Wishing all of my American friends a happy holiday. May God bless our nation and her people.
I have several folders on the Mac desktop, photos sometimes get dropped into a wrong folder, hence I pulled these two out of the void. I’m heading out for an eye exam, who knows what photos await…
Lady Liberty on the Vegas Strip reaches for liberty. God bless America!
While flying the drone I used to own, I stopped for this photo along a hiking trail in the far southwest area of the valley along SR160. The mountain in the distance is Mount Potosi, the camera doesn’t capture the actual height of the mountain though. It looks like a little bump or hill doesn’t it? The old Nikon D3300 body was used for this photo, not sure which lens though.
Today I am messing around with black and white and grayscale photos via two of my favorite applications on the trusty old MacBook Pro. These are old-time photos from I dunno how many years ago, Miss Liberty is very small and up on a pedestal along Sahara Avenue near the fifteen freeway (I think). The wobbly old rails were in the now gone Bonnie Springs Ranch.
The mom and pop shops like this are what make America great! 😎
I decided to ride the freeway back home instead of waiting through all of the many traffic lights on the boulevards. Keep an eye peeled aft as you never know when one of those idiots traveling one hundred miles per hour will blow by you. Nearly every time I go out for a drive, I see a driver do something both illegal and ignorant. Today, it was a moron making a left turn at a four-way stop intersection out of turn. Always drive defensively in Las Vegas my friends!
This is the 215 freeway northbound, in the northwest valley.
Taken about four years ago, I was lucky to capture this very nice display in the Lobby of our beautiful Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The beautiful glass designs on the ceiling are indeed Chihuly Glass! I will visit there again when the Corona virus is gone.
You are a long way north of Las Vegas at this point where SR160 meets the ninety-five freeway out of Las Vegas. You’ve driven north through the little city of Pahrump on SR160. Turn right, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, turn left, you’ll head for Tonopah, Reno and Carson City, our state capital. Let’s head south, Las Vegas is less than one hundred miles south, Reno is about five hundred miles north of Las Vegas. I like to sleep in my own bed, one day I’ll drive up there.
These older Nikon photos are not too sharp which I seriously don’t like, not my style. I expect more of my photos today. Looking back at my photography with the good old Nikon D3300 I can see now how fuzzy they are compared to the new Nikon Z6 series with no mirror.
Live and learn…
I’m really looking forward to the days ahead when I can safely get back to my sometimes daily drives around Las Vegas or in the open desert as I call it. A day run down to Laughlin and Needles. A day run to Death Valley. The Valley of Fire, or perhaps north to Tonopah. Let’s roll!
Here is a different angle on our famous Las Vegas sign as I call it with zero people in the image! In the other image. I am westbound on Charleston Boulevard just outside of the city. The Red Rock Escarpment is seen just left of centre and several miles away from my location.
The Escarpment is a faultline.
From one of my rides around the city and outside the city, this is the little town of Blue Diamond, Nevada. A quaint little place with a small community with it’s own businesses and post office too. Wikipedia has a nice article on this place.
At nearly 7000 feet, Gass Peak is wearing it’s cloudy crown well! I am northbound.
Another view of how rain can make the Mojave Desert even more beautiful. ❤️🌴
Here is another photo set taken inside the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. There are always beautiful scenes to photograph here, the cute rabbit is to me a bonus photo! Who doesn’t love bunnies, right? They is sooo cute!
These beauties were taken while hiking around the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park probably two years ago with my old Nikon D3300 body. The website says the park is closed which is zero surprise right? Two things that I seriously want to do when this situation passes is hop on a big jet plane and go home to Michigan and see my children and the family! And of course get my bum back out in the open desert for some fresh photography. I miss the freedom!
Steps to the church Sanctuary at Canyon Ridge Christian Church.
Or as I pronounce it, Burrah. This guy and others were grouped around the entrance sign for the now dead and gone Bonnie Springs Ranch. The last drive out that way the very large sign was still there. Why? You land developers suck!! But I don’t have an opinion… 😂😂
I visited this local state park about two years ago and really enjoyed the walks both inside the old homestead house and around the trails. If your in the area, do stop by. There is of course a fee for entry as it’s a state park. In photo one you can easily see the pixels coming apart due to my now heavily reducing the file sizes. Sorry about this, friends and thank you, WordPress.
Here are some goodies from a bit back. Photos will never truly capture the real size and beauty of our Hoover Dam which powers not only Las Vegas but other states in the American Southwest. I intended to take another half day trip to Boulder City over the winter but never made it, bummer.
When you walk on the dam itself, have a look over the edges and see the intake towers, you’ll soon realise how magnificent a structure it really is. And it was constructed in an era that never had the kinds of construction tools that are available today, the workers were brave and great Americans too.
I am grateful for having been born and raised in this beautiful country, thank you God. 🙏🏻😎
My space, my place for which I am so grateful for. This small space has kept my brain from going nuts during this time. This time will pass but in the mean time I really miss getting out and about for my photography addiction haha! I was thinking this morning about my dad, the kids and my sister. As soon as it’s possible to hop an Airbus A320 I’m heading up to Michigan to see my babies and the rest of the family, I miss them so much! Sorry for the redundant photos.
Las Vegas will see sunshine and 91 degrees today!
Here are a few more shots from earlier today, gotta love our fab skies and 75 degrees!! ❤️
We as Americans are so very blessed. 🙏🏻
Not my best photos, the colors are all messed up…
If you look to the left side of this photo about two thirds the way down you can barely see Las Vegas Valley which from this location is several miles to the east. I’m inside the twelve mile loop scenic drive which is run by the BLM and is a US Fee area. It sucks that we have to pay to enter, haven’t we already paid for entrance via our state, local and federal taxes?
Just two photos from yesterday, sunshine and 73 degrees today. Happy Easter my friends. 🙏🏻