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  • A fabulous post and pictures to go with it. I was just thinking the same thing yesterday while watching a group of people flick their cigarette butts all over the ground….Disgusting and sad. Good for you for taking the initiative to help make a difference. If only we could all do the same…

    Sandy (Momisodes)’s last blog post..Read It FIRST!

    January 28, 2008
  • Amen.

    Suzanne’s last blog post..Suzanne’s Soundtrack Sunday: Novelties

    January 28, 2008
  • My word. That last picture is… shocking. Did you seriously take that?? It’s breathtaking.

    Makeshift Mama’s last blog post..Made in Thailand

    January 28, 2008
  • Glad you are being proactive and just sitting back stewing about it. Its good that you are taking Braden on the walk to clean up, if we teach them early that littering is unacceptable, we can hopefully have more beauty in nature.

    Great post as always.

    Kara – down to earth mommy’s last blog post..Trading one obsession for another.

    January 28, 2008
  • goregous pics, and i agree that it is amazing that people treat the planet that way then wonder why it looks the way it does. Good luck tommorow with your appointment!

    Mackenzie’s Momma’s last blog post..Shelter Sundays

    January 28, 2008
  • That last pic is beautiful.
    It makes me mad too when I see how people just think it is ok to throw trash on the ground. What kind of person thinks that is OK?
    Great post.

    jennifer’s last blog post..My Thanks and My Craft Closet

    January 28, 2008
  • Arghhh, rubbish drives me mad. People seem to think that because they are on a rural road, that no one sees their junk!

    Veronica’s last blog post..Loads and Loads of Bling!

    January 28, 2008
  • Well said! If only they would listen.
    That last photo was just unbelievably beautiful!
    I want that on my desktop!
    Hugs!

    lilknitter’s last blog post..Playing Catch Up

    January 28, 2008
  • great yet very sad then great again ,, It is very sad how people just let it go about everything these days.

    Just a mom’s last blog post..DAY 27,, IT’S RAINING IT’S POURING,,,

    January 28, 2008
  • You are giving Braden such a gift when you teach him to care about things that are (relatively) small, like this. Sometimes I give myself a pat on the back when I see my kids being so much more conscientious than say, the neighbor’s brats, er kids, who toss their trash wherever they happen to be standing.

    Beautiful post.

    Jenni’s last blog post..Scrolling Saturday- Modest New Mom, Oxymoron?

    January 28, 2008
  • I’ll be honest – I throw my butts on the ground – nothing else, but still. Not in any forested areas, like, on the sidewalk. Here in beauty BC, we’ve got just high enough homeless/drug populations that most of our butts disappear for *ahem* other uses.

    You must be a mom. Now I feel guilty.

    zoeyjane’s last blog post..Let’s Cook the Rainbow

    January 28, 2008
  • Huckdoll

    Ooh. That was way intense. Yes. Spoiled and pampered, you got it right on. Props to you and the kiddos planning to head back to do it up right.

    You are the salt of the earth.

    Huckdoll’s last blog post..I Like Stuff

    January 28, 2008
  • Great post, Lotus. So true. I get angry when people are thoughtless enough to litter even in places that aren’t so gorgeous just because it’s so inconsiderate. You are giving Braden a chance to grow into a really decent guy who understands the concept of respect.

    Maggie’s last blog post..Weekly Winners Sunday 1/27/08

    January 28, 2008
  • Great thoughts, lady. I have one to add:

    I hope that instead of throwing away the bottles and cans, you will recycle them. Does your area have a recycling program? We are pretty spoiled in Denver with an incredible program that takes bottles, cans, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and all kinds of plastic.

    Just one more step closer to really appreciating Beauty in Nature.

    imaginary sarah’s last blog post..I will beet you

    January 28, 2008
  • Good girl, I am pleased that you will take a garbage bag with you on your next walk.. Not pleased that you have to do it. but pleased that braden will Not be a litterer…
    the only hope for our planet is for our children to be ‘greener than we were”

    smootches to you lotus.. you are a good girl..xxx

    frogpondsrock’s last blog post..Monday Means Meme Mayhem

    January 28, 2008
  • Taz

    what an awesome post..

    January 28, 2008
  • Great pictures!

    Go get ‘em! Your family can conquer the trash on your path.

    Now if everyone else would do the same or at least put their own crap in the can!

    Beth_C’s last blog post..My Celebrity Look Alike?

    January 28, 2008
  • It disgusts me what people have done, and continue to do to our earth.

    Good for you for doing your part to help. I think I will have to do the same thing b/c on our walk, just through our neighborhood, I saw a lot of junk on the ground.

    Great post!

    Secret Agent Mama’s last blog post..Project 365 (158ab/365)

    January 28, 2008
  • That was a terrific post, and the last picture was unbelievable!

    Braden will probably love helping clean up, and it’s teaching him some valuable stuff!

    Melisa’s last blog post..No View From the Top

    January 28, 2008
  • Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Litter is pretty disgusting – people are a bunch of pigs.

    January 28, 2008
  • This post is beautiful, even beyond your last picture =)

    January 28, 2008
  • Great post! And Great reminder to all of us to notice these things!!! Every little bit helps, so that’s a great step to take…and teaching Braden the lesson is just as important!! Good for you!

    Sadie’s last blog post..I can’t believe I forgot…

    January 28, 2008
  • I know.. I hate that people can make such a mess… I mean is it really that hard to put it in a trash can where it belongs! Good for yu for doing something about it!

    January 28, 2008
  • First of all, very funny, but I did the EXACT same thing yesterday. I had one of those days when I just needed to get away. ALONE. I originally was going to go shopping for the day. But then I thought that spending money on stuff I really do need would only make me feel worse. So I grabbed my camera and went for a walk! It felt GREAT!!!

    Great pictures, again. And yes, the trash is sickening. I especially have a problem with the cigarette butts because I see SO many smokers that do this all the time! UGH!

    Irene’s last blog post..Mornings, kids, sleeping in?

    January 28, 2008
  • First of all, that last picture is gorgeous.
    Second, I agree that walking and getting fresh air is good for the soul. I’m a lot less blue/cranky now that I take daily walks and slow down on the way home to look at everything around me. I do forget my camera most of the time, so I have to work on that.
    Finally, yes, you are so so right about the way people treat the world that we were lucky enough to emerge from. IT’s a beautiful place in so many ways and it seems like the masses are out to destroy it. Here in Gent there aren’t very many patches of nature. Tons of gothic towers but not too many trees and I still cringe when I see the amount of grabage thrown into some parts of the streets and sidewalks, especially in the less affluent neighborhoods (um, like the adjacent street to ours…or hell, even ours). Good for you for taking that step to make a difference. And double good for you for teaching Braden such an important lesson so early in his life. It’s where he’ll spend the rest of it, after all.

    Lilacspecs’s last blog post..Time To Make A Change

    January 28, 2008
  • MP

    They last one really knocked my socks off..but I know what you mean, I tried taking pictures of leaves at the neighbhorhood park and ran into the same thing…lazy is what it is..

    MP’s last blog post..A girly thing to do…

    January 28, 2008
  • amy

    Litter makes me crazy. I do not understand how people can do it. It is the ultimate in laziness and complete and total disrespect. I carry a trash bag while hiking so I can pick up other people’s garbage. Very very sad.

    amy’s last blog post..It’s OK Except When It Sucks

    January 28, 2008
  • So. frustrating. Good post today (not unlike every day, but you know what I mean.) Makes us think. Thanks.

    Sister Honey Bunch’s last blog post..Simple is the New Black

    January 28, 2008
  • Andrea

    Good for you for deciding to pick it up! Responsible and thoughtful people will always have to clean up the messes of those who are not, from social welfare to your environmental welfare, the latter which I appreciate very much. Thank you for loving Nature!

    Andrea’s last blog post..20 Things I Love About My Husband

    January 28, 2008
  • Z

    Beautiful nature photos! I do the same thing myself – once a week I take my camera out to see the Natural Beauty around me. And I also have to train my eyes not to look down at all the un-natural man-made trash that is ruining that beauty… Glad you are taking steps to getting rid of those things on your walk!

    Z’s last blog post..Random Beauty: Bits and Pieces

    January 28, 2008
  • justmylife

    Beautiful pics! I see the same thing on our road, and it drives me crazy. I try to pick up some of the trash as I walk but, there is so much at times its hard to keep up. Good for you, picking up and teaching the baby to do it too, I’m glad he has a “teacher” to show him the beauty in the world.

    justmylife’s last blog post..I’m alive and giving Thanks!

    January 28, 2008
  • So frustrating to see crap in a sea of beauty. But unfortunately, that goes for people, too.
    Beautiful pics! Even the trash ones are good!

    January 28, 2008
  • When I was a Girl Scout, my troop leader said that if we’d all pick up one more piece of garbage than we create, before long the world would be cleaned of the debris like what you photographed. Go get ‘em!

    Donna’s last blog post..The Camel Revisited

    January 28, 2008
  • Penelope Anne

    In addition to the garbage bad and recycling bags….add gloves, heavy duty work gloves, you can get a 5 pack cheap, and it doesn’t hurt to put some plastic ones on under them. And have sanitizer handy for the end of the project.
    We do this regularly, and we used to do our church’s clean-up for the Adopt-a-Highway program.
    I hate to see litter, but we live on a county highway and it is inevitable.
    Nice pics of the pretty things though, I tried to get some this weekend but the frost melted too fast for me, I got one shot.

    Penelope Anne’s last blog post..Just another Manic Monday…wish it was

    January 28, 2008
  • Good for you! If I lived near you I would join you. Instead, I’ll just do my part here (when it gets arem enough to, anyway!)

    Jeanette’s last blog post..Computer Broken Blues

    January 28, 2008
  • It makes me proud to “know” someone who will actually do something about the mess.

    My favorite shot? The last one.

    Sleeping Mommy’s last blog post..A major award!

    January 28, 2008
  • wonderful post! And good for you for doing something about it. I hate when I am at a stop light and see all of those BUTTS!

    And gorgeous sky photos!

    Blessings,
    K

    Karla ~ Looking Towards Heaven’s last blog post..UBP Designs

    January 28, 2008
  • Wow, you can make trash look so beautiful!

    Robyn’s last blog post..january twenty-seven

    January 28, 2008
  • Dude. People need to throw their sh*t out. Or recycle it. Oh, and start drinking better beer. Really?
    Busch? Bud Light?

    That last picture is AWESOME.

    AMomTwoBoys’s last blog post..In Case You Didn’t Love Him Enough Already…

    January 28, 2008
  • I just had this discussion yesterday with Nicole B. on her blog. She lives in Kuwait and she put up shots of the litter people had left on the beach. Like I told her – there are idiots everywhere – people, after all, are the same, everywhere – it’s just their environment and culture that differ. And just as there are idiots everywhere, there are (thankfully) also people who care, everywhere. Unfortunately, those who care would seem, sometimes, to be outnumbered by those who don’t. Thankfully (I’m just full of thankfullies today), you are one who can be numbered among those of us who care.

    Lou Lohman’s last blog post..Sunday’s good boy

    January 28, 2008
  • Good for you! I also dislike the litter that people carelessly throw down. I do not itter. I see no reason for it!!!!! I just found a bottle of beer in my front yard. Don’t you hate it when you go to a store and right beside your car someone has emptied their ashtray? or even worse their cup of tobacco spit? How disgusting.
    Another subject: I have my recipe for raspberry pie posted for any of your readers that wanted it yesterday. :D

    Junebug’s last blog post..Raspberry Pie

    January 28, 2008
  • Christina

    Yuck. There are far too many selfish cretins in the world today, caring only for themselves and not for the world as a whole. Seeing pictures like that saddens me. I hope more people will follow your lead and pick up the trash that others carelessly leave behind.

    And I hope the cretins have karma come back to bite them in the ass.

    January 28, 2008
  • Kim

    This is the stuff that gets under my skin because it is only getting worse.. our little ones are going to have to deal with so much when they get older if there is not a change now.. Okay I am off my soap box.. but I just so annoyed when I see stuff like that..

    Your pictures are beautiful.. that last pic is inspiring.. It should be on a wall somewhere.. Love it.

    Kim’s last blog post..Babble Babble Babble

    January 28, 2008
  • i feel you! i occasionally rant on my blog about stupid drivers and litterbugs.
    it makes my blood boil to know there are so many apathetic people in this world who just figure “someone else will clean this.”
    i want to haul a truck load of garbage on their lawn but then that would be littering too.

    missy wiggins’s last blog post..skip the crock pot, i feel like grilling…

    January 28, 2008
  • HRH

    So sad and the last picture is divine.

    HRH’s last blog post..Monday morning potluck…

    January 28, 2008
  • This was a phenomenal post, Lotus. It reminded me of just why I love your blog so much. Sure, I can always count on it to make me pee my pants because I laugh so hard (which, really, makes it one of my favorite blogs EVER). But that’s not all it is. There is the stunning photography. And then the posts like this. So tremendously well-written, so touching, so provoking.

    I’ll be reading you for a long time to come.

    January 28, 2008
  • This was a phenomenal post, Lotus. It reminded me of just why I love your blog so much. Sure, I can always count on it to make me pee my pants because I laugh so hard (which, really, makes it one of my favorite blogs EVER). But that’s not all it is. There is the stunning photography. And then the posts like this. So tremendously well-written, so touching, so provoking.

    I’ll be reading you for a long time to come.

    A Lil’ Irish Lass’s last blog post..Don’t Look Now, But I Think It Verged On Perfect

    January 28, 2008
  • Jenty

    Fantastic post! And kudos to you for doing something about cleaning it up.
    I absolutely love the last photo!

    Jenty’s last blog post..Moms are experts…

    January 28, 2008
  • Ok now I feel like a dick. I have to confess that I was one of those rude butt-thowers. But I have reformed my evil ways and no longer smoke and do this. Mea culpa.

    I also had to giggle at your deep beautiful post – especially after what I wrote for today. hahaha – go see.

    I do think it’s always good to try to focus outwards – on nature, another person, cooking, something – when I’m feeling blue. It reminds me that there’s so much out there above, beyond, and totally unaware of my problems. Puts it in perspective.

    Tasina’s last blog post..Weekly Winners 01.27.08

    January 28, 2008
  • The last picture is gorgeous.

    There are too many asses in the world–littering should be among the deadly sins.

    Jennifer H’s last blog post..Bugs, bats and other animals

    January 28, 2008
  • amy

    GREAT post!! It does just make me sick to see what we are doing to our planet. Gosh, it really hits when we go to the beach, all that trash, oh don’t get me started.
    But that last picture of yours, BEAUTIFUL!!

    amy’s last blog post..And I was JUST at Target!

    January 28, 2008
  • SING IT SISTER!!!!!!!!

    Melissa’s last blog post..Yes, I Did

    January 28, 2008
  • fantastic, lotus. that’s an awesome project.

    and that last photo? wow.

    janet’s last blog post..Fun Monday #50: the embarrassing bedroom nightstand edition

    January 28, 2008
  • Eve

    Love the last photo. It takes my breath away and brings tears to my eyes. Beauty in Nature to be sure. Thank you for caring enough to go back with your trash bags and teach your little one the respect that others have not learned.

    Eve’s last blog post..The “E”s Have It

    January 28, 2008
  • Karleigh

    That last picture is AMAZING.

    January 28, 2008
  • Your photo taking skills are awesome….and the trash…yeah. Only idiots do that. And hero’s pick it up. Thanks for that.

    dapoppins’s last blog post..The Supers

    January 28, 2008
  • Wow! That last shot is breathtaking. You are a great photographer :-)

    Kerry’s last blog post..Some progress, so much more to do!

    January 28, 2008
  • Angela

    Oh. This makes me angry too. Especially when it shows up on my front lawn….I usually love living in a sidewalk-lined village. But the litter really pisses me off sometimes.

    Angela’s last blog post..Whaddaya Want?

    January 28, 2008
  • That’s exactly what you can do, girl – and kudos to you for actually doing it. You will never eliminate the problem but you can be part of the solution.

    People overlook the power of one. They think since they can’t fix the whole problem, their piddly little contribution won’t make a difference, so they don’t act. They are correct – if most people have that attitude. But all it takes is one nature walk by one blogger who gets pissed off by what she sees who comes back home with not only a plan to do something about it, but takes the time to write about it here and motivate the hundreds (yeah – I see your feed counter and am envious) of people who come through here today to also do what they can where they are. You’re helping to dispel the myth one person’s piddly contribution won’t make a difference. Ha! It already has!

    You rock, girl.

    SuzanneSays…’s last blog post..Counting to 1000 Because 10 Doesn’t Cut It

    January 28, 2008
  • Humans have alot to answer for, none of us perfect we are all guilty of rubbishing the earth in some way.

    That last photo is stunning.

    Tiffany’s last blog post..…and now for something completely different.

    January 28, 2008
  • Amanda

    It’s very sad what we’ve devolved into with our new standard of living. Even in national parks, you see this. We saw trash mingling in the petrified forest, in the Carlsbad caverns, at the Grand Canyon.

    People just don’t care. Now that we’re told there’s life on Mars, maybe we should send some people there – as food for the martians, teehee.

    January 28, 2008
  • That last picture is spectacular. But the rest…well you said it best.

    Kellyology’s last blog post..Huh, Huh Women! Huh, huh…

    January 28, 2008
  • be sure to recycle if you can! i hate it when people do that. my brothers have had ‘parties’ at my folks house for years, and their punk ass friends throw beer bottles in the fire.. umm dudes/dudettes, that like, doesnt break down you know. so there’s glass, shells from shooting guns, etc. all over the place. nasty. and they dont clean up after themselves, and of course the brothers dont pick up their shit either, or clean up after the party, and long after they are done with paintball, the ‘blinds’ they set up out of their old trash from their houses, still litters my parents place… arrgghhh!

    jill’s last blog post..Fun Monday: Naughty bits

    January 28, 2008
  • Great picture story. That is wonderful that you are taking that anger and using it for good. A grad student group that I am in tried to clean up one small area near campus. It actually ended up being too much of a hassle. :( The hill is to steep. It’s not University land. It’s city land so we need a permit. Blah, blah, blah…

    Jenski’s last blog post..Update on the poll question

    January 28, 2008
  • All the same, you did get some beautiful photography out of it…

    There must not be a $200 fine in effect for littering where you live–or maybe cops not posted every few feet to notice–here in VT it sure seems to stop people from tossing stuff out of their vehicles.

    I’ll have to try going for a walk with my camera when feeling down–that sounds like a helpful measure.

    laura’s last blog post..Remember Ruby?

    January 28, 2008
  • mojavi

    Don’t you just hate that! When we go on nature walks we always bring a trash bag. My parents taught me this wahen we were younger. We would go hiking all over the apalacian trail and we always came back with other peoples trash!

    mojavi’s last blog post..my little lover of all things creepy crawly…

    January 28, 2008
  • I too hate liter. I get VERY angry when I see people liter.

    BRAVO. This post made a very powerful statement.

    LunaNik’s last blog post..Gracias

    January 28, 2008
  • My kids and I go once a month, trash bags in hand and collect the litter along the roadside in our area. It never ceases to sicken and amaze me that people are this damn lazy and spoiled to toss their trash where ever they choose.

    That last picture grabbed my soul, darlin. Well done.

    Redneck Mommy’s last blog post..Blizzards and Flakes

    January 28, 2008
  • well told my friend! That last picture is dynamic!!!

    tommie’s last blog post..sick of being sick

    January 28, 2008
  • Well, I’m glad you have a plan and are focused. The garbage is very disconcerting, but if we all do our part I’m sure we can clean up this world, huh, this state, hum no, maybe just my block. Yes we can all do our best to clean up my block!
    Just kidding!…

    regina’s last blog post..Blog Of The Week.

    January 28, 2008
  • I don’t know if anyone else mentioned it—but my first thought is, depending on where you live—and you’ll be able to profit from it too! The great thing about living in New York State (and having the dad that I do) is that, when I see a pop can or bottle, the first thing I think of is “hey, that’s 5¢!” I should bring a garbage bag along with me more often when I deliver my Penny Savers—I’d make money more ways that just from getting rid of them! :-) or should I say :-(

    P. S. Found the camera :-D

    Allison (aka AngelGal)’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday #3 – First in 5 Years!

    January 28, 2008
  • mojavi

    hey I voted for you… I wanna see a video of the monkey dance :) lol

    mojavi’s last blog post..my little lover of all things creepy crawly…

    January 28, 2008
  • Love the last picture – it’s absolutely amazing.

    Wasn’t today the day you had your doctor’s appointment? I hope it went well for you (or is it tomorrow?) Funny – I forgot my daughters ortho appointment this morning, but remember your endocrinologist appointment today. My brain memory is seriously warped.

    Hecticmom Undone’s last blog post..High Blood Pressure Day

    January 28, 2008
  • Kat

    Beautiful, Lo! And what a great idea. We used to do that in FL – once a year, there were people swarmed over our entire town picking up trash. It is fun. It feels good.

    Kat’s last blog post..Aww

    January 28, 2008
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  • Ree

    Do you all have the Adopt a Highway program? Groups or individuals can pledge to keep part of a highway clean – they used to put up signs, “Adopt a Highway, Elks Lodge 735″ to acknowledge the groups, but our state is so poor now, I don’t know if they still do.

    Great program. I participated in a couple of cleanups in High School. Good feeling, great fun.

    Ree’s last blog post..I Promised You A Blogolution

    January 29, 2008
  • I so agree. To make things worse, we own 42 acres here, and I can go to the deepest part of our woods and find trash like that. Who’s been trespassing? And if they’re going to trespass, couldn’t they at least take their trash away with them? This happens most often during morel season. Mushroom hunters don’t care whose fence they climb over.

    Donna W’s last blog post..Dreaming of Texas

    January 29, 2008
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    January 29, 2008
  • Great idea and the last photo is stunning – we have clean up Australia Day Campaign here every year and they get millions of bags of rubbish, old cars and white goods trash,mattresses etc .
    Our scout group participated and the pile was amazing and sad at same time.
    When we went down to our local river Monday – the trash, broken beer bottle and plastic crap made me angry and sad too. Why does everyone drop there rubbish there.
    If we all did our little bit everyday it would make the world of difference and if we all stopped dropping litter – we wouldn’t need to.
    Thanks Lotus for highlighting this .

    Babyamore (Trish)’s last blog post..Baby’s got blue eyes and can you see her fears

    January 29, 2008
  • river

    I pick up rubbish that blows down our driveway and dump it into my own bin, but I don’t do it out on the street. L would have a fit! I might “catch” something. I do hope you’ll all be wearing gloves.
    That last photo of the cloud and sunrays is gorgeous. I saved it to my pictures file. I save a lot of pics I see on the blogs I read, when I need something suitable I print and use them as cards or wrapping paper. But that one is so frameable!

    January 30, 2008
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    February 11, 2008
  • Here’s my post/video response to project beauty in nature. Thanks for thinking of something constructive to do Lotus. Just click on my name it will send you to the post.

    Sandy’s last blog post..Project Support Beauty in Nature

    February 11, 2008
  • Unfortunately, I can see from the examples in your first paragraph that your kids have no idea what you are talking about most of the time (Milton Berle? come on).
    But the concept is good – I like it.

    JoeInVegas’s last blog post..Small shows

    February 11, 2008
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