(Baby It's a) Long Way Down


Columbia Falls, United States

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This photo is straight out of the camera. No postprocessing was done on it.
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Jimmy and I went up to the Hungry Horse Dam a couple of weeks ago to take pictures. Of course, it rained while we were there! It seems that we have gotten rained on the last 4 times we went out to take photographs.

The top of the dam acts as a bridge across the Southfork of the Flathead and gives us access to the west side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir. We were standing on this bridge while Jimmy took this photo. It was near this place, where my husband’s oldest brother picked him up, when he was only 12 years old, and dangled him over the edge of the dam by his feet. Chris has been afraid of heights ever since.

The thing that makes me the most nervous about this dam is that we live just a few miles down river from it. If anything ever happened to cause it to burst, we would not be able to get out of the way in time…one of those things to think about on those nights when I can’t sleep.

Photo taken by James Emerson, in Hungry Horse, Montana (USA), with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. No postprocessing was done on this image. Jimmy is a bit of a purist and won’t let me do any editing on his photographs, with the occasional exception of adjusting levels. It took me a long time to convince him that changing the levels on a photo was going to hurt his artistic integrity.

From the article on wikipedia

“The Hungry Horse Dam is located in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Montana. It dams the south fork of the Flathead River forming the Hungry Horse reservoir. The damsite is in the Flathead National Forest in Flathead County, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana.”

“Its wall is built between a narrow canyon with a height of 171.9 m (564 ft) and was the fifth highest in the world when construction ended on July 18, 1953.”

“The dam is used for electricity generation (four generators, 428 MW total capacity), flood control and irrigation. The reservoir covers an area of 96.3 km² (37.2 mi² or 23,800 ac) max. of water provided by the Columbia River Basin. Water drop is 149 m. The dam is operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.”

“During the Cold War KGB agents had plans to destroy the dam in the event of war between the United States and Soviet Union.”

12/1/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Phobias! challenge in the All Things Photographic group.

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