Friday Flashback: Most popular photoblog posts

Over the years, I’ve traveled around the state – at least the southern two-thirds of it.  On my photoblog, I often post the pictures that I’ve taken and write about the things I’ve seen.  Here are my top 5 photoblog posts:

The Big Lift: A photo tour of the State Water Project’s Edmonston Pumping Plant

Edmonston Original publish date: August 27, 2011

This post is the most popular post I have ever written, having been read over 10,000 times since it was posted over three years ago.

The pumps that lift the California Aqueduct over the Tehachapis form the highest single lift pumping plant in the world. In April of this year, I had the pleasure of touring the facility on a Metropolitan Water District Inspection Tour.

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Barstow road trip, part 1: Dried up oasis in the desert – The ruins of the Rock-a-Hoola Water Park

Rock-a-Hoola Sept 2012 #19Aah, the ruins of the abandoned Rock-a-Hoola water park … I’ve been there several times, and let me assure you, there’s nothing quite like it.  Last year, a group apparently tried to see if they could get the park reopened, and although I believe that effort did fail, I don’t know the fate of the property – if it remains unfenced and open as it was or if it’s somehow become off limits. On our way back from camping this weekend, I can’t resist stopping by to see what’s happened – look for an update on the photoblog soon.  Meanwhile, this is the first of two posts on the waterpark – look for links to the other post at the bottom if you want to see more.

It was one of those rare weekends without kids, so we impulsively decided to take a road trip! We headed out the I-15 towards Vegas on a quest to answer a burning question of ours, just what is at Zzyzx Road? Along the way, we visited one of the creepiest places we’ve ever been, the abandoned Rock-a-Hoola waterpark, just outside of Barstow.

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Photo tour of the Imperial Valley: The most productive agricultural area in the world

ash-main-canalOriginal publish date: June 19, 2011

One of the areas I have traveled extensively is the Imperial Valley.  With its blistering heat during the summer, the endless fields of green (or sometimes not), the miles and miles of canals and water infrastructure laid bare, the sky punctuated by plumes of steam from multiple geothermal plants, the air tinged with the faint smell of fertilizer mixed with the aroma of the Salton Sea, there’s no place quite like it.

The Imperial Valley is one the world’s most productive agricultural regions and the nation’s largest year-round irrigated area. Here, the mild winter season and year-round water supply mean the area is always in production, with most fields being double or triple-cropped. During the winter, much of the nation’s lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and other field crops are produced in the Imperial Valley, earning it the title of America’s winter salad bowl.

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Southern California’s first water project: The Los Angeles Aqueduct

The Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades Facility, photo by Maven

In between my house and Grandma’s house (well, practically) lies the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and so over the years, I have traveled the length of it many times.  I’ve photographed it from top to bottom and even produced a slideshow back in 2009.  Here’s my photoblog post that recaps many of the photos I’ve taken over the years, and includes links to some of my other posts on the aqueduct.

The Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades facility in Sylmar is the dramatic entrance of Owens Valley water into the Los Angeles area and anyone traveling up the I-5 through Newhall pass can’t miss it. This water has traveled as much as 400 miles and has taken as long as three months to get here.

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The Colorado River at Laughlin: Life along a regulated river

Colorado River at Laughlin

Here’s a post from a trip to Laughlin, Nevada, where I learned a surprising thing about the Colorado River that still makes me chuckle to this day …

Last summer, we took the family out to Laughlin, Nevada, which is located on the Colorado River, south of Las Vegas. Laughlin is a rather small town along the Colorado River in the middle of the desert.  Laughlin is in Nevada, so it’s very reason for existence is to be a gambling resort.

The casinos (the tall buildings) run along the river front, which is obscured in the distance.  The river defines the state line between Nevada and Arizona.  Across the river is Bullhead City, Arizona.

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What is this place called the Delta?

This popular photoblog post and slideshow was updated and licensed to KCET, now called “The Bay-Delta explained in 63 pictures.”

Elk Slough June 2014 #28

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Here are some of my honorable mentions …

Delta pictures: I travel through often.  Some of my more recent trips, A day in the Delta, and Wanderings through the Central Valley and the Delta, but there’s plenty more here:  Delta photoblog posts

The San Andreas Fault:  Much like the Los Angeles Aqueduct Slideshow and the others, I want to some day assemble the San Andreas Fault Slideshow, so first I have to travel to all the different parts of it and photograph it.  It will, of course, take me years, but I’ve got a bit of a start. Check out The San Andreas Fault Zone and the tortured landscape of Painted Canyon and Road trip to Parkfield: Earthquake capital of California.  The most obvious place to view the San Andreas is just up the road from Maven headquarters at the Palmdale Road Cut.

Looking for a place to camp in the Eastern Sierra?  Convict Lake is one of our favorites.

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City:  This post is strangely popular, probably due to the inclusion of the words, ‘bikini-clad babes’ and ‘spring break’: London Bridge and Lake Havasu City

The Feather River Canyon:  Drive this one if you get the chance!  Unfortunately, this post doesn’t quite capture all of it – there are many stunning railroad bridges and views, but there’s just many places to stop along the road to shoot pictures.  The Feather River Canyon

Southern California attractions:  Check out Union Station, Griffith Park Observatory, the Getty Art Center, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach

Oil & gas production in Kern County: The amount that’s going on is rather stunning: Traveling the Petroleum Highway through the oil fields of Kern County

The Owens Lake Dust Control Project:  I’ve spent a lot of time out on the dry Owens Lake bed,in preparation for a slideshow that I never did complete, for various reasons.  Here are some of the posts: The Owens Lake Dust Control Project: The ultimate human-managed landscape, and More from Owens Lake. Also, Owens Lake infrastructure: One last look

More Photos …

There are plenty more photoblog posts on all sorts of places mostly around California.  You can check out my photoblog here:  www.MavensPhotoblog.com

Most of my photo library is uploaded on to Flickr.  You can view my photo library here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mavensnotebook/sets

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