Monday, August 6, 2012

Great Blue Heron

We saw this guy the last time we went fishing...he was up the stream from us, and across on the other side. He stayed there the whole time we were there which was probably 45 minutes or so.
We have been out and gone most of the day...running some errands and to Best Buy...and we stopped and ate. It has just been one of those days where I did not accomplish a single thing. At least in the work department.

I have been reading a book called The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. It is about the Dust Bowl, concentrating on the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle area. This happened during the Great Depression, for those of you who aren't familiar with it. I have enjoyed reading it...have wondered how I would have handled the living situation then.

It was horrible living conditions. No one could get away from the dust. Even though people tried to cover up any little opening...dust found its way inside their homes. Inside their bodies even. So many people died with dust pneumonia. Babies as well as adults.

In that area, tons and tons and tons of top soil was blown away. Some of it even made it to the east coast and even on out into the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to see probably the worst dust storm of it all, click Black Sunday. That is a page of images I got by googling Black Sunday dust bowl, and then clicking on images.

As I read it I came across the name Arthur Rothstein....a photographer. I first googled his name and then clicked images...which showed enough till I knew I wanted to find a collection of them. And HERE is where I ended up at...have wasted a lot of time today just looking at the photos there and still not through them.

Anyway, if you like B&W photography and old photos, it is a good place to has more than just the Rothstein collection...but that was what I spent my spare minutes on.