I remember, as a child, dusting off large albums filed with family photographs. I would sit with my mother and listen as she would try and guess just what or who the picture was of. This morning, as I began my post of Earth Day I turned on my computer and scrolled through the images on the screen. I played the same game in my head. Where was that? What year? I have dated the pictures below, but to be honest, anything older than last year I'm not sure of. I'm not testifying to those dates in court.
The second thing I thought of, as I looked at pictures of mountains and animals, and one large tree with thousands of carvings was the manipulation of it all. I love Walt Disney World because of the unrealistic environment it brings us, but at the same time, as I look at those photographs on this Earth Day I couldn't help but morn the way we humans have manipulated the Earth. I might mistake the picture I have of Everest for the real thing, if I didn't already know that it is just a roller coaster made from steal. That Tree of Life? Its concrete. Those leaves are plastic. I decided not to post those images, to instead offer you pictures of real flowers, real animals. I have left one pumpkin. Its real. But it is growing down from the ceiling instead of up from the ground and as you can see, the little guy is earning its ears. Take some time today to remember that we live on a planet filled with more than just buildings, freeways and parking lots.