I worked the last three weeks helping with an Iron Pour at The Colorado Springs School. The Art Department has built the small cupola (furnace) with which they melt about 1500 pounds of iron in a night, pouring into student molds. Below is a tap, a pour into ceramic molds and a pour into open bonded sand molds. What fun! And all by 15- and 16-year-olds! This is the seventh Iron Pour at CSS in twenty-four years.
We achieve almost a hundred percent success with this exercise.
A surprising amount of debris is still piled along the highway for a thousand yards awaiting cleanup. The average street is lined with junk.
This is the site of our favorite antiques store: completely gone to the last detail.
And the bookstore down the block…
A boat storage facility destroyed along with the boats.
And a shrine to the Virgin Mary.
It’s hard to imagine this many people having to rebuild from scratch. And this is only one small bit of the string of tragedies this fall.
Little is known of the predators of blister beetles. But we can speculate…