Another realm

The challenge from the Daily Post for this week is out of this world. I have tried to take photos of the moon, but they are poor. My camera phone and I have not agreed about zooming in. Failing an extraterrestrial satellite, I have chosen a rather unusual photo taken through a window.

The snowstorm which reached the UK from Tuesday this week, known as #TheBeastFromTheEast, reached us overnight on Tuesday-Wednesday. We have a variety of birds, which visit the garden. The tracks in the snow on a path are intriguing. There are obvious tracks from a cat and from hopping birds. One trailing track joined to bird prints has puzzled hubby and me. Was it a skid before landing? Do birds trail their tails?

Tracks in the snow
Tracks in the snow

It may not be out of this world, but it is certainly out of our world and into the realm of nature.

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Beached

It has been a while since I posted anything here apart from the photo challenge posts.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon I joined a group of people led by someone from Surfers against Sewage and someone from the National Trust to pick up rubbish (mainly plastic) from a relatively small area of pebbles on a beach.

Much of the rubbish was in small pieces needing to be picked up by hand, wearing gloves. Litter pickers were also available for larger rubbish.

Although we spent over two hours and filled eight or more bin-bags with rubbish, we hardly made an impression. Much more needs to be done. Council workmen came and collected the bags to take them to a landfill site.

There has been a lot of publicity about pollution of the oceans with plastic recently. There are petitions, which can be signed about all sorts of ways in which the release of plastic and related pollution could be limited. Release of balloons and Chinese lanterns could be banned. A tax on plastic coffee cups could be levied as is already the case for plastic carrier bags in the UK. Rules and more rules!

We need collectively to tackle this problem with or without rules. How can we buy less plastic? Can we make sure any plastic we dispose of is recycled if possible or cannot find its way into watercourses and be washed into the sea?

Can we make a difference to the rubbish which is already littering the sides of rivers, streams and beaches?

A piece of rubbish there was no time to collect
A piece of rubbish there was no time to collect
Balloon waste I found and binned
Balloon waste I found and binned

 

 

 

 

 

 

My pictures are of the sort of rubbish, which is too often found on beaches. One of the main sources of plastic on beaches is the centres of cotton-buds. These have been disposed of inappropriately down toilets instead of being binned. The filters at the sewage treatment works do not remove them; they end up in the sea.

Rope and plastic containers from fishing are also commonly found.

There is also a campaign for dog-owners to pick up the poo on beaches. Only this morning I saw a discarded (full) poo-bag left near the beck, which runs into the sea. A charitable thought is that the dog-owner was going to pick it up on their return. As it was only a matter of yards from a bin, this seems unlikely. Unless a brave passerby were to pick it up and deposit it in the nearest bin, there are two pollutants, which could easily end up in the sea – the poo and the plastic bag!

All creatures great and small

I have picked out two photos for this week’s Photo Challenge from the Daily Post – Scale.

Whitehaven Harbour
Whitehaven Harbour

The first is the view of Whitehaven from the viewing gallery at the Beacon Museum on a dull day in August. Can you find the swans?

Flummoxed frog
Flummoxed frog

The second photo is a frog. It had jumped down from a raised flowerbed and seemed to be wondering if it could jump up 2 feet or more. The yellow spot is a leaf, which had stuck to it.