Photographer Subhanker Banerjee's two-year, 4,000-mile odyssey across Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge began in 2001 and yielded 200 photographs. The Indian-born naturalist undertook the journey on foot as well as by kayak, raft and snowmobile in his quest to capture vivid scenes of creatures living in the refuge.
Collected in the book Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, these images made their way to Capitol Hill and helped persuade lawmakers to remove from a bill a provision that would have opened the area to oil drilling -- and possibly destroying the ecosystem. Banerjee's photos, which capture the innocence and tranquility of the 1.5 million-acre refuge, also influenced the creation of wilderness status for the coastal plain located therein, in turn protecting 180 species of migrating birds.
"Banerjee shows what is at stake through his photographs and makes people realize what the environment is like," comments Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books and Seasons of Life and Land. "He brings into focus the danger the world faces in losing its pristine wilderness, through groundbreaking and unique photographs."
Banerjee has chosen 49 of his images for a slide show, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight in the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center at Broadway and Euclid Avenue in Boulder.
The photographs will then be on display at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden, starting Saturday and continuing until January 9, 2005. Admission is free for members, $2 for non-members. For information, visit www.cmc.org/festival. -- Richard Kellerhals
On your marks, get set, go LoDo 10K
When you get right down to it, all roads lead to Larimer Square. At least, that's what the people at Elevation Outfitters are hoping. If not, the outdoor-apparel retailers will be screwed when they premiere the first annual Elevation Outfitters 10K Run for the Environment today. The race starts and finishes at 15th and Larimer streets.
"The course is going to be amazing," comments spokeswoman Janet Keeley. "Our race consultant worked long and hard with police and the city to make sure this thing is perfect."
Starting at 8 a.m. sharp -- an hour after participants can check in -- runners will wind their way through the downtown streets to raise money for Environment Colorado and the Larimer Arts Association. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to overall and age-group winners, and all will be able to take part in the post-race vendor expo, featuring free massages, music and Breckenridge Brewery beer.
"It's a great opportunity to see the city on foot and race LoDo's first 10K," Keeley says.
And you get a free T-shirt.
Registration is $30 in advance, $35 the day of the race; for information, log on to www.elevationoutfitters.com or call 303-225-0430. -- Adam Cayton-Holland