A Funeral for Trees
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|I post this truck, a hearse for logs burned in a forest fire which was started by a careless train without a speeder car to follow as is required by law and Burlington Northern knew the law and will be held accountable for it's actions. But the broader picture is what we are doing to our planet. And on this subject I posted some pictures to Trek Nature. Those were of the damaged area of land...and dealt also with clear cutting which adds more damage to a disappearing wilderness of trees. Since I lived in the wilderness for many years as a survivor of serious rigors of 45 below, no power and using solar, no phone and using two way radio, no running water, hauling it by my 4x4 rig, I can tell you the forest mean much to me. And it meant so much to others who ha comments. I replied....|
"What Pablo said is true. Olden times there we steams locomotives which caused many fires. Today however there are many more trains than in olden days, and much less treed areas. It isn't a fair fight for the firs. What Kathleen said is true..."Our hope lays in those resin filled cones". Yes it is a hope, but man and women must stop adding to the problem by clear cutting trees. While neither you nor I do it, large corporations such as Pacific Lumber do it every day. What PaulH said is true, "Hopefully the regeneration will be quick and unhindered here." We do hope and we must act upon those hopes by being PROACTIVE in our own communities. What Ramkathur said is true "In my part of the Himalayas, people deliberately burn down forests so that fresh grasses grow aplenty on the fertile ashes. Though it is a serious crime to do so, monitoring of it is absolutely poor." This must be stopped."
So here is a part of the funeral. At least some good will come from the damaged wood, whether it will warm humans in the long winter or perhaps go to building in third world countries, which I doubt, it still has value even without it's life spirit. Make sure you imprint this message and this funeral in your mind. It will not be the last you shall hear of this problem.
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- [2007-10-27 6:56]
Hi Bob ,
I like this shot and your POV . The truck is well placed in the composition and the colors look natural . Good post with a good presentation and note .
- [2007-10-27 7:27]
It breaks my heart everytime I see those trucks full of logs. Great composition and POV.
- [2007-10-27 10:31]
Good pov both the picture and the note. TFS
Logging trucks like this are an everyday sight in many parts of New Zealand.
Thank goodness they're mostly carting logs from pine forest plantations.
I do get mighty riled though when I see farmers clearing acres of native forest,or when people cut big native trees down.
NZ natives are VERY slow to grow.
Unlike a Sequoia which will reach a hundred feet in 30 - 50 years in New Zealand,our native podocarps such as Miro and Rimu take 400 - 600 years to even pass the juvenile stage! A Miro seed takes 2 and a half years to germinate ... so,as you can imagine,our forests don't regenerate quickly.
NZ has a reputation as being 'clean and green' buyt don't believe all you hear.
THe Department Of Conservation will 'Sell' resource consents to anyone with the right money,and they are forever doing arial drops of 1080 poison through our foreststo killl off possums. Trouble is,it has nearly killed off everything else.
Its pretty hard to find bird life,or life of any sort in our New Zealand forests these days.
A bit of a sad situation really.
- [2007-10-29 2:31]
Powerful notes, Bob
We don't see sights like that here in southern Ontario, of course, but while we were travelling in the Rockies many years ago, I did see them.
I never thought of them quite this way though
I like the title more then picture....