Ruiner of the Valley

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© Steven Schutz
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UploadedFebruary 27, 2011
TakenSeptember 25, 2010
MakeOlympus Imaging Corp.
Exposure1/500 sec at f/5.9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18.6 mm
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Here is a photograph of the cement plant nestled deep within the Verde Valley in Arizona, I was up on the mountain in Jerome working and had to rest my camera on the boardwalk railing to get a steady shot, my zoom maxed out.
Why a photograph of a dull and dreary industrial looking complex in the midst of pale brownish red greenish landscape?
Void of any fantastic angles or pov's, no eye popping retina frying colors, lifeless, dead and Boring...Ugly...desolate.

That it is and more fellow jpg'r.

Stevesan, why you post such an unsightly, colorless, lifeless, dead, boring, ugly and desolate photograph,
.... why you so dumb?....
Never get hot or be published...

Its not the point fellow human beings and dwellers of the top layer of Mother Earth...

The Verde Valley which you see but a tiny part of, is much like it was after the flood, only this whole area was once underwater, (how else could one rationally explain sea shells and sea life like things being found on the TOP of the mountain in Jerome?)...
Oh,.. and the valley was rich with grasses and trees, game, and fertile, healthy and sustaining...beautiful...

Then came these guys building railroads,bringing millions of cows in and out of the valley, making noise shooting stuff, killing....

Cows ate everything....what they couldnt get to, the mining and smelters poisoned.

When the mining was dying out, they were starting to know about the poisons in the air, much like nuclear fallout etc, cant really see it, ..cant hurt ....right?
Oh by the way, might not want to drink the tap water...

It began to look like all was not lost, it was never going to be the same, but the Valley might regain some amount of luster..

Then came along the cement gypsum plant, poisoned pretty much everything in a different way but much the same result...

If one stands on the top of the mountain above Jerome and look out over the valley, even from my pov, one can see the change in colors, green to dull, less gray, gray...

What is my point?....

hold on, got 942 characters left...

The inhabitants of the valley, knowingly affected by this, studies proved said theories, facts disputed...

Have repeatedly organized, rose up in peaceful fashion in the political arena, spoke their mind, presented their facts and said evidence, cancers, respitory issues etc , tried to get the plant shut down, tried to play the 'game' to the best of their abilities and continue to do so...

The plant is still there, doing its thing....

Much and many thanks to the politicians and government and their modus operendi...

Its money...we need this...supports jobs and life in the valley...

OK... so it kills life in the Verde Valley,...and it
...supports life in the Verde Valley....OK..

How does this happen?....

Government,, money, special interests, lobbyists, money...

Just sayin.....

33 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    I think this is the perfect entry. A powerful image and words.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    A common story around the world of exploitation of resources. A great shot, and a thought provoking essay.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Regina and Judy, Thank you both....

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Absolute perfection, Steven!! Captured and narrated magnificently; what you're 'just sayin' is the absolute truth. Sad but true!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Magnifica narración y tristemente impresionante fotografia, Steven !!!!!

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Totalmente de acuerdo con Susan !!!!!!!

  • George Burgin

    George Burgin gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    You make a very good point and your photography is a great capture!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    Super, duper Steven. A+ on all counts!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    Agreed... such an interruption in the continuity of nature. Thank you for pointing your camera at it, Steven.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    So right, great shot though

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Jun 2011):


  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    V O T O !!!!!!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Mi voto, por supuesto. El tema lo merece

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (22 Jun 2011):

    WoW, voted!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (23 Jun 2011):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    My vote!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (21 Jul 2011):

    Incisive observaation and commentary.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (21 Jul 2011):

    Incisive observaation and commentary.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Jul 2011):

    love the photo, most especially your narrative!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Jul 2011):

    voted, of course!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (24 Jul 2011):

    Voted Steven!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (29 Jul 2011):

    You got it. MONEY TALKS but the stories it could tell are not always pretty. voted

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jul 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    Has my vote!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (6 Aug 2011):


  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    Powerful narrative and photo! - my vote!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Gets my vote!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (8 Sep 2011):

    An outstanding entry for this theme, indeed! I love the narrative. Got my vote!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (8 Sep 2011):

    what a great find.....This is OUTSTANDINGentry as Winky said... I agree !!! Vote for you!!!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    Excellent !!!!!! VOTED

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Oct 2011):

    I came back to vote!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Oct 2011):

    Powerful narrative, as well as a potent image to back it up. Sure gets my vote.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (9 Oct 2011):

    Great words resonating through this disturbed valley.....The word is Power.

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