Earth Day: What Have We Done?

“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.” –Art Buchwald

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

This weeks Challenge: “Share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors.

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” –Gaylord Nelson, politician and founder of Earth Day

Throwback Tuesday: You Are Here

This photo was taken in 2012 while travelling by train (the quality of the photo is not great because the train was moving). I was intrigued by the painted sign on the building. I asked one of the crew members if they knew anything about it but they didn’t which left me even more intrigued! When I returned home and uploaded the photos from my trip to my computer I decided to Google it and see if I could get any more info about it. I honestly didn’t think the search would yield anything but thought it would be fun to try. Boy was I wrong! Sure enough – the sign has a history.

“As part of a grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Epicenter is receiving some much needed signage. This hand-painted sign serves as a message of instigation to connect the Epicenter (Green River more broadly) and Amtrak. The tracks and platform sit just 400 feet south of the Epicenter. We’re tired of hearing the conductors on Amtrak comment that Green River is a ghost town. We want passengers to see some indication that Green River is growing and has a lot to offer.” Source

Monochrome Monday: Mountaintop

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” –John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901

Throwback Thursday: Bridal Shop

This photo was taken in 2012 when I lived in Reno, Nevada. One night I decided to go out and take some night shots of the shopping center across the street from where I was living at the time. Out of all the shots I took this one is my favorite. I love the lighting and the angle.