Sticks and Rocks


A springtime wonder.

Rocks. Broken Wood. Sticks.

New growth in the middle of all of that. The dog found it with her inquisitive nose. All I did was make the picture. And, frame it on the scene. And, further reframe it in post production, where I also made the image sparkling and glowing.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that humans and canines are also a part of nature. Dogs are a  good force in nature. They are little zen masters. They act in the moment. They forgive easily. They are always friendly if a human lets them be.

Meanwhile, humans. Not so much. The more I see, travel and I read, the more I’m convinced that we are the most destructive force on earth. Yeah, yeah. Big hurricanes and earthquake do a lot of damage. But, that just nature’s way. It isn’t intentional. It isn’t mean-spirited. It isn’t for some profit motive. Nature seeks stasis. That’s all.

You can draw your own conclusions. Me? I think it’s time to act way more than we have. And, I think it’s time to think. How’s that for a bit of very weird writing? It’s clean up time. No matter what the current political climate is in Washington. No matter what big corporations think. Some of this starts with the very tools we use every day, like this computer. Digital trash is as bad a pollutant as there is. It needs to be recycled responsibly. And, the chain must be followed and monitored.

Here’s why.

I was talking to an online friend about this. Here in New Orleans — and in Albuquerque, New Mexico — where I lived after Hurricane Katrina, there are recycling programs of a sort. Here’s how it works. Me, feeling good about what I was doing sorted everything. Glass. Paper. Plastic. You know. How you do.

In NOLA we take it to a recycling center. In New Mexico it was picked up like curbside garbage. Here’s where both results are the same. My nicely sorted recyclables were dumped into one pile and were taken to a normal landfill where they were dumped along with the rest of the garbage, never to be sorted again.

WTH?

We, as human beings who only have one planet to live on, must manage this process. We can do better. We can force the people who claim to handle our recycling to actually do it. After all…

One more thing. This isn’t for me. Or, my generation. This is for the future. Our children. Our grandchildren. And, their children. It’s a long game. Even if we can’t see the results.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

18 thoughts on “Sticks and Rocks

  1. RAY!!! It’s Liz from Tucson. I’m back at my old E_mail address and catching up on STORYTELLER. Love to be hear back from work your email. My contacts got wiped out. Hope all is well with you and your family Have a beautiful day Ray!

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    1. Dee, the one thing we can do is pick up wherever we are. I do that. Even though it’s about .000001% of what needs to be done, it’s something. Also, I write a lot of letters… the mayor here knows me well. First, he knew me as a photographer. Now, he knows me as a citizen.

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  2. Hello my ol’ friend. My new email is my old one. I have, to catch WAY UP on STORYTELLER.
    Hope to hear back from you soon
    . Liz Carter, Az.

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      1. I had dropped out from internet communication. I’ve missed emailing you. Let’s catch up soon please. I feel so exposed with t h is open forum….Loving your GORGEOUS photos! Give my love to the fury brigade. And your family. Truly special people you all are.

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  3. Oh! And I have had an old Queen of NOLA song stuck in my head. “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is, Would Understand”
    Ahhh…the discovery of it all…..

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