Photographer's Note

This is the Inglewood badlands although the sign attributes the site to nearby Cheltenham. The photo was taken with a fairly slow shutter speed due to cloud cover... it is miracle that I was able to stay steady. Usually anything under 1/60th kills me.

The badlands are a really interesting case of environmental degradation. So much so that it is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This location used to have a lot of trees (it is surrounded by woods on two sides, and vegetation on all sides) but these were uprooted for farming. The land was overused and the shale eroded into this clay disaster that you see.
The erosion began around 1900 and even though farming stopped in 1930, the land continues to erode more and more each year!

Local children love to play here: you can always find traces of their play in the crevices. Perhaps it is a fitting metaphor that our children play in the destroyed environment: it is most certainly their future.

I did some PP on this. I have run levels, dodged a tiny bit of contrast away from shadows on the horizon, cropped about 40 pixels from the left and added a border.

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