While out this past weekend trying to take pictures in the rain I paid a visit to a favorite local stream that has a lot of beautiful cascades and granite ledges. While wandering along a section of stream I particularly enjoy I came across a collection of letters, words actually, but since the theme for the week is letters that’s what I’m going with.
When I looked down and saw “Respect It” written on the stone I thought I struck nature photography gold.
I thought I was about to make the most meaningful nature photo I would ever make.
“Nature, Respect It” popped into my head immediately. It was perfect. Perfect setting. Perfect sentiment.
If I was ever going to make a photo that represents my feelings about nature, and to motivate others to do the same, this was going to be it. If I could have met the literary genius who scrawled these words of wisdom on the rough granite I wouldn’t have been able to thank them enough.
As I said, it was perfect.
But was it perfect, really?
A thought occurred to me.
Regardless of the intentions of the author, is graffiti the proper way to instill a respect of nature?
What do you think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Does this image convey the message that we should all respect nature? Or does it showcase someones total disregard for it, all the good intentions undone by one careless act?