Monthly Archives: November 2009

Effects of Excess Plastic in our Society

An Island of Plastic in the Pacific

350px-North_Pacific_Gyre_World_MapMy attention was drawn to the issue of an Island of Plastic in the Pacific a few weeks ago. I have to admit that I was not aware of the immensity of this problem before this.  Have I been this blind?

‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135° to 155°W and 35° to 42°N and estimated to be twice the size of Texas.’ Wikipedia

Being a lover of any coastline and having  spent a lot of time on various beaches around the world why should I be so surprized by this. My attention has long been drawn to the rubbish that is washed up on the shores of our beaches but to think there might actually be an Island floating in the ocean had not entered into my consciousness. To say I was amazed was indeed an understatement.

Riding on the London Underground yesterday I was reminded of the ‘floating Island’ from an article written in one of the free London newspapers – The Metro, November 25th 2009, article by Lindsey Hoshaw. The ‘gyre’ is an area of heavy currents and slack winds that keep the rubbish trapped in an enormous whirlpool. Now try not to imagine an Island with boundries that you can walk on, after all the ocean is a fluid medium and apparantly most pieces are not much bigger than a grain of rice although shoe soles, plastic buckets, patio chairs etc. are also visible. It seems that most items have been washed out to sea from storm drains, while the rest is made up from fishing gear abandoned in the ocean.

180px-Albatross_chick_plasticThe  toxins leached out of  the plastic are being ingested by fish and birds and of course we are further down the food chain also then absorbing these toxins indirectly.

The gyre was discovered by US sea captain Charles Moore in 1997. The problem was largely ignored until now as the Island has doubled in size.

Moore and his Algalita Foundation have dedicated their time and resources to understanding and looking for solutions to this problem. He is quite certain there are more patches out there.

1255628127The problem is indeed a huge one in the scheme of things. The wild life that thrives on the plankton in the area is ingesting the plastic and contaminating the stomach space that should be used for food for chicks. Turtles are choking on plastic bags.  Sea Turtles are amazingly beautiful creatures and I wasn’t aware, until I read the Metro article, that they are responsible for helping to keep tropical beaches free of deadly box jellyfish which are toxic to humans but the Turtles are unaffected by their sting.

So for those of us who love to visit tropical beaches and swim in the warm ocean currents please think of this the next time you go to the grocery store and forget your reusable non-plastic bag.

Everything we do is significant no matter how small or large it may seem.


Beryl’s Expression Through Poems and Photographs

Butterfly Art and Poetry

Beryl Stockman has been expressing herself through her poetry for many years. She draws on her immediate surroundings and feelings for inspiration. She has recently added photography of her local surroundings as a means of expression.

Living and working in North London, Beryl runs the very popular Butterfly Tarot unit in Camden Lock Market along with internationally acclaimed Tarot Reader, Paul Hughes-Barlow. Butterfly Tarot is a lovely spot in the bustling Market to stop by and peruse the interesting array of books,  mystical, London and Camden themed artwork and crystals.

grafitti-8Take a wonder around beryl’s websites and

Evening, the air is hung with honey,
With moistness that clings and enfolds,
Soft sounds ruffle the silence,
A single star pierces the crepuscular gloom,
Stillness surrounds the world outside the gate, Continue reading

A Beautiful Orchid Garden

Mikes Orchids 1Mikes Expression Through His Orchids

We all express ourselves in different ways.

Walk through this beautiful Orchid Garden which was Mikes most expressive form of life.Mikes Orchids 4

His love of nature came easily to him.

In nature he could see all that was beautiful and ever changing. Constantly living, thriving, dying and regenerating.

Mike00025So few of us notice the changing seasons, the change in temperature, the direction the breeze blows, the phase the moon is in.

Take time out of your busy life and notice nature and all the messages she brings us.

Take time out of your busy day to enjoy these photographs of these most beautiful orchids that were grown merely for their reason for being.

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Art as a Therapeutic Necessity

The (as yet) Undiscovered Barbadian Talent of Joanne O’Neal

JoAnn O’Neal is probably one of the undiscovered talents from the Island of Barbados. PICT1895 Born and living on the tiny Island of Barbados, JoAnn lives in the Parish of St. Thomas in the higher elevations of the Island. Barbados is by no means a ‘lofty’ Island but JoAnn’s talent certainly is.

Even though thoughts of the Caribbean may bring pictures of an ‘ideal life’, to those living there they will tell you that this can be further from the truth than anyone could imagine. Barbados is classed these days as ‘New World’. An up grade from 3rd World. It can boast, probably one of the finest infrastructures of all the Caribbean Islands. Along with this comes the stess and strains of modern day living.

Many of the Islanders have all of the mod cons of modern living and the abundance of technology is evident. Barbados is the most easterly in the chain of Caribbean Islands and is an important strategic point for communications systems around the world. But this is getting away from the topic of this Post.

To escape the pressures of everyday life that JoAnn found herself in, holding an important and stressful position with a leading motor vechicle importer on the Island, JoAnn turned to painting to ease the stresses of her day.

PICT1908 Her talent showed through from the moment she put paint to canvas, winning awards        almost instantaneously.

I hope to be able to show more of JoAnn’s work as it becomes available in photographic form.

For those that are interested in her work you may contact me directly or call JoAnn in Barbados at (246) 433-8868.

Don’t forget, even though she is on Island time, the times they are a changing and she may not get back to you immediately. Will this be due to the hurried time of the ‘New World’ or is JoAnn finding her ‘Island Time’. PICT1924PICT1948PICT1915PICT1896PICT1897PICT1888PICT1912PICT1902PICT1931PICT1900PICT1941