PFTA: Underground City?

This is an interesting photo.  I took it while traveling near Las Vegas, Nevada back in 2006.  I showed it to a friend, and she asked me where I found this underground city.  I was confused for a minute, and she repeated the question.  So I asked her to elaborate on where it could be, and she had no idea.

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  it’s not an underground city, but Hoover Dam at night.  This was before the new bridge was completed, they had just started working on it actually, so all traffic had to go across the dam.

I was traveling to the Grand Canyon after spending my days off in Las Vegas, it was late at night, and I saw the dam, and was blown away at how amazing it is at night.  It’s not often I’ve seen anyone photograph it at night, so I made several attempts before I came away with this gem.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Weekly’s Photo Challenge: Birds of a Feather

I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Birds of a Feather!

 

Do you remember the old joke? Why did the chicken cross the road?  To which there are a plethora of answers.  However, the question that needs to be asked is why are the ducks crossing the sidewalk?CRW_0090

Of course, there can be several answers to that one.  Just don’t try to figure it out because geese just don’t make sense sometimes.

 

Here is a strange fellow.  Ever seen a duck like this?  I guess you could call this a strange duck.

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Yes, that is a tuft on his head and it’s natural.  Not sure what type it is.

Here are some ducks lounging on the edge of the pool taking in the sights.

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Of course here is the Mallard Duck sunning himself.

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Here are some rare ducks that are native to the wetlands of Las Vegas, Nevada.  I’m just not sure what type they are.

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Here is a type of goose, just not sure what type.

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Ducks do have friends.  They are peacocks.  Birds of a feather do flock together.

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Here is another look at the peacock.

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Anyone hungry?  Although it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet, this one would make a family very satisfied.

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And of course, just for fun.  This bird isn’t real, but it represents something that is much bigger than any of the birds above, it’s our National Symbol of Freedom.  The Bald Eagle.

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Reflections

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazineLetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Reflections!

 

I’ve used this one before, but it’s always been my favorite. Here is “Reflections”

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However, being in the desert, it’s really hard to find open sources of water. That being said, there are other things that can reflect, like mirrors. For example:

CRW_0027capThis is El Capitan, just outside of Monument Valley, Arizona. I was driving a van and couldn’t get out, so I took this picture through the rear-view mirror. It was a stormy evening, as you can see the rain drops on the mirror.

Of course, there is water in the desert, especially in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the beautiful Bellagio Resort and its famous lake in front.

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This is a watering hole on Little Creek Mesa looking towards Smithsonian Butte.

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge-Texture in Nature

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Texture in Nature!

First of all, when I think of textures, it brings me back to my 3D art days of applying textures to shapes to make them look realistic and lifelike. So in this week’s challenge, I’ve included some of my favorite textures that I’ve found in and around Zion National Park, Utah, near Las Vegas, NV, and also on the Arizona Strip.  Enjoy!


_RW_2758This is a Pictograph that is over 2000 years old.  It is near Zion National Park.  It reminds me of the latest Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie.

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This is a glass mine on the Arizona Strip where natural glass is very abundant.

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Here is a closeup of a log on Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Last, but not least, is a petroglyph near Zion National Park that is about 2,500 years old.  It is very similar to Newspaper Rock over in Canyonlands National Park, but not as extensive.

 

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Macro Photography

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge

for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Macro Photography!

It was very difficult to pick which photo to use, so I broke it down to three:

This is a close up of Stinging Nettle that is very pretty to look at, but not to touch.
This is the endangered Las Vegas Poppy that I found in the desert just east of Las Vegas, NV.
And last but not least:
One of my favorites, a Monarch Butterfly drinking the nectar from some flowers.

Enter the Wandering Photographer

With a hat-tip to my dear friend, The Wandering Nerd, I have decided to change the name and focus of my photography blog to talk about my adventures, misadventures and amazing moments I have had while capturing breath-taking images currently available (and then some) on my website www.kellyguymon.com.

With my work schedule the way it’s been, I really haven’t had the time to go out and capture any images recently. But those that I do have are quite interesting.  More recently I’ve only been using my cellphone camera (which is low quality) to capture some images of Las Vegas and the surrounding area. This is a jellyfish located at the Shark Reef inside Mandalay Bay.