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22 April 2021

We woke up this morning to the same public radio station we always listen to with the aid of a couple of pillows to cover our ears. You can't be too careful these days.

Earth Day. Captured with a Nikon D200 and 43-86mm Nikkor at f3.5, 1/350 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

But we didn't hear any bad news at all. None. Zippo. Nada.

That, it turns out, was because the radio station had decided to observe Earth Day with a "Nature Takeover" of it's airwaves featuring a selection of soundcasts from around the Bay area.

The Special Earth Day Broadcast, as it called it, happened to be of Ocean Beach when we listened in. As we write this, the broadcast is of Lake Chabot.

Lake Chabot has tweeting birds so it's rather enjoyable as background audio to our typing. But Ocean Beach at 7 a.m. sounded like static. Good thing we had those pillows handy.

Fortunately, photographers can celebrate Earth Day in a more civilized way.

We can just publish a photo of something natural. A naturescape rather than a soundcast. It isn't nearly as obtrusive, but then photographers tend to be people persons who disappear into thin air to get the shot.

So here's to Earth Day! There's no place like it.

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