— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) May 17, 2015
For the last few years some of the most mesmerizing images in paddling have come not from dreamy wilderness landscapes but from the colorful swirl of massive paddler gatherings like Floatzilla and Raft-a-Palooza that have set off an arms race to become the largest "raft" of canoes and kayaks in history.
Another round of eye-popping aerial photography came out of the Seattle area this weekend but for an entirely different reason: activism. Over 500 "kayaktivists" came together on the Puget Sound Saturday to protest the arrival of a giant Arctic drilling rig in the city's port. Standup paddlers, canoeists and kayakers circled the 400-foot long rig, owned by Shell Oil, as part of a three-day-long of climate rally, which is taking place both on and off the water.
Learn more about the impetus for the protests and check out more photos from the event below.
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 16, 2015
— The Stranger (@strangerslog) May 16, 2015
— Jamie Henn (@Agent350) May 16, 2015
— Annie Leonard (@AnnieMLeonard) May 16, 2015
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 17, 2015
— Ansel (@Ansel) May 16, 2015
— Miriam Friedrich (@MiriFriedrich) May 16, 2015
Simply packed in Terminal 5, kayak to kayak. pic.twitter.com/z6wWtoGtGI
— Sydney Brownstone (@sydbrownstone) May 16, 2015
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) May 16, 2015
— KOMO News (@komonews) May 16, 2015