We spent this weekend at the beach. A caravan park right on the spectacular beachfront at Marengo along the Great Ocean Road. When I saw the recycled bins of bottles and cans I immediately thought of Frank’s photo theme at Dutch Goes the Photo. Any other time I would have walked straight past it but it was a perfect snap of his theme this week.
Trash … with a view. The park is spotless with everyone doing the right thing and putting their rubbish where it’s supposed to be. But it’s not always the case.
Later in the morning we went on a beautiful walk to Shelly Beach. It was a pristine beach marred by a few pieces of rubbish. Such as this bottle cap.
And this sign on the beach that some stupid person had decided to mark. In my opinion this is another form of trash. I’ll never understand the mindless act of graffiti.
Last year we went on a holiday along the Limestone Coast, an area renowned for its secluded and pristine beaches. I remember walking along this beach near Southend and finding fishing nets, cans, bottles, twine, all stuff that could endanger wildlife, washed up by the tide, possibly from shipping vessels.
My daughter, ever the environmentalist, helped pick up the rubbish we found.
She’s always had a concern and passion for protecting the environment and wildlife. But she doesn’t just talk about it, she puts it into action. I’m so proud of her.
Here she is carrying it up the steep rocky track that lead back to the car.
Off the beach and off to find a bin.
We live by this ago old motto when we go camping, particularly when we free camp in the bush or near the beach, where there’s no bins around. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
But sometimes when we see trash lying around we can do our bit and take that out too.
Treat nature with respect and in return we’ll be rewarded with beautiful moments to treasure. We have the power to leave behind a footprint that we can be proud of when we look after our natural surroundings.
Wishing you a happy and mindful week ahead as we continue the journey.
This is in response to Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of “Trash” over at Dutch goes the Photo –