Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The beauty that surrounds us

Reality is so many of  us take for granted the beauty of the world that we have right outside our back door.  So many time you hear that you do not realize what you have until it is gone.  This I believe can also be said about our lovely Planet Earth.

As the years have been going on we have heard more about the environment, pollutions, ozone, recycling, composting.  You hear stories about how the world is changing and warming up yet so many of us do not realize how different the world has truly changed and how precious it indeed is.  

This past weekend we ended up taking our girls on a trail walk by our house.  We took them to a place called the Cheltenham Badlands.

"“Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them; the iron oxide in the shale produces this colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide to green iron oxide brought on by the circulating groundwater. The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and is easily eroded by water. This site was acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 2000 and is under the care of the Bruce Trail Association."  http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/cheltenham-hills/

When you are here this seems like you are visiting another planet, this is clearly nothing of the norm around here.  Though the true beauty of it is beyond words and I am saddened that it may not be here many years from now.  If you are planning a visit to Ontario I would definitely recommend stopping by and checking this out.  If you live in Ontario you need to get out and enjoy some of the beauty of our world and definitely do whatever is possible to save it!

The beauty of this place is something that money can not buy and is an experience young and old will love.  I am glad our family got to experience and only wished I knew about it sooner!

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