In honor of  April 22 – Earth Day 2017

Pogo – Walt Kelly

There is little about which to feel enthusiastic this year. With the world in turmoil and the U.S. environmental protection agency in disarray, it isn’t going to be a good year for the environment. I hope not every nation will be as cavalier with their resources as we are being.

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2017


  1. swo8 April 19, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Your photos look pristine.


      • Garry Armstrong April 20, 2017 / 12:08 pm

        For some reason, I feel like singing, “Abide With Me”.


  2. Emilio Pasquale April 19, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I hate to click on “Like” on posts such as this. Maybe they should have an “Agree” button?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Su Leslie April 19, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Yep; take my “like” as agreement too.


      • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2017 / 3:11 pm

        I live in hope that we have learned enough to care for our earth even WITHOUT government oversight. Imagine what a significant improvement that would be for everyone.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Su Leslie April 19, 2017 / 3:25 pm

          I think it’s our only hope. So much work here is done by NGOs and armies of volunteers. It would be so much easier if we didn’t have to spend so much time battling the government which seems determined to destroy as much of the natural environment as possible in the shortest possible time.


  3. beadoersite April 19, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Loved your photo’s! Captured the light perfectly.


  4. Martha Kennedy April 19, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    One huge difference between 1970, when Walt Kelly drew this amazing (and loved by me) cartoon, and now is that people have been educated in environmentalism. Just some random examples of changes that have happened in the 47 years… we recycle what we can. The gas we burn is not leaded. Even the most noxious power plants have whatever they can have to make them cleaner. It’s not perfect, and we’re not finished, and I don’t like the cuts to the EPA, but I don’t take such a pessimistic view.

    People are resisting the agenda of Old 45. So far all he’s managed to do is fire some weapons, lose an aircraft carrier, and sign a bunch of “Royal Edicts” that have no power. I personally feel that these are not dark times at all. These might be the “times that try men’s souls” but the continuation of activism and the demands made on legislators to hold town halls both say to me that the citizens aren’t lying down for this.

    He has to go, he and his Rollerball notions of corporate government and his rat-faced family, but in the meantime we fight. 🙂


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      I agree, but for how long? A lot is going to depend on people and what they do — without someone “making them” do it. We get to see if all of this has become part of us and not just something enforced on us. I would like to think we are better than the pigs we were, but this remains to be seen. Anyway, I run that cartoon every year. It was for the first Earth Day and it means something special to me.

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  5. Carol Carlisle April 19, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    One Earth Day at A Time is the he best er can do here in Ca there will be a lot of marches and speechifying


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      If people will hang on to their personal integrity, we wouldn’t NEED Earth Day!


  6. sustainabilitea April 19, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Lovely photos, Marilyn. I agree entirely that we need to do the right things for the earth without regulation by the government (and then they wouldn’t need to regulate.) But people still toss litter everywhere, don’t recycle even when they can do it easily, dump chemicals on their lawns and gardens, and similar things. It gets depressing.



    • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Yes, very. A few years ago, a neighbor decided to poison his weeds and successfully killed off every robin in the area. They literally fell over dead in their nests. I’m sure that wasn’t what he intended, but he didn’t read the labels.

      You don’t have to be intentionally mean-spirited to do a lot of damage … and then there’s the trash! We find it EVERYWHERE. Frequently, in our front yard. I think people toss it from the windows of their cars. I don’t understand it. How hard is it to put it in a bag and throw it away when you get to a bin?


      • sustainabilitea April 19, 2017 / 8:45 pm

        In the park where I walk, there’s not much along the main trail, but the dirt trails that go into the woods seem to be where people go to drink, so there are bottles, cans, food wrappers, and other junk. It infuriates me. If you can haul it in, you should haul it out and that includes dog poop that’s bagged but not taken out!


        • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2017 / 9:06 pm

          We live on a road with no sidewalks. Houses are hundreds of feet apart. And yet … trash. That’s why I figure they have to throw it from car windows.

          All along the edges of the rivers and ponds, little bottles, beer bottles, bags of wrappings from fast food restaurants. It’s very sad.


          • sustainabilitea April 19, 2017 / 9:09 pm

            Our girls used to ask me why people littered and laziness is the only good reason I could come up with.


  7. @sean April 20, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Lovely photos Marilyn. I especially like the bridge shot. Well done.


  8. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread April 20, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Mother Earth would like your beautiful photos. 🙂 If each of us inhabitants of the earth could do just a few small things, we could extend her life.


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 20, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      In the end, we don’t really NEED governments to tell us not to throw trash in the woods. Chemical manufacturers would make plenty of money without creating poisons that kill the birds. I can’t believe we don’t really KNOW what we should be doing.

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  9. Bette A. Stevens April 20, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Lots to be done if we want to keep our country looking like these scenes. Three decades ago, Maine roads and rivers looked like dumping grounds. We’ve come too far to let that happen again.


    • Marilyn Armstrong April 20, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      It looks like it’s going to be up to US to take care of our world. We can’t stop corporations, but we can pick up the trash and seriously encourage others to not dump garbage everywhere. it makes me crazy. We have bundles of trash in our front yard from people who must toss it out of car windows. It’s horrible and I don’t understand why they don’t care.


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