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11/12/2012

New Video From the National Park Service

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the National Park Service is releasing stunning videos on wilderness areas within National Parks every other week. Professional photographers and videographers are teaming up with NPS to create striking tributes to America’s wild places.

Located an hour north of bustling and crowded San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore provides a welcome respite from hectic city life. In the short video released by the National Park Service, the juxtaposition of these two areas is highlighted. In San Francisco crosswalks are crowded with pedestrians, while noisy, dirty cars make their way through the city, engines roaring and horns blaring. Meanwhile, in the 26,000 acres of wilderness in Point Reyes city noise is replaced with the tranquil sounds of nature. All that can be heard are natural parts of the earth: birds sing, streams trickle over rocks, the wind moves through trees and over long grass, and the ocean surf churns with a natural rhythm. We are reminded of the stark differences between the world we have constructed for ourselves and the world we came from. The video encourages us to step outside our towns and cities, and experience the peace that can be found in nature.

“Man is free the moment he wishes to be” -- Voltaire

  

Unfortunately, Point Reyes is under threat from the inequitable renewal of private oyster farm lease, blocking the planned addition of 8,000 acres of wilderness. Read more here

-- by Claire Price 

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