Image of the Month: April 2013

Sneffels Range 1940 by Russell Lee, Courtesy Library of Congress

Sneffels Range 1940 by Russell Lee, Courtesy Library of Congress

Sneffels Range by Joshua Hardin

Sneffels Range by Joshua Hardin

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Recently a friend pointed me toward some rare color transparencies from the 1940s that the Library of Congress has posted on their website. Many of these include WWII-era images of people engaged in home-front projects to support the war effort, though others provide a slice-of-life view into the era depicting such subjects as county fairs, sideshows and peach harvests. (Check out a selection of these images on The Denver Post’s Photo Blog or the Library of Congress’ Flickr page). Some of my favorite images depict cityscapes and landscapes. Many of the city views have changed dramatically over the 70+ years since they were taken, but I was impressed how many of the landscapes show areas that have changed very little. One of these pictures was of farmland in Ouray County, Colorado near Mount Sneffels taken in 1940. (It was taken to help illustrate the construction of the Million Dollar Highway route that is now a scenic byway in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains). This image appears at the top of this post and it reminded me of a photo I took only a few years ago, also posted above. Seeing these two images together makes me thankful that there have been some magnificent landscapes that have been preserved by generations of conservation-conscious farmers, ranchers and proponents of open space over the last century and I can only hope that we continue to preserve these areas for hundreds of years to come.

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