(Taken in the Redwood forest of Northern California)

“The spirit lives in quiet contemplation of the forest and the woods. A part of the stream and river always leaving…never understood. Surrounded by mountain, pasture, clover and land. Never asking for a handout …only a helping hand.”

We as a modern society live our lives to the fullest extent possible rarely giving thought to what damage we are doing to the world around us. Most of us were raised believing that all was good and that all would continue to stay that way without effort or thought on our part. But the truth if far from that naive thought. On a daily and moment by moment basis we are slowly creating a world that can not be inhabited by even the lowly frog…much less the blessed generations that will come after us. It is not too late to “do something about it” but it is getting close to being too late. The glaciers are melting, the polar caps too. Thousands of Gods creations are extinct at our hands and many more will soon be too. Doing small things does help and is worth the effort: recycling, thinking before we buy something that doesn’t really need to be replaced….buying things that are easily recycled or composted…buying cleaning products that do not destroy the environment…so many small things…each one helping…and adding up to a larger change. We can not undue all of the damage we have done but we can lessen our current impact. Natural cycles will always occur causing melt offs or giant freezes. Volcanoes will destroy entire villages and towns…we can not change what nature does…only what we do. So make a change today…something small…something that you will remember to continue to do. You will feel better and the earth will too.

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi with an 18-55mm lens.

  1. in a series of manipulation of the same image.

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E.R. was raised admiring the beauty of the Northern California coast. As a teen and young man he spent many years helping his Grandfather and then Father mine for gold in the stunning hills of Southern Oregon. He then spent a career in the service of his country. He was lucky enough to get to see a portion of this beautiful planet and develop an appreciation for the differences and sameness of the peoples of the world.
“Beauty is everywhere if you just pause long enough to see it”.

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  • toriyule
    toriyulealmost 5 years ago

    Amazing sculpture! I don’t think this spirit would be too happy with us, how in less than 300 years we have destroyed so much of our beautiful planet. You’re right, everyone has to do their part. Great image and important message.

  • Thank you so much Tori…you are such a gem…special, unique and hard to find….rare indeed. I am continuing to try to change my bad ways and to learn more about wind, solar and geothermal power. I am starting to save up to switch to one of them. My next car will be a hybrid or better…I wish I could afford one now…rather than driving my Tundra…something I always wanted and now realize how inefficient it is. Dang.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • ej29
    ej29almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot…..great image!!!

  • Thank you so much!
    I am not sure if this is my final edit on this piece…I might have to readdress it after I improve my Photoshop skills.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful find and great shot!

  • Thank you Tama!
    There are so many wonderful chain saw artists in the Northern California and Southern Oregon woods…my hats off to all of them!

    – E.R. Bazor

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

    Aloha E.R., I enjoy your wonderful story. The wood carving is beautiful.

  • Thank you Sharon!
    You are too kind…so sweet!

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Kat36
    Kat36almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, the detail is excellent! :)

  • Thank you Kat!
    I worked and reworked this shot to try to get that carving to look like it was straight up and down…the problem is it had settled or the trees were growing toward the sun…or both. No matter what I did something didn’t look straight. Maybe I will try blurring out the trees…yea…just get rid of the problem….you have to love modern technology.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 5 years ago

  • WOW!!!
    Thank you very…very much!!!
    This has been a rough day…with my bronchitis…and our new kitten in the vet hospital…having something nice happen…is a great change.

    – E.R. Bazor

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you very much Tama!
    It was a great surprise.

    – E.R. Bazor

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