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WPC – Danger

This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.* A view down the steep hill you’re about to bike, the last piece of cake that’s in danger of being eaten, signage in your town warning you about gigantic sword-toting shrubbery — there are lots of places you can take this, not all of them scary. I’m girding my loins!

“It’s logic: The more forests die, the less carbon they take out of the air, the warmer it gets, the more forests die.” ~ Dr. Nate McDowell, Los Alamos National Laboratory ~

Danger! to me is watching the haphazard destruction of the forests from Albany north to the Adirondacks. It makes me wonder if people have gone mad in their quest to control the environment and line their pockets. Yes, we all need to eat and have homes, but where does the greed and destruction end?

The area in these photos is near my home and was a beautiful wooded area, one of the reasons I chose to live here. A beautiful treed area with ponds and hiking trails it was home to deer, turkey, rabbits, fox, woodchucks, birds, butterflies and many other wildlife enjoyed this as their home. Many local people hiked through the trails for years before I relocated here.

“The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body.” ~ Deepak Chopra ~

Over the last few months, the area has been clearcut. It is sad to witness this destruction of such a beautiful area.

I called to ask why they were clear cutting, the sign says preservation. This doesn’t look like preservation to me. It isn’t my land so I really have no say, yet my heart aches watching the destruction. Danger! Wildlife Habitat Restoration – Preserve Commission apparently does not mean preservation of trees or the land.

The trees absorbed the stench of the landfill as well as the fumes and the noise pollution from the two nearby merging highways. Now anyone living in the area is exposed to the constant roaring of cars driving on the highways and the stench of the landfill fills the air. The gentleman on the phone said it hurt him to cut down the oak tree. My question was, why would you cut down a perfectly healthy oak tree? He shared they are returning the area to the way it was 75 years ago – a time when the pine bush grew in the area. He assured me that the wildlife living in the area found a new place to live and will return once the bush grows (in 6-7 years). I asked where he thought the wildlife would have found to live in the suburban sprawl of malls, strip malls, highways, and traffic congestion. He didn’t have an answer for that one. He said I would enjoy it once the shrubs have grown and I assured him I wouldn’t be living in the area that long.

Danger! to wildlife in the area, any remaining trees will be felled by the end of summer so I hope they have found a way to protect themselves for the next 6-7 years.

I still have hope for a wake-up call to all those who do not understand the importance of the trees and the fact that they are our lungs, our shade, our coolness in the summer and protection in the winter. An awareness that clear cutting and destruction of the forests, especially old growth forest, is not something that can be easily repaired. It will take decades if not centuries to restore. With the current administration in the United States, I am not sure what will happen to our natural habitat but I pray for an awakening and transformation in mindset to one of balancing the importance of maintaining a healthy environment with the material needs of the population. All the money in the world will not replace the need for a healthy environment.

Today, I dream of a world filled with a variety of trees lining the streets, filling the parks, shading playgrounds, thriving old growth forests, and a preservation of natural habitat.

What can you do? Teach your children the importance of maintaining a balance with nature and bring them into natural settings to learn about trees, fungi, soil, nature . . . Read books –  The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben; The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford or  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv to name a few. Take a walk in nature and connect with the trees and wildlife. Slow down, revitalize your spirit in nature.

Love and Light!

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/danger/

 


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Revitalized after a walk through the wilderness

If you read my earlier post you know that the morning started a bit down due to the cutting down of the trees near my home. After a nice long walk in nature where I recorded a babbling brook on my iPhone, listened and watched birds at play flying from tree to tree, I began to feel happy again knowing that there is plenty of wildlife and trees quite close by.

When I saw the five trees merged as one I had to stop and take a photo. (see below) While admiring this stand of trees, I noticed there were several groupings of trees quite similar to this one however they were fused together in different areas along their trunks. Feeling grateful to be with these beautiful trees, I had to stop and give them a hug. We can gather so much energy from the trees I can’t figure out why others aren’t doing the same. They are givers of life, shade, protection. Each unique in its own special way. Walking in nature brings peace within that I wish could be shared with everyone.

Five trees becoming one

Five trees becoming one

The fifth tree is peeking through the branches. When I was a child we would visit my brother-in-law’s family camp and I was always impressed by the stand of cedars that had become one very large tree. When I purchased my first home, the first thing my husband and I did was dig up 4 Cedar trees from camp and planted them closely together in a circle in our yard. They grew together like those I remembered in my youth. Trees are something we plant knowing that we may never enjoy their full potential. It may be the next generation reaping the benefits. Many trees do not reach their peak in our own lifetime unless we live a very long life. If you want to enjoy the trees that you are planting, plant them early in your life so you can enjoy them.

Not sure what these are but they were quite beautiful

Not sure what these are but they were quite beautiful

We came across these interesting plants. They were on a vine that had wrapped itself around a bush. When the sun peeked through the tree-line the little puffs resembled ice crystals. They were quite beautiful.

Vine interwoven in a bush

Once again, nature has revitalized me. I am in my happy place, content knowing that nature is only a short walk away. The trees in the adjoining yard have been felled but my landlord has not touched those in this yard. They should be safe for another year. I shall hug them again tomorrow to show my appreciation for the shade, protection from the wind the provide and for their natural beauty. Life is peaceful once again!

Love and Light,
Sandy