Aging in Nature

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, (1909-1966) Polish poet

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All across the United States there are beautiful old structures that have withstood the elements of nature and the test of time. Even in their various states of decay such architecture still provides interest to the landscape, protection to local wildlife, and a reason for pause and reflection regarding man’s use of our planet’s natural resources throughout history.

The Most Important Resource

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Other than cropping, I have not retouched this photo in any way.  When I first uploaded it to my computer I was astounded at just how blue the water appeared.  This shot is of a lake that I occasionally visit.  I took it in October.  Perhaps the cool fall weather and the angle of the sun has something to do this vibrant blue color?  I’m not sure, but I did love the result. I could sit on the shores of a lake for hours watching its movement, the change in the skies above it, the stages of the sun crossing it, and the animals and birds that live around it.  Living in the state with 10,000 lakes has certainly made me appreciative of lakes and the ecosystems they support.  Water is so precious to life.

In February of 2015, National Geographic magazine published a special issue focused on the subject of water.  I learned from this issue that the primary way all of us will experience climate change will be through the water cycle — droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack and overall shortages of water to grow our food and supply our cities.  I decided I wanted to make a positive difference, so I took a quiz that the magazine offered. I learned a few things about myself and hope to make some changes in my daily life to conserve water.  If you are interested in taking the quiz too, here is the link to it:

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/

As always, I thank you for stopping by!