Thursday, May 10, 2007

A twofold national problem is how to preserve the wilderness in the country and get rid of the jungle in the cities...

The jungle struggles daily to take back its own, if you look closely you can see the Bridge Support that is slowly being devoured by the jungle...this photo was taken above Hakalau Bay and it is a bridge support from the old sugarmill. A little perspective on this shot; some of those vines are easily as big around as a mans wrist.
All around east Hawaii you run across interesting examples of how the climate here is designed to break down and reuse "materials", from stainless steel to drywall it all starts to deteriate as soon as it gets to Hawaii! And it’s amazing (and disgusting) what happens to natural fiber fabrics. And leather jackets, well...lets just say they develop a life all their own (a very fuzzy life, yech!), that goes double for leather shoes!
But then again, that is all part of the big picture, these same organisms contribute to the incredibly fertile environment that helps heal some of the abuses we put it through, and provides so well for us given a chance.
I have lived in extremely arid environments that refuse to ever give up that 4 wheeler track (the deserts of Colorado & Utah) and it never fails to amaze me how quickly the land in east Hawaii erases all sign that anyone was ever there...

6 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I read, once, long ago, that it would take several hundred years for the planet Earth to return to "looking" normal. All of man's stuff would disappear.

Dan said...

Nature always finds a way. :)

Jilly said...

Wonderful photo and very interesting commentary. I know in a tropical climate, everything grows so quickly and crazily. This is a beauty.

poody said...

I used to live in Honolulu. I remember how bad using wire hangers was.NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!!LOL! I also remember the first trip I made to Hilo and looking out the airplane window and seeing all the backyards with swimming pools. Then when I went into Hilo to the store I was like almost the only one using money, everyone else had food stamps. I asked my hostess how come everyone could afford a swimming pool but had to use food stamps for groceries. She laughed and said they were not swimming pools but rain catchment devices! Who knew? Dumb Haolies!!

The Salems said...

naturally amazing ...

Aloha said...

Poody~ Your story made me laugh! Yep, "No wire hangers in my house!", when we fist moved to Hawaii we did the same thing...just marveled over the way people put covers on their "swimming pools" ROFL...
Mahalo everyone, its great to get the feedback...