hope you too!

Insightful Words

The Gap by Ira Glass

These words aren’t on a magazine or a newspaper, Daniel Sax created this video for himself and anybody in doubt with her creative career or willing to try something else, something different and always seeking improvement. Probably the most inspiring words this month.

Sidetracked, Volumen 14

This volume got me excited, its main theme, “taking risks and taking care“.

Remarkable written stories.

The Call, by Jillian A. Brown

What she learned on that trip might impact her for the rest of her life. Can’t recommend enough this story if you can purchase the volume.

The Shining Wall, by Jeremiah Watt

”I’m fully honored to have been inspired by his humility, insight, and ambition. His was a light extinguished too soon. I hope the ice is fat, the mountains tall, and the days long wherever your spirit resides.”

This volume had me thinking about these words I thought it may you think as well.”Earth is a place we camp through with skill and care, leaving little trace, and picking up treasured memories during our time limited stay.”


Hoping you enjoyed those bits above. That’s a wrap! Wishing you all the best for April, make it count! 🤘


Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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


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