Ode to Better Times...

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DW Brewer

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"Ohhh, I wish I was (going to be) in the Land of Dixie..." Sure wish I could make the North Alabama Get-together; so close and yet so far... Other things interfere. However, in prelude to all the great images you all are going to get, I thought I would post one of my favorites from the 2Rivers Region; albeit this image comes with a sorrowful caveat. The tree in Grafton this pair was occupying on December 31, 2004 is no longer there. In fact, the habitat in and around Grafton is fast disappearing. Under the guise of "progress" and lots of developers' bucks, many of the old growth trees are gone; cut down to make way for condos, a new multi-million dollar marina, etc. This week perhaps the cruelist blow of all was announced. The Army Corps of Engineers is letting a permit for a privately-owned $350 million dollar hydroelectric plant to be built at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in Alton. Very likely this will impact the eagles and the refuge at Riverlands, as the intent is to use the existing dam for the purposes of generating the elctricity. The payoff for the Corps of Engineers is that they will get free electricity to operate the lock and dam (current value about $112,000). Stay tuned.
Oh for the happier times...
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You make me envious David. Haven't seen an Eagle since you, Wade, Tim, and I shot together in the Three Rivers area. :frown:

Nice shot. :smile:
 
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