The Valley of Fire

Here are three oldies from a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park about two years ago. After using the much newer and mirror-less Nikon Z6 camera for a few months now (interrupted by corona) it’s become even clearer to me how much better the photos coming from the Z6 are over the old D3300 body. I’d love to get back up there for another set of photos when this corona situation is over. I can’t even imagine the sorrow so many are dealing with now.

Desert Spoon

The Desert Spoon is a great choice for accenting your home landscape or around businesses. The home I owned here with the ex had several of these plants around the property. I recommend wearing very thick gloves and shirts when pruning the plant as its thorns are many and very close together, ouch!

The Oleanders

This flower I do know! I’ve mentioned before recently that I do not like these damn flowers as they are toxic to pets, and make a hell of a mess in my backyard when the flowers finally croak.

Gladly, my neighbor very recently cut them down along our common border, or block wall actually as that is what we use here instead of chain fences. I’m so grateful that I let him use my rubbish bin to help him get that crap out of his backyard that much faster! Thank you, neighbor!

Mexican Fast Food

This is an older photo from about four years ago, taken along Las Vegas Boulevard near the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip. That Bonanza gift shop is still there today with its 99 cent souvenirs. Would you like to have a 99 cent souvenir? I didn’t think so but I’ll try some food.

Local Streets

Local yes, but not at all close to my home! just some random photos from yesterday where I came upon the fun bunch of geese, goslings, and ducks. Did I ever mention that I love ducks?

You’ll not see this in Michigan! ❤️

Always The Road Work

Since it never snows in the valley except for a very tiny bit of flurries, our road crews can work all year round which should mean they get things done more quickly? Not the case, this area has been under repairs for several weeks now. Why?

It’s the same thing with the new freeway overpasses over the ninety-five freeway north of me a few miles, ongoing for a few years now. Again, why? I’m no road engineer but have a brain that sees something odd. Perhaps it’s all about job security?

Goslings and Ducks

Once again I had to head to the pharmacy today for those pills that keep my not so old body running, it sucks having heart disease, type two diabetes, and a messed up back. Anyway, I stopped along the little man-made lakes again for these fun photos. Note how large the goslings are now, wow! They grow like the weeds I remove from my yards every other day…

Hualapai at Charleston Boulevard

Here’s an older photo from about three years ago heading east on Charleston Boulevard. After moving north from this area it became obvious how much busier that road is compared to my new location. Vegas traffic can be tough and dangerous.

Oscar’s

I have driven by this place a few times and never stopped in. The architecture is very odd which leads me to think that it may have been built forty or more years ago? The website has no information on its beginnings. Should I have been born and raised in Las Vegas I may have known this. They have very pricey steaks!

The Mirage

Let’s have a ride on State Road 160, or SR 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. Don’t the mirages trip your vision and run off the road! In the desert, you can’t remember your name…

Primm and Ivanpah

Primm, Nevada is right on the Nevada and California border and about forty minutes south of Las Vegas on the fifteen freeway. It’s a small place with a couple casinos and a fuel station. Last chance for fuel for a long way south!

Ivanpah is a huge solar plant which I personally dislike as much as those ugly wind turbines.

The bright glow is light from the thousands of mirrors focusing on the top of one of three towers that heat water and make steam which generates electricity. Good old coal, hydro and oil are much better, tried and truly dependable power sources for we humans.