Let’s get topside for this post with a salute to regreening, reclamation and sustainability. I have seen and captured some amazing achievements in these divisions from biosolids management to large scale nurseries. I might photograph a lot of hard rock scenarios, but clean and green is also a huge part of the process and captures.
How do you create a 15-hectare nursery packed with row upon row of shrubs, trees, plants grasses and more? Easy, one pot at a time.
I walked Eldorado Gold’s nursery (located just outside of Olympiada Greece) from end to end with 30+ degree temps and what felt like 100% humidity. The smells of the planted inhabitants would breeze across my nose in the wind as I would stare at the vast size of the area. By far this was the biggest nursery I have ever seen or photographed.
Keeping it green in the on site greenhouse at the Alamos Gold Mulatos Mine. Not only do I enjoy photographing the environmental images for corporate presentations I also enjoy getting to know the greenthumbs behind the process. Photographed in Mexico with www.pendaproductions.com
Vale uses a few different methods to manage dust control at their Sudbury Ontario tailings facility. One method (seen here) is the spreading of straw using agricultural equipment across the tailings pond.
I come from a family of greenthumbs. My Grandfather tended a wonderful vegetable and flower garden throughout my childhood, my mother always has fresh greens to give away when I am visiting and my Sister created a gardening tool for the garden industry www.pinchpruner.com. So when I find myself in the greenhouses on the mine sites I always take the time to browse around, ask questions and see what the different types of plants and trees they growing for reclamation. I have photographed fish stocking, tree planting, vegetable harvesting, hay cutting and bee keeping all to regenerate, rejuvenate and reclamate past mine sites and some grand scales it’s mighty impressive.
At Vale’s central tailings facility here in Sudbury straw is used for dust & odor control. Along with the use of biosolids the transformation of this once barren landscape has now been transformed into fields of swaying stalks of hay with areas of green vegetable growing vegetation.
It’s almost that time of year again when I start getting calls and emails regarding outdoor shoots in October/November that should have actually taken place during the Summer months when the environment was green and warm. Start thinking ahead now to decide which outdoor environmental images you will require during the Fall and Winter months. It’s much easier to make it look like Summer when it actually IS Summer and digitally removing backgrounds and installing Summer scenes is very time consuming and costly.
Today I got out to photograph some of Vale’s land reclamation in Sudbury. This is another aspect of the mining industrial world that I just love. To see the before and after is truly amazing. These areas were filled with Oats that are (in some areas) almost over my head. Walking through them I thought about the opening scene in Gladiator where Russel Crowe had his hand brushing over the grass, so I thought. Why not.
James Hodgins #miningphotog is a professional mining industrial photographer located in Sudbury Ontario
As part of Vale’s Reclamation I found myself East of Sudbury with the Sudbury Regreening Program a few weeks ago. Since 1978 more than 9,494,925 trees and 204,634 shrubs have been planted in the Sudbury Area. Born and raised in Sudbury I can remember when there was nothing but black rock with limited vegetation. Sudbury is World Renowned for its Regreening Success. Here is some more information on Sudbury’s Regreening – Report
Sudbury Photographer James Hodgins photographed Tree Planters of the Sudbury Regreening Program East of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada