Landscaped In Blue

These photos are from the other day heading north for the park again, the processing is a bit different. Sunny and 76 degrees is our forecast today, I hope it’s sunny where you are.

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! 😎

A Short Visit to The Park

It is so beautiful outside today that I decided to head back to the park for some bird photos again. I was a bit disappointed though as there weren’t many birds there in terms of species, mostly ducks, geese, and plenty of coots. The turtles were a nice surprise though, I thought they were Snapping turtles but they look more like Painted turtles basking in the warm noon sunshine. My sister and I had turtles as pets when we were children.

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!

Flight of The Drone

This is not my drone, I photographed it at the Red Rock Scenic Overlook in 2018bwhen I still had my mini DJI drone. Apparently, the owner/pilot let me photograph the drone as it hovered. I am not a fan of flying drones in a very public area such as this parking area but hey, I won’t be liable for what may happen! Photos from the Nikon D3300.

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!

Beautiful Birds and City Views

I’m slowly winding down the bird photos from the park the other day, the city views were taken today while I was in a not so busy area of the park where I could play around with the CB Radio equipment that I very rarely use. Actually, it’s more fun to use than the ham radio gear. I started my radio hobby in 1979 actually, which was my senior year in High School. I have another radio being delivered in a couple of days, it’s not a CB radio, rather it’s a ten-meter radio for the ten-meter ham radio band at 28.000 to 29.900mhz. Radio and photography, great hobbies!