Category Archives: Celebrate

Icebergs Floating By – East Greenland / The Last Iceberg Series III; By Camille Seaman

© The Last Iceberg Series III. Icebergs Floating By – East Greenland, August 23, 2006.

By © Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and has since taken master workshops with Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, and Paul Fusco.

Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian Geo, German GEO, TIME, The New York Times Sunday magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men’s Journal, Seed, Camera Arts, Issues, PDN, and American Photo among many others, She frequently leads photographic and self-publishing workshops.

Her photographs have received many awards including: a National Geographic Award, 2006; and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, 2007. In 2008 she was honored with a one-person exhibition, “The Last Iceberg” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.

America’s Happiest Seaside Towns

La Jolla Cove, California. Photo source: ©© A.Magil


For the second year in a row, Coastal Living magazine has published its finalists for the 10 happiest seaside towns.

The finalists were chosen based on a number of criteria, including their ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the number of sunny days, healthiness of its beaches, and commute times and walkability, among others. Any town that was on the 2012 list was not eligible for the 2013 list…

Read Full Article, The Huffington Post

Coastal Care 2012: In Numbers and Achievements

Photograph: SAF – Coastal Care

Coastal Care 2012: In Numbers and Achievements

  • 1,064 Articles In Just Washed In
  • 23 Scientific Articles & Dossiers
  • 10 Books & Reviews
  • 11 New Picture of the Month
  • 16 New Photographers
  • 11 New Beach of the Month

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to our immensely talented and highly inspiring contributors of 2012.
—Santa Aguila Foundation

  • Johnny Abegg
  • Renate Aller
  • Dorothea V. Ames
  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Hubert Cecil
  • Tonya Clayton
  • Andy Coburn
  • James Andrew Graham Cooper
  • Stephen J. Culver
  • Cecelia Dailey
  • Allison Davies
  • Tim Davis
  • Denis Delestrac
  • Isabelle Duflo
  • Mary Edna Fraser
  • John R. Gillis
  • Adam Griffith
  • James Marcus Haney
  • Mark Edward Harris
  • Miles O. Hayes
  • Nakisa Herrick
  • Brian Hodges
  • Carl H. Hobbs
  • Naomi Itami
  • Chester W. Jackson Jr.
  • Andrew Jalbert
  • Eddie Jarvis
  • Joseph T. Kelley
  • Mat Kubota
  • Liz Lantz
  • Pablo A.Llerandi-Román
  • Mark Magidson
  • David J. Mallison
  • Marc Martinez Sarrado
  • Earle F. McBride
  • Katie McDowell Peek
  • Goffinet McLaren
  • William J. Neal
  • Patagonia Inc.
  • Kiran Pereira
  • M. Dane Picard
  • Orrin H. Pilkey
  • Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS)/WCU
  • Stanley R. Riggs
  • Scott Soens
  • Robert Young

  • Earth Magazine
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • Duke University Press
  • Pandion Books
  • Strawberry Hill Press Publishing
  • University Of Chicago Press

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

In pictures: Humpbacks Feed Close To Shore, Norway

40 tons of flying humpback defying gravity.
40 tons of flying humpback defying gravity. Captions and Photo source: NOAA Photo Library


Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end.

Humpback whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. —National Geographic

WATCH: A BBC Photo Gallery

The Human Shore: Seacoasts In History

The Human Shore:

Seacoasts In History

A book by John R. Gillis

Published by The University of Chicago Press

“It is a pleasure to see the culture and science of our shores dovetailed into a history of such authority and grace. This will be required reading.” —John Stilgoe, Harvard University

After a long period of moving inland, humans are now rushing back to coasts, with 54 per cent of all Americans now living within fifty miles of an ocean. Yet according to a new book, the latest generation of coastal dwellers are ill equipped to deal with coastal environments, for they are ignorant of the shore’s natural and human history. They live on the shore but do not know how to live with it.

In his new book, The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History published by University of Chicago Press, November 2012, historian John R. Gillis explores the deep history of seacoasts, the original home of humankind.

Beginning with the moment that Africans came down to the shore, he follows the coastal migrations which ultimately populated the entire globe. Gillis shows how we have shaped coasts, and how they have shaped us.

“Coastlines are not found in nature,” he writes, “They are the product of human initiative, first imagined, then discovered, named, and, ultimately, surveyed and settled. As a historian, my task is to tell the story not of a physical object but of a cultural process, one by which our modern understanding of coasts came into being.”

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History is the first comprehensive account of the rise of coastal civilizations on a global scale. It departs from conventional maritime history by focusing on the place where land and water meet.

Beginning with the first Homo sapiens that came down to the shore almost 164,000 years ago, it explores the misunderstood history of marine hunter- gatherers, showing how they laid the foundations for human progress. The story moves from the Mediterranean to the shores of Atlantic Europe, which launched the discovery of the seas and the coastal settlement of North America. Originally intent on exploiting the riches of the sea rather than land, Europeans lived lightly on the shores. For them, the coast was a frontier, facing both inland and seaward.

“Until the nineteenth century,” Gillis explains, “coasts were treated as a permeable, fluid boundary. Then, with the onset of industrialization and urbanization, attitudes toward shores changed. They became less a place of work than of leisure. The old coastal populations, who knew how to live in harmony with a fluid environment, were displaced by inlanders ignorant of this ancient way of life. Today, millennia of human experience is virtually forgotten.”

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History explores the emergence of the modern coast from the
first seaside spas of the eighteenth century through the establishment of the beach holiday to contemporary surfing culture. It shows how waterfronts have changed as fishing and shipping have moved from old seaports to new locations. Gillis tracks the rise of the seascape as a unique element of modernity. He shows how central coasts have been to the identity of Europeans and Americans, even those who live far from the shore.

“Yet, even as we surge to the shore, lining it with summer and winter homes, we have become alienated from the sea,” says Gillis. “In the process, we have lost touch with its nature and our own human nature, as this was shaped over millennia of engagement with the precious place where land and water meet.”

Still, as it was from the first moment when Homo sapiens came down to the shore, coasts have remained a source of enormous cultural significance. As Rachel Carson predicted more than a half century ago, we are destined to return to the sea, not just physically but “mentally and imaginatively.” As a location for spiritual revelation, the importance of coasts remains undiminished, confirming Herman Melville’s observation that “meditation and water are wedded forever.”

Yet, this latest colonization of coasts from the interior has made them ever more vulnerable in this period of climate change. Many of the efforts to defend against sea rise, hurricanes, and tsunamis by hardening the shore have had the opposite effects. Gillis shows the folly of shoreline engineering and suggests that nature can protect itself if only we would allow wetlands and barrier islands to do their job.

“Every school child now knows that waters are rising, but few know anything about the multiple ways our species has coped, often successfully, with earlier episodes of inundation,” Gillis concludes. “We need to recover the wisdom of coastal peoples.”

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History provides a needed corrective to coastal amnesia by providing multiple historical examples of the remarkable adaptability of our amphibious species.

About the author:
John R. Gillis is the author of Islands of the Mind, A World of their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, and Commemorations. He is Professor History Emeritus at Rutgers University and now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.

Order available now at: University Of Chicago Press

Rebus; By Naomi Itami

By © Naomi Itami

“Like a hieroglyph, a rebus is a precursor to the development of the alphabet and the contemporary world.

Alluding to a primordial, reciprocal and senses-based form of perception, this rebus combines voice, water and rock to reflect on human and geologic time.

This image was taken at low tide in a primordial sea cave at Holywell Bay, Cornwall, England 2011. Like Lourdes in France, legend has it that the cave has drawn pilgrims from near and far for many centuries, serving as a baptismal well used for healing sick and injured children.

This geological wonder is a natural shrine formed over millions of years by the constant dripping of water through the weak local slate, forming stalactite structures amidst the many colourful layers of sediment and stone.

The cave is cleansed daily by tidal currents only to expose its beauty at very low tides.”

Pitcairn Islands’ Underwater Treasures Revealed

Photograph: © SAF


The Pew Environment Group and National Geographic have uncovered a spectacular underwater habitat around the Pitcairn Islands, a British Overseas Territory that is home to the Bounty mutineers and their descendents. The two groups, along with the islanders, are calling on the UK government to make Pitcairn into the world’s largest no-take marine reserve…

View Photo Gallery And Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Voyage to Pitcairn
A National Geographic Expedition to the remote Pitcairn Islands, including the famous Pitcairn and its 57 inhabitants, descendants from the Bounty mutineers, embarked in March-April 2012. This expedition was part of NG Pristine Seas project to explore, survey and help protect the last wild places in the ocean.

South Texas Artist Makes Plastic Pollution Her Medium

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF


“I used to go to the beach to meditate and listen to the waves,” Rogers said. “Now they bring in a plague of plastic, and people need to be aware of the wide range toxic effect of it on our environment.”

Sheila Rogers’ 3-dimensional wall art boxes, and her “Tossed and Found” and “Shoreline Abstraction” photos of plastic debris on beaches, will be part of a 2013 showcase that focuses on proper litter disposal…”One centerpiece of our education program is trying to reduce marine debris.”

Texas State Aquarium is planning an exhibition of Rogers’ plastic trash art to share the message to its 550,000 visitors annually, officials said…

Read Full Article, AP / San Antonio Express

Me and you three; 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches, four island of Wight artists: Judes Crow, Annik Cullinane, Mary Flynn & Gerry Price
For two years, four artists have been making site visits together to coastal locations and visits to eight island beaches, around the Isle of Wight, UK. The result is an eclectic exhibition made cohesive by linking the marine environment to humanity. The work communicates experiences of loss and bereavement, conflict between the undeniable beauty of the coast and evidence of decay, thoughts about permanence and transience, and the rythm and inevitability of change.

Me and you three; 2 Years, 4 Artists, 8 Beaches: Part Two
Groups of young people from three Isle of Wight’s schools visited the “Me and You: 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches” exhibition, and showed their responses in the form of their own artwork.