Week 38 – #8 Broken

 And so it is/was. Thumb surgery – called LRTI – Basilar Thumb Arthritis Arthroscopic Hand Surgery was performed on my right hand on Apr. 12th, by Doctor Christopher Dillingham, in Sarasota, FL.
In use for more than 40 years, LRTI is the most commonly performed surgery for thumb arthritis. The arthritic joint surfaces are removed and replaced with a cushion of tissue that keeps the bones separated. To accomplish this, surgeons remove all or part of the trapezium bone in the wrist.  Women, especially those older than 50 are 10 to 20 times more likely than men to develop thumb arthritis, though no one is quite sure why.  Great!  lol. My left thumb is also hindered with this infliction.  Will wait to see if I will do this for that thumb as well.  One at a time, please.
So I will spend my birthday with this lug on my hand, but it comes off on the 25th, to be replaced by a brace for a couple of weeks. Then it is on to therapy to get everything moving again.
Yes, I took this photo on my dining room table, but don’t expect new photos for a while.

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Week 33 – #18 Forms in Nature


Ahh, after a system hard drive crash, and then rebuilding my desktop, I think I am back – at least temporarily.  I will be having hand surgery on right hand in a few days, and that will take me out of doing any photography for a bit.  So in the mean time, I am trying to catch back up.

I submit Stonehenge for the theme, Forms in Nature.  While, Stonehenge did not naturally occur in nature, it is one of the wonders of the world for its uniqueness.

Week 30 – #A4 Something Huge

The World’s Tallest Thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California.  It was built in 1991, when the owner of Bun Boy restaurant commissioned it for $700,000 to be placed next to his restaurant.  It is 134 feet tall, which was special in that it recognizes the record temperature of Death Valley, CA in 1913.  It is capable of recording temperatures up to that record temp of 134 F.
Shortly after it was built, winds of 70 mph snapped it in two.  It was rebuilt only to have high winds shake it so violently that the light bulbs popped out.  Concrete was then poured inside the structure to stabilize it.
It has been sold many times since then, and in 2012 the owner said it cost up to $8,000 a month to operate it, so it was turned off.  The family of one of the early owners bought the property with the intention of re-lighting it.  In July 2014, it was officially re-lit.
It is 3 sided, so it can be seen from many angles while driving on I-15 from southern California to Las Vegas, Nevada.   There is a gift shop at the base of it now.

This was my view of this historic landmark from our vehicle driving by on I-15.  I left the truck and the car in the image to give you a little perspective on the size of it.

Week 29 – #35 Rows of ____

Solar Panels.  I give you Ivanpah Solar Power Facility near the base of Clark Mountain in the Mohave Desert, California (right off I-15). 

It has the gross capacity of 392 megawatts.  In the fields are 173,500 heliostat panels each with 2 mirrors focus sunlight on receivers located on centralized solar power boiler towers. (two of which are reflecting their white light in the photo and the other is to the right and looks black.) (the blue on the left side are the panels as are the black area on the right that looks like a long line at the base of the mountain).    The receivers generate steam to drive specially adapted steam turbines.  It is located on 4,000 acres.  It had to scale back to protect the habitat of the desert tortoise.    This facility was built after the success of Solar One and then Solar Two near Dagget, CA back in the 1980’s.   In 2014, it was the world’s largest solar thermal power station. But the growth in solar has been growing steadily.    In 2015 California’ 550 megawatt Topaz Solar Farm was the world’s largest, then in 2016,  the 579 megawatt Solar Star farm also in California took top billing, and later in 2016, in India, the  Kamuthi Solar Power was tops with 648 megawatt. This list continues on with China now holding the top position with a 1547 megawatt facility, also built in 2016.

Now to put that into perspective – At its peak, during summer months, NYC on average uses 11,000 megawatts of electricity each day. One megawatt represents the amount need to power 1,000 homes.  Big Bend Power Station is a coal fired facility that produces more than 1,700  megawatts.   And Big Bend Solar which is adjacent to the Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach uses more than 200,000 solar panels on 106 acres to produce 23 megawatts and powers 3,300 homes.   It uses more panels on less land and produces  5% of what Ivanpah Solar does.