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Weekend Wanderings

2013 July 12

Last week, we asked for your reflections on your favorite tree. Here was our favorite response shared on this blog and Facebook:

“My favorite tree may just be the D.H. Lawrence Tree in San Cristobal, NM – a giant sequoia at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, which Georgia O’Keeffe once painted. I just happened to look up while reclining on a bench outside the Lawrence cabins, and there it was — completely recognizable from my having seen the painting, even though I had no idea where the tree in the painting was in real life! I suppose that was partly the power of the painting — but I think it was mostly that like me, the artist recognized the power of the tree. — Shelley Winship” Read the other responses on Facebook.

This weekend’s question: What’s Not Quite Right?

There has been much progress for our environment over the past four decades. This has been the result of greater government protections, but also because of the continued level of public awareness and action. This weekend, share your thoughts. As you walk down a nearby path, canoe down a stream, or drive to the grocery store – what small thing do you notice that’s not right, not just yet?

Paul_in_SV Creek Cleanup, Los Gatos Creek, San Jose, CA May 15, 2013.

For me, it’s many things of course, but one recent moment inspired this post. Cigarette butts are not biodegradeable. Talk about small things, but it’s a telling small thing. Stopped at a stoplight, I had a moment to ponder out my window. As I looked down, I saw piles of cigarette butts lining the edge of the roadway. What are we thinking, when we toss things out of our cars? Perhaps it’s simply that we aren’t thinking. It’s those tiny things, those small moments that are hard to catch, but make all the difference for the quality of our world.

I hope you’ll take a minute to share your thoughts with us and a picture too. What about our environment, is not quite right in your eyes? We’ll share our favorite story here, next Friday.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

- Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA Project lead for State of the Environment

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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