Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places Photo Exhibition

13 09 2014
A Red Fox frolicking in the fall colors of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. (Dee Ann Pederson Houston, Texas, USA/Courtesy of National Museum of Natural History)

A Red Fox frolicking in the fall colors of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. (Dee Ann Pederson Houston, Texas, USA/Courtesy of National Museum of Natural History)

These are some of more than 5,000 entries to go on display in “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places,” a new photo exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, which will run through summer 2015.

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Colorado Flooding-Day 5: Weld County Badly Hit-Photos

15 09 2013

It is still raining in the eastern Colorado for the fifth day on Saturday, causing more damages to the flooded area as rivers overflow their banks.

Houses, roads, farms and bridges are damaged and destroyed by the flood waters and landslides.

One of the hardest hit areas are in Weld County where the swollen St. Vrain, Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre rivers empty into the South Platte River.

Sean Conway, a commissioner of rural Weld County, said that, “This is a five hundred to a hundred years flood.”

The National Weather Service said that some areas have seen more than 15 inches of rain in a span of three days, which is above average rainfall totals for an entire year.

National Guard troops and local emergency crews team up on search and rescue missions.

The seasonal monsoon rains started on Monday and by Wednesday night, flood waters flowed down from the mountain canyons into the foothills, particularly Boulder.

Ashlee Herring, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said, “All the roads on the western side of the county are lost – they’re gone.”

 

Further downstream in Morgan County, the farming communities of Weldona, Goodrich, Muir Springs and Orchard were under evacuation orders.

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Aerial Photos Of Colorado Flooding (Sept 14, 2013)

15 09 2013

The flooding situations in Eastern Colorado are still bad for the fifth day on Saturday and it is still raining.

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At a news conference, Sean Conway, a commissioner of rural Weld County said that, “This is a 500-to-1,000-year flood.” 

A sixty year old woman was missing and presumed dead after witnesses saw flood waters from the Big Thompson River destroy her home in the Cedar Cove area.

At least four people are confirmed dead from the flooding and nearly 250 people are unaccounted for in two flooded counties.

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Colorado Flooding Leaves Three People Dead

13 09 2013

In Colorado, heavy rains and scarring from recent wildfires sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides early Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 causing flash floods.

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At least three people were killed and another person is still missing.

The flood toppled buildings and stranded motorists.

Three cars fell into the creek when the bridge on a business access road at Highway 287 and Dillon Road at the Broomfield and Lafayette border collapsed.

Access to the mountain community of Lyons has been completely cut off because of by the flood.

The rains transformed Boulder Creek, into a raging torrent that spilled over its banks and flooded adjacent parking lots and streets.

St. Vrain River has also overflowed.

The city of Boulder and some other towns along the Front Range of the Rockies were especially hard hit as flood waters came down from the rain-soaked mountainsides.

The flooding was reported all along the Front Range, from Colorado Springs to north of Fort Collins but Boulder County was hardest hit, with up to 6 inches of rain falling over 12 hours.

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Photos: Rare Celestial Dance Of Jupiter, Venus And Mercury

31 05 2013
This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).

This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).

At the end of May 2013,  Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a celestial triangle in the night sky.

The three planets shine together in a triangle formation low in the western sky in a planetary meet-up known as a conjunction.

We can even see them with naked eyes if the sky is clear and the place is not too bright.

This cosmic show is so special spectacular because it includes the three brightest planets visible in the May night sky.

Venus is the brightest of the trio, with Jupiter a close second and Mercury coming in third.

Flickr photographers snapped awesome photos of this very rare and special event.

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12 killed and 59 wounded at ‘Batman’ Premiere In Colorado

21 07 2012

Investigators look over evidence on ground outside the back door of the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. on Friday, July 20, 2012. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Early on Friday July 20, 2012, there was another mass shooting in the United States.

This time 12 people were killed and 59 people were injured including children in a mass shooting at the ‘Batman – The Dark Knight Rises’ premiere at a mall in Aurora, Colorado.

The suspect’s name is James Eagan Holmes who is 24 years old.

He was armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.

Dressed in black with a gas mask, ballistic helmet, vest, throat guard and crotch guard, he told the police that he was Batman’s enemy, the Joker.

REUTERS reported that police said Holmes also booby-trapped his Aurora apartment with what appeared to be sophisticated explosives, creating a potential hazard for law-enforcement and bomb squad officers who swarmed to the scene and authorities evacuated five nearby buildings and created a perimeter of several blocks as they planned to detonate the suspected explosives with a robot.

Police use a video camera to look inside an apartment where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

I am very sad and sorry for the victims, their families and friends.

People especially children should not watch or read violent stories because they might be influenced to commit violent actions.

Even when the story shows the hero fighting against violent enemies like Batman and other superhero, some people are influenced by the nemesis who uses violence to hurt others.

And the problem will be worse in countries where owning guns are legal because people can use the guns to hurt others and also for mass shootings.

It is a disaster when people hurt others just because they feel like doing it.

Investigators look over evidence on ground outside the back door of the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. on Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)





Photos: Bad Colorado Wildfire

3 07 2012

Utility workers search for gas leaks in the Mountain Shadows subdivision after the community was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 2, 2012. Residents began returning to charred areas of Colorado Springs on Sunday after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and left the landscape a blackened wasteland. The so-called Waldo Canyon Fire has scorched 17,659 acres (7,149 hectares), burned 346 homes and devastated communities around Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city, since it began eight days ago. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Firefighters are still working to stop the bad wildfire in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Colorado wildfire is known as Waldo Canyon Fire.

Waldo Canyon Fire has scorched 17,659 acres (7,149 hectares) and burned  about 346 homes.

It is the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.

In Utah, the Rosecrest Fire has burned at least two homes in the foothills around Herriman.

And about 200 homes around the area are in danger if the fire spread.

This is a disaster.

I am very sad and sorry to the ones who lost their homes.

In June, there was a huge wide fire in New Mexico.

Members of Bighorn 209, a hand crew from the Crow Agency in Montana check for hot spots on the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 29, 2012. After declaring a “major disaster” in the state early Friday and promising federal aid, President Barack Obama got a firsthand view of the wildfires and their toll on residential communities. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated in what is now the most destructive wildfire in state history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

A helicopter drops water over the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Policemen stand guard over residents who were temporarily allowed to visit their homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Plumes of smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire rise in front of a sunset in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 1, 2012. Residents began returning to charred areas of Colorado Springs on Sunday after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and left the landscape a blackened wasteland. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Residents of the Mountain Shadows area view their properties on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Even people who know their homes are still standing have some anxiety over temporary visits being allowed today to wildfire-devastated neighborhoods around Colorado Springs. About 10,000 people are still out of their homes, having been among 30,000 who initially fled the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history.(AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Susannah Kay)

An ominous cloud of smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire rises from the south behind the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel as cadets head for a briefing on evacuation procedures in Colorado Springs, Colorado in this June 27, 2012 photograph released on July 1, 2012. The Academy evacuated more than 600 families and 110 dormitory residents from the base the evening of June 27. REUTERS/Carol Lawrence/U.S. Air Force photo/Files

Scorched ground is seen right next to a home during the fire in the foothills above Herriman Utah on Friday, June 29, 2012. Officials say the wildfire has burned at least two homes and threatens 200 more in the foothills around Herriman, southwest of Salt Lake City. No injuries are immediately reported. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Jeremy Harmon)

An air tanker drops retardant on a fire after it engulfed homes in the Rose Canyon area of Herriman, Utah, Friday afternoon, June 29, 2012. Officials say the Rosecrest Fire has burned at least two homes and threatens 200 more in the foothills around Herriman, southwest of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Ravell Call)

In this aerial photo, homes untouched by the Waldo Canyon fire stand next to the charred lots where neighboring homes were burned to the ground in the Mountain Shadows subdivision area of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by the raging wildfire. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti)

A helicopter tries to put out fire on the Waldo Canyon wildfire as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gaylon Wampler)

A plume of smoke rises behind homes on the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)








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