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Light from Darkness.
Child walking into his home.
Ugandan Cow Pasture
The Water Pump
Ugandan woman standing on the sidewalk
Moon rising over Yosemite
Algonquin Reflection
Finding the perfection in the imperfection, She's 15 and treasures natures gifts not texts
Frog in Lilly
San Francisco moments before being swallowed by fog while crossing the San Mateo bridge
The strength of water
Les Feuilles
Chilly Yak
Serene seaside at Kovalam, Kerala, India
Night Veil
Heavens Wonder
Lord of Darkness
Three Eagles in Ketchikan Alaska
A girl washes her face
A Buddhist monk meditating at Lumbini
A girl in the rainforest
13th Annual Photo Contest
Les Feuilles

A sustainable travel project is one in which no matter how far you travel, you are using your journey to educate others on sustainability and protecting the earth. Depicted in my photo are les feuilles: the leaves. Les feuilles de papier: the pieces of paper. There is such a minute difference between the French words for leaves and for pieces of paper. Even as physical objects, there are only subtle differences between them. Each essentially grows from a tree; a fact society tends to ignore. People instinctually associate leaves with trees. Not only are they beautiful pieces of nature for visual pleasure, but leaves are also necessary for the survival of trees and other surrounding foliage. Although they produce the oxygen we breathe, we do not acknowledge their importance in our survival. Instead, we, like parasites, pierce their hosts, stealing material to produce our “critical” day-to-day resource, paper. Despite the world’s growing recycling habit, it will probably never be enough to save all trees from annihilation. How many people, when recycling a piece of paper, really think about the amazing wooden being initially sacrificed for it? When does it become real that something once living, decorated with leaves, is now dead for the sake of putting words or pictures on a page? When will we acknowledge that we are the nails penetrating the soft, tender, wood at the stake? We can take a moment of our day to imagine it all, but nothing we can think of will have as much impact as seeing our man-made resource nailed to a tree; slowly killing the tree’s beauty; causing its leaves, its sustenance, to drop dead to the hard ground below.

TAGS: Irony, Leaves, Ohio, Paper, Sustainable Travel, Tree, United States

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Date Taken: 08.2014
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