This photo essay is one of a five-part series with Atlas Obscura and Olympus. We asked some of our favorite photographers to take a quest with an Olympus E-M5 Mark II camera, and these are the results of their adventures.All photographs in this story were taken with a Olympus E-M5 Mark II with a 12-40mm Pro lens.
Louisiana-based photographer Julie Dermansky first heard about artist Adam Morales while shooting a report on the Bayou Corne sinkhole. As a photographer who focuses on environmental issues, she was intrigued to meet the artist behind the driftwood creations drawn from the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest wetland and swamp in the United States.
On a sunny day in early November, Dermansky visited Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum. Morales took her out onto the water, where he collects his driftwood, and gave her a tour of his property and his art. Pieces of driftwood and sculpture crowded the area around his Museum, some of which is for sale, and some, he prefers not to part with. Here is part one of the Atlas Obscura/Olympus series—a glimpse into the work and environment of one of Louisiana's most singular artists.
A supraglacial lake on Mount Everest (Photo: C. Scott Watson)
On one side of Mount Everest, the ice is melting so fast that lakes are forming on the surface of glaciers.
As the Washington Post reports, a team of British geologists recently traveled to Mount Everest's Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier in the world, and found that "for the first time supraglacial ponds on the ice river's surface have coalesced into lakes the length of several football fields."
Troy Hartman surfs the skies as his cameraman flies by his side. (Photo: Troy Hartman)
The sport of skysurfing lived a short life.
Watching a skysurf video today, you'd likely guess that it’s a digitally animated stunt. But that person surfing right through the sky? That’s real—that happened. In fact, you could once get a gold medal for it.
Wisdom and her mate at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in November. (Photo: Kiah Walker/USFWS)
Wisdom is having a baby at the age of 64.
Over the weekend of November 28, Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, landed at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean, the Washington Post reports. At the age of 64, she is there to lay an egg and raise the chick that hatches, making her the oldest known bird to lay an egg.
A chickadee, one of the types of songbirds most likely to respond to pishing. (Photo: Dawn/flickr)
Pete Dunne is pishing his life away.
Dunne has been a birder since he was seven years old, when he discovered that the hobby provided a convenient escape from adults. Armed with binoculars, Dunne would regularly walk up to 15 miles from his childhood home in search of birds. Now Dunne is the birding ambassador of the New Jersey Audubon Society, the author of several books about birding, and on a mission to turn everyone he meets into a birder. He is also an expert in the craft of “pishing.”