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Las Vegas Architecture


<br /> Some Amazing Buildings<br />

Night and Day in the City


Over the years the Strip in Las Vegas has expanded tremendously in all directions. The strip has grown longer expanding both northward and southward. It has become fatter – spilling out on both sides of Las Vegas Blvd. And the glitzy casinos and picturesque buildings now stretch upward, leaping skyward.

To walk the Strip is to be amazed by this part of the city’s architecture. Below is a look at some of these sites during the day and after the sun goes down.

 


I’ve photographed only a few of the casinos here. But Las Vegas is home to countless other amazing buildings. Even if you’re not a gambler the size and scale of the architecture is worth a visit to the city.

Written by:

Arnie Lee

 

 


A Visit To The Parks

Camping with Young Ones

I’m attracted to the national parks of the west. For each of my visits, I’m armed with a detailed list of attractions that I want to enjoy and photograph.

However, this past August’s visit was a little different.

I invited a granddaughter and grandnephew to accompany me on an end of summer excursion. We would go to a few of the parks and stay in a small popup camper.

So this series of photos are not my usual scenic variety. Instead they are a scrapbook of places that the kids and I visited.


Adeline and Elliott are surprised to find snow in August.

Standing beneath the elk arches in the Jackson, WY town square.

Looking at a grizzly behind glass at Jackson Lake Lodge

Riding the tram to the top at Jackson Hole Mountain

At the Willow Flats Overlook in the Tetons

Checking out the shoreline at Colter Bay
Nice view of the Tetons at Jackson Lake Lodge
Layers of travertine at Mammoth Hot Springs
Watching the flow at Tower Falls
Painted bison at a W. Yellowstone restaurant
Lots of steam and noise at Beryl Springs
A reprieve from the parks in Rapid City, SD
Fun at the water park
Presidential faces at Mt Rushmore
Last stop at Badlands Nat’l Park


It was fun visiting the parks again, but this time with the kids in mind instead of my usual photography expedition variety.

Written by:

Arnie Lee
 
 



View from the Driver’s Seat

Six Days On The Road

 
Earlier this month I decided to visit a couple of my favorite parks. Since most of the roads out west had been cleared of snow my objective was to beat the crowds at the start of the busy vacation season. The plan was to see Spring arrive in both Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for a couple of days.

I loaded up the car with a small backpack of clothes, a heavy coat in case of cold weather, some of my camera gear and a bunch of snacks to eat along the way. I hit the road very early Sunday morning for a long day drive westward since my first stopover was Laramie about 1100 miles away.

This was my day-by-day itinerary:

  1. Grand Rapids to Laramie, Wyoming
  2. Laramie to Jackson, WY
  3. Jackson to Island Park, ID
  4. Island Park to Gillette, WY
  5. Gillette to Council Bluff, IA
  6. Council Bluffs to Grand Rapids

On this short six day schedule I was able to spend two days each in the Tetons and Yellowstone. As a bonus, on the way back home I spent a few hours at Devil’s Tower National Monument and Badlands National Park.

Along our amazing interstate highway system and rural roads is great scenery, famous landmarks and amazing structures. The views from the journey across the midsection of our country is just as exciting for me as the national parks themselves.

On this long drive I decided to document the 3800 mile trip. These photos are presented in roughly the same order as my travels. I haven’t included any photos of the Tetons and Yellowstone – I’ll save them for another article.



an electrical generating station near Annawan, IL

Rock Island, IL bridge crossing the Mississippi River to Iowa

the huge
World’s Biggest Truckstop in Walcott, IA

newly plowed field in central Iowa

wind generator farm near Lincoln, NE

an irrigator at Grand Island, NE

novel advertisement for Paulsen Cement near North Platte, NE

large feed lot in Ogallala, NE

semi hauling PVC piping near Sidney, NE

a Lincoln monument at Laramie, WY rest area

a small herd of antelope near Arlington, WY

bridge crossing North Platte River in Ft Steele, WY

speed limit sign near Walcott, WY

large refinery in Sinclair, WY

rock formations near Table Rock, WY

small rural town – Eden, Wyoming

animal safety overpass near Daniel, WY

resort cabins in Bondurant, WY

a selfie at elk arches in Jackson, WY

a view of the Tetons from the west in Victor, ID

the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, MT

a small refinery in Billings, MT

a semi hauling logs near Garyowen, MT

electrical power station in Gillette, WY

freight train traveling near Sundance, WY

low clouds over the Devil’s Tower National Monument

walkway to viewing area in the Badlands

one of the bighorn sheep in the Badlands

bridge crossing the Missouri River at Chamberlin, SD

beautiful Native American statue at rest area in Chamberlin, SD

utensils for dinner in Sioux City, IA

final mileage for this six day cross-country drive

 


 
After having driven 3800 miles, I made it back home late Friday night.

While I enjoyed my time in the Tetons and Yellowstone, I also enjoyed the road trip as well.
 
 
Written by Arnie Lee