Amy hosts Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC) this week, with the theme being Earth Story. I’m double-dipping and including Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Earth. Most of my photos are centered around nature, earth, and how all of our ecosystems are interconnected, so when I saw Amy’s and Cee’s themes for this week, it resonated deeply with me.
Living in California, I have seen plenty of fires–unfortunately. There’s been a lot of talk about droughts and climate change.
But yet, we have neighbors who love cutting down trees and plants, all in the name of saving water–at what cost? When I was a child, I remember so many stories about “saving the rain forest” in the Amazon. It seems we have diverted from this mantra, and it puzzles me. Trees and other plants help save our environment; they’re great oxygen emitters. If we had more trees, we could potentially lower carbon dioxide in our atmosphere (because the trees take in the carbon dioxide for their photosynthesis), which in turn would help lower temperatures and stave off extreme droughts.
The world’s largest trees include redwoods, which can live up to 2,000 years. They hold more carbon dioxide than any other tree and make their own “rain” after collecting fog through their leaves that reach sometimes higher than 300 feet into the sky.
Sadly, when I visited the redwood giants up in Northern California, fires had taken their toll and burned through more than 90 percent of the Big Basin grove. I was fortunate enough that I saw the Big Basin grove a few years ago, and then recently, I was able to visit another nearby redwood grove, Portola Redwoods State Park.
Trees do more than just help with climate change. They provide shelter and food for other trees, plants, and animals.
Trees also provide excellent framing for photos–just a bonus for me.
Trees are important to Earth. They’ve been around a lot longer than any of us. If we’re not careful, we are going to outlive one of nature’s most important resources.
To learn more about redwoods, visit Save the Redwoods.
If you want to visit the redwoods, here is a link to Portola Redwoods State Park.
Check out some of my previous blogs about trees: