Arkansas Nuclear One at Night (4925a)

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    ANO is Arkansas' only nuclear powered electric generation station, and is owned and operated by the Entergy Corporation. Shown here after dusk, it operates 2 reactors, only one of which uses the visible cooling tower to condense the dry steam created to run the turbines back into liquid water. The other uses the lake water and simply returns the hot water to this "effluent, or discharge" pool off of Lake Dardanelle, creating a great winter fishery.

    jcdavin11, Donna62, richies, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. isabelyvelis 84 months ago | reply

      Incredibly sharp and colorful to be taken after dusk! Not many people have the eye to find such beauty in places which sometimes might be considered as negative or dangerous. Love the little red lights on the tower, they even seem to twinkle.
      Great shot, once more.

    2. zormsk 84 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much Ana!
      Your comments have a way of making me feel I'm so much better at this than I am. The first time I saw this facility, I thought it was very beautiful in a rather futuristic way, not to mention it is located in a beautiful setting on a lake. I took some day images and then made a point of going there at dusk for this one. It looked every bit as good as it does in the image.
      I'm glad you liked it!

    3. cybrhawg 84 months ago | reply

      Photography can be a powerful thing. This is one of the coolest things about Flickr, seeing places that you know but can no longer go see as often, but someone who lives there now will put up some pictures that you wished you had taken when you were there. I have so many memories of this place. My wife worked there before she was pregnant with our first son and had to quit. That also explains the third eye in the middle of his forehead. ;-) Whenever I would help a friend of mine run his paper route, we would go by this place in the morning, I've seen this exact look at just about dawn, but I never had a camera to capture it then. Also, once I had a strange experience flying back to Texas from Grand Rapids or Chicago. I forget which. I had fallen asleep on the plane, it was night time and I had lost track of where we were. I looked out the window and the first thing I saw were some city lights below and the very first thought that popped into my head was, "wow, that looks just like Russellville!". And then a few seconds later, I saw the nuke plant and had it confirmed. It just really stuck with me, but your shot brought back some great memories. Thanks.

    4. Óli. 84 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful work

    5. fyimo 84 months ago | reply


      This is one fantastic image and it just belongs in a magazine article or blown up and hanging in your house. This is an excellent night image and getting the colors that you did means you timed it just right.

      As seen in my contacts images.

    6. zormsk 84 months ago | reply

      @Cyberhawg - thanks for your extensive commentary scattered around my images! I really enjoyed reading your various accounts of life in AR! Glad I could conjure up those memories for you.

      @Oli and fyimo - Thanks guys! I appreciate it when really talented photogs such as yourselves take the time to leave a note on one of my images.

    7. melcir.meri 79 months ago | reply

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    8. montseteca [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      This is such a great image!! -- You have been awarded the "FIRST - THE EARTH!" Photo-ART EXHIB./+comp. [AWARD+ FAV 2]"
      Green Gecko Award

    9. asis k. chatt 79 months ago | reply


      A great image!! -- Much admired by --asis k. chatt --, a "FIRST - THE EARTH!" Photo-ART EXHIB./+comp. [AWARD+ FAV 2]" Group member. You are invited to exhibit it in our group pool.

    10. Donna62 77 months ago | reply

      Graphic concept ~
      A great image, much admired by Donna62 --,
      a "FIRST - THE EARTH!" moderator -

    11. jimhughesphotography 75 months ago | reply

      Great photo. I would say this is a $$$ shot.

    12. ♪ MissMaryMakk ♪ 75 months ago | reply

      Thanks for adding this to our group. I can see ANO from my house and I've been dying to go take some cool pics of it. Great job!

    13. zormsk 75 months ago | reply

      Thanks all!

      @MissMary- LOL, I think half of Arkansas can see ANO (at least the steam cloud); it's the most noticeable landmark in the River Valley. I've seen it from Petit Jean Mountain and from way up north in the Ozarks. Good luck with getting your own pics...don't get arrested! ;-)

    14. ♪ MissMaryMakk ♪ 75 months ago | reply

      Yeah, well I can see the actual tower and all from my house. :P I live just a few miles from it.

      Thanks, I try not to get arrested.

    15. zormsk 72 months ago | reply

      I've added it.

    16. 62uolegnaiam 70 months ago | reply

      My dad worked here most of my childhood. When we were little we were able to drive right up to the tower and you could see the hot water rushing down the bottom of it. It was one of the neatest things. After 9/11 they beefed up security and now I don't think you can get much closer than you did in this photograph. I have never seen the nuclear plant look prettier.

    17. zormsk 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the kind AND interesting comment 62!

      I bet seeing that massive tower operating up close as a child would be incredibly impressive. No wonder you remember it. The plant is very photogenic, but I always am a little hesitant nowadays to take a photo of it. 'Tis a shame.

    18. bouldinshots 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Rock City and the rest of Arkansas, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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