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Passing Shot: Alpine County, California

Objects in the Mirror

 

Objects in the mirror are larger than they appear.

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Berry Yessa

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Weeding and harvesting the berries that are beginning to ripen in our garden is a delicious, nutritious, and tedious chore.  I willingly suffer through the task because the payoff is sublime.  According to the California Strawberry Commission, the state leads our nation and the world in strawberry production.   In 2013, more than 2.3 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested, and the estimated value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $2.6 billion.  

Did you know that eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, and these tasty little super-fruits are packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients including potassium, folate and fiber?  Of all the strawberry varieties available, freshly picked from the garden are the kind I like the best. 

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~T.
© 2014 Theresa Funk, all rights reserved. 

 

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Passing Shot: El Dorado County Wine in the Making

Passing Shot: El Dorado County Wine in the Making

El Dorado County has more than 2,000 acres of grape vines growing at the highest elevations across California. I managed to capture a few rows of one vineyard’s crop growing in yesterday’s late afternoon sunlight. With more than seventy wineries in operation throughout the county, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for my art.

© 2014, Theresa Funk. All rights reserved

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Passing Shots: Lower American River Watershed

Passing Shots:  Lower American River Watershed

American River water is generally characterized as high quality surface water that is low in alkalinity, mineral content, and organic contamination. It is also a source of artistic inspiration for many Sacramento area artists. This moment was captured on my mobile device during a post-rain storm walk along the river, and continues to be reinterpreted as part of my Conservation Art series works on paper.

© 2014, Theresa Funk, all rights reserved.

Vermont’s Connection to a Green California: The Clean Energy States Alliance

California and Vermont seem to be blessed with the largest per-capita population of creative, experienced policy makers and green practitioners in the nation.  A good friend from Vermont coordinated this year’s Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) National Membership Meeting in Sacramento earlier this week, so I was able to connect with her between the events hosted by the California Energy Commission and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.  

 CESA’s mission supports state and local leadership to promote the use of existing and emerging clean energy technologies. The Alliance’s analysis and studies are designed to accelerate clean energy deployment.  They are a nationwide network of leaders at the state and local level working together to catalyze a low-carbon energy economy, and I feel privileged for having the opportunity to be in the presence of such good intended thought leaders. State policies and programs will determine the progress of renewable energy implementation and standards in America.  Did you know that since 1998, $3.4 billion of state clean energy funds support has driven the construction of over 130,000 renewable energy projects representing a total investment of nearly $16 billion? 

 

I’m interested to see these projects continue to succeed and expand in the coming years, and will continue to do my part in supporting the initiatives.

~T.