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Making the desert bloom …

One of the most awe-inspiring sights during our recent visit to the West this year was standing on the edge of the Hoover Dam. Watching a couple of documentaries about its history beforehand gave me some insight into the truly staggering amount of planning and work that went into it at the time, as well as the sacrifices many people gave in order to complete the project. When you see it yourself, it’s a breathtaking sight… the thought that somehow, a group of men in the 1930s were able to rip through those massive layers of rock and take hold of the power of the Colorado River in order to achieve this true modern wonder. A memorial sign next to the dam reads: “They died to make the desert bloom.” When you see the rich farmland valleys nearby and realize the impact that the Dam’s hydroelectric power has bought to all the nearby states, you realize that the work and sacrifices of these men and their families carries great importance seven decades later. Hope you enjoy…

f/6.3, 1/50th, ISO 100, 15 mm

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