Trashing the USA – pt. 4

Mixed nuts

In the fourth post in this series, we encounter a variety of offenses that I have seen on more than one occasion.

This scene I found on the sidewalk within 5 yards of a trashcan that was available for all to use; and, yes, there was even a disposal receptacle for cigarettes!  It may just be that the dirt of late-winter snow encouraged the behavior, but I can still not find this to be excusable in any way.

The view of the sidewalk….

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It’s everywhere…

As an ex-smoker, I can connect with the sense that dropping a cigarette butt somewhere is only a minor offense, until it is multiplied by all those who follow suit.  However, after one tops off their windshield-washer fluid, how can one not find the decency to deposit the fluid container into the trashcan?

Have a great day!

Connecting to the Out of this World WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, as one’s mind has to be out of this world to perpetrate this act.

Trashing the USA – pt. 3

Waste of calories?

In the third post in this series, there is a bit of debris that I found in a parking lot.

Not only were these poor cans deposited onto the tarmac unceremoniously, but they received a full measure of compression that reduced their recycling value to an absolute minimum.

The scene of the crime….

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Assault and Flat-tery

No calories were harmed in this incident.  Upon completion of accident investigation, these forlorn aluminum brethren were given a proper disposal

Have a great day!

Connecting to the rather appropriate Messy WordPress Daily Prompt!

Trashing the USA – pt. 2

Kicking a can down the road

In this second post in my new series, we look at some more debris that seems to be ubiquitous in our great country.  Some days I feel that there is so much beauty that surrounds us everywhere that people have lost sight of the importance of maintaining our connection with the planet.

When there is ample opportunity to dispose of trash in a recyclable manner, it is an indictment of humanity’s desire to preserve the pristine environment that once existed. Have we really given up on our home planet?  It’s likely that Earth will outlive our species by a significant amount of time, regardless of what we do to her.  Let’s turn our focus to preserving the human race in mind, body, spirit and environment.

One of many items that do not belong….

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Kickstart deNaturalizer

The drink may have kickstarted someone’s day, but that boost didn’t give them the energy to make a smart decision with the empty can.

Have a great day!

Connecting to the anonymity of the Face in the Crowd WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Trashing the USA

Ice baby, ice!

No, this is not a political post!  I just want to share that I’m starting a new series of images that have been inspired by what I tend to encounter during my jogs and walks throughout this country: litter, trash, detritus!  My intent is not just to document these eyesores, but to put a style around them, which will be an interesting challenge!

Here’s the first item….

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Stone cold detritus

Walking past the high school in town, it’s clear that there either are parties that parents might not know about, or this bottle was thrown out the window, while driving past.  Either way, not what we hope to see!

Have a great day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 15

A great set of trash(y) photos!

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge was a little different to say the least.  All participants were challenged to photograph trash, which is not your everyday photography subject 🙂

Part of the reason begind this challenge was to stretch photographic muscles a bit by finding the beauty in something inherently ugly.  As expected, the entries were fantastic with some true gems of trashy photography!

After the couch, here’s another one of my trash images…

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It’s everywhere…

This photo is both about the debris left behind, but also brings some structure to the foreground in the orderly pattern of the bricks.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Emily’s exploration of the uses of detritus and its treatment in Zombie Flamingos showed a very positive side in a great post.
  • Sonya, in her blog Middleton Road, showed a beautiful image of trash that was gorgeously composed!
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, recovered strawberry plants from what she thought was trash in a great post that reminds us that love is all there is.
  • Judith writes a blog titled Nature Knows Best, in which she wrote about flowers getting treated like trash.
  • Steve’s new blog Steve Newcomb Photography, sported a great take on the trash that is generated by the tabloids!
  • Nikki’s post in her blog, A Kinder Way, found trash all over the place in lots of different guises!
  • Miriam, of the Out an’ About blog, showed us that we can improve the world around us!

A truly fantastic array of posts!!  Thanks to everyone for participating!!

I have a somewhat cleaner topic in mind for this week, which you’ll see tomorrow morning.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trash

Showing another side of trash!

In this, the 15th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I challenge you to look for subject matter that you might ignore most of the time, as it’s not the most glamorous of material to photograph: Trash aka Rubbish, Refuge or the Detritus of Civilization!

The challenge that I pose to you is to depict the trash in a way that brings interest to the photo.  Use composition, color, humor or any other technique that makes it likely that someone else will look at the image you created and have some type of emotional response, be it a pensive moment or a chuckle.

There are lots of times when we look at some item that has been thrown away carelessly and we shake our head with a certain amount of ennui; see, if you can take that moment and turn it into something creative.

Such as what happened to me, as I almost drove by this scene, where someone had dumped their couch about 50 yards from the Town of Shirley dumping station.  After an initial head shake, I decided that the color composition was too precious not to capture it; the bright red of the couch against the deep greens worked rather nicely.

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Lonely Couch

So, let’s see, if you can dazzle your followers with some inspiring trashy pictures!  Of course, you’re going to succeed and show a side of trash that makes us all think and/or smile!

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This should be a fun challenge with lots of interesting images, and make you look at the world around you with a slightly different eye 🙂

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Let’s Talk Some Trash!

Broncos will be busted with some Patriot missiles!!

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Return for Refill!

The work week is coming to an end once again, or at least slowing down a bit, as there will be some testing that I’ll continue over the weekend.

Of course, like most of you, I have plans for the weekend, but most of them will be rather pleasant and relaxing, as I’m not overdoing it after fighting off this nasty stomach bug!  So here it goes…

  • Guitar lesson on Saturday!  Yes, this will be an hour of fun, as my guitar teacher makes it enjoyable and ensures that at the end of an hour’s playing, I always feel better about my ability than I should realistically.
  • The basement project shall continue…I’ll at least spend a couple of hours to further progress.  Baby steps!!
  • Hang with the dogs!  Did I ever mention that Cardigans are a blast to hang around with?
  • Hopefully not clear too much snow…the forecasters are saying that most will stay south of us, but you never know!
  • And watch the all-important game this weekend, as the Patriots exact revenge on the Broncos to complete their next step in the Farewell Goodell Tour!  Sorry Peyton (not really), but this is not your time, as Brady has his weapons of choice and will not be denied!

Enough trash talk for the moment!  What are your plans for the weekend?  Whatever they are, have a great one!!