Look… Up In The Sky…

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Ferguson’s Spells Fun
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

Yeah, I know. You were expecting images of the Perseids meteor shower from the past weekend. Well, so was I. I researched all day Saturday on what settings to use on my camera and even downloaded the app for the Fuji remote. Lynn had spent the day out at Lake Mead on a boat. At 8:30 pm she called me and said to pick her up around 10 and we’d head out to Mojave National Preserve- far enough away from Las Vegas that light pollution would not be a major concern. But by the time we got out there, the moon was already up and you couldn’t even see the Milky Way.

Draw Back Your Bow
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

We parked along the Cima Kelso Road and sat for awhile. We saw nothing save for a lone rabbit and a few field mice. We drove over to the Kelso train station to see if I could get a nice night shot of it. But the building was not really lit up well. So we drove a bit on Kelbaker Road and parked again. And waited. Still nothing. I asked Lynn if she wanted to wait some more or head on home. She didn’t answer.

She had fallen asleep.

Elvis Sl pt Here
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

I got out of the car and found a bush and, while standing there, saw two quick streaks of white light in the sky. When I got back in the car, Lynn was awake and I told her what I had seen. We both got out of the car and stood for about 5 minutes and…, nothing. She didn’t believe me.

Going Up
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

We got home at 3:37 am and fell asleep probably even before falling into bed. Lynn woke up Sunday morning around 6:30 to let the dog out. She let me sleep in.

High Society
Las Vegas NV
August 12, 2017

All images were taken between 5:30 pm and 6:20 pm Saturday afternoon in the Fremont Street area on Las Vegas Blvd. The signs are on loan from the Neon Boneyard, except for the Ferguson’s and Travelers signs, which were found at 1028 and 1120 Fremont Street, respectively. 

Neon Boneyard Visitor’s Center
770 Las Vegas Blvd North
August 12, 2017

The Neon Boneyard Visitor’s Center

In Retrospect: Old Las Vegas NV

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Boulder Highway
Las Vegas NV
May 3, 2014

The old Roadhouse Casino was in no better shape than this sign when I first came upon it in 2014. It was an old, abandoned, single story cement shell of indiscriminate shape and size. Not photogenic at all.

Boulder Highway
Las Vegas NV
May 3, 2014

Down the road aways was the Sky Motel. No Vacancy because there was no longer any building, just an old pothole infested parking lot with faded white lines of demarcation.

Boulder Highway
Las Vegas NV
May 3, 2014

The Joker’s Wild was still extant in 2014 and, I believe, has since been remodeled!

Just off Water Street
Henderson NV
May 3, 2014

The facade of The Emerald Island Casino is painted in trompe l’oile to look like it was made of brick and mortar. I say ‘is’ because I believe it is still in existence, though I have not been back since.

Water Street
Henderson
NV May 3, 2014

 Both the Eldorado and Rainbow Club Casinos were the only establishments open on downtown Water Street that night. Or any night, for that matter. The Emerald Island sits behind the Rainbow Club.

So there you have it, a brief tour of an area few tourists ever see. These casinos operate for local clientele, primarily. They offer bare bones table gambling, slot machines, and bars but no lounge shows.

Having re-discovered these images, I might just revisit one day soon to see how the area has changed.

 

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE:WEEK 11- ROUND!

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The theme this week is Round! With an exclamation point! This must be important!

Canyonlands UT May 7, 2016

Canyonlands UT
May 7, 2016

So we’re vacationing in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in Utah surrounded by some of the most gorgeous natural rock formations in the world. Sculpted by wind and rain and whatever else Mother Nature has in her arsenal. And I take photos of old gas station signs?

Well, yeah!

See, anybody can take beautiful photos when they’re surrounded by the beauty all around. Like in Canyonland and Arches. In fact, most everybody has. Just take a look at 500px.

I rest my case.

Now, go check out The Girl That Dreams Awake for more Round! objects.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 34

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Nevada State Route 375 The Extraterrestrial Highway

Nevada State Route 375
The Extraterrestrial Highway

What is your favorite comfort snack food?  I really don’t have a favorite snack food as I rarely snack. Although I used to insist upon a bag of popcorn whenever I went to the movies. Even with the synthesized butter product they pour on it, I prefer the movie popcorn over home made with real butter from organic grass fed cows and Celtic or sea salt. I mean, there’s a time and a place for healthy snack food but a movie theater is not it.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?  Normally I would answer yes. But a few days ago I went to purchase an item at a store for $50 with my card and it was denied. So I had to pay with my sequentially organized according to denomination bills all facing the same way. When I got back to my office, I checked my bank balance, then called the bank to curse them. They said they denied the card based on my spending- I had charged an iced coffee for $4.00 and that small a charge is a red light for fraud. They said thieves often charge a small amount to make sure a stolen card is still good before charging something much more expensive.

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? Well, not eating home made popcorn, that’s for sure. Lynn is usually in the living room on her laptop while I am in my den working on photos or reading about photography. We usually make dinner together first. Sometimes we’ll watch a movie or documentary together.

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?  I would normally go for the cheap joke here and say I’d rather my wife was not able to speak. But I’m more mature and have much more class than that. So I will take the high road and say I’d rather not be able to speak. I could always write or type. But if I were unable to read, well, that would mean that I am blind, or legally so, and would not be able to watch a movie or see my wife smile.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week we left the house about 3 in the afternoon for a ride and found the Extraterrestrial Highway that leads to Area 51. We were not looking for it and I really had no idea we lived anywhere near it (only 2 hours away). But it was too late in the day so we promised ourselves to return this week. We did so yesterday and I will have more photos within the following week.

(This is a continuing feature of Cee’s weekly challenges which I enjoy playing. I am late this week because I was going to take a week or so off and may do so sooner or later. Probably later!)

Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be!

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The earliest evidence of this expression known to Quote Investigator was published in a 1959 novel titled “The Tents of Wickedness” by Peter De Vries.

No. Nostalgia, as his Uncle Joshua had said, ain’t what it used to be.

Which made it pretty complete. Nothing was what it used to be — not even nostalgia.

This is for my buddy West at The World We Know. Her style of post processing whether it be a preset, or of her own making colors everything in a haze of nostalgia. And she loves old signs! Go visit her and let me know what you think.