One of my favourite running routes takes me past the site of a new motorway service station being built where I live. It is overlooking a place called Skelton lake around which there is a footpath and new footbridge leading back towards where I live. Each time I pass I take a photograph from a particular spot from which I can make a timelapse video when it is finished.
I know some people have moaned that they are ruining this “beauty spot” by building such a horrible “monstrosity” but I see things slightly differently. The area is not an unspoiled natural wilderness because it is part of a former vast opencast mining complex. The area has a distinct metallic post industrial feel to it and being isolated, is a favourite stomping ground to petrolheads with their quad bikes and rusty stolen wrecks (some of which have ended up abandoned). The development of the area will mean investment and landscaping; it will help the lake and surrounding woodland to be managed properly as a nature reserve by the RSBP. The vision of the motorway services is that it will be, in addition to a stopping point, a destination in its own right with opportunities to walk round and explore the beautiful lake. The end to isolation will hopefully make the spot less attractive to those with the more undesirable pursuits.
This made me think about how our world and landscapes evolve over time and get regenerated by new generations. The two other pictures are took juxtapose the old and the new and renovated causing beauty in their old right, showing new opportunities evolve out of decay.
Meanwhile I ended up running 12 miles today & still feeling strong!
“See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.