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Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork

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A wintering herd of elk, displaced by development in the Roaring Fork Valley outside Carbondale, CO.

Changing West
Tamara Clauson
Tamara Clauson
Oct 05, 2010 01:12 PM
We often love the west to death. In the process of wanting to be in a beautiful place with the greatest of views, the best viewing of wildlife, and the open space "to get out of the rat race" (which never happens, and the open space beyond will also be chewed up for development sooner than later) we are destroying the very thing we yearn for and desire.