Yet Another Measure of Time

November 12, 2014

April 13, 2014 original remnants of a plastic bag in a tree

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

A previous post discussed various ways of measuring time-this is but one more. The photograph above was made on April 13, 2014 and what initially caught my eye was the size of the plastic bag captured by a tree alongside a busy highway.

April 24, 2014 remnants of the same plastic bag in a tree

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I drive past this area on nearly a daily basis and so it was (somewhat) convenient to make another photograph of the same bag on April 24, 2014…

November 12, 2014 remnants of the same large plastic bag in a tree

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and these last two on November 12, 2014.

November 12, 2014 remnants of the same large plastic bag in a tree

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Time and wind have certainly led to the shredding of the bag, but it has remained remarkably resilient given the elements to which it has been exposed during the 7 months in which the photographs were made.  This is not to be taken as an endorsement of the durability of the product.  To the contrary, this is an indictment of the longevity of this material as this is one of the many reasons plastic bags pose an environmental hazard.

This article from the BBC a couple of years ago details a few of the issues involving plastic bags and what several countries have done to deal with the problem.  It is important that this particular article goes a bit further and also addresses the issue of the carbon footprint created by using plastic bags as well as many of the popular alternatives.

Choose wisely.

Take care.

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