Sunday, October 28, 2012

Calendar 2013: Grand Canyon, North Rim

A few shots from the North Rim Of the Grand Canyon:

Grand Canyon #1

Grand Canyon #2

Grand Canyon #3

In recent years the haze has increased from coal-fired power plants in the areas.  If you have suggestions for dealing with teh Hazr let me know.

We'll be taking a few days off from the Calendar Postings to Celebrate Halloween........


  1. Those are all good photos. The only thing I do with haze is use UV filters. The other option is wait for clear days.

    I often wonder about haze. I remember days in the Blue Ridge with quite a bit of haze and others perfectly clear. This was in summer when the haze is usually worse. I wonder is it really coal power plants or cars. I tend to lean to the latter since very few people burn coal, few, if any factories use coal and the steel industry is 99% gone it seems much less industrial pollution than 20 or 30 or so years ago. Today we have hundreds of thousands more diesel trucks and many more cars on the roads.

    Coal plants could be quite air pollution clean if they used Pennsylvania anthracite rather than bituminous coal.

  2. I think it is a combination. There are quite a few coal-fired plants on the Reservations that feed Las Vegas and Phoenix power needs, which are very high in the summer. And they are using the very low-grade coal that is found on the Reservation. I've heard that the air is much clearer in the winter (few cars and less power generation for those hot summer places).

    But here in the Colorado Front Range it is definite a car problem. We get horrible inversions in the winter especially.

  3. Is it just me, or does it seem that no one wants to talk about man made pollution these days? It somehow seems to imply that one has no concern for the economy to presume that the environment still deserves protection.

  4. I think the anti-global warming contingent is responsible for decreased talk about the environment in general. Also people tend to put jobs ahead of the environment when the economy is weak. So if you mention pollution of any kind, the response is how many jobs will be lost. No one ever thinks of the jobs to be gained from maitaining a cleaner environment. A cleaner environment is always seen as a negative.