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Canyon Colors

In the 1950s, with the proposal of a dam upstream of the Grand Canyon for water storage and hydroelectric power generation, many environmentalist groups rallied to prevent the inundation of the largely undeveloped canyons in the upper Colorado River watershed. The Sierra Club and its leader, David Brower, were instrumental in blocking the proposed Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument, but ignored Glen Canyon in the process. Before Glen Canyon was flooded in 1963, but after the struggle in Congress, Brower and many others floated the Colorado River through the canyon and realized the tremendous resource it was.  Over 80 side canyons in the colorful Navajo Sandstone contained clear streams, abundant wildlife, arches, natural bridges, and numerous Native American archeological sites.

 

By then, however, it was too late to stop the Bureau and its commissioner Floyd Dominy from building Glen Canyon Dam. Brower believed the river should remain free, and would forever after consider the loss of Glen Canyon his life's ultimate disappointment. The experience transformed Brower's attitude towards environmental preservation, making him more radical and less likely to compromise. It was very similar to the experience of  John Muir with the Hetch Hetchy Resevoir.  For Brower, it steeled him for the battle over a proposed dam in the Grand Canyon.

 

American writer Edward Abbey also documented his experience exploring Glen Canyon from the Colorado River prior to the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in his 1968 memoir Desert Solitaire, in the chapter titled "Down the River".

 

~From Wikipedia

 

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Canyon Colors

In the 1950s, with the proposal of a dam upstream of the Grand Canyon for water storage and hydroelectric power generation, many environmentalist groups rallied to prevent the inundation of the largely undeveloped canyons in the upper Colorado River watershed. The Sierra Club and its leader, David Brower, were instrumental in blocking the proposed Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument, but ignored Glen Canyon in the process. Before Glen Canyon was flooded in 1963, but after the struggle in Congress, Brower and many others floated the Colorado River through the canyon and realized the tremendous resource it was.  Over 80 side canyons in the colorful Navajo Sandstone contained clear streams, abundant wildlife, arches, natural bridges, and numerous Native American archeological sites.

 

By then, however, it was too late to stop the Bureau and its commissioner Floyd Dominy from building Glen Canyon Dam. Brower believed the river should remain free, and would forever after consider the loss of Glen Canyon his life's ultimate disappointment. The experience transformed Brower's attitude towards environmental preservation, making him more radical and less likely to compromise. It was very similar to the experience of  John Muir with the Hetch Hetchy Resevoir.  For Brower, it steeled him for the battle over a proposed dam in the Grand Canyon.

 

American writer Edward Abbey also documented his experience exploring Glen Canyon from the Colorado River prior to the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in his 1968 memoir Desert Solitaire, in the chapter titled "Down the River".

 

~From Wikipedia

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 103b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 111b.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 25 Jan 2018, 00:20
Magnifique !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jan 2018, 02:13
Love the colours of this place, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't that orange something?!
  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 25 Jan 2018, 02:28
amazing

i'm in awe

the details of this area are just beyond reasonable
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: And it truly is an awesome place! Thank you, Sherri!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Jan 2018, 06:32
This is a form of high grade outdoor artwork from the look of it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Amazing, isn't it!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jan 2018, 07:33
Very impressive!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine!
The rocks are beautiful. The battle over the environment is a complex one
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You are correct on both counts, Bill
On ne peut pas se lasser , cet endroit est vraiment magnifique
Merci Elisabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so pleased you are enjoying this series, Claudine! Thank you!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2018, 08:48
It's a difficult balance and often commercial pressures and "incentives' take precedence over the needs of the environment.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Too many humans - especially those that are wealthy and / or powerful - are greedy and short sighted.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Jan 2018, 09:18
Wonderful patterns and colours and slits in the rock just like a Fontana canvas.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It never ceases to amaze me, Chad!
Sadly whenever Governmental departments, national or local, make up their minds to do something they very rarely ever change their minds whatever 'the people' say for fear of 'loosing face', what is wrong with admitting a mistake might have been made, but then that might not be politically advantageous!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So very true, Brian. Sad, but true.
I really love that top photo with the odd scrape marks. I know the 'unique' writings of Edward Abbey very well and have the book Desert Solitaire.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Mary - aren't those lovely!!
I'm so glad you are familiar with Edward Abbey!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jan 2018, 15:20
What wonderful colouration.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is really lovely, isn't it! Thanks, Anne!
Absolutely lovely.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Agreed!! Thank you, Tom!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 25 Jan 2018, 23:30
What colorful and eye-catching patterns captured on nature's canvas!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steven! It's amazing, isn't it! I appreciate you stopping by, as always! smile
There are many shades of color that draw those rocks

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