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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, Blue Monday, Midweek Blues / The Dry Ice Effect

 
I ordered this drink just to get the picture!
Dry ice was used for the "special" effect.
oooahhh... it was yummy too!
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The theme is "Food" 

  

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Color Carnival / The Blue Man Group, Las Vegas, Nevada

 
My husband and I saw "The Blue Man Group" in Las Vegas 2 weekends ago.
This is a photo of an advertisement for the show at the Venetian.
I couldn't resist capturing all the color while riding on the escalator!

 
I couldn't resist this photo opportunity either!

 
Of course NO picture taking was allowed during the show.
But, the cast was available AFTER the show!
And, they were generous with their time.
 
It was not easy getting a good photo because of the huge crowd and so many were using a flash, which washed out so many of my shots.
I was enjoying my new 50mm lens without using a flash.
Just like I read...you gotta have this lens!

 
I have SO much to learn about lighting!
One thing is for sure...THE SHOW ROCKS!
We loved it!

 

Scenic Sunday / A Beautiful February Day at the Beach, Balboa, California USA

 
I enjoyed sitting on the sand and "people watching" yesterday.
It was a gorgeous and sunny day at the beach with mild temperatures.
This girl and her brother captured my attention for quite some time.

 
Let's build a sand castle!

 
brother agrees...

 
hmmm...the water is getting closer...

 
and closer...

 
Oooo...our castle is getting taller...

 
The ocean wins!

Weekend Reflections / Palm Springs Tramway

 
My previous post showed the Palm Springs Tramway and the top of Mt. San Jacinto Mountain.
This is a reflection of the mountain top in the window of the tram station.

 
This is another reflection in the same window but in a section that had better light.
You can see the cables leading up to the mountain top.
It was very cold and windy on the top and a pleasant 65 degrees on the desert floor.
The base station is at the 2000 ft. elevation.
You can see lights glowing from inside the building!
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

SkyWatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday / Palm Springs Tramway

 
This is the Palm Springs Tramway which rises from the 2000 ft level to the top of  Mt. San Jacinto Mountain.  
It is covered with at least 4 ft. of snow right now.
A new storm was coming in from the Pacific and it was very windy and cold up there!

You can see the tram coming back down to the base station.

We drove from the desert floor to about the 2000 ft level to check out a hiking trail that follows this canyon upward!
Not for us!
It is definitely way beyond our hiking capabilities!
Yikes!
After enjoying the scenery up here and talking to some people getting off the tram, we headed back down to have some dinner near Palm Springs...La Quinta, California.

 
This is the view coming down the mountain...look north eastward at the desert floor.
And...by the way...there is a lot of green on that desert floor right now!
The desert wildflowers will be popping out soon!
You can see a few of the desert windmills out there...just a few.
There are SO many more!  
They seem to be multiplying like rabbits!

It was after 4 p.m., February 24, 2010.
We were in in the shadows of the mountains looking at the light to the northeast.
The clouds were an assortment of colors and creating amazing shadows on the landscape.
You can see a few more of the windmills off in the distance.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday / Thumbs UP for the Tip!


Human statue at the Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
February 13, 2010
Thumbs UP


Outdoor Wednesday / Chase and Moon Sand

 
 In between rainstorms has brought us brilliant sunny days with pleasant temperatures.
We enjoyed playing with "Moon Sand" on our patio.
I learned the HARD way...Moon Sand BELONGS outside!
This amused my grandson for about 30 minutes and then it was back to the wheel toys on the sidewalk!

  
One last shot...through the screen door!

ABC Wednesday / "F"

 
Fancy fashion in a window!

Fancy flower vases in a window!

The theme is the letter "F."

Watery Wednesday / Dry Lake Bed, Stateline, Nevada, USA

  
 
This DRY lake bed is on Interstate 15 just before the California/Nevada state line on the California side.
 It had lots of water from recent heavy rains on Friday, February 12, 2010 with beautiful mountain and tower reflections.
On our return on Monday, February 15, 2010 the lake bed was DRY again...only muddy.
The water just sinks into the sandy bottom.
People like to come out here to sand sail when it's completely dry, which is most of the year.
Presidents' Weekend
February 12-15, 2010
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Monday, February 22, 2010

That's My World Tuesday / Lake Mead, Nevada, USA

 
Just a VERY small part of Lake Mead, Nevada, USA
So scenic...I could gaze at it all day.
Beautiful anytime of year, but HOT during the summer months!
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These photos were taken along the western shoreline not far from Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada.


 
 
A few enjoy fishing on this amazingly pleasant Nevada day...
February, 14, 2010. (Valentine's Day)


Some enjoy the tranquility...

take pictures to treasure...


picnic...


check out the marinas...
That's my husband in the black shirt and denim.
I see his shadow, too!
Most of this lake is only accessible by boat.
I have been able to do just that many times during my life.
We would pack up the boat and find a cove and camp for several days.
The water-skiing is superb (when it's not windy).
Ahhh...Lake Mead!