The Sounds of Flowing Water

These videos were recorded yesterday at Floyd Lamb Park. The water level was much higher than usual which leads me to believe that the county is bringing in water from Lake Mead. Perhaps to freshen the ponds up a bit but they are spring-fed as well. In any case, the sounds of flowing water are always relaxing to hear.

Coots and Turtles

I was wondering why there were so many coots all huddled together as I approached. Someone had put down something for the birds to eat which is very much against park rules, shame on them! But I did get some decent close-up photos via the Sony RX100 Mark7, the Nikon stayed home this trip. This little bugger works so well that I’m almost tempted to use it exclusively but that wouldn’t last. It was 70 degrees and breezy today and I felt cold!

The Biker Memorial

Yesterday in Downtown Summerlin I came across this memorial to five bikers that were killed by a careless motorist. Whether they all died at once together or separately I don’t know. Reading the seats and other parts of the bike was a sad thing, children of the deceased left their messages too. So very sad, isn’t it?

Descending

A Regional Jet approaches the threshold at our McCarran International Airport. The distant clouds add a bit of flair to the photo. The RJ is my favorite aircraft to fly in, short takeoffs and landings too. Let’s get high together! 😎

Black And White Trees

I’m slowly burning through the photos from the park the other day. Why do trees look better in full black and white? Not gray-scale, but full black and white? They do to me anyway. The photo of the road is also BW since the sun wasn’t fully out so I flipped it. That damned mask was photographed today as I walked to my truck from the grocery store. Does human trash drop human trash on the parking lot? Come on, Americans, you can do better…

Recycled Aluminum

Here are some nice photos of aircraft on approach to our Las Vegas McCarran International Airport about two years ago. I have lightened each photo up quite a bit, the Whites needed to be turned up a good bit so that they aren’t smothered in blues. Recycled aluminum, right? I’m excited about flying again soon and seeing my family. ❤️

The Yearly Smog Test

Today was the day I had to have another smog test to have my truck registration renewed. It may be different here than in your state but you’ll never receive that tiny little sticker that goes on your license plate unless you pay for the smog test first. Once that is complete, this information is instantly sent up to Carson City, NV, our state capital.

It has always seemed a bit odd to me that the state capital is around 500 miles north of where most of the population of Nevada lives which is right here in Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding areas. The internet instantly makes that 500 miles zero miles of course but then why is Las Vegas not the capital city? Lansing is Michigan’s state capital, but it’s in a very populated area along the I-69 freeway which is a main artery of travel.

Carson City is close to Reno, Nevada which is in some ways a miniature Las Vegas. Again, I’ve never had any reason to drive or fly way up there, but if I ever do, I’ll fly since 500 miles is nothing to an RJ, or Regional Jet. Just a short hop. Anyway, here is the damage for this year’s smog test. The cost has dropped about $175 since last year.

  • Smog Test $26.00
  • State of Nevada Registration Fee $372.00
  • Total Cost $398.00

Isn’t this so lovely? Some of the roads around Las Vegas could be in better shape, come on Carson City!

The Sunset Forecast

It’s slowly getting closer to our scorching summer temperatures, one week at a time. Before we know it, it will be 110 degrees again. Can you handle the heat? Hey, that’s why we have air conditioning. Honestly, I believe that there would be far fewer people here if modern cooling systems weren’t invented.

I wonder what our native American people did to stay cool? Perhaps they moved high into the mountains in summer. In the nearby Spring Mountains, the temperature up there can be in the 70s and 80s while down here in Las Vegas Valley we are sweltering in up to 120F heat!

And this my friends has much to do with my remaining here five years ago after the bid D. Checking the weather on my phone this morning for two locations in Florida, Las Vegas was much warmer in the morning hours than west-central Florida. Oh, we have no hurricanes or tornadoes here in the Mojave Desert.

My Michigan hometown was at a chilly 32F but they’ve had the 50s and 60s recently which means it’s flip-flop season for the Michigan climate. Spray some seafoam treatment into your snowmobile engine’s cylinders, plug the air intake system up good to keep the varmints out, and be sure that the sled is off the ground.

Been there done that! It’s a very different life up there. I want to wish each of you a blessed Easter, He Is Risen!