Humans Impact On Nature:Part Two
Maine:The Way Life should Be (If People Would Stop Ruining It)
In Part One of this Hub series, I introduced the woods that are behind my house in Maine. The entrance is at the end of my road, and when you first approach, it looks like a beautiful, peaceful place. Some of it is. But most of it has been destroyed my man, turned into a dumping ground by those that have settled around the woods.
I took these photographs over a span of about two months for my college Photography class this past fall and early winter. During that time it snowed and melted a few times, creating such different backdrops for the trash that litters the area. I also noticed that not only did nature change the appearance of the woods, but someone was continuing to dump things in the woods during this duration. A few large peices of garbage were added. I was happy to note that along the edge where the woods meet the houses, a bunch of garbage was picked up. Maybe someone saw me sniffing around with my camera and felt guilty. Good.
Above are two different views on the main path leading into the woods, one before the snow, and one, obviously after it fell. In my last series of pictures, I concentrated on the streams that flow to the right of the path. In this, Part Two, I will show you things I saw along the path, and a few things I saw off the path and just had to get a closer look. One in particular that I had to get closer to was the ladder and piles of tires. There was so much other stuff out there, as if someone is trying to build a fort or something. Bored teenagers, no doubt. Its nice they are out in nature, but come on... This is what the beauty of nature is now because of those out there who just don't care:
Just reviewing these pictures makes my heart a little sad, contributing to the anxiety I've always experience when really contemplating humanities long term impact on Earth. Some of the trash that has been dumped here is hard to even see at first glance, as nature is trying to reclaim it. But the things we leave behind will remain far after we are gone, and these woods are just a tiny example of what some people have done and continue to do.
Oh, and on my way out, I noticed, the cigarette butt was still there, layered in ice, becoming one with the sheet that covered the trail.
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