Photo essays of visibly distressed landscapes in the urban American West. Our health, and our landscape, is being destroyed by the toxic components of the air pollution we generate. These photo essays, centered mostly in Santa Barbara, CA, and Portland, OR, serve as stark reminders.
On my daily walks
through my surrounding neighborhoods, I keep finding tree and shrub leaves that
look burned, scorched, or cooked. Others have dead-falls of leaves, fruits, or
blossoms. Flowers are droopy and discolored as they sit on the plant.
Many appear to have
been chemically embalmed, or have had their growth and vibrancy suddenly
arrested. The ground is often littered with deeply tanned foliage that is not
Some have dead leaves
or flowers of a deep tan color that are still attached to the tree or plant. Trees
capture air pollution.
The radiant heat from
the sun can act like a furnace, and cook any chemicals from pollution that sits
on exposed foliage. Plants and human are
harmed by air pollution. As well as air pollution, there are natural
causes, and climate change to consider.