Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Weekly Volcano #14: Yellowstone, Another Super Volcano

Are we blessed or cursed to have more than one super volcano in America?  

The Yellowstone Caldera has been recently in the news because of a high level of micro earthquake activity.  The official word is, that the EQ's don't mean anything.  As a person with some experience in volcanology I know that is a lie.  We are yet again suffering the 'Dante's Peak' Syndrome, where local officials don't want the tourists to be scared off.

Denver is the largest city in the 'danger zone' for Yellowstone.

I used to tell my student here, 'if you see a large cloud to the NW, be very afraid!'

A third continental US Volcano is classed as a super volcano.  We'll meet that one next month.

From my very old print fujifilm ISO 400, 1981, and my first camera, my Minolta SRT-SCII that was stolen when I was in graduate school.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Faith on Film: Passover

You will find this monument in the Tombstone, Arizona Cemetery.
Remembering that their can be no Easter, without Passover.

Not all pioneers were Christians, 
and not all of them killed their Native Neighbors.

Passover begins at Sundown, hence the late posting.
And if you are seeing this, the server problems have been solved! 

Missing Photos?

Google seems to have lost my photos.  Apparently this problem developed over the weekend and is not yet completely resolved.  Hopefully this problem will be solved soon!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Faith on Film: Palm Sunday Processions

Our Church in New Orleans, Grace Episcopal,  had a traditional Procession of the Palms.
 Our Priest at the time, Rev. Wayne Wright is currently the Bishop of Delaware.

It seems to be the current practice to have a child make the symbolic ride.
This morning we are in Boulder following the same tradition..............

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday in Patagonia

We'll visit Patagonia today, 
because Palm Sunday should have a Faith on Film

We ended our hike of the "W" at Gray Glacier.

We approached the glacier face, and had cocktails made from Glacial Ice.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Faith on Film: Denver's Historic Pioneer Cemetery

 Burial Place for the rich and famous, and lesser known citizens of Denver's early days.


This beautiful monument amongst the current residents.  

(And yes, there is a power plant hiding in the background.  Can you find it?) 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weekly Volcano #13: Elephant Butte, New Mexico

As you view this we are currently on vacation in New Mexico.  

We may revisit Elephant Butte along the way. 

Elephant Butte Lake (a reservoir) is a failed Bureau of Reclamation project from the 1920's.  The high evaporation rate caused the 'lake' water to be too salty for agriculture.  So now it's just a recreation spot. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

On the Road Again!

We will be traveling through New Mexico this week.  I've left you postings for Sundays in Patagonia, the Weekly Volcano, and Faith On Film.  But I'm going on an electronic communication free vacation, so I won't be answering comments until I return.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Goodbye to Winter!

All of our Boots; various types for different conditions.  And Barely used this past winter!

But we did get one final blast of snow for the last official day of Winter Yesterday!

And I wore my little black boots (lower left) to work! 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Weekly Volcano #12: Danger at Long Valley

Heed the warnings!
Long Valley is a super volcano, measuring 11 miles N-S and 20 miles E-W.
The movie, Dante's Peak, was based upon the monitoring of Long Valley, and I knew the volcanologist that consulted on the film. 

It is also the sight of one of California's largest ski resorts, so real estate agents and town officials forced the U.S Geological Survey to stop issuing activity warnings. Nonetheless, carbon dioxide emissions are common, almost killing a U.S Forest Ranger several years ago.  Micro earthquakes (a sign of magma moving underground)  are also common.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sundays in Patagonia

My favorite mountain proved to be Cerro Torre in Argentina.  It was the site of one of the most famous mountaineering hoaxes featured in a film titled "The Rocks Cry Out".  I had seen parts of the film years ago, and tried to find it after out trip.....Seems not to exist anymore.  ( I've linked to a National Geographic article, because if you search for the title of the film you'll be sent to evangelical christian sites.  Apparently someone used the same name for a recent religious book.)

The day of our visit there was supposed to be a Base Jumper.  Very dangerous sport.  But the weather closed in (Below) and the jumps was canceled. 


Friday, March 12, 2010

Faith on Film: Mission San Miguel, California


From Mission San Miguel,  near San Luis Obispo.
Severely damaged in the Paso Robles Earthquake of 2003,  
The Mission has recently reopened. 

We'll revisit San Miguel, when the Mission Series continues during the Easter Season. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Weekly Volcano #11: Sunrise at Mono Lake

Most visitors probably don't realize that Mono Lake is part of a volcanic tructure.

As you can see, winter sunrises are beautiful.
What you can't see is how cold it is!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sundays in Patagonia

By request we will spend the next few Sundays in Patagonia

 Blue Lake, our last day Trekking in Chile before heading to Argentina.
The Famous Towers of the Paine Massif in the distance.....

And below I zoom in with my 28-200 lens;  Minolta X-700,
Kodak E100GX film.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Faith On Film: Winchester Cathedral

North Trancept

The dark romanesque interior didn't allow for much photography.  
But this crucifix in the north tower was illuminated.

Are you picking up the Lenten Theme Yet?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Weekly Volcano #10: Mt Shasta from Lassen Peak


Mt Shasta as seen from the summit of Lassen Peak, looking north.  The parasitic cone on the left flank is Shastina, in its own right a 12,000+ ft volcano.

So I've managed to start 4 months with Mt Shasta....and I have a few more! 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Santiago Airport

 Our last few hours in the Country.  After touring Pablo Neruda's home,
and a final meal of Chilean Sea Bass....... 

An interesting sculpture at the airport. 

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