March 30, 2013

Before they disappear

Costa Rica has some of the best whitewater on Earth.  Many of the classic Costa Rica whitewater runs are either in the process of being dammed, or under consideration for being dammed, to produce electricity.  This article:  and  video showcases what will be lost under lakes, or dewatered, by these dams:

From the article:  "...every river in Costa Rica is under constant threat of inundation, or is dammed already. It’s really a tragedy because the rivers of Costa Rica are pristine gems with awesome whitewater, but since the privatization of utilities, nearly every river has been slated for a hydroelectric project. Every river we paddled was affected by this hydro development. "
I understand that a  poor country needing hydropower has the right to build these dams.   Nevertheless I mourn the beauty that will disappear as the result.   Also I think this will greatly affect Costa Rica as a paddling tourist destination, when at the moment it is one of the world's most popular.  As some of you know, I collect photos of the rapids and waterfalls that are above Alabama's hydropower project dams.  This is a video of Clear Creek Falls, which is under Alabama's Smith Lake.

March 15, 2013

March 14, 2013

Rio Baker

My friend Brad put it best: "
Ya know how your gopro makes really big waves look like ripples??? These waves look freaking huge."

March 11, 2013

Uncovering Ancient St. Louis

Link below is to a 30 minute video about ancient peoples in St. Louis Missouri

Sun Hive

This is neat!  As the link below states, sun hives are a way to practice, "beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal."

March 7, 2013

March 6, 2013

Thank you Scott

For sending me this link.

March 1, 2013