S: Where is the beauty?
FC: Where is the beauty? By Samantha Olsen
1: The human population is growing at a rapid pace. As a result, there are more residences then there are food. Contractors are building on good farming soil which creates more living space but less agricultural land to grow natural ingredients. Living in the country is hard physical labour; on the other hand, living in the city is less physical work than it is mental work. I visit my grandparents who live in Quebec on the country side. My family visits them every august since I was born.
2: But when we're not there, my family lives in a medium sized city with a population of 123 000 people (city.waterloo.on.ca). However, once in a while my family and I go to Toronto to visit some of my dad's friends or we go watch baseball games.
3: Toronto is a big city with a population of 2,615,060 people (torontosun.com) and is still growing. It is insanely busy everywhere you go. Someone is always doing something. Living in the city is very different than from living in the country. Nevertheless, both can have it's advantages or present defaults in different ways.
4: Taking a lovely walk in a wasted run down field with a dog can really clear your head of all worries and stresses. The mighty dog is also a good companion because when no one else is around, you can always depend on him. Mark Twain once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled.” (brainyquote.com) But these walks are not at all spoiled.
5: There is silence and peace in the country which gives you more time to appreciate the beauties in the world or in our own garden.
6: Imagine walking just a few feet outside of your house and getting fresh vegetables that you grew in your garden.
7: I think having your own produce that you cared for and worked so hard to get is really rewarding in the end for many reasons like peoples health. It is a fulfilling feeling knowing that your hard work was worth it.
8: Winters in the country are always colder than the city. The sun is trying to be the center of attention, stealing the show from the artful icicles. Ice is an amazing art form that only Mother Nature can create.
11: In the city, we see abandoned buildings rotting away and even some that get bought to get torn down and get rebuilt into condos or office space but, in the country, they do not get bought and torn down they just end up rotting until there is nothing left.
13: Here is an example of the city. Before they started the construction, it was just a field filled with weeds. It was bought by someone who wanted to build a hotel. With an idea, money and a contractor, this person's dream is becoming a reality.
14: Cows are amazing creatures. They are the living symbol of Mother Earth for the Hindus (history-of-hinduism.blogspot.ca). They provide many things for us. These cows are being raised on a farm in a small town called St-Sylvere, Québec. They give their milk generously so we can drink it or turn it into other dairy products. Can you see a farm like this in the middle of an industrial human packed city?
17: Some may think that the country is clean, but that is not always true. There will always be careless people out there, city or country. Walking down a very steep hill and finding old tires comes as a shock in my eyes. I found these tires hiding in a hill. It was as if the tires were part of the land.
18: People shopping, walking, spending their Sunday strolling around in the warming sun. Alone, we are nothing compared to the world around us but together, we are the most powerful beings on the planet.
19: We are growing in numbers every minute of every day. Soon there will not be enough space for us all.
20: Cities are expanding because of dense population and their needs. Here in this picture is a farmer's field being taken over.
21: By construction. It needs to be done but what happens to the farmer and his lost crops?
22: Then after the construction in the country is done, it becomes part of the city.
23: In the city, we can also see some creative architecture like a treehouse in downtown, a university building with flowers in the windows or even a physiques' building
24: In the city, there are not only creative sites to see but there are also animals who are adapted to humans, especially birds. The birds are all creatures to be seen but specifically the swans are really picture perfect.
25: There are acts being made in the city that can be illegal to some citizens eyes but can be a form of art for others.
26: In conclusion, I do not think I could ever decide if I would want to move into a bigger city with a vast cultural population or to live in the middle of a farmer's field. Living in the Waterloo region is just perfect for me. Here there is culture, fresh food, happy people, local markets and more.
27: In this essay, I wanted to show the beauties and the horrors of my world because like Napoleon Bonaparte said “a picture is worth a thousand words” (brainyquote.com). However, trying to decide on what pictures I wanted to take was a bit harder than I thought. I think the photos are powerful and present my inner thoughts with vibrant colors and feeling.