I know it's a harsh statement, but this comes from a huge disappointment. Many of you know I love hiking, nature, wildlife. While so many love images of the trees arching over a road, others recklessly clear cut the trees. It takes years for the trees to create that lovely arch and only moments for humans to destroy it. One of my favorite roads that used to have exactly that is now gone, cut down by developers.
Additionally, while hiking, I found several areas where vandals spray painted trees and left litter.
A recent case of vandals in our parks doing larger destruction than litter: Vandal's Destroy Rock Formation at Oregon State Park.
This year, there were numerous examples of vandalism, trespassing, and disregard in National Parks.
I know that not all humans are so careless and selfish. There are many who are aware and try to conserve. But sadly, too many are destroying natural resources, taking more and more than they need, or just selfishly destroying things for their own thrill or social media "fame."
So my questions are:
Why do we need to demolish an entire forest to build strip malls when 10 or 20 miles away, there are empty strip malls and building that would work perfectly well?
And why is social media and a few moments of a thrill worth destroying something that took more years than humans were on earth in order to form?
This is exactly why I do not want GPS in my camera. I will not tag or identify locations where I photograph. While many wouldn't damage and just want to enjoy, it just takes a handful to ruin a spectacular place. I will not take the risk of being responsible for leading a destructive person to my favorite places.