“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” ~ Jacques Cousteau
Yesterday morning my walk was once again enjoyed at one of the local beauty spots, a lake known as the Tarn. When I arrived at the Tarn, I noticed the rubbish bin in the carpark was full, and while walking around the edge of the lake, I noticed a number of other bins overflowing with litter. The only thought to cross my mind at that point was that the bins were full because it was a bank holiday weekend (a national holiday).
I passed a nesting swan, fenced off but not far from the footpath, so I backed away and took my photo with the telephoto lens.
I was almost at the end of my walk when I reached the shallow water near the wetlands; suddenly a lone coot spotted a piece of yellow plastic floating in the water and in a rapid response to what he thought was food he swooped to pick it up. I managed to get a shot of this but not as clear as I would have liked. Thankfully, on this occasion, the bird let go of his find.
As I walked away, I began to think about the overflowing bins and pondered on why the general public on seeing the bins packed to capacity, hadn’t taken their rubbish home with them. All it takes is a light wind to waft the bottles, cans, plastic bags and such into the water, thereby rendering the lake hazardous and a potential death trap to these beautiful water birds that we come here to visit. Why cannot people see this?
© SueW-nansfarm.net May 2018 – In response to the word-prompt rapid