Site Introduction

Welcome to my Photo Gallery. With more than 1,438 posts and counting, many containing multiple pictures, I estimate that there are now more than 6,150 pictures on a wide variety of subjects scattered throughout the site that have received more than 301,088 page views. Because most of the pictures shown here have been captured while hiking areas in and around Las Vegas, the site has somewhat evolved into more of a hiking journal; listing and describing the places I have visited. There are five ways to find information on the site. [1] To locate a page on a specific place or subject, use the SEARCH THIS BLOG box located in the upper left side of the home page. For additional ways to locate specific pages ... {click "Read more >>" below}


Recently Added Pages

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October 2017 Posts (by Category & Title
NEW - Black&White - B&W Images of Cathedral Gorge
UPDATED - Cathedral Gorge - Cathedral Gorge State Park (Summary Page)
NEW - Cathedreal Gorge - Cathedral Gorge State Park - Trip Notes for 10/18/2017
UPDATED - Lovell Canyon Road - Rainbow Spring Road (Summary Page)

September 2017 Posts (by Category & Title
NEW - Palms & Trees - Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
NEW - Mt. Charleston - Mt. Charleston's Quaking Aspens
NEW - Grand Canyon South - Grand Canyon National Park-South Rim
NEW - Grand Canyon South - Grand Canyon Railway
UPDATED - Valley of Fire - Valley of Fire State Park - Summary Page
NEW - Butterflies & Insects - Tarantula Hawk Wasp (Pepsis species)

NEW - Valley of Fire - Natural Arches Trail VOF - Trip Notes for 09/08/2017
UPDATED - Cactus - Mojave Kingcup Cactus (Echinocereus mojavensis)
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Daytrip - The Las Vegas Strip

This page last updated on 04/02/2017

Earlier this year Jim Herring and I spent several hours touring CityCenter, the 16,797,000-square-foot, 76 acre collection of hotels, casinos and residential buildings on the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to CityCenter's 40 million dollar modern art collection, I hope to be adding additional pictures of art and unique architectural structures that I have collected over the past several years. If you haven't already visited this collection, Click on the picture/title above and it will take you to a post containing links to dozens of pictures and art installations and unique structures found throughout the city of Las Vegas. 


Seven Magic Mountains

(Fig. 01)
What is it? Seven Magic Mountains is one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States. This large-scale, site-specific public artwork was nearly five years in the making. The installation is comprised of seven individual towering sculptures, mediating between geological formations and abstract compositions. Its seven colossal stone forms defy gravity with their teetering formations (Fig. 01). The shapes, reminiscent of naturally-occurring hoodoos, seem poised between monumentality and collapse. The mammoth contemporary cairns evoke the art of meditative rock balancing, and mark Rondinone's  place in the history of Land Art. I converted the picture in (Fig. 02) to provide a faux "oil painted" look.

(Fig. 02)

At first glance, one might think that these totems might be be made of lightweight polyurethane. But this is far from the truth. Each of the sculptures consists of locally-sourced limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups ranging between three and six boulders (Fig. 03), each weighing an average of 40,000 lbs, with the largest weighing just over 60,000 lbs. Over a period of five years they were carefully cut, shaved and drilled. Heavy steel rods were then inserted through each boulder to hold them together. Each stone boasts a different fluorescent color and each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high - it's like a psychedelic Stonehenge.
(Fig. 03)
Where is It?  This sculpture is situated on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15, approximately a half hour from downtown Las Vegas. Just off the boulevard there is a large gravel graded parking area (Fig. 04). Positioned within the Ivanpah Valley and surrounded by mountains, the piece will be on view for two years that began May 11, 2016. Its been estimated that approximately 16 million vehicles will pass the work over its two-year installation, making it one of the most visible works in the history of Land Art.”
(Fig. 04)

Who is The Artist? Ugo Rondinone, born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, lives and works in New York and has long embraced a fluid range of forms and media. By allowing himself such formal and thematic freedom, Rondinone creates the conditions for an expansive emotional range. His work has become recognized for its ability to channel both psychological expressiveness and profound insight in the human condition and the relationship between human being and nature. Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism and existentialism, his works encapsulate a “mental trinity” that has underpinned his art for more than twenty years.

Bonus: On our way to visit this installation, we went via the towns of Goodsprings and Sandy Valley. Out behind Goodsprings we spotted small herd of nine wild horses way off in the distance (center of Fig. 05 - Click to enlarge). Using the 720mm zoom lens on my camera, I was able to better capture some nice pictures of these beautiful horses (Figs. 06 & 07).
(Fig. 05)
(Fig. 06)
(Fig. 07)


Daytrip - Cathedral Gorge State Park

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On 10/18/2017, on the return of a recent trip to Pioche, Nevada, Harvey Smith and I decided to visit Cathedral Gorge for a second time to capture a few more pictures. I find the unique geology of this park to be fascinating and always worth a stop. A short side road from the highway leads to a picnic area opposite the Cathedral Caves, closer to the edge of the gorge. The brightly-colored cliffs and spires provide the opportunity walk through nearly a dozen caves notched in to the eroding cliffs. Click here for pictures and a description of this recent visit ... Cathedral Gorge State Park - Trip Notes for 10/18/2017.