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Tu Dam Temple, Hue, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Viet Nam

Tu Dam Temple is a Buddhist temple located on a street of the same name in the Trường An District of Huế. The temple was built and opened under the direction of Zen master Thích Minh Hoằng, who was the 34th in the lineage of the Lâm Tế Zen lineage. The temple was built in the late 17th century under the rule of Emperor Lê Hy Tông, on Long Sơn hill.

With so many friends, it is difficult to understand why parks are so bedeviled by threats, and seem always to be fighting for their very existence.
The story is an old one. There are frequent occasions when people see nothing with harming, hurting, marring, or spoiling when there are valuable recourses of water, power, timber, oil, or minerals to be exploited within Park boundaries.
—  Alfred A. Knopf

Calling all fans of the U.S. National Park Service! You have just two weeks left to come see “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933–2016,” the second of two consecutive exhibitions looking at the critical role that national parks have played in U.S. history. The show features nearly 100 items from our Library holdings and private collections and runs through Feb. 13 in the Library West Hall.

Emergency Committee on Natural Resources,
Don’t Dam the National Park System (detail), Washington, D.C., ca. 1954.

Gallery view of “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933–2016”

Bernard DeVoto, “Shall We Let Them Ruin Our National Parks?”(detail), Saturday Evening Post, July 22, 1950.

Title wall of “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933–2016”

Postcards of various national parks (detail), ca. 1940-80.

Gallery view of “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933–2016”


In order to get to the dismantled platform, I had to pull a Tomb Raider and carefully balance on the weathered concrete to get a closer look. It looks to me as if the base has been repaired by filling in the cracks with concrete. The remains of the old platform had been put off to the side after being taken down.


Went on a 5-day, 1400-mile road trip all over parts of Oregon and Northern California for the first time with my buddy Shaun. We slept in the car, woke up at sunrise to photograph, and stayed up until 3 in the morning to see the Milky Way. In the end, were exhausted and badly in need of a shower, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Various state/national parks in Oregon and California. July 2016. (Instagram)

Lappet-faced, white-backed and Cape vultures squabble over a carcass at Sable Dam, Kruger national park, South Africa. These three species are declining at a rate of 80%–92% over three generations (about 45–55 years), a study suggests. An international team of researchers, including leading scientists from the University of St Andrews, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of York, say African vultures are likely to qualify as ‘critically endangered’ under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s global threat criteria.

Photograph: Andre Botha/Conservation Letters

Amsterdam, 17. January 2014 - National Tulip Day

National Tulip Day is an annual event in January that preludes the tulip season in the Netherlands. The event is being organized on the Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam since 2012. During this day a special garden of 200,000 tulips covers the square. In the morning people can view the tulips from a gangway and in the afternoon people can pick the tulips for free. 

Dam you all to Hetch (Hetchy)
  • Professor Fogg: Here you can see there's been a lot of fluctuation in both virgin and regulated flow in rivers near the Salton Sea.
  • Student: Professor, what's virgin flow?
  • Fogg: Uh, can you guess?
  • Student: ...is it natural water flow?
  • Fogg: Well, more specifically, virgin flow is that which isn't dammed.
  • Me: Hahahahahahahahahahahaha