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  •  Outstanding! (5+ / 0-)

    A fitting conclusion to a great series - nicely done! :)

    •  Conclusion? (15+ / 0-)

      Who says I'm done?  I've got one on the Dust Bowl on deck.  I intend to post it April 14, because that's the anniversary of the mother of all dust storms on the high plains, 1935.  The one about which the very expression "Dust Bowl" was coined.

      Plus something on co-ops - an alternative to corporations.  Might be two in there, one on the REA, TVA kinda infrastructure stuff.  Another on some interesting things I've found on race relations in some agricultural coops.

      And a few more, too.  Your predictions of this series demise (or mine?) are (hopefully) greatly exaggerated.  Unless you have some uncanny prescience about my upcoming surgery.  (Knock on wood, let's hope not.)

      "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

      by Land of Enchantment on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 03:36:02 PM PDT

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      •  Looking forward to this but lordy, lordy, (8+ / 0-)

        what awful times those were.

        My mom's family moved to California during the Dust Bowl years and lived in a tent until they found work.

        They'd been trying to farm the Nebraska Sandhills.

        They left her behind, a 17-year old newly married to a 29-year old. She didn't see some of her siblings for decades.

        •  I spent a few days in the Sandhills... (7+ / 0-)

          ... a few years back.  My idea of a vacation is wandering around the back roads in out-of-the-way places.  Birding is the excuse, but often it's just to take in the landscape as much as anything.  That trip in the plains was to look at fall migration of shorebirds.

          It was an ordinary August, nothing extreme.  But windy enough that the blowing sand stung, even so.  You want to find wide open spaces and big quiet, it's hard to beat the high plains.  (Nevada's good in that regard, too.)

          "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

          by Land of Enchantment on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 04:48:01 PM PDT

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          •  Oh! Well, I'll be. (6+ / 0-)

            I love the Sandhills. I long for them every spring.

            Meadowlarks, magpies, sandhills cranes.

            Silent, pristine, unique, and a tiny pothole lake over the next hill.

            •  That's it. (6+ / 0-)

              It was the first time I saw Red-headed Woodpeckers up close, too, along the Platte.  Downstream around Kearney there were Least Terns around, too.

              The plains are, methinks, an acquired taste.  Those little potholes, far too many of which have been leveled out of existence, are that gem of microhabitat in the subtle nuances of the land's contours.  

              Next in this series (or next, plus one) is about the high plains.  The maps of high wind and Dust Bowl coincide pretty closely - not much of surprise there.  But then there's also the historic bison range, and the rapidly depleting Ogallala aquifer, too.

              T. Boone Pickens & the Buffalo Commons.

              "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

              by Land of Enchantment on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 07:01:55 PM PDT

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              •  The aquifer. That haunts me. (2+ / 0-)

                Water, corn, ethanol.

                I drove across half of Minnesota, a corner of Iowa, and the northern half of Nebraska and saw that the Jolly Green Giant could have trod on bright green corn plants the whole way. The whole way, never missing a step.

                BTW: There were no birds but mourning doves. There were no bugs on my windshield.

                I think we're further gone than we realize.

                •  Mourning Doves... (3+ / 0-)
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                  ... are filling in the niche formerly occupied by the Carrier Pigeon.  But I'm thinking the Eurasian Collared-Dove might push them out before long.

                  Center pivot crop-circles, photographed from the air.  That kind of thing can't last.  I don't have a title for the Dust Bowl diary yet, but it might be "Getting Out of Dodge".  The road trip from the east to northern NM often does well on a diagonal two-lane across SW Kansas, home of Dodge City.  Probably ain't too many readers of this diary been there at all.  Me?  Several times.  There's some nifty little spring-fed canyons here and there on the high plains.  Little-known jewels.

                  "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

                  by Land of Enchantment on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 08:35:07 PM PDT

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      •  I saw that once, but with snow (1+ / 0-)
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        In northern Iowa.

        I drove right into it.  Complete white-out, on what was actually a sunny day, without a cloud anywhere.  One of the craziest things I've ever seen.

        With dust, instead of snow, it must have been sheer hell.

        William Casey "We will know that we have succeeded when everything the public believes is false"

        by Inky99 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 09:13:53 PM PDT

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