The Crossing

Just a random photo here, this is where Charleston Boulevard crosses the two fifteen freeway with a dandy view beyond. The lens renders those foothills looking much smaller than they actually are.

The Bees in The Trees

This afternoon I took a short wander in the truck, stopped by a local park. These gorgeous trees were almost begging me to photograph them. Getting very close, it became very apparent that all of these trees were covered in cute little bees doing their pollination thing. A wonderful sound to go along with the lovely flowers that are madly blooming! Buzzzz!! I have a few more of these to upload.

Sunning Birdies

So here are a few bird photos that I mention in the previous post. It’s the usual crowd today with a Cormorant, a Canada Goose, and some ducks, pigeons and Coots for good measure. It’s a beautiful day today with lower 70’s and sunshine! No snow in the forecast either. 😂

The Concrete Makers

It’s a very windy day today and note those clouds rolling quickly northeast. I wonder if this plant will be taken down now that this area of the 215 freeway is complete? It was a major landscape job too.

A Drone’s Southern View

One more image taken by the DJI drone a couple or three years ago. The Red Rock Escarpment is seen on the right, the road is Charleston Boulevard seen snaking it’s way south where it will terminate at SR160 or Blue Diamond Road. SR160 crosses this image east to west very distant in the image and isn’t visible of course. SR160 west from this point will take you to about 5500ft ASL at Mountain Springs, NV. Continue west and you will arrive in Pahrump, NV in about thirty minutes.

Liftoff to 350 Feet

This morning I was digging around in my external SSD hard drive and found several DJI Drone videos I assumed I’d lost. Yes! I hope you enjoy this one as the drone rises fairly rapidly, levels off then rotates somewhat smoothly for 360 degrees. You will see the Red Rock Escarpment and Calico Basin below as well as traffic rolling along Charleston Boulevard. I do regret selling it but not the ridiculous number of rules and regulations that have cropped up on what was once a fun hobby.

My video is now hosted at Vimeo, thank you, for forcing me off of VideoPress.

Sunlight and Snow Showers

Look closely, you’ll see the little snowflakes and that the sunshine has found an open shaft through which to touch the Earth. In the distance is our lovely Red Rock Escarpment shrouded in snow. I’m moving north at this point on Charleston Boulevard heading for home, as I move along I pass through zones of both snow and rain as the elevation is around 4000 foot ASL.


It never Rains yet It Pours

In Monsoon Season the rain that does fall can be seriously heavy. If you live here then you know that driving when it’s raining carries it’s own risks in this city because the dirt and oils that have been on the roads for a year or so are now loose. The roads can become slick as snot very quickly and that’s always dangerous.

If your from the north as I am then you know full well what it’s like to drive on snow and of course ice. The ice that’s hidden under the snow, and the ice that you can’t always see called Black Ice. Those same conditions can occur here in the middle of the desert, created by month after month of dirt and grime on the roads.

Looking North along the Red Rock Escarpment

In these two images when you look beyond the Joshua trees you are looking roughly northwest along the ancient fault line known as the Red Rock Escarpment. I searched for some geologic research papers on the geology of this wonderful piece of art but found nothing I liked to link to.


The west side of this fault line has sloping mountainous terrain and is part of the beautiful Lovell Canyon. I wish I had the health to hike into these mountains as it’s so beautiful on the Lovell Canyon side as well. I’ll wrap up this rather large set I took with the new Nikon Z-6 camera today.


That Sunny Smile

I sometimes think that Las Vegas Valley should be called Valley of The Sun. With 300+ days per year of flowing Vitamin D pouring down from above, what’s not to love about the valley? Humans really do need that Vitamin D to be healthy!