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Oranges = Humanity

~by Katherine Moore

In Sacramento, California’s downtown area, you’ll find a few parks. There’s Chavez Park which stretches from 9th to 10th in between I and J streets. It has some park benches, a café and a fountain. From May until the end of October, there is an Organic farmers market each Wednesday. When you’re there, it is always bustling. Fresh flowers, fruits and veggies from the surrounding area, musicians playing and food vendors working to get the many workers in the area.

Orange 1

(shots from the Organic Farmer’s Market in Chavez Park).

 

Then there is Capitol Park. The park runs from 10th (right behind the capitol building) to 15th or so, between L and N streets. There are many beautiful features in the park, from the Firefighter’s and World War II memorials to the Peace Rose Garden.

Kat Orange 2*

However, there is one feature of Capitol Garden that is only seen in a handful of parks. That is, the orange trees that are throughout the park.

When you walk through the park, you see them standing out and when they bloom they are beautiful. There is something that strikes me with these trees, or better yet, the fruit they produce. They remind me of humanity. I suspect you’re wondering how… but let me show you.

Kat - Orange 3*This can be seen two ways. One is the life cycle of all creatures here on Earth. We come upon it, we live and we return to it.

The other way?

The oranges in the tree all start out in the tree, they are young and growing. As the get older, things happen to them. Some stay in the tree and look pretty, but are never utilized for anything more. Some are picked and eaten by humans and animals but not fully consumed. Some are fully consumed, nothing left of them. Some oranges, fall. Either knocked out by the weather, animals, people or just too big for the branch. From there, they are stepped on, ignored, seen as eyesores or eaten by creatures that most forget serve an important purpose. Of those oranges, they just waste away, ignored by society. Only a handful of them end up being utilized because something sees value in them. The ants and other insects that feast upon them see their value, but we humans? Tend not to.

This may seem like a depressing piece, but, it is a way to be awakened. It does allow us to realize that while some of us our pretty oranges, some are utilized oranges, there are those oranges who are discarded because of their plight.

We need to realize that those people can be utilized and productive and therefore we need to treat them as such. One way of helping those people is by donating time and money to non-profits that help them. Another way is just simply, acknowledging them and not mistreat them. We don’t know their circumstance and therefore, we should not be so hasty to judge, telling them to get a job when they ask for help. Think of it this way, would you want to be treated that way? I doubt it. So don’t do it to others.

Take care of each other and do what you can to help.

http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org is a good place to start!

 

For more information about Katherine’s Photography visit:

www.kdmsevolvingworld.com          

www.youtube.com/photogcowboi30

 

 

 

 

 

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