Friday, March 30, 2007

Pine Creek

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Las Vegas area- Pine Creek out at Red Rock. While I didn't find any on this trip, the frogs are out, and making noise! But its a beautiful and peaceful place to go! have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Where's Waldo?

This is my excellent shot of a mountain (or arctic) bluebird! Can you find him? The Mountain Bouebird is the state bird of Nevada and Idaho, is small, and very blue... They are also like to tease photographers, by taunting them into raising the camera to take the shot, and then taking off right as the release is being depressed... But I tricked this one!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


I don't really have anything to say about this pic, other than I took it out at Red Rock the other day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Desert Crustacion

I was at my friend's house last night and as we walked into the entry way of the house, we found a scorpion in the corner of one of the doors! When you get down and look at it fromthe side, it looked almost like a shrimp... just smaller. These insects are all over the place, but for the most part live in their own little areas. They like to inhabit dark areas, especially piles of wood. They are also known to find their way into palm trees. There have been a few quarantines over the years of trees with nesting scorpions. They also like to get into the walls of houses, and lay their eggs along the power cables. So be careful the next time you go digging in your walls and climbing palm trees!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Silver Lining

Yesterday we had a great sunset, but I really liked this point, right before the sun went down. The clouds were very dark, but there was the silver lining all around them, and gave me a pause to think about all of the great things in life.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Another Brick in the Wall

One of the interesting things about Las Vegas is we never seem to run out of walls- we are always building new block walls around our communities and properties... when people first move here, that is often one of their complaints- they aren't used to having walls all around them, and then after they live here a while, they complain the walls aren't high enough...
They can add a touch of class though, and they do help to keep the communities distinct from one another.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fast Wings and a Crazy Eye!

Here is another picture of one of the moths- I think the thing that stands out the most to me is the eye of the moth- the whole head looks like a bird, but the body looks like an insect...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Fast Wings

As I was working yesterday, I saw a trio of Butterfly Moths ( I don't know their actual name, but that is what we always called them) flitting around some of the flowers. To give you an Idea of how fast the wings are going, i had to use a flash and an ISO 1600, with the corresponding aperature and shutter speeds- and that still didn't stop the wings! some of the pics I got look sort of like ghosts... maybe they should be called Ghost Moths...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blooming Flowers

Springtime is here! We are starting to get a little more color in the scenery now that the weather has turned nice. We have been hitting temperatures in the upper 80's to lower 90's, and it has been great!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Spring Fever

I was driving by a preschool the other day and saw these bikes all lined up at the gate, almost like they're ready to get out and play! That is exactly how I'm feeling right now, the weather is great, and I'm stuck at work, though I'm ready to play! I was reading on the NY, NY DP and he said it went from 11 degrees to the 60's. It went from the 50's to the 90's here! It's great!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Airport Construction

This is what the runway at McCarran looks like right now... Just Kidding! A third terminal is now being added to the airport, to try and quell some of the expected traffic- as it is the airport is expected to reach its capacity by 2016, and so plans for a whole new airport are underway. The new terminal is supposed to be operational by 2010. The only worry I have is whether they are going to be able to shorten the security lines... they're not too bad, it only takes about an hour to go through them now...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ascending Planes

This is the median between the up escalators at the D Concorse at McCarran International Airport. Currently, according to Wikipedia, McCarran is the nation's 6th busiest airport, and services more of Southwest's flights than any other airport. I liked the progression of the planes as it went up... the down escalator has the planes going down- again pretty cool!

Monday, March 12, 2007

St. Louis, MO from St. Louis, IL

Another interesting thing about St. Louis- it is actually in two states! This is from the Illinois side of St. Louis- we walked across the bridge here and found that half way across is the state line- pretty neat! I'm not sure which river it is, but there are two main waterways that connect in St. Louis- the Mississippi and the Missouri. I will say it is more water than I've seen in a long time!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Greetings From St. Louis!!

Greetings from St. Louis! Hey all, sorry about missing the last few days; I was in St. Louis for a conference and wasn't able to get online long enough to put up a post. I know this is a Las Vegas Daily Post, but I thought since there isn't one for St. Louis, I can post some pics!

This is the famous St. Louis Arch- I was really surprised to find out that is does not go over the river, which I always thought it did. It is huge though, rising over 600 feet into the air! There is a tram that will take you up to the top inside of the arch, but I didn't have the hour to wait in line to go... but it is a really neat thing to see, on my list of things to go back to for sure!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Looking to the Future

This is a picture I took last summer that I call Looking to the Future; it just seems to be a good day for that! The future has endless possibilities, and the world is at our feet, if we choose to walk! There may not be a post for a few days (sorry), but we'll be looking forward to getting some new ones up in the near future!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Golden Arch

One of the great things here in Las Vegas is the 24 hour service- You can find just about everything you need at anytime- even the McDonald's! I thought this sign was cool because it really caught the eye, even though it is on the Strip, and there are so many things already there competing for a look... I also found it interesting to see other franchises getting in on the act- Panda Express and Chipotle- McD's gets the attention and the others get a second look... smart advertising!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Night Time Traffic

Unbelievably to those of us who live here in Vegas, here is proof that there are some drivers here who can follow the road when driving! This is taken from one of the many street overpasses around the Strip, this one near the Wynn. They have been constructed to help pedestrians be able to cross the street without getting hit by a taxi! The taxis here are kind of like the ones in NYC, but they can go a lot faster here... This photo was taken by my camera, but the concept of the photo, framing and timing was by my friend Erinn

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Fire in the Sky

We have some of the best snusets here! I was driving the other night and turned to try and get a picture of the sunset- sorry its a little blurry... But it was absolutely gorgeous that night!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Springtime is Coming

Springtime is here! We have the wind, the rain, and the ladybugs! I was at work the other day, and I saw this lady bug crawling on a wall. I was pretty excited when I saw it, because I didn't have to kill it! but it is exciting to know that the winter is almost over, and soon we'll have our good ol' hot weather again!

Thursday, March 01, 2007


In all of the bad weather we've been having, some really neat things have shown up- Tuesday morning we had a perfect rainbow in the clouds as the sun cam up! it was cool- unfortunately, I couldn't get a small enough angle to get a picture of the whole thing- but it was huge!