17
Jan
2010

Contemplating Nature’s End

Jack, do you never sleep — does the green still run deep in your heart?
Or will these changing times, motorways, powerlines,
keep us apart?
Well, I don’t think so —
I saw some grass growing through the pavements today.
Tull

Today on my Skillet Creek Journal I’m contemplating nature’s end.  Sometimes I when we ride the train we spend so much time involved in looking out the window, complaining about the food, and reading the newspaper that we never actually consider that the ride will soon end.  I think this is why conservation is both a hopeless endeavor, and yet an important act of desperation.  Sea kayakers are lucky in a sense. No matter how many humans we fill the land with there should always be oceans and wind to create waves. Even if all the sea life is long dead.

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4 Responses

  1. Westerns don’t like to think about the end of the ride. Then again, can you think of anything more boring than an endless track, circling incessantly?

    I can’t say I’m looking forward to the station at the end of the line, but at some point I’m sure my butt will hurt from sitting so long I’ll be glad to hop off.

    But today, I’m enjoying the ride. It’s beautiful outside.

    Nice Tull quote…

    DB

  2. “Sea kayakers are lucky in a sense. No matter how many humans we fill the land with there should always be oceans and wind to create waves.”
    I tend to disagree with that statement, Derrick.
    Some sea kayakers choose to paddle because of the peace and quiet environment that can be had on the water.
    However some locales are getting too busy for my taste (of sea kayaking).
    As the population grows more and more users are to be found on the water: boats, jetskis, surfers, stand up paddlers, sailing boats etc.
    For me sea kayaking must have a certain element of solitude to be really rewarding: http://gnarlydognews.blogspot.com/2009/11/too-busy.html

  3. I wish I could make us both feel better and say you’re totally off base. I work full time in an urban area and my soul aches most days after my 8 hour shift is done. By Fridays I can’t wait to get “outside.” If I’m lucky it’s a paddle on the water or at least a country walk in a little protected urban wildlife area. I dare to say I don’t think I want to be around when I’ll paddle the water with no wildlife.