All images © 2017 Jason Heritage Photography
logo

Category : In the News

03 Aug 2017

Heat, smoke and Blue Angels!

This week is a bit of a weird one.

We’ve got unusually intense heat here in Seattle and given that 75% of the Puget Sound population doesn’t have air conditioners (including us), it’s proving to be quite interesting.

Even Canada is having issues with the heat. They’ve got seriously huge forest fires sending smoke hundreds of miles down the coast. Seattle seems to be bathing in it. One awesome bi-product of the smoke is amazing sunrises and sunsets.

This morning I got a few shots of the sun trying to peer through the smoke.

And another interesting thing this week is Seafair. Every year Seattle brings in the Blue Angels to show off their stuff. Today, I was brought to an invite only helipad Blue Angels party. We got to watch as the F-18’s practiced flying over and sometimes through the city.

Good times! (more…)

02 Nov 2016

Help From Above: Aerial Photography For Science

Outdoor Photographer | Christopher Boyer | October 24, 2016

Aerial photography makes it possible to collect data for conservation research that would be difficult, if not impossible, to get on foot or by other means

It’s still dark when I climb into Red Plane, Four-Six-Bravo. As it is with my cameras, vision is not necessary to operate the buttons, dials and switches—muscle memory guides me through the startup sequence: magnetos, mixture, throttle, master, prop, starter button. The engine catches after the third revolution, oil pressure climbs into the green, and moments later I’m ascending southbound over Montana’s Gallatin Valley, a faint glow on the eastern horizon.

My GPS displays a tortuous path through some of the highest, most remote and most beautiful terrain in Montana and northern Wyoming, where I will locate and photograph 145 high-elevation ice patches scattered through the Teton, Gros Ventre, Hoback and Wind River mountain ranges.

31 Oct 2016

International Community Creates Massive Marine Reserve

Adventure Journal | Brian Khan | October 31, 2016

24 countries agree to preserve 600,000 square miles of Antarctic waters.

The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. On Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean — roughly twice the size of Texas — off the coast of Antarctica as a marine protected area.

It’s taken years of negotiations to get to this point, but the end result is the largest marine protected area ever created. More than two-thirds of the ocean set aside was designated a marine reserve, closing it to fishing and making it a particularly safe space for marine life to weather the pressures of climate change and overfishing. It’s a technique that’s had success in other parts of the world and in addition, scientists will also be able to use the Ross Sea as a baseline in the coming years to assess the impacts of climate change on the marine food web.