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    Posted 8 years ago

    SpiritBear
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    It's beautiful, isn't it? I didn't even mean to go there. I happened to get turned around while going through an unfamiliar neighbourhood and came out near the beach, so I drove a few more miles and parked my car.

    I just so happened to have my camera that day-- yesterday, actually. So I walked down toward the water and took a picture. The first three photos saw me trying to get the camera set up right, and then I was all set to go.

    I snapped off a shot. The birds decided to join in the fun, so I took their pictures. I crouched down, pointed toward the waves, and captured the beauty God has given to us.

    Sadly, places like this are rare. I used to swim here all the time when I was younger. In fact, the place from where I shot these photos is the place I would always pick. I've not swum there in a few years. I go to a cleaner beach that is as of yet not as polluted. Sadly, pollution from this beach-- bottle caps, cigarette butts, hair ties, wrappers, etc.-- float down to where I enjoy most a few miles South.

    The same day as this, only an hour and a half earlier, I took a photo I titled "Progress." The name was more of a play on the actual image, for the image was of a bulldozer in front of a beautiful 3-story brick business from 1890.

    I thought of that scene when I stood here. "Progress-- that's what we call our destruction."

    It's really sickening. We weren't given this place to abuse. We were given this place to care for. That's what every Christian, Jew, and Muslim knows from the creation story. Many other religions teach the same. Many non-religious people believe we should care for our land. But we still work together to destroy it-- we pay to destroy it.

    We alter it. We pave it or turn it into farmland. We remove minerals and leave it barren. We remove the water or dump waste in it. We take the sand and gravel for glass, cement, and casting metal. None of that lasts-- it breaks, cracks, rusts. We then destroy it and try again, all the while ignoring what had lasted thousands of years before those till we took its life away: The nature surrounding us.

    People see dollar signs, not home to hundreds of creatures per mile. They see housing for humans who will abandon those same houses and let them collapse after only 25 years, not delicate ecosystems that cannot defend themselves against our onslaught.

    Do you not see the life over every inch of this land? Even this land of sand holds life, yet the feet of thousands of people a week during the summer crush this place. Even now in the low temperatures people crush it down. And then they whine as the sand blows away to fill the yards of people across the street-- sand that was held down by dune grasses now removed for people whining about its sharpness.

    Even here it is ruined. The ecosystem is practically destroyed. The water is not drinkable.

    We keep changing the ecosystem. Then, as it changes, we don't like the effects and thus change it some more?

    Why do you do this? Can't you see what you have done? Even the air is changed. Heck, we used to get a snow that stayed before Halloween. Last three years, it hasn't snowed much till December. Last year, it was snowless still the day after Christmas. It's snowed twice this season.
    It's partially your doing. It's your fault too.

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    Comments

    1. iggy iggy, 8 years ago
      Great photo's!
    2. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Beautiful Photos, and the beaches do look kinda clean. I agree with what you say BUT ( there is always a But ) - There are so called Religions too that can destroy what Mother nature Gave us........or famous areas that should be preserved due to Historical matters, and they are being destroyed by ignorance. Sorry I had to put my opinion in too. Religion can be the root of many evils here on Mother Earth.

      It like saying is a Cup of coffee half full -- or half empty.......? Each to his own opinion.

      I see the World changing here as every night on TV .....and it not Good!!
    3. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      I love your pics Spirit, particularly number 2 and number 4... great shots! Also, congrats on number 500!
    4. SpiritBear, 8 years ago
      Thank you all for commenting.

      Rose, I prefer tea. ;)

      You must like the water, Rick.
      Water:
      https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/w5wl0hRjdWRvZtAKh7uUA1ePzW5E-AkQT0vy7tcHyFxNy1idZQa72qPRvijImyeJzn44_crgT94exKw=w1366-h768-rw-no
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      lol.... Good answer!!

      ~ Again congrats on your 500th post!!
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      Another beautiful shot Spirit! No I'm not particularly fond of the water, but what I am fond of is great pics, and I love all three!
    7. JImam JImam, 8 years ago
      Beautiful pics!
    8. SpiritBear, 8 years ago
      Thank you, AntiqueRose.

      Thank you again, Rick55.

      JImam, thank you so much.
    9. martika martika, 8 years ago
      I agree with you about the human greed. I think the main problem is the overpopulation, so the destroying of nature gets more and more exacerbated.
    10. Celiene Celiene, 8 years ago
      I have to tell all the young people in my life -we cleaned up this planet ONCE and still had more togo. Now? EVERYTHING we did from the 1970's on will be destroyed and fouled by the vile GOP. They want to just pollute everything again for PROFIT, not caring that they are pissing in their own bed. It's disgusting. We will have riversa on fire again, creeks and wetlands & beaches fouled with all manner of vile effluent and filth.

      Anyone remember the Ecology movement that started with (or around) the Save The Whales movement & Give Hoot Don't Pollute, and the Indian with the tear running down his face??? I was in third grade when I first heard the Whale songs. EVERYTHING Jacques Cousteau did will be lost.

      I hate this.
    11. SpiritBear, 8 years ago
      Martika, overpopulation is huge in many areas. Not all, though.

      Celiene, even then heavy pollution was going on. We were just more caring and conscious about it. But, as Martika said, greed.

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