Albatross Movie

Back in 2009 I noted a collection of photographs by Chris Jordan showing dead albatross chicks filled with plastic. Back then it was quite shocking to see these birds killed by our waste. But that was nine years ago, and only now is the issue of plastic in the environment becoming a major public issue. Plastic has been around for just over 100 years, but it is only in the last 50 that it has become widely used. It’s worth making the point that of those 50 or so years we have known about the damage plastic is doing to our environment for at least a decade. And yet we throw away more plastic now than ever.

Anyway, Jordan has been working for the past few years on a feature-length film called Albatross, which has been funded by donations, and is available for free to watch via Vimeo, or download in various formats.

Here’s the trailer:

Rotten Apples and Butterflies

Yesterday I had to go next door to finish off cutting our shared hedge, but I was distracted, as usual, by an opportunity to take pictures. I finished the hedge, but not before I had spent an hour lying down in the grass, getting wet and risking being stung by wasps, photographing these butterflies. They let me go very close, but I suspect they were probably a bit drunk. As far as I can work out, the butterflies here are the Red Admiral, the Comma, and the Speckled Wood, but I’m no better on butterflies than varieties of apple.