Smoke signals

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Comments (13)

Pepe Triton on March 21, 2008

That's incredible. Strange contrast. Intelligent point of view.

Wallace Rivera on March 21, 2008

Excelent shot! ")

Miša M. on March 21, 2008

Although I can "read" smoke signals, I don't understand what are those "Indians" trying to say. If you find out, please let me know, as I'm very curious. Thanks and take care.

Marilyn Whiteley on March 21, 2008

Thank you, Pepe, Wallace, and Misa.

This is a coal-fired electrical generating plant. There is coal on the Navajo Indian land, and so perhaps what the "smoke signals" are saying is "Power": power that the generators produce, and power of the Navajos to manage their territory and their economy. We have heard that the plant is to be replaced by a solar power facility in a few years.

MaryAlice on March 23, 2008

This looks similar to the Huge GA Power plant that we have about 50 miles from here. It's horrible and under fierce scrutiny as we speak.

It's a wonderful shot though! :)


Mary Alice

Tom Lussier Photogra… on March 24, 2008

Such is the nature of civilization that it mar even the landscape that borders on wilderness. Thus the boundaries of wilderness get smaller and smaller all the time. This is a powerful image depicting that constant movement. Well captured environemental statement Marilyn.

Regards, Tom

Marilyn Whiteley on March 24, 2008

Thank you, MaryAlice and Tom.

Some members of our travel group seemed simply annoyed with "those darned smokestacks" that interfered with "the view." As soon as I saw them, however, I felt the challenge to capture an image that would "say something."


®mene on March 27, 2008

woww - here we have one in the other part of the world... and absolutly without any smoke! Just fine clear(ed) air around!

Says the management!

Cheers - michael

Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2008

I suspect that there's a lot of pollution connected with this, but it was a cold morning, so there was also water vapour making some of that "smoke." I will be glad if they convert to solar power within a few years!

Cheers, Marilyn

Christophe Van Hulle on March 29, 2008

One of the best titles in Panoramio!

Marilyn Whiteley on March 30, 2008

Thank you, Christophe. :D

GEPaull on October 19, 2008

I'm wondering if the reservation has special dispensation from the rules—i.e., that it gets to pollute. Maybe this is not the much bandied about 'Clean Coal'; maybe that's why it's slated to be replaced by a solar facility. —Paul

Marilyn Whiteley on October 19, 2008

I wondered about it myself, Paul, but we couldn't find out more. We later rode past the area (also in Navajo territory) where the coal was mined. Marilyn

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  • Uploaded on March 20, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/03/20 09:34:26
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