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Please, take it away... | by mac218
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Please, take it away...

A relatively local lake bed that's in a drought. This is only a portion of a much, much larger lake that still has enough of its water to offer fishing tournaments on most weekends. This past weekend I did some volunteering focusing on cleaning up accumulations of refuse in and around local parks. Afterward, I took that concept to my favorite lake area where I've taken some wildlife images I've posted here. When I walked through my normal trail and came out to where the lake's shore usually begins, all I saw was an expanse of drying, cracked mud minus the hawks, herons, egrets, coots, dragonflies... And, as is now everywhere we go, there is trash. Beneath the surface of our lakes, on the trails, under bridges there is no end to the trash...

 

I like this photo, though, for a couple of reasons. It makes me feel the like that center branch is pushing that old beer can, edging it towards me... making it a personal demand from that branch to me. It was also taken by a lens that few use, I think, the Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. I saw it some months ago (maybe 6 months?) at my local camera shop back home. One of those obviously very used lenses, it was the only non-kit lens under the glass for a very long time. It's surface is smoothed over and shiny, its writing is worn near-off, even the lens cap's writing is worn dark. If it weren't so cheap, I still would have passed on it, but I was aching for a usable wide on my 20d. It's previous owner used it a lot... and I can see why.

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Taken on April 20, 2008