Fun City

Las Vegas is indeed a fun city but the sign is more for the tourists than us locals in my view. Not that some of us don’t take advantage of the Strip and its very inflated prices geared to maximize corporate profits. My favorite photo in this little set is the Stratosphere Tower.

It has a nice glow to it, probably due to the sun being just out of frame. I hope that my American friends had a blessed Memorial Day and honored our fallen American soldiers. Our weather today will see a high of 89 degrees in the valley, a bike ride may happen today if I have time for it.

Random Downtown Photos

This is the next to last set of photos from downtown the other day, then it’s back to some leftover biking photos. Sunshine and 92 toasty degrees are forecast for the valley today, great! Yesterday the truck got a great spiff that it needed badly.

The engine compartment finally got washed down, the body waxed and the tires got the shine back on them. It looks damn good for an eight-year-old truck. I have never posted a full photo of it though, have I…

Hot City Streets

Even in the 90s, the streets of Las Vegas are a hot place to be because of the absorption of sunlight on those black streets. I made two extra versions of the photo that shows street names looking south. Well, I whipped up a fresh pot of chili this afternoon, big surprise, right? I used four cans of Bush’s spicy sauce red kidney beans, the usual packet of hot powder from Knorr, and added plenty of chili powder myself. My neighbor stopped by for a quick chat, he was practically licking his chops haha! I hope your extended weekend has been as peaceful as mine. Thank you veterans still with us or passed. God bless you all.

Happy and Sunny Memorial Day from Las Vegas!

I wish all of my American friends a happy and safe Memorial Day this coming Monday. Today, I drove east to the north end of the Las Vegas Strip to get some photos of the Stratosphere Tower and the area around it. Both the 28-60 and the 211mm lenses were used today, I have many more photos from today lined up. Today has been very beautiful with 90 degrees, a nice breeze, and 100% vitamin D falling from the sky!

Water Pics

I thought the title to be appropriate since there is water in each photo, but these photos really challenge the capabilities of the iPhone 12 or any other iPhone in my opinion. I think I had to over-sharpen them to get somewhat close to the sharpness I am looking for.

The result is the way these photos look, I really need to start taking the new Sony A7C on these rides with the 28-60mm lens. The camera has to be wrapped in a towel to protect it from the many bumps and occasional slams the bike takes on my rides.

Sunshine and 90 degrees are on deck for the valley today, I’m not riding today since I got a bit cooked yesterday. My farmer’s tan is looking fantastic though, haha!

Scenes From Recent Rides

There is plenty of color in this next set taken along the paths I ride. On today’s ride, I did 12 miles which included a stop at the shop where I purchased my Pedego Element bike in late 2021.

The bracket that holds the phone mount wasn’t hanging onto the handlebar, after about thirty minutes of trying different gaskets under the bracket, we managed to make the damn thing stay put. I grabbed several photos today which will be uploaded tomorrow morning.

I skipped putting sunscreen on today and man did my legs and arms brown up! The funny thing though is that my tans are always top-notch farmers tans!

A Bridge, A Tunnel and Other Things

On today’s bike ride I didn’t take many photos so here are all of them in one post. The water in the detention basin is what is left from several days ago when we had a serious downpour. The bike path runs along the basin for maybe one-quarter mile before I turn right and head for Tivoli Village.

The photo of a construction zone is actually the backside of Tivoli Village which was apparently left for a later date and time. My eBike has some seriously fat tires! Today’s ride was twelve miles, the standard distance on most rides since I generally ride the same trail each ride. How is/was your day?

Grayscale and Color Mixed

All of the grayscale photos were shot on the iPhone using the Lenka grayscale application, the other photos were shot using the new Sony A7C camera which was wrapped in a thick dish towel to protect that expensive body and 28-60mm lens.

Taking the bike ride today was very much a spur-of-the-moment decision since it wasn’t yet 90 degrees, it was a very nice ride.

The only bummer was that when I was crossing over the road on the pedestrian bridge, there was what looked like a middle-aged man passed out on the bridge as the very busy road below flowed with its usual heavy traffic and noise.

This is a great place to live but Las Vegas of course has its unfortunate citizens like any other larger city in this country. So sad… There are 15 photos in this set, more than my usual number.

If You Are A Tourist…

Do yourself a favor and get off of the Strip at some point during your visit here and see the beauty outside of the city. The photos give you a little taste of the beauty that awaits you! Sunshine and 92 degrees are up for today, stop on by, you won’t be disappointed. Was that a good sales pitch? See ya this afternoon.

Heading For The Park

These pics were taken on the way to, at, and on the way home from Floyd Lamb Park the other day. The painting of the quail says Gambles Quail but I managed to cut the photo off. I call them California Quail. The flowery photo is all Olenaders which make a nice privacy fence I guess.

The snow will be on the mountain peaks for a while yet but it looks beautiful up there! And, that ball is ornamental and located in the median between the north and southbound lanes of Durango Drive. Well, it’s time to head out to the pharmacy again, gotta have my drugs!