Tuesday 16 September 2003
Pix Of The Day: Great Basin & Colorado Plateaus
CREDITS: © National Geographic/POD: Picture Of The Day
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The National Geographic POD (Picture Of The Day) is one of our own regular calls, which we have featured here in previous 2003 issues, on [9 June] [2 July] [6 July] issues, with subjects as diverse as camels and aircraft. Clicking on the thumbnails will take you to the source page with a background explanation; clicking on the numbered keys in the header will open the page with a larger image.
On This Day In 2002: Brazos Cliffs - Mon 16 Sep 2002
US Highway 64 heads eastward from Farmington, New Mexico, towards Taos, NM. The route crosses the Continental Divide and the Brazos Pass, then runs along the Chama valley before crossing the Rio Grande just before Taos. It is one of the most beautiful roads we have ever travelled, winding through a variety of breathtaking vistas, and looping through intimate valleys. Crossing the Continental Divide was not the breathtaking summit we had imagined: the marker sits on a flat pasture with farmers on tractors going about their work in the surrounding fields.
The Brazos Pass is where the Divide should really run if there was any justice. The road seems to climb forever among the golden autumn aspens to a broad summit, just beyond that there is the Brazos Overlook. Those cliffs are 2,000 feet of clear rock face, and the tops are over 11,000 feet of altitude above sea level. There is a larger image for those with studio size monitors, which will take longer to load.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)