The Vanishing Road

This photo started in color, after playing with it in the HDR app I couldn’t get the look I have in my head. OK then, grayscale it will be. Nearer to the bluff many miles west is the fifteen freeway, or Interstate 15 which runs north-south. Go south, hello Las Vegas! Go north, Reno!

I was on the way home from the Valley Of Fire. To arrive at this view, you must go through several tight and sweeping curves that are fun to drive even in a truck. The road just vanishes…

Palm View

In this image, I was heading west on Lake Mead Boulevard after a trip into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. You can see that the terrain drops very quickly into the valley.

Can you find the Lowe’s store?

A Vegas Strip View

In this image, I am over ten miles west of the Las Vegas Strip looking east. There is about one-third of the strip that isn’t in the image to the south or to the right from this location on a slope on the western side of the valley. Behind me is the Lamdre’ Mountains and Red Rock Canyon.

Which Will You Choose?

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.

Mojave Desert Travel

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!

The Valley of Fire

Here are three oldies from a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park about two years ago. After using the much newer and mirror-less Nikon Z6 camera for a few months now (interrupted by corona) it’s become even clearer to me how much better the photos coming from the Z6 are over the old D3300 body. I’d love to get back up there for another set of photos when this corona situation is over. I can’t even imagine the sorrow so many are dealing with now.

The Mirage

Let’s have a ride on State Road 160, or SR 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. Don’t the mirages trip your vision and run off the road! In the desert, you can’t remember your name…

On The Border

Welcome home to Nevada! Some of you may be aware that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattle west-central Nevada around four AM this morning. I was sleeping and felt nothing, the epicentre was near Tonopah, Nevada which is a long way from Las Vegas. My home was not affected either, great news. I was awoken by my phone which was muted yet the vibrations from the phone woke me. My father and sister were calling from Michigan to find out if I am OK.

Welcome to The Show!

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.

The Big Cholla

A Buckhorn Cholla that is! This photo was taken between Charleston Boulevard and the Red Rock Escarpment which is a fault line. My best guess about the distance between the road and the base of the mountains is about one mile. I was able to hike it once about two or so years ago. That’s a very long hike for a guy with a compromised back! Don’t give up, you can do it!!

I also have a compromised heart which is why I have had a Life Alert account for two or more years as a safety precaution. You wear the mobile unit clipped to you somewhere or in the pocket. It’s very small but is actually a satellite transceiver, does not link to the cell system so it works anywhere and has full duplex conversation capability like your phone. Peace of mind.

My Mojave Desert

Seven years on and this Michigan born man still loves his adopted home in the middle of nowhere. I think the evidence speaks for itself don’t you?

The Fault Line

I tried to find very specific information on this fault line with no success, sorry about this but I am 100% sure that this escarpment is an ancient fault line. I’d like to know it’s last movement.

I did find information on known fault lines that are actually within the city of Las Vegas though, some are rather close to my location! Nevada is very high on the list of states with the most fault lines and the most active ones.

This has me wondering if Michigan is a safer place to live!

Hiking Photos

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!

Hiking The Desert Floor

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!

The Big View

In this image I am rolling north on Charleston Boulevard with the Lamadre’ Range dead ahead. It’s much larger than the photo renders it unfortunately.

On The Trail

These photos are about two years old and were taken near the pass over the Spring Mountains via SR-160. I was also flying the DJI drone that day in this area which is southwest of Las Vegas several miles. I sold the drone in 2019.