Certainly for anyone who has been to the Jersey shore, Seagulls have been part of the experience. For many people it is in a positive way; the call of a Gull is one of the first signs you are getting close to your maritime destination. However, in recent years the population number of Seagull species has increased along the Jersey coast, and this has lead to quite a few problematic encounters. Injuries and other issues have occurred as a result of Seagull population growth. With all that said it is important to remember that they are still part of the ecosystem, they are part of going down the shore. While plans to control populations to healthy numbers may be important and ethical. It is still imperative that we all remember these are living creatures, that are a part of the shared environment and ecosystem we are visiting or living in and should be respected as such. Let me know your thoughts on Seagulls.
Nature for all its wonder and majesty can be often overlooked after it becomes an everyday sight. For example, walking along the ocean after being away for an extended period of time often can lend itself to deep reflection and contemplation about the beauty of the sea. However, if it becomes an everyday occurrence, little things like walking along the coast at sunset can become mundane. So this Fall while you are walking by a raging river or through a brightly colored forest take a deep breath. And take a moment to just experience the simplistic beauty that the natural world has to offer.
Lately I have been challenged to confront the importance of beauty. After some thought I came to the conclusion that beauty in all its subjectivity is perhaps one of the most important aspects of human existence. Why get out of bed in the morning if not for beauty (whatever that means to each individual)? With every picture I have ever posted on this site I have been trying to tell a story. That story is one of natural beauty and hope, for a planet that is in ecological chaos. John Keats once said,”What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.” There perhaps is no better way to describe the intrinsic value of beauty than the idea that it can tell us something about ourselves and the world we live in. It is my hope that everyone enjoys a little bit of beauty everyday. That is what I hope this blog can provide, a respite from the ugliness of the world and an important dose of natural beauty and wonder.