…a World of Color

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I would hate to be color blind.  I enjoy color SO much!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a sunset, a mountain meadow full of gorgeous, multi-colored flowers, a richly colored iris in someone’s eye…as long as the colors are strong an bright, I like ’em!  I’m not much into paisley colors or pale colors.  I suppose that is one reason that I’m typically much more of fan of color photography than black and white – although there are times when black and white is far superior, depending on the subject matter.

This colorful shot as taken at the Greek Festival a bit over a week ago.  These dresses were on display and could be purchased, but alas, I didn’t need one so I didn’t buy any.

ON THIS DAY IN  HISTORY: in 1995, an unusually large avalanche buried homes and killed 20 people in Flateyri, Iceland. This was the second deadly avalanche in the region that year.

Ten months earlier, on January 17, the small fishing village of Sudavik had suffered a devastating avalanche in which 16 residents lost their lives. The incident illuminated the dangers of living in historically avalanche-prone areas. As winter began the following October, high winds in the West Fjords prompted evacuations across the region. Hundreds of electric poles were snapped by the winds and on October 26, an avalanche of snow, ice and rocks crushed and killed a herd of 18 horses in Langidalur. Later, another slide destroyed a storage building in Sugandafjor.

Residents remained on high alert on the evening of October 27. At 4 a.m., a deafening roar was heard above Flateyri as a huge avalanche crashed down the mountain above the town. Snow and rocks buried 17 homes, only one of which had been thought to lie in an avalanche danger zone. Local residents immediately attempted a rescue effort, which proved extremely difficult in the darkness with all landmarks erased. The would-be rescuers had trouble remembering where each buried home was actually located.

In the meantime, several victims were able to dig themselves out from under the snow.United States military helicopters and the Icelandic Coast Guard arrived with 600 rescuers and dogs specially trained to locate buried people. Eventually, 20 people were pulled out alive. One woman was saved after being stuck completely motionless for eight hours. The last survivor to be found, an 11-year-old girl, was rescued 11 hours after the avalanche. It took two days to locate all the bodies.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: According to U.S. intelligence, North Korea could shoot a missile capable of striking Alaska, Hawaii, and the American West Coast. North Korea has an estimated 5,000 pounds of biological and chemical weapons.

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