Vanishing Marshland

Change is inevitable and it comes at a cost.

Before the Fill

First morning light in Thailand trip revealed an empty marshland in the back of my brother’s house where I stayed for a few weeks. This property was left unoccupied quite sometime ago. I was really glad that there were many green areas remained untouched in Bangkok.

Over the Domain

Marshland Home

It created a nature micro ecology as an oasis in Bangkok’s urban desert. Bird’s habitats were protected by willows and plants grew organically as well as frogs and snakes in the marshland.

Flattening

Filling the Land

Then the land owner decided to develop the property and profit from this investment. The marshland has to go and give way to another housing estate. An excavator squashed the unwanted weeds down to the ground and concrete rubble from other demolition was used for filling the marshland.

Local Gatherers

Scraps Hunters

Full Bag

A new ecology was generated from this transforming landscape. It welcomed people into once an abandoned field. Local members seized the opportunity to collect scrap metal to sell it.

Marshland Exposure

Somewhere to Hide

The flattening made it easier for a predator to look for food on the ground since the hide was destroyed whereas some found that its dwelling had gone in a flash. However, sooner or later, there would not be any food or home left for the wildlife benefited from this vanishing green.

It was a heart-broken to witness this change. It was happening in front of my eyes and I am sure it is everywhere.

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3 thoughts on “Vanishing Marshland

  1. Poor things… It is hard to see these photos. It is hard to see such kind of places destroyed. In our country people who live near this area need to do permission to builders for such kind of things.

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