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Yet more from Colorado Bend State Park

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Here’s a last installment from Colorado Bend State Park on February 9th. The first post you saw from there showed separate views of the pool with green water and the orange-brown rocks in Spicewood Springs Creek. Today’s top photograph combines those features and throws in stark shadows for good measure. The picture below shows that I played around with abstractions. Hardly a surprise.

 What did come as a surprise was a little ice surviving at the base of a tree a few paces away.


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Michael Shellenberger’s timely article in Bari Weiss’s Common Sense on March 1st bears the title “The West’s Green Delusions Empowered Putin,” and the subtitle reads “While we banned plastic straws, Russia drilled and doubled nuclear energy production.” The article explains how Russia ended up in such a strong position and Europe in such a weak one.

How is it possible that European countries, Germany especially, allowed themselves to become so dependent on an authoritarian country over the 30 years since the end of the Cold War? 

Here’s how: These countries are in the grips of a delusional ideology that makes them incapable of understanding the hard realities of energy production. Green ideology insists we don’t need nuclear and that we don’t need fracking. It insists that it’s just a matter of will and money to switch to all-renewables—and fast. It insists that we need “degrowth” of the economy, and that we face looming human “extinction.” (I would know. I myself was once a true believer.)

Michael Shellenberger’s article is short yet provides all the figures needed to justify his claims. Have a look.

 © 2022 Steven Schwartzman











Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2022 at 4:36 AM

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  1. Agree. How we got to our present state of chaos is clear – and the results entirely predictable.

  2. Those shades of blue and green are my favorite colors in the world…besides my grandkids’ rosy cheeks that is. 😀


    March 4, 2022 at 4:42 PM

  3. Lovely colours and tonal quality, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    March 4, 2022 at 7:31 PM

  4. Even though I know that’s rock in the first photo, I have to work a little to not see it as some form of plant life on the surface of the water. The contrast with the beautifully clear pool is nice to see. Do you happen to know what kind of rock that is? It doesn’t look quite like either granite or limestone, but I could be wrong.

    The grainy texture of melting and refreezing ice isn’t necessarily pretty, but you caught its texture well.


    March 5, 2022 at 6:08 AM

    • Some online articles do mention limestone in Colorado Bend State Park. Whether the rocks in the top picture are that, I’m afraid I can’t say. You hit it when you described the grainy texture of the ice. It reminded me of a snow cone, a term that Merriam Webster says dates back to 1941.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2022 at 8:04 AM

  5. I love these watery images – the colours, the light, and the shadows. I’m glad to say that we have no ice here!

    Ann Mackay

    March 6, 2022 at 1:56 PM

    • Unfortunately the lingering ice at Colorado Bend State Park that day caused the closure of the main trail to the high waterfall we’d expected to visit. Like you, we currently have no ice here, nor have had for four weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2022 at 2:09 PM

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