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And Along The Way… February 1, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Politics and Society.
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…Another shot from that outing, a dam on the Housatonic river in West Lee (or is it East Stockbridge?  No, it’s the former:)

The Hoosie (as many locals call it) is a hard working river, powering many mills with its many dams.  Pity that GE dumped so many PCBs in it that it’s not fit for recreation along much of its length, and don’t even think  about eating the fish.

In the Housatonic’s case, beauty is  really only skin deep.  Clean-ups are under way, but GE’s lawyers are making sure that it happens neither right, nor right now.

BTW, that shot’s from Ollie, who did me well that day.  That’s decent depth of field for f/10, and my Canon 5D worked magic on the ISO 800 setting I used to freeze the water at 1/800 0f a second.

Thanks, guys.  You complete me!  🙂



1. eileen - February 2, 2012

Beautiful river/photo. You are so talented. I really appreciate the technical information you give out so generously.

What a shame Housie is so polluted. I wonder how many jobs could be created in cleaning up our waters. Hmmm….

2. littlebangtheory - February 2, 2012

Eileen, the clean-up of the Housatonic has been in the “planning phase” forEVER, with at least one section cleaned (in as much as it really can be.) GE knows how to knows how to stall like nobody’s business.

3. lisahgolden - February 2, 2012

1. Dang, that is so artfully done. The water is as smooth as glass. I can’t stop looking at it.

2. I shouldn’t have looked at it when I had to go tinkle.

3. Who pays for the clean up? GE or the taxpayers?

4. littlebangtheory - February 2, 2012

Hi Lisa,

1. Thank you. That’s just the reduced-quality (72 dpi for screen display) JPEG version, you should see the full-sized TIFF file!

2. Always tinkle before coming here – LBT is not safe for bladders! 😉

3. In theory, it’s on GE’s tab, which accounts for the many delays and dilutions of the process proper. But I suspect there will be more expenses to the people of Massachusetts than meet the eye.

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