The spirit that does not soar is destined to grovel.
--Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British Prime Minister and Novelist
A beautiful stand of trees near the Green Mile within the Cherokee National Forest. Sadly, when we arrived, we found this area was strewn with trash and debris. Such beautiful trees and creeks, mountains and trails -- and these lazy, irresponsible, despicable people show such disrespect and disregard for God's creation and our community. I like to think I'm pretty forgiving, but I have very little patience or understanding for people who would do such a horrible thing. And to be honest, I really think part of the blame lies with the Forest Service itself. The access gates leading into the forest roads throughout this area were wide open, inviting every idgit and Neanderthal to venture in with their trash. Arrrgh. Thanks for letting me vent. I know I'm groveling, but it's hard for one's spirit to soar when surrounded by such stupidity. (At least it didn't affect my alliteration abilities).
Details: Nikon D90 with Sigma 10-20mm lens at 11mm, f/20, 1/50 sec., ISO 400.