Photos of ‘Pit Ponies’ and their men working down in the mines. There is no doubt that they hard working lives but all look very well groomed and cared for. They were stabled underground and worked underground but were also able to spend a few weeks each year above ground running around pastures (which is more than I can say the men got). Although I can’t imagine seeing a horse lifted like that!

My favourite image shows the miner sitting down and taking a break with his horse. They’d have relied on each other down in the mines and made a trusty team. Horse and miner teams were an important part of the past which, although far from ideal, was necessary, and helped build what we have today. These photos are fascinating.


into the dark by PNFotografie
This corridor is to be found at the Kraftwerk Plessa in southern Brandenburg, Germany. It is the oldest lignite-fired power plant of its kind in Europe. It’s more or less a museum right now.
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Buddha and Anger

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Too often, we carry around things from our past that hurt us, holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Don’t let negative experiences from the past rob your present of a happy future.”

“You will not be punished for your anger,…

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This sums up what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef.

The big predator, the coal machine is coming for all life on the reef. I really hope the Great Barrier Reef dredging does not commence. All signs point to it to being both an ecological and economical disaster .


This black chunk is an unusually crystalline natural coal formed about 1.9 billion years ago. Valentine P. Ananikov and his group at N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, in Moscow, are developing methods to mimic the geological processes that created such “fossilized” carbon materials. “Nature has billions of years to run a chemical reaction, but we don’t,” Ananikov says. “We need to accelerate assembly of demanding carbon materials.” By immobilizing metal salts on graphite and charcoal samples and heating them with microwave irradiation, his team hopes to develop carbon materials for applications such as catalysis.

Submitted by Valentine P. Ananikov (enter our photo contest here)

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Moulton, Iowa
Population: 605

“The railroad had made Moulton a boom town. This brought with it many entrepreneurs. There were factories, lumber yards, grocery stores, beauty salons, drug stores, and gas stations set up in town. Probably one of the most successful ones was the company called Elmer Wood. The huge brick building that Elmer Wood once occupied still stands today on Main Street in between MTI, and the Moulton Locker. The building was established in 1896 where Elmer had put a clothes and shoe store on the north end, and a hardware and grocery store on the south side. According to research, the original plan was to build seven stories high with a hotel on top. The building was only built two stories. This company sold and bought corn and soybeans, and sold feed as well. Elmer Wood was a family ran business, and ended up closing its doors in 2012 after 116 years in business. Another business that started in Moulton was called “Berry Barb Beaters.” This company produced, and sold a medicine that was used to heal cuts on horses from wires. It must have been pretty effective considering it was sold in 25 different states, and foreign countries. The business carried over 10,000 different retails dealers.”

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It’s Not Coal

“If there is nothing there

except coal, and coal is going away…

then perhaps it’s time for the people

to go as well to someplace

where the job are.”

As though my place

were made important

only because of the rocks

that lie under our mountains.

As though those mountains,

my home, the holders of

twenty years of memories,

witness to my hopes and dreams

and quiet listeners to my prayers,

the things that lifted me close to heaven

than anyone would have even though possible,

as though those mountains don’t mean anything.

As though generation of mountain people

don’t echo tortured screams in my veins

whenever I lose sight of those green peaks.

As though my sense belonging

should be tied to my longing for a job.

As though you know.

But you will never know.

You will never know the way the first spring

rain sounds on a tin roof.

You will never know the peaceful feeling of

looking at the snow sitting, white and pristine,

in the untouched forest.

You have never seen the blood-red sunset

shining through the trees in the fall.

You have never felt

your heart shout and cry when

people who thought they knew

better than you tried to take your

homeplace from you, by force.

You don’t know

that no matter where I go

and what I do

and what jobs I hold,

that there will only

ever be one place

I will call home.

And it’s not coal.

BNSF 9598 by BNSF 1994 on Flickr.

Coal loads for Dairyland Power in Alma are passing by County Road 56, outside of Clear Lake. I haven’t seen an Executive MAC in a long time. Seems more often than not, BNSF uses gevos on coal trains and every train in general. This was a nice surprise to say the least and lucky for me, I was able to shoot two leading in the same day.


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