The Happy Lantana

A quick walk to the backyard in 110-degree heat produced these four photos of the two Lantanas I planted a week or so back. They have been fertilized when planted, and have received water twice each day too. Lantana loves hot weather and is somewhat drought tolerant, I water them solely because of the excess heat lately. The Sagos aren’t doing as well.

All I Got

These three photos are all I managed today since I had several stops to make, and didn’t find anything else somewhat interesting along the way worth a click. A visit to the grocer was in order, the newest fresh pot of chili is just beginning its six-hour slow cook. Yum!

A Busy Residential Area

Alta is an east-to-west road that runs many miles across the valley. I took this shot the other day on the way home from the open desert, it’s a shortcut to get back to the freeway. These folks must be enduring much more traffic noise than I am.

I wanted a home that does not back up to a road and not too close to any main roads. Mission accomplished, yet you just can’t help but hear the many Camaro’s and Dodge muscle cars sounding as though they should be at the speedway, well north of the city.

I really don’t believe that there are any exhaust noise restrictions in Las Vegas. One of those prices paid for city living. I have several stops to make today, maybe I’ll capture something interesting around town. I hope your Monday is fabulous!!

Sony Pics

I had to make a quick trip out today, so I grabbed the little Sony RX100 pocket camera for a change. It does a very nice job I think, but during processing, they process differently if that makes sense… It’s a heck of a lot easier to take with me than the bulky Nikon Z6!

The photos are good but not quite Nikon quality…

Traveling South on The 95 Freeway

Here are some photos taken on the way home from the nursery earlier this morning. Now children, never, ever take photos while driving, and at around sixty-five miles per hour! This is a job for experienced drivers and photographers only.

Revisiting The Nursery Today

I have become increasingly concerned about the larger Sago Palm that was planted several days ago as it’s color has changed sharply. This morning, I took a couple iPhone photos of them both and headed back to the nursery where I purchased them.

The very nice lady that greeted me in the office is also a worker among the many plants and trees there (there must be thousands) around the property. I showed her the photos, and to my relief, she said the trees are doing fine.

The reason they fronds are changing color is heat stress from the walls on two sides of it, and shock from being pulled from the fifteen-gallon bucket it lived in for a long time. I have watered the trees as prescribed so I haven’t apparently killed them. Yet!

I am going to mix up some Moon Juice as they call it to fertilise them a bit at the woman’s suggestion. The name of the company is Moon Valley, hence the fun name of the fertiliser. Let’s see how this goes! Nobody wants dead palm trees in the backyard…

The Ceement Factory, Reworked

I always pronounce Cement as Ceement, I suppose this is because of my Michigan upbringing. Or not. Anyway, these are more reworks, re-colored a bit. Today, I plan to drive north to the nursery where I purchased the Sago Palms armed with photos of them both. The larger palm isn’t looking too god regardless of my watering it as suggested by the nursery.

Gladly, there is a warranty period on the trees which is very nice. If the tree croaks, they will replace it at zero cost to me. I love free stuff! As I’ve said before in this space, John has not a green thumb but I’m not so sure this is my doing. Honestly, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a bit and get some fresh desert air!

Wilson Meets the Money Man

If you are a regular visitor to my humble blog, then you are familiar with Wilson, the world-famous Desert Tortoise. It seems only natural the these two should get together, but money man as I call him has the better deal.

Wilson, the poor little dude must endure the summer heat and whatever else the desert weather throws at him. He’s some kind of plastic, money man is cast iron and will become as hot as a firecracker in my backyard!

Photo one is a bit fuzzy as I couldn’t kneel or lay down on the faux grass to focus the Nikon, it’s really freaking hot!! Whoda thunk it could get so hot! It’s only 104 right now…

Traffic Light City

Welcome to the valley where you’ll be stopping very frequently for the insanely long traffic lights. You become used to them, but they still frustrate me daily. And today was one of those days that I see far more moron drivers.

More tailgaters, more reckless drivers and drivers who are driving so fast and using lanes that are not lanes, that they are a serious danger to the public. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a cop on every corner, waiting to snag these idiots.

Actually, one did get snagged by a Metro officer who was rolling next to me, yet I didn’t see him. He turned on his gumballs and blasted the siren, but not for me. It was the guy in the left lane next to me, guess what? You are…

Busted, LOL! thank you, Las Vegas Metro Police. The other day, two officers pulled up next to me at a traffic light, we were stopped. The officer looked over my way, I gave him a thumbs-up, he responded with a smile.

It really cranks me off when I see and hear people saying things like **** the police and worse. I am not an Anarchist, are those who say this crap anarchists? Or just your average assholes…

I am heading home after buying a new CPAP mask

Two Days of Desert Heat

This week, Las Vegas is going to get scorched as the mid and late-week temperatures will push up to 112 to 114 degrees. Gladly, I had the HVAC tech have a look at my cooling systems yesterday. It’s a very old system, maybe as old or almost as old as this home which was built in 1996 but it’s still ticking along just like me! Could you live in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert?

And here is the forecast for the next several days!

Propeller Blades and Washes

Old and new photos here. The Wash photo was taken about two or three years ago in a wash that ran behind my apartment complex. It was a very nice place to ride my bike, there isn’t anything like this near my house. Note how beautifully groomed the wash is! It gets plenty of use by the public, and runs for a very long way too. There is also a Disc Golf course too.

The ceiling fan is new, the other four are all alike which looks so much better than three white five-blade fans, and two bronze five-blade fans. They also each have their own remote controls which is really nice. Money well spent on a nice home upgrade!

Out The House For A Bit

I had a short ride around the area a while ago and grabbed these photos. Along the way, I passed a few parks where lots of people were gathered for cookouts and boy did it smell good! At least a few people were masked and keeping a distance away from others, that’s good to see. The little man-made lakes are pretty to look at and are stocked with fish, I don’t know which fish though. There were about a half dozen people fishing on one end of a lake.

Good Morning From the Backyard!

Today’s forecast is for total sunshine and one hundred four scorching degrees. Regardless, it’s another beautiful day in Las Vegas Valley. I hope each of my American friends are having a beautiful day, stay safe and be well!

Big Blue

These photos are from earlier today on a ride under our usually blue sky. Not always blue, but mostly blue. If you are going to feel blue, I say this is the best way to be blue!

A Very Quick Walk

I hadn’t walked this linear park before so I stopped to have a look. The trails go much further than I can walk so perhaps a bike ride is in order. This is one of many Linear Parks as I call them. It’s actually a Wash, a drain channel for flood control. I suspect that this one is also a natural wash that has been converted for public use, yet still functions as a wash. Like the sign says, stay away if it is raining as the wash could flood very quickly! Photos are from yesterday.

Star Shots

These are admittedly not good photos, but I don’t do night photography. There have been zero clouds at sunset the last few days, hence no new sunsets. I have zero plans for the upcoming holiday, do you? This holiday will be very different for many Americans. Myself? No difference really but there will be no trips to Michigan this summer either. John is not a happy camper…

On My Way to The Eye Doctor

Here are eight photos taken today heading for the doctor office, I am glad that the doctor found zero indications of Macular Degeneration or burst and popping blood vessels. Thanks be to my very diligent taking of medications and diet. I haven’t seen a cloud in the sky today, the temperature at my home is ninety-eight degrees. Not too bad, another great day in the valley.

Stuck In A Folder

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…

Kitchen Things

Chalk it up to boredom but I take photos of almost anything when I’m that bored. The big excitement today is a diabetic eye exam this morning. And that the high temperature will be 104 degrees. Las Vegas will have 100+ degree temperatures for the next five days according to The Weather Channel. Do you like your days hot? Then come on down for a visit!

Palm Tree Pruning and Quackers

I’ve had some running around the city today, I grabbed these shots on the way home. It’s deep into palm tree pruning season as you can see crews both run by the city and private companies doing the residential trees. The quackers seemed to be enjoying the shade on this one hundred degree day. And I got brand new lenses in my glasses via warranty too, score!

The New Sago Palms are Planted!

Today, the nursery I hired showed up right on time to plant the new palms I chose several days ago. They did a great job and took care of the old water lines, taking both locations from four to two ejectors. As a minimalist, I think it looks perfect. Very simple and clean looking backyard.

These trees will grow very slowly, just what I want.

The Piggy in The Window

Well, today has been a bit busy around my house with five new ceiling fans being installed (looks great) and two Sago Palm trees being planted in the backyard which finishes off my very minimalist design. They look great too! Damn, I’m good. I’ll snap some photos of them.

The Sagos need water every morning and evening for two weeks, then they should be OK with the volume of water they receive from the irrigation system. Always be sure to drain the very hot water from the hose first though as it will doom the trees!!

So how much is that piggy in the window?

A Smokey Sunset

At least one of these photos has a bit of smoke in it from the Mahogany fire near Mount Charleston. I do hope the fire is contained very soon, we need some rain!

The Mahogany Fire

Yesterday, a wildfire started burning in a campground called Mahogany near Mount Charleston. I searched the local news sources again this morning, I couldn’t find any solid information about how much if any containment was happening.

The major problem for the firefighters is the lack of resources, and the very strong winds we’ve had since yesterday with gusts to fifty-five miles per hour. A recipe for disaster. I hope that today the firefighters up there will make some headway in containing the fire.

I would post a link for you, but there aren’t any good choices. I took these photos from my backyard last eve, I am gladly a very long way from the fire, hence the photos aren’t much to look at. Honestly, I don’t like them.

The New Wheels

Nah, not a photo of the entire truck as I am deep into couch potato mode right now, and it’s incredibly windy and overcast today. Not a good day for creating a new set of photos outside! A high wind advisory is in effect until one AM tomorrow morning. These advisories are rather common here in my opinion. Anyway, I obviously took these photos in my garage without much light. They look great shining in the bright sunshine and drive just as well as the stock wheels.

Sundown, Cool Down

After yet another scorching Las Vegas summer day, it’s always so nice when the sun dips behind the western mountains. Having a cold one in the backyard after dark under the palm tree, the warm, soft breeze blowing and swirling around you is always a treat after the big heat.