Guest artist Kenny King.
My first experience to the High Desert was in the mid 1970s with my mom & dad, and I wondered why someone would live here. A couple years later we moved to Desert View Highlands, west side of Palmdale. At the time it was small town and everyone knew everyone, it was spread out and clean and beautiful, that’s why people lived here.
I remember the first time I came across piles of decades old trash and was angered by people’s actions. If history keeps repeating itself how can we claim progress? I haven’t lived in the High Desert for over 22 years, but go a couple times a month to take photos, visit family, friends and enjoy the beauty of the desert. People need to take responsibility for their actions and stop dumping in our deserts.
Please enjoy some photos I shot in the last four years………..Thank You
Thank you Kenny. Your story brings up multiple points for people to consider. The Antelope Valley has grown immensely, and with the housing boom came a larger population and expansion. The economic crisis brought about numerous foreclosures and hardships to businesses as people continue to struggle to maintain their lifestyles and livelihoods. Looking at outdated Google satellite imagery, the sites we’ve visited are much worse today in 2013, and the issue isn’t as peripheral as some may think.
Finding illegal dump sites that landscapers, construction companies, house flippers, and tire stores are repeatedly using is disheartening. It is representative of our financial times, and as you point out lack of responsibility taken for waste. How does the economic crisis impact our responsibility towards waste?
The desert is more beautiful when it’s clean.