Two photos made by mountaineers during the eruption of Mount St. Hellens on May 18th, 1980, taken from Mt. Adams, another volcano in the Cascades Range, on 56 km distance from Mount St. Helens. As appeared in National Geographic, January 1981.
“For well over a hundred years, people have hopped on bicycles for transportation, recreation, competition, and more. In many parts of the world, spinning pedals moves goods and generates electricity. While usually attached to two wheels, pedal power takes many forms, adapting to a wide range of needs. Globally, over 100 million bicycles are produced every year - over 60% of them in China - easily doubling world production of automobiles. Efficient, clean, and cheap, pedal power in all its forms can solve modern problems with basic technology, and offers a health benefit to those cranking away. And it’s hard to beat the simple joy of riding a bike. Gathered here are images of people around the world as we pedal for a reason, or just because.”
Chuck O’Rear’s photo was used by Microsoft for it’s XP background. He can’t say how much he got paid for the rights to the image, but it is reportedly the second most expensive photo licence ever purchased.
Chuck O’Rear was driving to visit his girlfriend when he was struck by the beauty of the rolling vineyards. Many people would have carried on without bothering to stop and take a photograph. But the former National Geographic magazine photographer was so entranced by the green of the grass and the white clouds in the perfectly blue California sky that he pulled over and got out his camera. Never for a moment did he think the shot would become the most viewed image on the planet.
Mr O’Rear, who began his career with the Kansas City Star and the Los Angeles Times, worked for 25 years for the National Geographic and now specialises in photographing winemaking in Napa and around the world.
But unlike many PC users, he doesn’t get to see his XP photo every day – because he uses a Mac.