It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then when we free camp I’m disgusted. To find a beautiful place in the mountains or the bush marred by the thoughtless and senseless actions of others really upsets me.
We’ve come across places where garbage has been strewn from one end of a camp site to another. Where bags of rubbish, empty bottles and litter is left carelessly to impact on wildlife and the environment.
We’ve always camped with the belief “what you take in, you take out” and to leave only our footprints. When I started this post, prompted by Frank’s Photo theme this week on Human Impact – I thought of the responsibility we all have on our environment. But I didn’t have any photos of rubbish so I’ve decided instead to showcase the impact and beauty that humans can make when they collaborate and come together.
Nowhere is this more true than where I live.
Every year close to the town’s annual Wattle Festival this grand tree is adorned and decorated. It becomes a central figure in town and highlights the community spirit and creativity that thrives here. I drive past it every day and it always makes me smile.
She stands proudly in the main street. A golden emblem, lovingly knitted and yarn bombed by a passionate few. At Christmas with her “helper elves” she’s transformed yet again and turns red and green.
Draped with pom poms, dressed up and decorated, the tree brings joy to everyone who passes by. Many locals and visitors enjoy the shade and beauty she provides.
Across the road is this yarn bombed train that sprawls across an otherwise unsightly wire fence. Talented hands have created this piece of art that transforms the fence.
In nearby Strathewen this ordinary concrete street sign has a new look. Can you imagine the work that went into crocheting it?
Here the ordinary becomes extraordinary with a bit of creative vision and imagination.
These mosaic mailboxes that I wrote about here a few months ago were created by a passionate group after their community was destroyed by bush fire in 2009. Many people came together to create these mosaic letterboxes which became a symbol of hope.
The positive face of human impact. We can all make a difference.
In the end each and every one of us will have an impact on the world and it’s up to each of us as to what sort of impact that will be.
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
May we all play a part in making a difference – even a small one – in our world and on our journey through life.
Have a great weekend everyone.