This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

9 Feb


Last year, over the summer, I explored this place and I told myself that I would make it back here on a snowy, windless day to get some reflections on the reservoir.

I went back on Friday for sunset…sort’ve a boring sky, but I thought it might still work because the snow-pines-reflection combo was pretty rad. Then I got close enough to see the “new improved paint job”.


Pretty much the exact opposite of “leave no trace”.  It’s up to all of us to respect and protect our shared spaces.  This isn’t just a photographer’s perspective, though this did call for some adjustments to my original plan (see the new composition with a totally different angle and unfortunately no snowy pines above!).  This is a human perspective.  This is a long-term planner’s perspective. This is a “what mess are we leaving for the next generation” perspective…the generation, I might add, that will be taking care of us in our old age, so it’s probably in everyone’s best interest not to ruin all of the pretty, peaceful spots before they have a chance to enjoy them too! ;-p


6 Responses to “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

  1. Ines February 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    That’s so sad… I don’t get it too!
    The reflection turned out amazing on the photos though 🙂

  2. bythebriny February 10, 2016 at 2:01 am #

    Well, your “compromise” shot turned out fantastic. As for your graffiti shot, you could describe it as an observation of modern culture.

    • seeingspotsphoto February 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

      Lol that is a glass half full way of looking at things. I like it!

  3. facetfully February 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Graffiti, or “street art”, gives me cause for pause.First reaction always was disdain. Now that it is so prevalent, I guess I have evolved to being struck by the quality and talent of some of it. In this particular case, I don’t see much talent or creativity and have to agree with you…this one is sad.

    • seeingspotsphoto February 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      I agree. I actually enjoy some stuff immensely. I’m a big fan of Banksy, for example, because his work is both skillful and thought provoking. This however, appeared to be someone’s way of just saying “I was here”. Nothing terribly interesting about it to me, and it ruined a scene that had some potential.

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