Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Ann-Christine challenges us this week with a beautiful collection of double-exposure photos and quotes about the Future.

What a peculiar responsibility we have, as presumably the only species on Earth with the capacity to think about the Future. And as the dominant species, our actions create an impact that will be felt for a long, long time.

Knowing this, how do we choose to live? How do we spend our time? What do we use, and what do we throw away? What do we create? And how will we, individually, impact the Future?

Looking in my photo archives, I can easily see a few things I’ve done that will influence some part of the Future.

I have planted trees, both on the suburban property I used to own and on public properties as a member of a larger community. 

I’ve worked for the past 5 years for a conservation organization, a land trust that buys land to save it from development and plants trees and prairies for wildlife habitat.

But probably the biggest impact I will have on the Future is through my four children, who are now adults. Their choices are no doubt influenced in part by the values we talked about as they matured. Most likely, they will use, create, vote, dispose, and act long after I have ceased to do any of those things. The legacy I will have through them is not mine to predict but theirs to fashion.

I am very proud of them, and feel confident that their choices will be intended for good and not for harm.

24 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

  1. Yes, the children are our future – I am sure they all will try to do the “right” thing where we acted mostly wrong.
    As usual a thoughtful and important post, Priscilla. You have a lovely family!

  2. Congratulations on your hard work to restore habitat for the earth’s wonderful creatures. I think the private late trusts that purchase land for environment restoration and protection are such a good idea. In Australia we have a couple of those trusts as well, including Bush Heritage Australia. A number of their properties were burned recently in the Australian bushfires. I was thrilled to be able to raise over $450 for them recently by raffling my artwork.

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