August 10, 2008

The collapse of one of the arches at Arches National Park.

Wall Arch is no more:



All arches are but temporary features and all will eventually succumb to the forces of gravity and erosion.

Related: My photo-trip to Arches.

23 comments:

campy said...

Tragic. This is absolute, irrefutable proof of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

vbspurs said...

McDonald's had better watch out.

Chip Ahoy said...

First the Old Man in New Hampshire, now this. What's next? Mt. Rushmore? I told them not to let Billy Mays visit the place but they didn't listen.

knox said...

Victoria and I had the same thought... I was going to comment on the demise of the "McArch Deluxe."

Unknown said...

campy said...
Tragic. This is absolute, irrefutable proof of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

Didn't take long for the zealots to come out.

Donna B. said...

This is so sad. I never got to see it. On Wed, Aug 6, one of my favorite sons-in-law remarked (in response to my camera's dead battery) that none of the features of Colorado's Monument Park could change before next year's visit.

'Tis rare one of my sons-in-law being wrong.

hawkeyedjb said...

Bush lied, arches died.

Gahrie said...

This must not go on!
The time to act is now!

We demand:

A government funded panel comprised of scientists and environmentalists to survey the problem and devise a solution to erosion and gravity, especially that caused by man. This will be followed naturally by the establishment of a new governmental bureaucracy to impliment their recomendations.

A fund established to retrofit and reinforce other natural monuments before they suffer similar fates. This will be funded by taxing the windfall profits of some industry or another, just as soon as we can figure who to extort.

An investigation of the Bush administration to figure out why they are intent on destroying our natural monuments.

Bissage said...

If that arch had to be destroyed as the cost of saving The Fellowship of the Ring from the Balrog . . . well . . . it would have been worth the cost.

But that’s just a silly fantasy and this is the real world and Wall Arch fell and there’s no meaning in that. It just happened.

It’s a cold, hard fact that things of stupendous wonder and beauty turn out not to last forever.

So take a moment and hug your kid too hard and for too long. Tell your special someone you love him or her in a way you never did before and make sure they know why you’re doing it. Pull the car over to the side of the road. And get out. And walk around. After all . . . there’s a rainbow there . . . you just have to spend a little more time.

Drink it all in.

As much as you can.

Because nothing lasts forever.

Nothing.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Time marches on and the world changes from cold to warm to "whatever".

Trying to preserve the ecology and the environment in amber isn't going to work. Somethings will fall(the arch) and fade away. Some areas will become dry. Others will become wet. Species will die....yes...including we frail humans and will pass the way of the dinosaurs. We will give way to more adaptable organisms

Live with it.

vbspurs said...

Victoria and I had the same thought... I was going to comment on the demise of the "McArch Deluxe.

Sure, Knox. Where were YOU when I lost millions on Enron?

(Okay, it was a few hundred, but still) ;)

Craig Landon said...

Fear not. Future wonders are forming as we grieve. They'll just be for others.

Besides, there are extant natural formations -- worldwide -- you can still go see (Monument Valley comes to mind). of course, if you didn't care about this one until now, you may not care about those. either.

KCFleming said...

This speaks volumes for the necessity of wearing good supportive shoes.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention the necessity of getting the hell out of St. Louis before it's too late.

Justin said...

I hope Sir Archy is ok.

Michael McNeil said...

Does the principle that nothing lasts forever, last forever?

Unknown said...

Gahrie said...
This must not go on!
The time to act is now!

We demand:

A government funded panel comprised of scientists and environmentalists to survey the problem and devise a solution to erosion and gravity, especially that caused by man



Isn'tthat what Al Gore and his small, paltry band of fifty some scientists is trying to establish.


You left out the possibility that the Bush Administration used the left over explosives from the World Trade Center to destroy this natural monument.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Sure, Knox. Where were YOU when I lost millions on Enron?

Stop loss order. Where was your broker? :-)

Ed Darrell said...

So, where were you all when Pork Chop Geyser died at Yellowstone?

What about the glaciers leaving Glacier NP?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

What about the glaciers leaving Glacier NP?

It's OK. They have migrated to Mount Shasta. Win some, lose some.

Gahrie said...

Middle Class Guy:

I did call for an investigation of ther Bush Administration.

jerry said...

i heard Dr. Scholls is going to help the St Louis from ever falling. they are working on a new form of arch support. The gel supported insoles seem to have to much give, with the resent rising waters. There is a reported issue of falling arches in St Louis, with the 2 hour wait to get in the Arch. LOL

jerry said...

i heard Dr. Scholls is going to help the St Louis from ever falling. they are working on a new form of arch support. The gel supported insoles seem to have to much give, with the resent rising waters. There is a reported issue of falling arches in St Louis, with the 2 hour wait to get in the Arch. LOL