Hunter/Gatherer documents just a few of the myriad ways people pursue wild food, from pheasant and deer to wild herbs, fruits, and mushrooms. Check back here for samples of more profiles as they are uploaded with each season.
In the top frame: making nutritious acorn flour from my land's red oak crop with Carly Leusner of Acorn Kitchen in Cummington, MA. As shown here, dried acorns are milled, shelled, winnowed, soaked, and then ground up in a food processor before being used like flour in a variety of dishes.
A photo essay from Great Gull Island research station that appeared in Sierra magazine ~ this tiny isle in the Atlantic Ocean is home to the world's largest breeding colony of two species of endangered seabirds, and the effort to study the birds here is also the most comprehensive in the world.
Each week in the spring and summer, volunteers arrive on a fishing boat from a village on the East Coast, to stand among 10,000+ pairs of jeering, dive-bombing terns. All day and night the birds carry on as they seek mates and defend nests, an incredible, rambunctious garden of sorts.
The volunteers help the researchers count eggs and chicks, band birds, and keep this epic research project going.
The Biodiversity Hunters
A biodiversity crisis is looming in Sweden's forests due to intensive cutting. In recent years, loggers have moved into the oldest forests of all, which harbor a growing list of threatened and endangered species, over 2,100 at last count.
To keep the most important areas safe from the saw, a corps of activists has trained itself to identify rare species, especially fungi and lichens, that frequent the high conservation value areas. Proof of their tiny presence (requiring the constant use of magnifying lenses) can be used to protect special tracts, and advocates have publicized the results in order to spark a wider societal debate on the wisdom of over-cutting in this, the nation's most treasured resource.
Read the companion investigative report on unsustainable logging in Sweden here and watch a video of logging watchdogs showing some logging operations here.
Gallery SHOW OF IMages from magazine assignment
Heritage Homecoming: Heifer Project international in Poland
January 16 - February 28, 2015 in the Berkshires
Limited edition black and white and color images from a magazine assignment in Poland that documented the heritage breeds of livestock that Heifer Project International worked to save from extinction and the small-scale farmers to which the animals gave new strength and hope. For more background, view this cover story ("A Proud Heritage") here.
Opening Reception: January 24
Gallery Talk & Slide Show: February 5
Galerie Giroux at Griffin
179 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230