Crescendo :: NY

19 Sep
Crescendo :: NY

Crescendo :: NY

Between the destruction of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires raging out west, most recently in the Columbia River Gorge, I’ve been doing a little reflecting. Our natural spaces are so important, yet so fragile. One little event, change, or bad decision can upset an ecosystem for decades.

Would Harvey have been quite as damaging if the natural flood planes and wetlands around Houston had remained intact? Would the Gorge be flush with greenery still if one kid decided fireworks in a dry season was a bad idea?

Hindsight is 20/20, and so it’s easy to say what should have been done differently in those cases…. but what about the decisions that are being made now, that will devastate something in our future? Those little moments of putting money, or Instagram fame, or some other selfish priority over the need (yes, *need*) to maintain these green spaces? Every day we have the opportunity to make good, healthy, environmentally sustainable choices and it’s so easy to be selfish, to take the easy path, to say “someone else will do it.” But in the end, it’s not someone else’s responsibility to guarantee you and your children and your grandchildren a safe future. It’s yours. It’s all of ours. If each of us does our part, in the end, we all win.

 

This is a shot from North-South Lake in the Catskills of NY.  Sunset was dang purty!

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8 Responses to “Crescendo :: NY”

  1. bobh47955 September 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Just looking at the picture and thinking of the beautiful portraits that could be done in that beautiful location.

    • seeingspotsphoto September 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

      Absolutely! So many spots in the Smoky Mountains could be a great backdrop!

      • seeingspotsphoto September 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

        Oops! I mean the Catskills! Lol (Next week’s shot is from TN.)

  2. Mad Hatters NYC September 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Gorgeous pic. And your points are spot on. With the passing of every year, the urgency to actively protect our environment, as well as take time to appreciate and enjoy it, increases exponentially.

    • seeingspotsphoto September 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks! And it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one who feels the urgency!

      • Mad Hatters NYC September 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

        No, you are definitely not alone on that!

  3. Jane Lurie September 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Gorgeous photo and your thoughts are so true. We must actively work to protect our environment for our kids and grandkids. The past couple of months alone should be a loud alarm for all. Agree wholeheartedly, Shannon.

    • seeingspotsphoto September 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jane! I hope more people start to open their eyes about this!

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