Thursday, 04 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: Stewardship Is Not Ownership
CREDITS: Southern Utah Wilderness Association/SUWA.org
Photographers and copyright holders (left to right):
© John George; © Tom Till; © Ray Wheeler; © Harvey Halpern
Thumbnail clicks pop-up source pages.
SUWA.org is the web site of the Southern Utah Wilderness Association. This their mission on behalf of all the citizens of the USA: 'SUWA's overarching goal is to protect Utah's remaining nine million acres of wild desert lands - lands owned by the American public and administered on our behalf by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). To this end, activists from Utah and across the country have compiled their own exhaustive fieldwork in a citizens' wilderness proposal now pending in congress. The proposal, America's Redrock Wilderness Act, will preserve one of the world's most unique landscapes - where towering buttes, sweeping plateaus, and intimate canyons are enveloped by a rare and breathtaking silence.'
Last weekend we were trying to decide on seasonal gifts for friends and family in other parts of the world. If they are reading this, they may as well know that they are going to receive… oh, better not to spoil the surprise. Everyone else gets twelve pictures, that for copyright reasons we are unable to make into an online calendar… now you know why they say it is the thought that counts. We were thinking about you.
SUWA.org contains many delightful, not to say inspiring, pictures of the area where we live. As you click on the four pictures in today's edition of the virtual calendar, you will be taken to the appropriate original page. Some of the descriptions, telling how the stewardship of the land is being implemented, are not for the faint of heart. Viewer discretion is advised: you may feel better if you became a member of SUWA, or made a donation. Stewardship is a heavier burden than ownership: but citizenship, too, is not just a set of rights, but comes with its own responsibilities.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)