Lots of people think these landscape photos are boring. I'm just thankful there still is some landscape. I read a long article today (in a recent New Yorker--Oct 6, 2008) about the smuggling of Russian timber into China, enriching the smugglers and local officials, as well as Chinese factories and US stores like Walmart. It touched on timber smuggling from Brazil and Indonesia as well. It mentioned baby cribs and paint-brush handles as things that are made from smuggled wood. It seems that there are too many people, really, using too much stuff. And here I sit at my computer, made of minerals mined everywhere. . .