Some Photos & Fancies

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Litter

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01-12-13 09a

Litter is like weeds; if an object doesn’t belong where you find it; if it seems out-of-place or just plain wrong, then it is litter. Litter can be a fast food bag tossed in the middle of a street or it can be stones or wood thrown upon the frozen surface of a pond in order to listen to the strange sounds of oscillating ice. The sounds may be entertaining but the sticks and stones and occasional pieces of man-made detritus left on the frozen surface are not attractive or natural artifacts and may disturb the residents of the unfrozen pond or the pond itself. These violations can and do occur in forests, on mountains, on beaches, in the ocean – any place whose primary attraction is its pristine state and has as its primary purpose the cleansing and defense of man’s ability to live on the planet. All these places, the entire planet, are subject to unthinking and malevolent trespasses by mankind. As much of a cliché and overused as it may be, the dictum “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures” is really the best way to live on our earth, yet leave her well enough to continue to support us. Mankind has an almost unstoppable urge to change things, make them his own, and does not realize the impossibility of that desire. It tends to make normally reasonable people into monsters of destruction and desecration. Unfortunately there are very few ways to counteract acts of destruction such as those occurring in all of our oceans, the Amazon river basin, and countless other sites around the world. We can do our own little bit if we choose to, that is a choice we each must make on our own; and what we choose to do, if anything, is also our choice. Getting to the point where we’d like to make a choice is a positive step toward healing rather than destruction. Something as small as picking up a piece of litter or leaving the stone on the beach can make a difference. This choice depends upon when we reach the point of outrage and it propels us into motion. Do you know when your outrage will spur an action on your part?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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