#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 09/May/22

Today, I tip over into 74 years, so I thought I’d treat myself with a picture of one of my favourite paths through the forest. I can’t define why this particular sloping trail through the tall pines so readily speaks to me, but it does. In a short time, some of these trees will be harvested for timber, others will be felled to make way for a new power line due to drive through the forest to feed the new houses being built in a nearby town. Our ever-expanding population makes it hard for nature to sustain other life and will soon make it very difficult for our own species to live as extravagantly as we have for too long. Hopefully (I am ever an optimist) we will stop our greed, overconsumption, addiction to new ‘things’, and wasteful habits that create so much harmful waste. But I won’t be holding my breath for that unlikely occurrence.

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I’m offline till 19th May, so can’t respond to comments, likes, follows, or questions. But please interact and I’ll do my best to catch up with everything on my return. Also, this month will see the last of the daily pictures. But I’ll post a picture of natural beauty once a week. Reason below.

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These daily posts are placed here to encourage joy and respect for the natural world, and to inspire love of a planet that’s a marvel of unlikely coincidences.
If you want to spread joy in our wonderful planet and encourage respect and responsibility for it, please share these posts on social media (‘share’ buttons below make it easy), comment with your thoughts, and help sustain our environment for the future. Thank you. After all, Earth is our only home.
I will be ending this series at the end of May, as it’s somewhat overtaken a website I set up to talk about books and writing, and this has taken a back seat for some time. I started this series of daily posts at the start of the Covid pandemic when many people were confined to their homes, unable to get out and enjoy nature. Now it’s time for me to return to my writing, which also tends to encourage a love of nature, even when the stories may be set in an alien or a future environment.

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