Nature sculpts and creates art in a nature preserve.
In junior high school, I first used a camera, a Kodak Brownie 127, to snap photos of pollution and waste in my home town, Danbury, Connecticut.
Nature and the environment have been near and dear to me, after all, we depend on both and at times, mankind wages war on both.
In my hometown is the Still River. Once so polluted, it was had water that was blackish, traces of blue and purple water and slime, done in by decades of using the river as a dumping place for industrial output.
After many decades of clean up, it is now a river where people can fish once more and enjoy the river.
Much is made about conservative or this or that.
Looking up the word, conservation, I found, the act of conserving; prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss; preservation: conservation of wildlife; conservation of human rights.
And yet, while we say conservative, we don’t seem to hold true to the meaning of being conservative, when we call for more exploitation of the natural world.
Conservation is important, as we wreck the environment and then spend millions, billions and into the trillions to repair the damage we have done.
Had it not been for people, Conservationist’s acting to conserve and protect an area, we would not have this little wildflower anymore.
Sure, it’s a little wildflower, blooms once a year and clings to near barren soil, but, it serves to remind us of what the natural has, and what has been lost, and how we as the predominant species, can be better stewards of our land, water and air.
In a recent news article in the Toledo Blade, the Nature Conservancy, highlighted six areas that rank as some of the state of Ohio’s natural resource gems.
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve being one.
All of the areas mentioned in the article are equally enjoyed with a walk on a trail, an afternoon spent, just sitting with nature.
For me Kitty Todd is my favorite as it offers a glimpse into the past, what the land was, before settlement.
Listening to the Diane Rehm on show on NPR http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-05-01/environmental-outlook-american-canopy-eric-rutkow I was reminded why I photograph nature and trees. Simple, really, they are vitally important to us, not just for commerce, but for the health and well being of our planet.
Spend some time to get to know, trees, and why they are important for us all