Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Peru Creek #3

Near the drift of the Pennsylvania Mine; beginning of the tram system tht transported ore down the mountain to the stamp mill.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peru Creek Mining District

The Pennsylvania Mine was the largest and most profitable in this mining district........

Pennsylvania Mine Stamp Mill: focus of a major clean up effort.  Silver sulfides mined here have resulted in a largest regional source of acid mine drainage. A remediation project is underway.

Across the valley from the Stamp Mill.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Red Rocks on the Weekend: The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge spans the Colorado River above the Grand Canyon.  This photo was taken from the parking lot adjacent to the Glen Canyon Dam.  The last major infrastructure project in the USA until the recent completion of the "Big Dig" in Boston.

Completed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966, it has resulted in many environmental problems including the degradation of the Grand Canyon ecosystem.  The water held back by the Dam also prevents the Colorado River from flowing through to the Gulf of California. Lawsuits resulted in a plan to restore the Grand Canyon ecosystem by scheduled water releases that mimic the spring runoff.  But the farmers in Mexico are out of luck, as the Colorado River turns into a salty swamp near the border and is not free flowing.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekly Volcano #35: Shiprock, New Mexico

This week's volcano, from the archives, Shiprock, New Mexico.

Located within the Navaho Nation, one of the sacred mountains.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcome New Followers!

The Playa at Badwater, Death Valley, California,
near the lowest point in North America 282ft ( 86m) below sea level.

I noticed you and I appreciate your company on this journey through photography!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Panama Lifestyles V: at the Beach

Playa Esmeralda's Black Beach.  The black mineral is an iron ore, magnetite, a common mineral in volcanic rocks and more resistant to weathering.  Washed down to the ocean via rivers and then washed back up on the beach by waves.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weekly Volcano #34: Los Pozos de Tisingal

Los Pozos are a series of hot springs inside Tisingal Caldera.  Locals visit for the curative powers, especially for pain.  But the very rough boulder hopping road in (and back out again) made me question what relief the trip actually provides.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Panama Lifestyles IV: Keeping it Clean

Near the town of Concepcion a popular place to clean both your car and yourself.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Panama Lifestyles III: Along the Coastal Plain

Larger farms and a beach lifestyle are to be found on the coastal plains.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Panama Lifestyles II: Keeping it Simple

Cerro Punta is one of many small farming communites at the base of Volcan Baru.  I saw this farmer plowing the 'traditional' way, which was perfectly adequate for his small farm.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Panama Lifestyles I: Mountain Farming

This week, computer permitting, we will take a look at the western Panama way of life. Today the Finca (farm) next door to my friend's home.

The Chiriqui District of western Panama is that nation's bread basket.  A twelve month growing season and rich volcanic soil create an ideal farming environment.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekly Volcano #33: Volcan Baru and Tisingal Caldera

Back in western Panama, with Volcan Baru in the Background and and the flank of Tisingal Caldera visible in th foreground.

Finally up and running again.  We had a DSL modem that was crashing my computer.  Still some other computer gliches, so I'll make a few postings ahead just in case.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Serious Computer Failure

Greetings All

I haven't forgotten my blog.  My usual blogging computer seems to be on its last legs.  So I'll have to transfer my photos to the PC.  Yes,  my PC is more reliable than my MAC!  Hope to post later tonight.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Weekly Volcano #32: San Francisco Peaks

The San Francisco Peaks are part of an extinct volcanic field near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Faith on Film: Mother Mary Protect Us!

In Catholic countries you will often find Mary near the volcano summit.

Here at the Volcan Baru Summit, but I saw this on Piton de Fournaise (Reunion Island) as well.