Are you aware of what a gift we have in the State and National Parks in this country?
The Blogging Challenge
As an attempt to improve on my blogging skills, I am trying out a series of challenges provided by WordPress University. The first of these was titled “For Posterity” and the challenge was to present something that you felt was very important to preserve.
In May, my wife and I went for the first time to experience some of our National Parks in Utah and Colorado. To say that I was amazed would be a huge understatement. These national treasures are so special that there are literally no words that do this justice. At the same time, if we don’t speak out about things as important as this, we are failing to do our duty to make people aware of how glorious a gift we have here.
Awareness may be the most important thing that I could hope to pass on to posterity. Not just to my children but to all children of this world. This is something that seems to be missing in today’s world. People go through their day’s in a haze. A million messages flashing before us on screens small and large and every surface we pass by. And yet, how little we are aware of.
While in the National Parks, I could see how some people were awed by the grandeur and beauty. At the same time, I saw careless tourists who raced for spot to spot, climbing over delicate natural formations to make silly faces and take selfies. Some people were aware while others were not. Some, like me, felt a grateful reverence for everything from the incredible vistas to the tiny wild flowers. Others, seem to think this was an amusement meant only for their passing fancy.
If we can not be aware and appreciative of that which is around us, the importance of things passes us by. Life becomes a progression of titillations. Always looking for the new thrill but never being satisfied. This is evident in the “entertainment” that we view now. Each new show must be more spectacular, more shocking, more ludicrous and by doing so, each thing that was previously unacceptable becomes more common.
A challenge for all of us
I had a challenge to discuss something that was important for posterity. So here it is: a challenge to all of us. Can we become more aware and more appreciative of the treasures that surround us in nature and in the people who fill our daily lives will we continue to follow the downward spiral of voyeurism that drives today’s world?
Visitor’s Center Overlook
Dead Horse Point State Park
Moab, Utah, USA
Nikkor 18-105mm lens
18mm at 1/125 sec – f/16 – ISO400
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