As people who love the outdoors, you would think that it would be a given to care for the landscape and subjects we enjoy. As more and more people become interested in nature and enjoying our wild areas, it seems that it has become more common to either purposefully destroy a subject, so that others cannot enjoy it or damage an area out of lack of caring. Sometimes it’s as little as stepping off the trail such as in Canyonlands National Park and damaging the micro-biotic crusts, then it’s the butterfly effect when others follow your trail and it grows and grows. Tall grass in your way of a great view, no worry just smash it down.
I would urge you to become familiar with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for more detailed information please visit their website: Leave No Trace
I have read of photographers breaking coral and rearranging so that they have a better image or crushing a flower so that others can’t photograph it.
Simple steps to be prepared for your adventure can help protect the environment and help protect animals and ourselves. Having the correct clothing, food, and water, and even travel plans can keep us from situations that we then must cause damage such as starting fires to keep warm because we failed to have rain gear. Taking dangerous short cuts to get out faster because of need of water, food or medical needs. Many “bad” situations could be all together avoided with some simple planning and packing of appropriate gear.
When we observe wild animals, keep in mind that if you or others follow an animal around you can easily stress it out. Being careless with food and not following safe practices can get you or others into life threatening situations.
And don’t get me started with cairns, they are nice when traveling over a landscape that doesn’t provide for an obvious trail but not everywhere. Sorry just had to vent, I’m ok now. Clear skies.