Home for the Holidays by mbrutus

Home for the Holidays

I could not make it to the bird preserve today. But it was in my thoughts, this being holiday time. And me fortunate to have my whole immediate family home with me. On my most recent visit to the bird preserve, I thought to turn my eyes, and eventually my Big Boy Camera and Bird Catcher lens away from the lake to shoot the environs just outside the preserve. It was hard not to pick out several of the brightly colored tents pitched on the land that borders the bird preserve. It was somewhat more difficult to pick out the shopping carts filled with random possessions, which invariably stood just outside the tents. That sophisticated couple walking to the right are not the campers. They are an apparently affluent local couple out for a walk with their dog and unconcerned about violating the space or the privacy of the homeless person, or persons, forced to live out of a tent on public property, just a few feet from a busy urban thoroughfare, not visible in this photo.

After taking this and several similar photos, I headed back towards my car, parked in the lot of the wildlife preserve. Taking some sunset landscapes and flying bird shots, I quickly forgot these photos, until I arrived at home and loaded them onto my computer. Studying the photos on my monitor, I was struck by the tremendous irony of the fact that the government presumably spent millions of dollars to provide a needed habitat and home for various avian species (as they should). But just a matter of feet away from the border of the preserve, homeless humans are left to fend for themselves, living in tents and from shopping carts. Shouldn't we, as a society, take at least as good care of our members as we do our migratory birds?

The good news is that the people of Los Angeles County, a tax adverse group of people as ever existed, have recently approved both generous tax and bond measures, raising billions of dollars locally to provide additional services and housing for the homeless. Now, it is up the politicians and civil servants to turn that unselfish commitment and generosity into progress and purpose on behalf of L. A.'s homeless population. And not to squander what is perhaps a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a dent and a difference in this pressing social problem.

Here's hoping that in the not-too-distant future, L.A.'s parks will be strictly for the birds. And the area's former street people can be in homes of their own for the holiday.

I wish all my 365 friends the happiest, healthy, and most meaningful of holidays and a prosperous, peaceful New Year.
Lucky you. Enjoy the time together.
December 25th, 2017  
Thank you. Enjoy your boys, too.
December 25th, 2017  
Such a somber, yet well captured, moment. Up in N. CA (San Jose) the city council recently approved to build a tiny home village of 40 units, with a goal of eventually having one village in each of the 10 districts. I believe the first one will be in the downtown area.

You’re right that this is such a pressing issue that needs resolution, and soon.

Thank you for voicing such thoughts on here. Through it you’ve just raised the bar of respect.
December 25th, 2017  
Hopeful for your city leaders to do their best for your homeless citizens. Wonderful to be surrounded by family, any time of the year, I know Mrs B is especially thrilled!
December 25th, 2017  
This is such a poignant scene ...It would be wonderful if the people, birds, and animals all had comfortable homes!

How wonderful to have all of your family with you today! Merry Christmas to you and all of your family!
December 25th, 2017  
This is a very heartfelt comment that I share completely. It is always very difficult to accept such discrepancies From humans to humans, I mean, not to speak of the birds. So often I marvel at how lucky we have been to be born on the right part of the world and on the right side of the invisible fence that separates the fortunate from the unfortunate. Thank you for pointing out the need for the governments to do more. But can we do more?
December 25th, 2017  
I have learnt that in spite of tremendous resources put in to house the homeless, there is good proportion of them who choose to live like this and don't want to be homed! So its hard to make a judgement!
December 27th, 2017  
A good read! Maggiemae has a point, but for all those who wish for help it must be there for them. I think more cities (the largest near us has just built a facility) are becoming aware of the need and trying to do something. Hope you've had a wonderful holiday with your family. Looking forward to more of your wonderful pictures and thoughts in 2018.
January 1st, 2018  
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