Hoover Dam

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Lucinda F Salo
Lucinda F Salo
Sep 07, 2010 07:40 PM
This is a lovely shot. I'm embarrassed that I think that Hoover Dam is...beautiful. You've captured it wonderfully. Thanks for sharing this image.

Sep 09, 2010 01:17 PM
I grew up in Henderson, been to the dam more times than I can remember & have watched the changes in Lake Mead over the years. One of my earliest memories is going to watch them open the spillways in 1983, I didn't realize till years later studying energy geography in college, how much drama and fear surrounded that event. I haven't lived there in quite some time, but my dad sent me periodic updates about the bypass bridge, another dubious feat of engineering till he passed away this past summer. I wish he could see this photo, he would've loved it too.
Sep 14, 2010 02:38 PM
Thank you both, and yes, it is a beautiful scar like so many other changes in the west.

If anyone is interested in seeing a (very) large version to be able to see the detail of the new bridge (it's big so it will take a minute to load):

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Tamara Clauson
Tamara Clauson
Oct 05, 2010 01:33 PM
A beautiful photo, yet the feeling is ominous. The clouds? What the dam itself stands for? White-washed water lines perhaps never to be reached again? Hoover Dam was a wonder and an object to revere for our dominion over nature. What it says today may not be the one-sided wonder of yesterday.