Thursday, March 23, 2017

Big Yellow Taxi

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved Paradise
And put up a parking lot...

The lyrics to the Joni Mitchell classic hit Big Yellow Taxi rang thru my Head as I beheld this Fabulous breathtaking field of Native Wildflowers in bloom.  Soon to be annihilated by the bulldozers and other heavy machinery and equipment, just to the left of this Image... very soon, perhaps even Today?  It's been Sold Off to greedy Developers, who could have developed any number of vacant and already Man ravaged lots anywhere around the Metro Phoenix area.  But No, the pristine Natural Desert with it's Magnificent views is more profitable to buy up and destroy!

The eventual Cost is more important than the current price paid for the lands.  Nature unspoiled is Priceless and some of it at least should be Preserved for Future Generations to Enjoy and behold.  We won't even go deeply into the Native Wildlife and Plants displaced or killed off in the carnage.  Especially during Springtime where rebirth of Native Plants and Native Animals is at it's peak, so a whole Generation of each could be lost being displaced at the worst possible Season!!!  Because the harsh environment of a Desert Ecosystem is so fragile, it never quite recovers from Man's imprint upon it, especially a careless, thoughtless or rough one.  When it's gone, it's Forever gone... don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone?

They're paving Paradise as we speak and putting up a Parking Lot, Homes, Businesses, Roads and the like... as if we don't already have more than enough of those... and precious little left of this!   Sometimes I can't even stomach driving by and Witnessing the destruction... other times I simply must Document the very last time it will Exist as it was Designed by The Creator to Be.   When will they just Stop encroaching upon Mother Nature... I can't say... the lines are always subject to change without notice.  State Trust Lands being Sold Off to Fund this, that and the third.   I had thought that area currently under development was Protected Lands already... I was Wrong... Sold Off to the highest bidder.  It breaks my Heart to see it disappearing so quickly and so often.

  As Man's Greed expands ever outwards and blankets the landscape in a sea of various Subdivision Hells, Commercial and Industrial Creations replacing the unmatched Natural Beauty of The Creator given to all... to line the pockets of some.   And probably why Nature now heads into the City to simply try to Adapt and Survive our onslaught into their Territories and Natural Habitats?   With many of my Neighbors continuously complaining and lamenting that they're present and evident... like they had anywhere else to go now, poor things?!   Modern Man, not wanting really to co-exist with Nature and Share our Planet Graciously with them... the Indigenous of any area, be it Native Man, Native Plant or Native Beast... an age old Story that makes me Sad.  And the lyrics of Big Yellow Taxi loop thru my Head...


Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. I could not agree more dear friend....As a fellow AZ resident I hate to see yet more development in our beautiful Valley.



    1. Jo I think what bothers me most is there is plenty of vacant land already ravaged by Man that could be developed, but they seem intent on buying up and destroying the Natural Desert instead, the most Beautiful parts of which there is precious little left in the Valley. Dawn... The Bohemian


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