Flood Channel, New Homes & Mini Airport

Here are the last photos from a couple days ago now when I did a quick walk up a small ridge near my home. There is a new housing development very close by which has a lot of locals cranked off. The damned developers are encroaching into Red Rock Canyon slowly, there’s no fricking reason for this as there are other areas around the city where plenty of open land is available. This will be a battle.

The photo of Downtown Las Vegas was taken from many miles West of the city, the little black strip, or is it blue, is a landing field for a model aircraft club. Just a small gain in elevation can give you some better photo opportunities! So here we are at yet another Saturday morning – I really wanted to make what I call the Overton Run again today but it’s once again too overcast. Winter in Las Vegas isn’t as sunny as summer. Sucks!

This day trip involves taking Lake Mead Boulevard East until you enter the Pass that get’s you beyond Frenchman Mountain and the Muddy Mountains. Once past, you can soon begin the drive North toward Overton which is also near the entrance to the Valley Of Fire State Park. I enter the park heading West which eventually returns you to the fifteen freeway and then South back into Las Vegas Valley.

This is a fun drive on a sunny day, the mountains, valleys and insane colours and patterns of the rocks are impressive and beautiful. If you go, be sure to take snacks, water and whatever else with you though as there is basically nothing out there in terms of services except the occasional public toilets. The nasty kind that set over a big hole, basically a concrete outhouse! Yeah, that’s rather nasty… Tomorrow will be gloriously sunny!

From The Little Ridge

I haven’t used all of the photos from my attempt to hike up a small ridge near my place the other day. I don’t like the way some of these images processed. The colours just aren’t nearly correct but here they are anyway. I want to try this same walk again soon as it’s just plain old good for my fat old bum to get out there and be active! More to come from this set today.

Around Vegas

Palms, Pines & Rocks

Five shots from yesterday with the Nikon and 70-300mm lens. That hike up the small ridge didn’t make my legs sore at all which really surprised me as I’m by no means in top condition! The BW photo is looking East toward Downtown Summerlin, the main office building is seen along with the flood channel retention basin in front of it. Two photos are looking toward Red Rock Canyon proper and the palms -n- pines are up the street from my humble apartment. More to come. Happy Thursday to you!

Fossilised

About 200 million years ago, sea shell critters laid down and died on the ocean floor here. That’s old! It’s always so amazing to find these imprints of long dead creatures. What would the area known as Nevada have looked like then? Under water! Today, our beautiful Mount Charleston stands at 11,916 feet high above sea level. Time changes everything, nothing will ever stay the same…

Moss

Today I went for one of my rides into the Red Rock Canyon area to stop and walk around a bit. I had a couple of great conversations with locals who hang out around there too. I seriously wanted to get some extra workout today so I opted to stop and walk up a ridge that I popped a leg muscle on a couple years back. No worries today but I assure you it was a long walk up to my chosen goal because of having to make frequent stops. Heart disease. Yep. Don’t let this stop you from getting out there!

The higher I climb, the more ancient sea floor you’ll see. The moss growing on the ancient sea floor has a heck of a colour contrast, I’d like to know how old the moss is as opposed to the fossil rock it’s stuck to. The sea floor rock is two hundred million years old according to my research. Hey, that’s older than me! I’ve several photos of the Valley as well coming up, I hope this set of the Strip and the Valley will clean up in processing better than recent tries. I hope you’ll hang around for the next photo sets.😬

Bare Frenchman

Frenchman Mountain stands 4,055 foot above Las Vegas and is basically a barren rock. I just found a couple hundred photos that people have taken from the summit. It’s jagged and sharp up there and has a fenced in area which has a few communications radio towers inside. I sooo wish I could make this very difficult hike to the summit but my heart just wouldn’t be into it… Dammit.