Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some images to celebrate the 40th Earthday.

And let’s don’t forget Senator Gaylord Nelson who started all this
and remember his prescient reminder from 2002”The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.”
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Of course the above photo taken from the small hilltop next to the I-15 Nipton Road
will probably look substantially different by Earthday 2011.
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Better go out and drive up the road toward Clark Mountain and the wilderness areas
soon as the earthmovers are getting ready to start up, no doubt about it!
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Yes, next Earthday is sure going to be different out at Ivanpah, gonna be a whole
lot of blading going on- unless something changes in a hurry.
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Future home of thousands of heliostat mirrors compliments of our friends at
BrightSource Energy, you know the folks who take their time, siting projects on
disturbed land to avoid consequences to the environment.
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A juvenile barrel cactus, a very lucky one, somehow it ended up growing on the
metamorphic hillside, out of the reach of the BrightSource mowers and earthmovers!
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The cactuses above won’t be as lucky. They can survive a desert tortoise taking a
bite out of them but I doubt they can survive a direct hit from an earthmover.
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The above photo was not taken at Ivanpah but it fits my mood at this very
moment. Somehow I just have the feeling sometimes that no matter how
hard we try, it just may not quite be enough to overcome the forces that
are arrayed against us. It’s a damned shame and it just means we have
to keep on persevering in our quest to save Ivanpah and the other targeted
areas from such a fate.

Just some photos to help everyone in their appreciation and understanding
of this 40th Earthday.