Saturday, April 28, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Cedar Ridge

Hey all! Sorry for the delay in posting- my computer has been having... issues. But I think they are all fixed now, we shall see, though I still haven't been able to get my new pics off of the camera onto the computer.
Anyway, in the meantime- this is Cedar Ridge out at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is neat for a couple of things- the first is the deep red coloring that contrasts with the browns surrounding it, and second, there is a trail on top that leads down to the bottom of the canyon.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Some of the interesting things around the Grand Canyon: McDonald's, while not particularly interesting of itself, this is the nation's 2nd most expensive McD's! These Coke machines were cool looking I thought, painted in the theme of the Grand Canyon. And the last building is the Kolb Studio, on the Bright Angel Trail. It is an old house (refurbished) overlooking the Grand Canyon, actually built on the canyon edge. It has
been converted into a bookstore and an art gallery.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Hoover From the Air

Here's a better shot of the Dam and the Bridge from the air... They look so small! In reality the white stripe around the lake is actually close to 100 feet wide, just to give a perspective on size...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The other day I had the great fortune of going on a tour of the Grand Canyon. We flew out on Scenic Airlines, and got some great shots from the air. It was really interesting to see the Hoover Dam and the new bridge from the air. I was fascinated by the new road being built to accomodate the bridge as well


Thursday, April 12, 2007


Millions of years ago, the Las Vegas Valley was under water. As such, there are many fossils in parts of the valley of sea creatures. I found these shells the other day out near Red rock, though they are older than the rocks typically found out at Red Rock itself...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Toy House

Hey all! Sorry about the recent absence... I have a lot of respect for anyone that can post daily! How do you keep up?!?
Anyway, one of the cool things about the growth of Las Vegas occurs when a new road is opened up, or made to go through certain areas that it didn't previously. When that happens, new and interesting things pop out of the desert! I was driving down one such road the other day, and saw a giant toy house being built. i believe it is a private residence, but the whole thing looks like it could be a fun house or something...

Friday, April 06, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Desert Burn

As the weather is warming up, sunburns are becoming more common (I got my first one of the year this last weekend too). Believe it or not, rocks get sunburned as well. The dark brown crust on this rock is what is known as "desert burn" and while no one knows what exactly it is, it is thought minerals inside of the rock are leeched out during rainstorms, and then oxidized on the surface in the sun, causing a darkenend "burned" look.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Take Off

Since I seem to be having good luck with birds recently... I was at my jobsite the other day and just happened to snap a shot off at the right moment!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Golden Opportunity

I was out hiking yesterday, and saw my Golden Picture of the day fly by! It was a Golden Eagle! I've seen them before, but this is the first one I was able to get a picture of (that came out anyway). There is some good information on them on wikipedia and on the audobon society webpages. They like the more temperate mountainous areas, and are found all over the world, including Japan, Europe and North America.