September 10, 2016

BW photograph of Big Hunting Creek looking west upstream.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As mentioned in the previous post, 9/11 is a Day of Service and Remembrance.  In honour of that, I spent some time this morning picking up trash along one of my favourite places to hike.  This is Big Hunting Creek, which is just outside of Thurmont, Md.  Route 77 is just to the right and outside of this frame.

BW photograph of a lost lug nut cap that has been placed against a rock.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

One-and-a-half garbage bags of trash were collected within about an hour’s time.  This particular piece of trash, a lug nut cap, was in the brush along the road and partially buried in mud.  It was  moved in order to create a still life demonstrating the contrast between the natural and unnatural. It certainly could have been photographed in situ, but then I would have risked getting hit by a passing car.

Research tells us that doing good work produces a release of dopamine in the brain.  That is significant because dopamine is our “feel good” neurotransmitter-anything we experience as pleasurable feels as such, in part, because of dopamine.  As an aside, cocaine works on the same neurotransmitter system.  The squirt of dopamine acts as a positive reinforcer for behaviour-the biochemical reward makes it more likely the same behaviour will be performed again.

It certainly was satisfying to pack that trash out of the mountains.

Take care.

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