Panorama taken from a kayak trip down Blackwater Creek, Morgan County, Kentucky. Limestone cliffs frame a sunken fishing boat. Time has stripped down the plastic and fiberglass of the vessel. A single vine points directly towards the motor, the most prominent of the boats features. Growing up in the smoky mountains region of Appalachia, our culture is a mix of outdoor and urban life. We have an appreciation for our surroundings. This part of Kentucky grows on a person's soul, often leaving visitors with a reason to come back - it is hard to find such a rustic and raw form of nature so close to home. Here we also see the effects of industrialization and commercialism as coal companies strip mountains for coal, and people scatter trash through unintentional negligence. It is part of American culture to exploit beautiful areas in demand for coal. Institutions promoting cleaner solutions are popping up everywhere in attempts to wrestle with our desire for basic amenities. As caustic material builds up over the years, finding discarded items in less industrialized rivers becomes far more common. Combining the natures delicate life with invading pollution offers a simple truth - something has to give.
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