Once when I was showing some of my slides to a small group of people, one
acerbic fellow popped up with the question, "If this is the Ozarks, then
where's the trash?" I didn't say the first thing that came into
my head, i.e., that even if there had been trash there, I wasn't going to
take a picture of it. But his statement showed that he hadn't seen any
more of nature than he could drive to on paved road in 30 minutes.
Of course, he did have quite a valid point, that many of the so-called
natural areas convenient to population centers are marred by trash and
garbage. But in my experience, the amount of refuse you are likely to
encounter in a given spot is inversely proportional to how far you have
to drive and, even
more importantly, how far you have to walk to get to it. I guess the
people who are willing to go to a lot of trouble to experience nature
are serious enough about it that they also take the trouble to preserve
the quality of natural places they visit.