Beauty

July 30, 2015

BW photograph of Morgan Run looking upstream on a foggy morning

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This past Tuesday provided a lovely morning for which to be out and about as it was foggy and a bit cooler (the last two mornings have been much different).  Monday night’s forecast for the following morning called for the fog and so it seemed like a good idea to visit Morgan Run, which sits in a bit of a hollow and can be quite pleasant under such conditions.

BW photography of Morgan Run streaming through rocks on a foggy morning

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It was as hoped.  The fog provided a smoothing of the background and a compression of the tonal range (highlights to shadows), which made for pleasing compositions.  It was indeed a nice time to be there and for a part of the visit, I just sat there taking it all in.

BW photograph of an abandoned and burned plastic bottle amid stream debris

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

What was not so pleasing or enjoyable was seeing the amount of trash scattered about.

BW photograph of an abandoned Mountain Dew bottle atop some tree roots.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

On any given day, one can walk around almost anywhere and find the detritus that has been tossed, dropped, forgotten, or otherwise left behind.  Plastic lasts the better part of forever when in the environment and leaches chemicals into the ground and water as it degrades.  It is a dirty material to make, use, and also, unfortunately, recycle.  All-in-all, it is best to minimize its use.

With regard to the overall aesthetic, it is truly unpleasant to be in such a pretty place and find empty bottles laying about.  There is an old backpacking adage that goes “Pack it in, pack it out.”  That is a motto worth heeding.

Take care.

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