Saturday, July 31, 2010

Old City, New City, Panama City

Contrasting Cities, old and new Panama City:



 The Cathedral bell tower was used to keep watch for pirates and warn the city if they appeared.



Looking at the new city across the mudflats at low tide. A typical Latin American coastal city.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Cardenas Fire

Cardenas is a residential area within the Old Canal Zone.  Americans born in the Canal Zone were granted dual citizenship and allowed to buy their homes as part of the Canal transfer.




My guide in Panama was in that category and we stayed at his sister's house in Cardenas.  The winter and spring being dry season, wildfires were common.  This one was just around the corner and closer than I liked.  You can see houses and cars in the photos.








No red rocks this Friday, but still something red!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Baru Surprise



The Summit of Volcan Baru is the site of a major communications center for Panama (and presumably nearby eastern Costa Rica).  The Center is maintained 24-7 by an on-sight engineer that stays for 30 day shifts.  This is necessary because during the rainy season (spring and summer) the 4X4 road to the top may become impassable.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Weekly Volcano #31: More from Volcan Baru, Western Panama

In keeping with this week's kickoff Panama Theme we take another look at Volcan Baru, one of only two active volcanoes in Panama.  I use active in the geologic context.  It has been centuries since Baru erupted, but it is dormant, not extinct, because it was active less than 10,000 years ago.  That is the geologic definition of active.


Located in the Chiriqui district of Western Panama near the Coast Rican border.  The cooler temperature and rich volcanic soil make this the main agricultural area of Panama.  And there is a surprise on Baru that we will see later........

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Gaillard Cut

The Culebra Cut crosses the continental divide of Panama.  It was renamed after Maj. David Du Bose Gaillard the officer in charge of this section of the project, who died before its completion. The American version of the canal was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (1904-1914), after the French attempt to build a sea-level canal went bankrupt.


Approaching the Cut from the north



This is the most famous part of the Gaillard Cut.   For more info check the link.  I have a two-fold connection to the Panama Canal.  Two of my mother's uncles moved to Panama from Barbados to work on the construction.  The Americans recruited mostly from English-speaking islands in the Caribbean for workers.  They settled there and hence I have Panamanian family.  Part II, my mother worked for the US Army Corps of engineers and the people that I met there are responsible for my becoming a geologist.

All photos from Panama are taken with the same camera, lens, and film as listed in the first post (or check the labels)

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Panama Series Begins!

....With something really obvious, The Panama Canal:


Looking north towards the Caribbean (check a map it is north) viewing Lake MiraFlores which separates the Pedro Miguel Locks from the  Miraflores Locks.  We are looking at the The Pedro Miguel Locks upstream.



The Miraflores Locks lead to the Pacific Ocean.........



And the Miraflores Spillway keeps the Canal Level above Pacific Sea Level.



I still have about a hundred slides to scan, but I've done enough to get started.

Camera:  Minolta X-700
lens: Tamron 28-200 f/2.8 zoom
Film:  ENC-II (motion picture film)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Red Rocks Friday

More from Arches.  This time looking through the Whale Arch

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Weekly Volcano #30: South Sister from the Bachelor Ski Lift

As I mentioned last week, Mt Bachelor is a ski resort.  Here a view riding the ski lift, looking across the valley to South Sister (Middle Sister just behind).


Also visible, Stark Lake and a line of obsidian domes on th flanks of South Sister.

All volcano photos taken with the Minolta X-700, 28-200 zoom lens, and ENC-II film, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Vote on Show Entries

I am entering a juried palstic camera show at the end of the month.  Here are a few possibilities from my older collection.  I will have newere options next week.  Comments appreciated.

The first three are from Death Valley:








These are from Old Fort Ord, Marina, California:





'Welcome has been in a juried show before so it's a sure thing for entry............

Friday, July 16, 2010

Red Rocks Friday: My Favorite View

I've visited Bryce Canyon four times now, and I always look for this tree.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weekly Volcano # 29: Mt Bachelor

Last week we saw a view of the Three Sisters taken from the summit of this volcano.  Not visible in this view is our transport to the top.  Mt Bachelor is the site of the largest ski resort in the Cascades, elevation 9068 ft. the ski lift is on the other side of the volcano. 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Red Rocks Friday: Bryce Canyon

This time a keyhole and not an arch.  I need to scan my slides before I can show more Arches......


When visitng Bryce, always plan your hike for the morning.  The Canyon is East facing and beautiful just after sunrise.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weekly Volcano # 28: The Three Sisters

Located above Bend, Oregon, the Three Sisters Volcanoes are a major feature of the Cascade Range.


South Sister to the left; Middle and North Sister are nearly aligned.  Broken Top from last week is a couple of miles further east. Also visible is Stark Lake.  This photo was taken from the top of Mt Bachelor.