Hoover Dam

Boulder City, Colorado.

A short, 30 mile drive from Las Vegas, the Colorado River is backed up into a huge reservoir known as Lake Meade. The man-made lake was created in the 1930s with the construction of a project originally known as the Boulder Project. Officially, the dam itself was named Hoover Dam after the 31st President, Herbert Clark Hoover in 1947. Bidding for the project opened on March 4, 1931, with first concrete pours on June 6, 1933. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 1 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It was morning over the Rio Grande. The air was relatively still, though we couldn’t tell sailing above the terrain, the hot air balloon riding along with whatever wind pushed us along. One year ago today, our Albuquerque Steiner family reunion concluded its three-day celebration. When in the balloon capital of the world, it’s not a bad idea to get a bird’s eye view of the area. Regular readers may recall my collection of images from that experience. You will find it here. Continue reading

52-Week Photo Challenge – High or Low Key

This week, the 52-week photo challenge asks us to share our take on high key or low key images. Often this category gives us an excuse to share under- or over-exposed images. The image above was captured in mid-day at Yelapa, Mexico. In post-processing, I reduced the exposure setting and converted it to black-and-white. That low key conversion gave the impression that it was captured at night by moonlight.  Continue reading

Fremont Experience – Revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada.

Twenty-five years ago, legal procedures were in place for the creation of a street mall and entertainment venue in downtown Las Vegas called the “Fremont Experience.” Closure of part of Fremont Street to vehicular traffic and construction on the venue started in 1994. The attraction helped to revitalize downtown Las Vegas because the Las Vegas Boulevard “Strip” of casinos and resort properties was sucking the tourist business away from downtown. Continue reading

52-Week Photo Challenge – Starburst

OK, so technically, it’s a sunburst… but science tells me the sun is a star, so there. It’s a starburst. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The loose definition is a pattern of lines radiating from a central point of light. This week, you will find a small gallery of images that exhibit a starburst effect. The opening photo was captured along the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota. Continue reading

The Clydesdales – Budweiser’s 85-year Tradition

Goodyear, Arizona.

Somewhere I heard that the Clydesdales were coming to one of the Spring Training fields in the Phoenix metro, and I was disappointed to find out that I would be out of town that week. I would soon discover that the beer company giants make several appearances every year during Cactus League baseball season each.  A quick glance at their online schedule showed me that I was in luck. Their last appearance in the Phoenix area would be at our nearby stadium in Goodyear… and we would be in town. Not sure of the size of the crowd that might show up to view the horses, we got there early. So early, we beat the caravan of semi-trucks. We weren’t sure where they would be unloading and we didn’t know how close we could get to the teams as they worked. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 17 June 2018

Big Lake, Minnesota.

This weekend, we are in Big Lake, Minnesota for our annual Steiner Family Reunion. We arrived in town on Thursday and set about enjoying our visit. In the morning, winds were high and the large awnings placed so carefully ended up being blown around by high winds. Later that day, the skies threatened, but as it turned out, only a few drops fell from the sky. Continue reading