Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lest We Forget...

Yes, there are many beautiful things to see and do in California, but if there was one thing I took home from that trip, it is that we need to guard our environment. Although many people speak of the west coast as a hotbed of liberal tree-huggers, the oil platforms that looked spitting distance from the beach begged to differ. What California has is a bounty of nature and an over abundance of people. The photo here is what I saw on the beach at Fort Cronkite park just north of San Francisco. The water was a nice clear blue and people were all about, surfing, jogging or just getting sun. I'm standing there looking at different kinds of dead animals and wondered just what it would have taken to kill them all. I've never seen anything like this in Florida, except for after an oil spill. Is this what Florida is destined for? Environmentalists have been worrying about the Florida ecosystem for over 50 years, and I'm not sure they slowed things down much at all. To think that John D. MacDonald was bemoaning the beachfront condos back in the 1960's. If only he knew what was coming after...or perhaps he did.

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