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Saturday, January 7, 2012
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I took this photo not long ago in Harriman State Park in New York State, while on a hike. Not exactly a very scenic location. It looks very messy, like something caused by human activity. Almost like a junkyard. You want to blame someone for despoiling nature once again.

But no, no humans have been fooling around up on this mountain top. This is a 100% natural mess. Nature is not all glorious sunrises and majestic flowing streams. Humans didn’t invent messy clutter. Like everything else, we just learned it from Mother Nature.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 9:24 pm      

  1. Jim, Ok, messy. But also interesing. I do see some living plants, even a tree or three, I think. Makes me wonder and speculate about what caused the other plants to die and still keep some of the greens living.

    The contrast between the absolutely beautiful sky and the ground is also interesting. The ground looks somewhat “desert-y”; but perhaps it is not; it seems more “stripped” somehow. Likely not “desert-y” because in the foreground is some kind of green fungus growing on a rock, or so it seems; and the desert does not have fungus growing in it; fungus requires some water in some form.

    All the dead, stripped branches make me wonder if a storm passed through, demolishing everything in it’s path; and now nature is starting it’s inevitable regrowth. Even the bare slabs of rock make me think that something stripped them. Wind from a storm? In that case perhaps it’s a picture of the strength and beauty of nature returning to the life it had before. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — January 8, 2012 @ 7:58 am

  2. Jim, Another tho’t: The silhouette of the stark, stripped, dead trees and the 2 green trees against that absolutely beautiful sky is an amazing contrast.

    Love this picture. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — January 8, 2012 @ 8:01 am

  3. Jim, I’ve had another tho’t about this picture. It dawned on me somewhere over the weekend that the trees might not be dead but simply leafless for the winter and will sprout leaves come spring.

    Perhaps given enough time, this area will turn into a mini-forest.

    For me, this picture is acting somewhat like a mini-Rorshach, I think. I keep reading into it. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — January 9, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

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