The Wonder of Ordinary Places (via Notes from Near and Far)

Posted on May 13, 2011


Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva Peninsula. The Peninsula includes the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, and the state of Delaware. NASA Landsat photo taken about 2000. Wikimedia Commons

Below is a beautiful post, by  Julian Hoffman, that made me stop and think about the ordinary places I know in Maryland. Good reading for anyone interested in our environment.

Irreplaceable environment is not just spectacular vistas, like the dunes, beaches and ocean at Assateague Island. It’s also the miles and miles of flat farmland and scattered forest across the Eastern Shore. Land made and owned by the Creator of the Earth, gifted to the human race to use and take care of. Mostly, we humans take it for granted.

If there’s anything more valuable than land, it’s water. Human beings cannot survive without clean water. Neither can animals, waterfowl, fish, and every organism that lives in the water. The beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the countless miles where land meets water all around the Chesapeake Bay are obvious beautiful vistas. But on the Eastern Shore, you can hardly turn around without stepping in a puddle. Yes, wetlands and marshes are everywhere on the Shore. That’s why it’s so important that we take care of this place wisely. I hope you enjoy the words and pictures of the post below:

The Wonder of Ordinary Places To listen to an audio version of ‘The Wonder of Ordinary Places’ click the play button. Many of the world’s landscapes are lost to us. They’ve vanished from our lives, become extinct. But they’ve disappeared not because of urban sprawl or the pressures of tourist development. They haven’t disappeared due to deforestation or a toxic accumulation of pollutants. Nor have … Read More

via Notes from Near and Far

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