I mentioned in my previous post that it’s becoming more evident just how urbanized the forests in the city have become. The pandemic has made this worse, with people looking for ways to get outside and away from their neighbourhoods.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/125 – ISO 200
Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 50mm – f5.0 – 1/400 – ISO 200
Canon 80D -EFS 18-135mm – 64mm – f5.0 – 1/400 – ISO 200

All sorts of garbage, much of it recyclable, is left scattered on trails or tossed deeper into the bush so it’s harder to see. During the spring, before the undergrowth takes over, the trash is all too evident.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 56mm – f5.0 – 1/250 – ISO 200
Canon 80D EFS 18-135mm – 27mm – f4.0 – 1/1000 – ISO 200

In some cases, people go to extra effort to spoil the natural areas, like the torn up couch I shared a few weeks ago. This barrel is often used for burning garbage and wood, if the burnt remains are any indicator.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 72mm – f5.0 – 1/1000 – ISO 200
Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 35mm – f4.5 – 1/500 – ISO 200

As I said, the pandemic has made things worse. Now we find discarded PPE throughout the trails, hanging in branches, or ‘covertly’ buried in the leaves.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/640 – ISO 200
Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/125 – ISO 200

Then there’s “those” people. You know the ones I mean. Some of them don’t bother to pick up after their dog on the trail, leaving you side-stepping all over. Others go to the effort of bagging their dog’s poop, only to leave it on the trail, tossed in the bush, or hanging in a tree.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 27mm – f4.0 – 1/125 – ISO 200
Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 74mm – f5.0 – 1/160 – ISO 200

Then there are these people. The ones that seem to enjoy nature, but just don’t know any better. Whether they carve into trees, exposing it to disease and insects, or pick wildflowers that could take up to seven years to bloom again. These trilliums look like they were recently picked and then discarded on the trail, only to be trampled.

Getting out onto the local trails is important for everyone. The fresh air, sounds of animals, and the smell of detritus in the early spring are all great reasons to get outside. What’s important is that some people need to learn how to treat these areas so that everyone can enjoy them for what they are.