Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Exploring Nevada's Ghost Towns




Pyramids, hieroglyphics and 
Mayan Temple in the Great Basin Desert?


Driving through the desert will often turn up exciting and intriguing finds, like when I stumbled upon what appeared to be an excavation site of some ancient civilization. 


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Huge stone boulders and columns that appeared as pyramids lined the entrance and were elevated above the large open compound.  My imagination began to run wild as I stood looking down from the dirt road. As with the ancient Mayan's, were religious ceremonies once held along these platforms and was  the desert wind finally revealing its long buried secrets?


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As curiosity got the better of me, I left my truck and walked for a closer view.  That was when I saw a number of paintings on the 25 foot tall pyramid columns that resembled hieroglyphics. 


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 At this point I was becoming even more excited about what I had discovered out in the middle of the desolate desert.  Was I caught in a time warp and standing somewhere between a Mayan Temple and an ancient Egyptian town?  Had this site been revealed through desert storms and by the Egyptian god of the wind, "Seth”?  With such dark red to orange sand, I could only imagine the presence of Seth, lord of the red desert lingering nearby as I clicked my shutter. 


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After checking GPS coordinates, I found this was actually the site of what was considered a modern metropolis of around 1,000 citizens in the early 1900's.  The city of Ludwig was a large copper ore smelting operation that had the modern convenience of electricity. Unfortunately, around 1914 copper production began to decline and so went the town.  


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Tall concrete pillars and some cement platforms that were used in the processing plant for the copper ore are all that's left to remind us of a once thriving community. 


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 How the paintings were created on the pillars and by whom, is left to the imagination. 


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Enjoying the Day at Topaz Lake



Labor Day Weekend and World Water Week

 
What better time to enjoy the cool, clear water at Topaz Lake than during the Labor Day weekend which also marks the beginning of World Water Week that runs from August 31st through September 5th.  World Water Week is an annual global event held in Stockholm, Sweden for the purpose of addressing our planet's water issues. 
 
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Sitting along the shore and watching a family of gulls flying overhead, it is hard to imagine that water has become such a critical world-wide issue.  Even though the western U.S. has been plagued by a drought for a number of years there is always plenty of water available when you turn on the tap.     

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The reservoir here of Topaz Lake appears to be holding plenty of water from the Walker River and the farming communities continue to plant and harvest crops, but I wonder how much longer will it be before we are forced to make changes in our lifestyles that are so dependent on water. 


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 As I glance across the emerald water, I ponder over the old childhood warning, "You won't miss the water till the well runs dry". 


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 The scientists and leaders from 130 countries are converging right now as I write this blog post at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to share ideas, exchange views and brainstorm for potential solutions.  


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Water, a necessity for survival, is also a vital part of what brings peace and joy to our lives.  Just imagine how barren this landscape would be if void of the water. 

 
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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.

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