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California Redwoods [deviantART]
This isn’t actually a photo, it’s a Crysis screenshot :P
It’s nice to live near this sort of thing. When the world gets nuts (which seems to be more and more often, these days), I can hop on my motorcycle and be, within an hour or so (often less), in the kind of place where this sort of view is common. Very common.
If I ever left California (which I’m not planning anytime soon… but, hey, one never knows), this sort of place — as well as being able to be standing on dramatic windswept and ocean-carved cliffs looking down on the crashing Pacific Ocean in 40 minutes or less from the moment I stand-up out of my easy chair and decide to so do — is among the things I’d miss most.
I grew-up in the “Miller” (now erroneously called the “Miller Beach”) section of Gary, Indiana — right on the southern tip of Lake Michigan — and so living near a great body of water is something to which I’ve become accustomed, and which I’ve learned that I can almost not live without…
…and now that I’m in Northern California, I’ve added living not too terribly far from a great and beautiful forest to my list of can’t (or at least difficult to) do withouts.
Now, all that having been said, here’s something to ponder as one enjoys the above forest photo: At this very moment, in places like Peru, where gold mining is being stepped-up because of the skyrocketing gold values in this economy, some 13,000 acres per day of beautiful forests like this are being cleared for mining purposes. In South America, specifically, the forests being cleared for mining in Peru are at the west-southwesternmost end of a giant rainforest which, alone, produces some 20% of the world’s oxygen. Depending on whose research you believe, some more than from 50 to 150 acres of forest are cleared from the surface of the earth every minute of every day. That’s right, I wrote MINUTE.
At that rate, it won’t be too terribly long (not even the beginnings of a blink of an eye in geologic time) before photos like that above are very close to all we’ll longingly have left.
Gregg L. DesElms
Napa, California USA
is there anyway to get a better resolution? I did the right-click and set as background and its way pixelated…
oops…figured it out!
I live in the south west corner of West Australia. we have trees here that are the second tallest trees in the world they are called a Karri tree. this is the only place they grow and our Forrest looks like this in the morning mists. we are only about 10 minutes from the famous Margaret River beach and all our coastline around here is just beaut. I understand how you cant move away from it. I love it too.
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