Eric Colbourne

Stopping by the Woods on Earth Day




Stopping by the Woods on Earth Day

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.  



Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, St. John's, Newfoundland:


What better way to begin Earth Day than to seek a few hours of peace and quiet on a city trail--there are many of them winding through well-planned green spaces in the metro area. At 6:00 am, the morning is brisk and sunny. I pack a camera to capture the scenes of solitude.

What one expects of a trail through the forest--a protective canopy and a long line of evergreens embracing a winding path


As I step off the main avenue I am immediately surrounded by forest and lush undergrowth. In the early morning quiet, I fully expect to see a few songbirds flitting through the treetops; the occasional rabbit dashing madly across the trail; or a red fox sitting on its haunches, calculating its next move. Perhaps I'd encounter a moose ready to challenge my presence in its domain. I might even be fortunate enough to glimpse the flash of a brown trout in the meandering stream that runs along my route.


My camera captured a different reality.

What to do with your empty water bottle? 



There must have been a convention of Tim Horton's coffee drinkers here recently. Oh well, the plasticized cups will break down in 450 years.













Two young urbanites with different coffee preferences. Why not leave the empties here with all the other garbage?




Finally, the headwaters of that stream. Might there be some small trout?



Perhaps not, the babbling brook no longer babbles



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