Another month, another photo contest. And this time around, given the theme “still life”, our field personnel outdid themselves. So much so that we are again splitting our submission gallery into two parts. This month’s winner was AmeriCorps member Bianca Anaya, who is a part of a six-person crew of archaeological technicians working in the Stanislaus National Forest. “This photo was taken during a survey off a road named Hells Acres Road,” she writes of the above photo. “These beautiful fungi catch my eye during a full hot day of intensive surveying.”
Scroll down to see more of the wonderful submissions to September’s contest.
Jacob Batisky, AmeriCorps, archaeology crew member in the Stanislaus National Forest. “Our forest was essentially closed due to extreme fire danger. We were able to keep working because there were historic logging sites and railroad grades within an active timber sale that needed their boundaries flagged. I thought our flags looked cool gently blowing in the wind amongst the wildfire smoke.”
Isabelle Guerrero and Esme Grundy, AmeriCorps. Title: Still Life of Archaeological Materials. Context: New historical refuse site recorded on El Dorado National Forest. Project: El Dorado National Forest 2020 Upper Cole Creek Archaeological Survey.
Patrick Erb, AmeriCorps. “I took this photo with my 35mm film camera a few months ago during a short work break. I was on the Eldorado National Forest, working on timber stand improvement. (This project was contract inspections/herbicide work for the most part.) I think this photo fits the ‘still life’ theme. Work is long and tough, and constantly moving, and short breaks are needed. Here, you can see my coworker taking his break. It was a chaotic time overall at work, and breaks like that are the only time everything is still.”
Lucas Pettinati, Research Associate, archaeology crew chief in the Stanislaus National Forest. “The woolly worm! Also known as the woolly bear, this fuzzy caterpillar is known throughout the continent for it’s incredible meteorological aptitude. According to folklore, brown banding indicates a mild Winter, while the black bands prophesize severe weather ahead. Observers of the worm take great care in selecting the best tiny prophet for the upcoming season, choosing from the second emergence (the one happening now in early Fall). The worm festivals may have been cancelled this year, but the worms are still out reading the weather!”
Kale McNeill, AmeriCorps. “I joined the AmeriCorps botany crew this week and am working from home. When I came back from my lunch break I found this Still Life had appeared in my seat.”
Laurie Fisher, Research Associate.