We take our environment for granted. We live in our houses. We work in our offices. When it’s rainy we hide. We only go out when it’s sunny and we’re free. But it’s always there. Always growing. Always changing.
There are more of us, more demands on our landscape. Slowly we are loosing what is still owned by Mother Nature. Development has to occur. Changes have to be made and in order to understand what can be lost, our landscape is given a value. These values change according to politics, awareness and ecology. Sometimes we have no idea of what they’re worth until it’s too late.
The places I share are secret and hidden, and I worry exposing them could put them at risk. However, at the same time this exposure could save them. Save them from any future risk, as they could be valued by many for reasons we all understand.
With the impact of Covid and an increase in ‘staycations’ (not to forget the horrific scenes of Durdle Door in the summer of 2020!), we have found a huge amount of pressure suddenly put upon a small amount of locations. This is mainly due to the unawareness of alternatives. These areas do not have the infrastructure in place to support these visitors. This then risks damage. There are many other amazing locations that deserve attention, helping to spread the numbers.
Regardless of this, everything is important. One area can not be compared to another. Like a monkey and a fish having a swimming race. Therefore, care and respect needs to be given to all.
My powers are little. I can’t stop development. I can’t save species. I can’t stop the spread of disease. But what I can do is love it, share it and, even though I may bore people, peel a little onion skin away just enough to intrigue. Trillions has been lost before me and more will be lost after me. So a snap shot of now is all I can present.
I conserve what I can by raising awareness, remembering what has happened in the past and appreciating what exists today.