Nature and Not

October 25, 2012

Sumac leaves in fall

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

I have spent most of the past two photographic years in cities making images of trash and other assorted city-related, human-created stuff.  This past weekend, on a drive out into the country, the fall colour in early morning light garnered my attention in a way that made me want to get out of the city for a while and touch base with nature.  Now, that did not actually happen, but the feeling certainly was there.  However, it did get me going on the manner in which humans have gone about the transformation of the natural to the decidedly un-natural (or not natural. Non-natural?)   The following is a short photo-essay of the juxtaposition of the biologically created and human-made.

Weathered siding and vines

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Highway overpass and vines

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Sometimes it seems as if nature is trying to choke the life out of our creations…

Sycamore tree trunk next to parking sign

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…while at other times it seems as if it she trying to sneak up and take back what was once hers…

Vines surrounding window of abandoned foundation

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…or surround and contain the intrusion.

 

Dead fish among debris in water

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Of course, in some cases, maybe most cases, nature really does not have a chance.

Unless one thinks about climatic weather (Hurricane Sandy) or pathogens (MRSA).  Yes, humans play a role in these events-climate change, wetland destruction, and building in impact zones regardless of weather patterns for the former; the overuse of antibiotics (in both humans and animals) in the latter.  So, perhaps, ultimately nature wins out.

It would be so much better to achieve a sustainable co-existance.  What are the chances of that?

Take care.

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