The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, spanning the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, opened in 2010. Taking 7 years and approximately $240 million to build, the bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States. It incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere, and at 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, is the second-highest bridge in the United States. It is also the world’s highest concrete arch bridge. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. It was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project. (Source:Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
For photos taken during construction, please visit Travel With Intent.
Originally posted January 15, 2014
Everyone knows someone who knows something about everything! You can quote me on that. For us, it is our neighbor, Max. That is not his real name but I like the name Max. Maybe I shouldn’t use a name I like for this windbag as I will forever associate that name with him. OK, let’s call him by a letter. How about Q? There are so few names that start with Q. I can only think of Q from Star Trek, who is said to be omnipotent. Our Q would have everyone believe he is omnipotent, or at least all knowing. He lives across and two houses up the block from us. If we are in our backyard and he is in his garage, with the garage door down, we can still hear him. He is loud, and has an opinion about everything. When we first mentioned that we had gone out to Boulder City to see the new bridge, he wasted no time in elucidating all the shortcuts taken by the builders in order to save money and time. He is convinced that one day the bridge will fall into the river below. He does not say specifically when this catastrophe might occur but the bridge is already 4 years old. How many more years might it have, if Q is to be believed? I’m not sure I actually do believe him. But I know that whenever we go across it, 70 mph just doesn’t seem fast enough. I try for at least 100 mph so that I may be assured of jumping the chasm that might open up below us if it does fall while we are driving across.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
“The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings’.” ~~ Lewis Carroll
The head of a walrus over a fireplace is so strange and out of place that it makes me smile. I hate to admit I am a vegetarian, so I can only hope it was never a real walrus! I’m not even sure it is a real fireplace!
First posted January 9, 2014
Upon reflection, I do not remember taking this photo. But it is in one of my files dated May 13, 2013, Big Bear Lake CA, and has all the metadata to convince me that I actually did take it.
First posted December 28, 2015
OK, I know this is not a very imaginative presentation, but at least I tried. My wife is from Elgin IL and, when we discovered that there was an Elgin NV, we had to go there. It took about 3 hours to get there, the main road had been washed away so we found a dirt road that was passable. There was a school house, an old deserted wood cabin and these tracks. Nothing more.
First posted December 10, 2013
A few of my favorite quotes on this fine blustery morning…
The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. ~ Alice Cooper
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~ George Carlin
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~ Dave Barry
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. ~Phyllis Diller
Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year. ~ Victor Borge
The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. ~ Jay Leno
I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays. ~ Henny Youngman
I love the excess of Christmas. The shopping season that begins in September, the bad pop star recordings of Christmas carols, the decorations that don’t know when to come down. ~ Mo Rocca
And, in all seriousness…
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. ~ Thomas S. Monson
Wishing you all the joy of giving
September 18, 2009
1/160 sec f/4.0
ISO 80 5.8mm
First posted on December 6, 2013
Nelson NV October 29, 2011 47mm 1/60 at f 5.6 ISO 160
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Over these holidays I have decided to re-post earlier images that might have been missed.
I hope you find something of interest and will return time and again. And again!
This was my first post, dated November 22, 2013
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See the guy with wings and a ponytail atop his head? Now, the guy just below him with the conveniently placed sheet draped haphazardly across his naked… umm, front? There’s a strange message going on here. He rests a hand on the man hugging his thigh- rather tightly, I might add- while his wife, naked breasts exposed, tugs at his wrist and attempts to get his attention, all the while clutching her baby in a rather careless and negligent way. Perhaps he has suddenly realized he is more attracted to men than women? I don’t know. I was going to say that I used to look just like this guy when I was younger. Thick wavy hair, strong chin, chiseled body. But now I’m not sure I want the comparison. I mean, I love my wife. Really. I do! I am not homophobic but I have no interest whatsoever in members of my own sex. Just wanted to clarify that! Sure I like football, even though it’s a bit rough of a game for me. And you have to admit those male ice skaters are really athletic- wearing skin tight, spandex suits that stretch with every lithe movement. Ummm, where was I?
OK, Here’s the before image:
With this image I first played with Enable Lens Profile in Lightroom, which corrects any lens distortion. I then played with the Horizontal Perspective and cropped it. I then adjusted the highlights, shadows, white and black clipping. Seeing that the color was less than exciting as a monochrome biage, I converted to black and white. I then imported into Perfect Effects 8 and increased the sharpness and the Dynamic Contrast. Back in Lightroom I increased the clarity and adjusted the contrast.
Thanks as always to Stacy Fischer who has been hosting ABF for thirty weeks now at Visual Venturing. Venture on over there here!