Infrared Satellite Image

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I have decided to use orbiting space satellites to track important events on this planet and others in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sputnick. The space age roared to life on on a Friday in October 1957 when Russia’s Old Number Seven rocket launched a thermometer, a silver-zinc battery and a radio transmitter in a 23-in. polished aluminum ball from the surface of Earth to a place so high above the atmosphere it couldn’t come all the way down again. The 184-lb. ball was mankind’s first artificial Earth satellite. For three weeks, as it twirled around the wold every 96 minutes in a globe-girdling orbit 588 miles above our heads, Sputnick beep-beeped its visionary message of the future Since the dawn of the space age, all kinds of satellites all kinds of satellites are used today for weather, observation, navigation and communication. The work of satellites orbiting hundreds or thousands of miles above our planet is directed by human operators in ground control stations located around the globe. These satellites have critical importance in preserving wildlife. ‘Vodka’ is an endangered Siberian Crane tracked by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which use satellites orbiting over Earth to monitor migration routes of endangered species. A wildlife-tracking satellite looking down on a wide area of the globe from its high vantage point is a useful tool for biologists, naturalists and conservationists working with animals, birds and fish in their natural environments. Data collected through satellite tracking helps us understand and protect the endangered and threatened species of the world.
Scientists have attached tiny transmitters to wild animals for years, tracking their radio signals with receivers nearby on the ground. Now they track wildlife ranging over much wider areas with receivers high above the ground.
A receiver in an orbiting space satellite can hear a transmitter attached to an animal. Even if the animal is out of sight over the horizon from a tracker on the ground, a satellite high in space still can hear the transmitter and repeat its signal. This is an example of how technology is used for a very constructive and life saving purpose improving our chances to save our damaged eco-system. In this abstract landscape from bark, a material I often use in my painterly abstracts. my intention is to use nature’s materials so I can paint with my camera. The more you look in this colorful and textured landscape, the more you will see. I am always interested in what you project into the myriad of images in my photographs. The image, narrative and the title combine to create the artistic package. I give credit to Helen Bascam for her creative projection of an infrared satellite image that inspired me to write this narrative that gives us all hope that technology serves a critical purpose in saving, not destroying our precious wildlife and hopefully restoring harmony to our damaged planet in the future. I also want to thank the brilliant Mark Peterson who has given his passionate support and dedication to the animals on this planet and supported Helen’s perception
of the infrafed Satellite image. I hope others will contribute their projections to inspire me to write my narratives, especially given my concern about our environment and the fate of our precious wildlife who help us to maintain the critical ecological balance that is essential for all survival of all life on
Planet Earth. I wrote a narrative on redbubble after watching Al Gore’s passionate documentary, An Inconvenient Truth to underscore the urgency
that we must unite in global harmony to save our damaged planet due to issues that relate to global warming and the crisis that faces the endangered species who are fighting for survival. I donate to several wildlife charities that are legitimate organizations that work hard to preserve our natural resources. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust represent a couple of the most widely recognized wildlife charities within the United States of America. The money that is granted to this organization is used in a variety of different and legitimate manners. This defender of wildlife works to preserve not only certain species of wildlife and fish, but the land and natural habitats of these animals. Rather than limit themselves to a single species or type of fish and wildlife, the Human Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust understands that by saving certain habitats from destruction, they can actually work to save hundreds or thousands of different fish and wildlife species from becoming homeless and otherwise harmed by the advancement of mankind through their habitats.

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