Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On Asters

 






Some people think you need honey to catch flies. There are no flies in these pictures, just a shiny green native bee and a beetle. But you can catch flies with asters too.
 


In NYC's oldest and largest community garden. In an old airport, Floyd Bennett Field, which for 40 years was protected by the National Park Service, but is now just one step closer to being a glorified industrial park.
 
When the history is told of this airport it ought to include the path of HR2606, legislation that authorizes a pipeline right of way under one of NYC's most beautiful beaches and the appropriation of a piece of the oldest urban national park in the country to the natural gas industry for industrial use. The path has been swift, and undemocratic. Unless of course, pulling bills out of committee and pushing them to vote in the last hours of the day on the last day of session before elections, before NY State Senators or the Senators on the National Parks Subcommittee would even dream of acknowledging their position on the issue to the public, is a good example of democracy.
 
It's going to be interesting to see how National Park Director Jon Jarvis squares the lack of public participation and oversight in the decision to allow industry to build in this park. How he is going to square this with his NPS's Civic Engagement Policy?

2 comments:

Jen said...

Those pictures are amazing. I love how the bee and the beetle are so clear and detailed.

Have you tried writing a letter to the NY TImes?

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Not yet. I should. Thanks. Cannot take much credit for those photos. It was just one of those moments. All I did was click.